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ZonedWithinRage
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« on: June 05, 2007, 02:34:16 am »

Often considered one of grindcore's founding fathers, Carcass were among the first bands of the extreme metal genre to try a different lyrical approach HuhHuh?? one that reflected a fascination with surgical gadgets and peculiar words straight out of a med student's textbook. Hailing from the same locale that spawned the Fab Four HuhHuh?? in case you lived under a rock for the past few decades, Liverpool HuhHuh?? Carcass were originally formed in 1985 by singer/guitarist Bill Steer (who would later play with Napalm Death) and drummer Ken Owen. By 1987, singer/bassist Jeff Walker had signed on with the band, resulting in a deal with Earache Records shortly after. The trio then issued a pair of full-lengths that are often considered classics of the grindcore genre, 1988's Reek of Putrefaction and 1989's Symphonies of Sickness.

Shortly after the dawn of the '90s, Carcass expanded to a quartet, as Michael Amott signed on as second guitarist, resulting in two more favorites of the metal underground, 1991's Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious and 1992's four-song EP Tools of the Trade. Whereas he once sang in a growling voice Huh? la a dragon desperately in need of some Pepto-Bismol, Walker adopted a slightly more traditional metal singing style, while the band was no longer afraid to let Iron Maiden-esque guitar work enter the mix. The result was the group's major-label debut for Sony, 1994's Heartwork. Although Heartwork is probably Carcass' best-known album, fan reaction is often split evenly between those who feel the group had sold out with a more easily digestible sound (quite comparable to thrash metal) and those who feel that it's one of the '90s great metal releases.

Either way, Amott left the group around this time, and was replaced by Carlo Regadas for Carcass' final studio album, 1996's appropriately titled Swansong. The same year, a compilation of rarities was issued, Wake Up and Smell the Carcass. Subsequently, Owen, Walker, and Regadas continued working together for a spell under the Blackstar name; Amott formed both Spiritual Beggars and Arch Enemy; and Steer surprisingly formed a blues-rock power trio, Firebird.

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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2007, 02:41:48 am »

Melodramatic extremist grindcore explores the discontiguous nature of life's end in overdemonstrative but concise metapoetry involving simple, sloppy, grindcore riffs grating up against a metallic sense of extended arrangement and epic song construction. Despite the simplicity of the playing here, the players very skillfully manipulate simple melodies into the rhythm and handful of riffs and budget-composition elements to put together intense and wide-ranging songs.

Gutteral grunting and shrieking mockery are the two voices of guitarist and bassist as they work through mini-operettas of gastrointestinal fate, vivisection, or organ decomposition. Probing and tearing rhythms afflict cyclic winding into consistent motion which then decays, bubbling and chortling in guttural vocal accompaniment to detuned, suppurating guitars.

The ability of this band to hang in rhythm despite it being a deliberately off-rhythm, distorted and muddied rhythmic requirement for playing each part qualifies their lengthier, grinding masterpieces which satirize older melodic styles in barre chords shuddering through a phrase. Varied are tempos, intelligently enough to pace songs against each other in settings from driving multiphrase blast beat to slow rolling double-hit death metal paces. Hardcore emerges as the face behind the genealogy in some running verses, bridge uptempo shifts, and deadpan industrial rock drumming.

This material, though built of barre chords and refragmented rock beats, has been assembled with the hand of composition to build material with life, violence, anti-ideological compassion, and humor. The tracks from "Symphonies of Sickness" are tighter and more modern where "Reek of Putrefaction" is raging eyesclosed thrust forward intense grindcore crossover. (Note: Earache has re-released these as separate albums with new updated and un-obscene cover art which seems to miss the spirit of these works.)
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2007, 03:17:27 pm »

A real shame they broke up. Probably the only "corporate" death metal i ever loved. Heartwork and Swansong were great works and, as i said before, a real shame. c'mon!!!! Their guitarists (whose name escapes me at this moment) could have done something better for himself than join arch enemy.

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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2007, 02:37:02 am »

I loved everything they did with Michael Amott cause i'm a huge fan of his work, especially wih Arch Enemy, but their stuff without him is just a tad bit boring to me. :/
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2007, 02:39:42 am »

I love Carcass! Jeff Walker is a genius and Michael Amott has writes amazing riffs no matter what band he's in. Carcass will always be one of the greats, in fact, so many bands now are proud to say they are pretty much a "Carcass tribute band."
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« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2007, 06:41:13 pm »

I've been reading that there is a possibility of a reunion!!! ::surprise
http://www.smnnews.com/2007/09/28/carcass-guitarist-michael-amott-on-possible-reunion-its-definitely-doable/
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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2007, 02:31:00 pm »

Words can't describe how awesome it is to to hear that they are playing Wacken next year, hopefully a reunion world tour will follow.
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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2007, 03:10:27 pm »

I will be seeing them at Wacken. I hope they play the melo-death stuff and not the grindcore shit.
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