Bill Steer: “If you play fingerstyle for half an hour, then use a plectrum, a whole world opens up – you really notice the things you can do with a pick”

Bill Steer of Carcass
(Image credit: Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagic)

Since the late ‘80s, Carcass have been pushing the boundaries of extreme metal. Often credited as one of several bands that helped create the grindcore subgenre (particularly with their 1988 full-length debut, Reek of Putrefaction), the band have been co-led by singer/bassist Jeff Walker and guitarist Bill Steer since their formation.

After an eight-year lay-off between studio albums, Carcass have returned with their seventh studio effort overall, Torn Arteries, whose title alone shows the boys are refusing to go soft at this stage of their career.

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Greg Prato

Greg is a contributing writer at Guitar World. He has written for other outlets over the years, and has been lucky to interview some of his favorite all-time guitarists and bassists: Tony Iommi, Ace Frehley, Adrian Belew, Andy Summers, East Bay Ray, Billy Corgan, Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Les Claypool, and Mike Watt, among others (and even took lessons from John Petrucci back in the summer of ’91!). He is the author of such books as Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, Shredders: The Oral History of Speed Guitar (And More) and Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story.