Reactivated British extreme metal legends CARCASS recently recruitedAndy Sneap (MEGADETHACCEPTEXODUSARCH ENEMY) to mix their comeback album, “Surgical Steel”, after the CD’s producer, Colin Richardson (FEAR FACTORYMACHINE HEADNAPALM DEATH,SLIPKNOTBULLET FOR MY VALENTINE), quit the project two weeks into the mixing process. During last month’s concert at the Underworld in London, CARCASS bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker claimed that Richardsonwalked away from the mix in order to work on the new TRIVIUM album.

A photo of Sneap on the studio last week mixing “Surgical Steel” can be seen below. The band states: “[It’s] sounding killer! Few little tweaks and it will be finished! We should be able to give you more info on a release date soon!”

The first official photo of the new lineup of CARCASS can be seen below (courtesy of Adrian Erlandsson of Murder Mile Studios). Joining guitaristBill Steer and Walker in the band’s current incarnation are new drummerDan Wilding (ABORTEDTRIGGER THE BLOODSHED) and guitarist Ben Ash (PIG IRONDESOLATIONLIQUEFIED SKELETON).

CARCASS‘ first studio LP in 17 years, “Surgical Steel” is due in late 2013 via an as-yet-undetermined record label. The band’s first studio outing since 1996’s “Swansong” will feature guest vocals from original sticksmanKen Owen.

In a brand new interview with Chile’s Radio FuturoWalker stated about the new CARCASS CD: “We think we’ve made a good album, so it’s gonna be very interesting when people get to hear the record. We can’t wait to see what people think.”

He continued: “It sounds like CARCASS. Even the drumming sounds likeCARCASS. Everything about it… I think it’s gonna shock people, how good it is. I think it’s got all the elements that people like, yet it still sounds fresh. So that’s all I can say, really, ’cause we don’t really sound like any other band, and the fact that after 17 years, we wrote music and it still sounds like CARCASS, I think it’s good.”

Guitarist Michael Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, who had been touring with CARCASS since the band’s reunion was announced in 2007, are no longer involved with the group due to scheduling conflicts with their main band, ARCH ENEMY.

Photo credit: Adrian Erlandsson of Murder Mile Studios