UK death metal gods Cancer burst onto the UK extreme metal scene over three decades ago, & amassed a strong global following over the course of six studio albums, including a stint with major label EastWest under Warner Music. 2018’s ‘Shadow Gripped’ album reunited the core band of John Walker (guitar/vocals), Ian Buchanan (bass) and Carl Stokes (drums) for the first time since 1995 for a new masterclass of twisted brutality. And now, Peaceville Records welcomes the band’s highly influential early albums to its catalogue, namely ‘To the Gory End’, ‘Death Shall Rise’ & ‘The Sins of Mankind’.

This will commence on 3 September with a 30 anniversary release of the celebrated genre classic ‘Death Shall Rise’, released on double-CD and limited coloured vinyl format (coming in November).
Released back in 1991 near the height of the global death metal explosion, ‘Death Shall Rise’ is rightly regarded as one of the pillars of the genre from that seminal period. Joining the core trio of John Walker on guitar/vocals, Ian Buchanan on bass and Carl Stokes on drums was revered guitar virtuoso James Murphy (Death, Obituary, Disincarnate), with Deicide’s Glen Benton also contributing a guest backing vocal. ‘Death Shall Rise’ was recorded at the legendary US studio, Morrisound (Sepultura, Morbid Angel, Deicide) with equally renowned and prolific producer Scott Burns at the helm.

The double disc 30th anniversary edition of ‘Death Shall Rise’ features a fresh audio master, & the accompanying booklet contains a new interview with Carl Stokes, reflecting on the early era of the band.

Following in quick succession is a double-disc edition of cult debut ‘To the Gory End’, with 1993’s third studio album, ‘The Sins of Mankind’ closing the trilogy. Limited coloured vinyl editions will also be released in November.

“We are really excited for the re-release of our first 3 albums, especially as it’s the 30th anniversary of the album that really put us on the death metal map! “Death Shall Rise” an album full of classics such as : Hung Drawn and quartered, Tastless  incest and title track Death Shall Rise, all firm favourites in our live set. CFC”

The UK legends of death metal release the BALLCUTTER EP

+ confirm headline slot on Wacken’s Wasteland stage


 The limited edition 5-track BALLCUTTER EP, available on acid yellow vinyl, leads with an alternate master version of the Shadow Gripped album track ‘Ballcutter’, featuring a guest appearance from Anders Nyström of masters of Swedish brutality, Bloodbath.

Completing Side A are 2 unreleased tracks in the shape of ‘All the Curses’ & ‘Crocodile Itch’. These tracks were recorded at Foel studios, with Simon Efemey (Paradise Lost, Napalm Death, Amorphis) handling production and mixing duties.

Side B contains exclusive raw early demo versions of ‘Garrotte’ and ‘Organ Snatcher’, created in the midst of the reformation period of Cancer on the lead up to the creation of their comeback release.

Cancer SG cover

One of the UK’s premiere death metal purveyors of the late 80’s and early 90’s, & responsible for such genre classics as ‘To the Gory End’ (1990) & ‘Death Shall Rise’ (1991), Cancer marks 30 years of existence with their sixth full length studio album, reuniting all three original core members – John Walker on guitar/vocals, Ian Buchanan on bass and Carl Stokes on drums – for the first time since 1995.

‘Shadow Gripped’ features ten songs of brutal old school death metal, and was recorded at Foel studios, with Simon Efemey (Paradise Lost, Napalm Death, Amorphis) handling production and mixing duties alongside the band.

Shadow Gripped is  a crushing slab of death metal in the classic Cancer style.

The album also features a special guest appearance from Anders Nyström of Swedish deathlords, Bloodbath/ Katatonia, who comments: “Believe it or not, but Katatonia used to play a Cancer cover in our early live sets, yup that’s right ’Burning Casket’! We then saw ourselves go on and form a little death metal band based on the opening track of ’To The Gory End’, and hey we all know that one, don’t we? Last year we ended up recording this song and put it out on a 7” ep and I thought it probably won’t get any better than this, but it did, as I was given the honour to put down a guest solo on their new ball-cutting album! CFC is back and it has me even more stoked than Carl is Stokes!”

All pre-orders of Shadow Gripped on CD & LP made through Burning Shed will include a free exclusive bonus ‘crocodile itch’ digital track download – delivered on release date – with each cd or vinyl pre-order of ‘Shadow Gripped’ from the Peaceville store on Burning Shed.