UK death metal legends reclaim their throne

October 12—13, 2024 @ California Deathfest, Oakland CA

Cancer, hailing from the United Kingdom, emerged as pivotal figures in the global metal scene during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Formed in 1988 in Telford, England, the band quickly gained recognition for their ferocious blend of death metal and thrash influences. Their significance lies not only in their aggressive musical style but also in their influential contributions to shaping the extreme metal genre. Cancer’s impact resonates through their uncompromising sound and their role in pioneering the death metal movement alongside bands like Bolt Thrower, Benediction, Napalm Death and Carcass.

The band’s discography boasts several classic albums that have left an indelible mark on the metal community. Albums such as “To the Gory End” (1990) and ‘Death Shall Rise’ (1991) are celebrated for their raw intensity and innovative approach to songwriting. After a period of hiatus, Cancer reunited and released their latest album, “Shadow Gripped”, in 2018 and more recently “Peace Till Death”, a critically acclaimed split album with labelmates Autopsy, Morta Skuld, Static Abyss on Peaceville. With Daniel Maganto (Eternal Storm), Gabriel Valcázar (Wormed), Robert Navajas joining the leader John Walker, this comeback reaffirmed their status as veterans of the genre, showcasing their enduring relevance and ability to evolve their sound while staying true to their roots.

Cancer’s live performances are legendary for their sheer power and aggression, captivating audiences with blistering riffs and intense stage presence. Over the years, they have built a reputation for delivering uncompromising and unforgettable shows, earning them a dedicated fan base worldwide. Whether in small clubs or on major festival stages, Cancer’s live energy continues to inspire and influence a new generation of metalheads, cementing their place in the annals of extreme metal history.