Reactivated British extreme metal legends CARCASS will play their only UK date as the headliner of the Damnation Festival 2008 on Saturday, November 22 at Leeds University. This will mark the band's first show on home soil in 14 years and the group yesterday hinted it could be the last show they ever play, wrapping up a successful reunion tour headlining some of the biggest metal stages across the globe.
Bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker commented: "Well, we enjoyed making you sweat... this is gonna be the ONLY UK show this year, and quite possibly your last chance to EVER catch us live! You Southerners are gonna have to get your shoes dirty and make your way 'oop' North to Leeds! To quote Herschell Gordon Lewis, 'prepare to die!'"
Damnation Festival director Gavin McInally added: "The exclusive booking of CARCASS is the biggest coup in British metal in 2008 and we're delighted to host their return to home soil. The fact that it could be the last time they ever take the stage together makes the prospect of seeing them headline Damnation even more special. After a 14-year break, it's almost impossible to predict just how large the demands for tickets will be, so without the cheesy sales pitch, pawn your wedding ring or steal from close friends just make sure you grab a brief! And stayed tuned for further announcements as the finest, doom, grind, black, rock and heavy metal completes what will be the finest day of music the UK will witness in 2008."
Tickets for Damnation will go on sale this Friday, June 27 at 9:00 a.m. with briefs priced at 29 (subject to booking fee).
For more information, visit www.damnationfestival.co.uk.
Fan-filmed video footage of CARCASS first reunion performance Friday, June 6, 2008 at the Sweden Rock Festival in Slvesborg, Sweden can be viewed below.
CARCASS' next concert will take place this coming Friday, June 27 at the Tuska festival in Helsinki, Finland.
In February of 1999, CARCASS drummer Ken Owen suffered a near-fatal brain hemorrhage, leaving him in a coma for over 10 months. As a result, he is not taking part in CARCASS' current reunion run (ARCH ENEMY skinsman Daniel Erlandsson is filling in), but will reportedly be traveling with the band whenever possible and making brief appearances at select shows.
CARCASS' reunion lineup:
Bill Steer (FIREBIRD) - Vocals, Guitar
Jeff Walker (BRUJERIA) - Vocals, Bass
Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY) - Guitar
Daniel Erlandsson (ARCH ENEMY) - Drums
"Buried Dreams" performed on June 6, 2008 at the Sweden Rock Festival in Slvesborg, Sweden (clip uploaded by YouTube user "voffie"):