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Origin France
Genres Technical death metal
Years active 1996-present
Labels Great Dane & Season Of Mist
Members Pascal Lanquetin - lead and rhythm guitars
Raphaël Couturier - bass and vocals
Bertrand Simonin - drums
Jérome Lachenal - rhythm guitar

Carcariass is a French-Swiss melodic/technical death metal band. The name Carcariass is taken from Carcharodon carcharias, the great white shark.


Carcariass is a technical death metal band, formed in 1996 in Besançon, France, in the center of Europe, making them one of the elder bands of the French underground.[1] The current line-up is Pascal Lanquetin (lead and rhythm guitar), Raphaël Couturier (bass and vocals), Bertrand Simonin (drums) and Jérome Lachenal (rhythm guitar; also of Your Own Decay).

In 1996, the band recorded its first five-track demo cassette, Ancestral War, which gained the band a certain amount of recognition.[citation needed] The band also played a number of gigs in support of the demo, most notably supporting Sadist on the March 1995 French tour. In 1997, the Carcariass recorded its first album, consisting of nine songs, entitled Hell On Earth. By this time, the band had evolved from their earlier sound to a more technical and melodic style. They played a number of gigs around with local bands before supporting Cradle of Filth in Strasbourg in April 1997.

Carcariass followed up their debut in 1998 with their second album, Sideral Torment, recorded at the Impuls Studios, Belgium with Stephan Kraemer and released through the Swiss label Impact Records. A third album, Killing Process, followed in Spring 2002 through Adipocere Records. It was recorded at LB-LAB, near Lille, with Stéphane Buriez (Loudblast). Further touring involved playing with such high profile acts as Impaled Nazarene and Alastis throughout France and Europe.

Since 2006, Carcariass has authorised the free download of their first two albums from their website. The band have now released their third album named Killing Process and you can download it for free from their website.

The band has become a well known force in the French underground,[2] and have garnered many positive reviews in the international metal press.[3][4][5] Further useful exposure came from the inclusion of Carcariass tracks on free CDs given away with magazines such as Metallian and Hard Rock.[6]

On June 24, 2009, the band have released their fourth album E-xtinction through Great Dane Records. The album includes 4 tracks with vocals and 4 instrumental songs. The 4 tracks with vocals are also included as bonus tracks to the album in instrumental versions with added guitar parts.

Band members[edit]

Current line-up[edit]

  • Pascal Lanquetin - lead and rhythm guitars
  • Raphaël Couturier - bass and vocals
  • Bertrand Simonin - drums
  • Jérome Lachenal - rhythm guitar


  • 1996 : Ancrestral War (demo)
  • 1997 : Hell On Earth
  • 1998 : Sideral Torment
  • 2002 : Killing Process
  • 2009 : E-xtinction
  • 2012 : Hell & Torment


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