Cancer Reveal Cover & Details For New Album Shadow Gripped

Shadow Gripped is out on November 2nd

death metal band Cancer

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’ & ‘Death Shall Rise’, 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.

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!”


  1. Down The Steps [05:38]
  2. Garrotte [02:23]
  3. Ballcutter[03:31] (featAnders Nystrom)
  4. Organ Snatcher [03:56]
  5. The Infocidal [04:51]
  6. Half Man Half Beast [05:55]
  7. Crimes So Vile [05:00]
  8. Thou Shalt Kill [03:58]
  9. Shadow Gripped [04:09]
  10. Disposer [04:32]

Shadow Gripped will be released on the following formats and is available to pre-order now 

180g Ltd Edition Red vinyl
180g Black vinyl

All pre-orders of Shadow Gripped on CD & LP made through will include a free exclusive bonus ‘Crocodile Itch’ digital track download


The band have confirmed they will be making an exclusive UK live appearance at this years Damnation Festival on 3rd November to celebrate the release of Shadow Gripped, they’ll be joining an esteemed line up featuring Napalm Death, Entombed AD and Ihsahn to name a few.

Cancer’s Carl Stokes comments Cancer are thrilled to be included on the bill at Damnation festival, especially as it is our 30th year since our formation and will coincide with the release of our new album Shadow Gripped. We will be debuting some new songs from the album as playing some of our old favourites” 

Cancer Shadow Gripped album cover