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Carcass is a goregrind/death metal band formed by Napalm Death guitarist Bill Steer together with drummer Ken Owen in 1985 and is considered by many to have been one of the most influential and talented bands within the extreme metal scene.

Carcass was originally based in Liverpool. On their first demo, Sanjiv contributed vocals. In 1987, bassist and vocalist Jeffrey Walker, formerly of the Electro Hippies, joined them.

The band focused on topics mostly relating to the medical field and bizarre combinations of medical equipment and chemicals with human anatomy, such as "Intenacious, intersecting / Reaving fats from corporal griskin [...] Skeletal groats triturated, desinently exsiccated". This lyrical focus led many in the music press to falsely believe that one or more members of the band had studied medicine. There is more evidence to show that this lyrical focus was a method of pushing vegetarianism (For example, "Exhume To Consume").
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CARCASS Discography

CARCASS albums / top albums

CARCASS Reek of Putrefaction album cover 2.97 | 27 ratings
Reek of Putrefaction
Goregrind 1988
CARCASS Symphonies of Sickness album cover 3.52 | 30 ratings
Symphonies of Sickness
Goregrind 1989
CARCASS Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious album cover 4.34 | 65 ratings
Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious
Death Metal 1991
CARCASS Heartwork album cover 4.38 | 82 ratings
Melodic Death Metal 1993
CARCASS Swansong album cover 3.64 | 40 ratings
Death 'n' Roll 1996
CARCASS Surgical Steel album cover 4.13 | 31 ratings
Surgical Steel
Melodic Death Metal 2013
CARCASS Torn Arteries album cover 4.34 | 20 ratings
Torn Arteries
Melodic Death Metal 2021

CARCASS EPs & splits

CARCASS Pathologic album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Grindcore 1989
CARCASS Peel Sessions album cover 2.33 | 3 ratings
Peel Sessions
Grindcore 1989
CARCASS Live St. George's Hall, Bradford 15.11.89 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live St. George's Hall, Bradford 15.11.89
Grindcore 1990
CARCASS Gods of Grind album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gods of Grind
Death Metal 1992
CARCASS Tools of the Trade album cover 4.11 | 10 ratings
Tools of the Trade
Death Metal 1992
CARCASS The Heartwork EP album cover 3.70 | 5 ratings
The Heartwork EP
Melodic Death Metal 1994
CARCASS Party.San Metal Open Air - Hell Is Here-Sampler album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Party.San Metal Open Air - Hell Is Here-Sampler
Melodic Death Metal 2013
CARCASS Carcass / Cerebral Bore album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Carcass / Cerebral Bore
Melodic Death Metal 2014
CARCASS Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel album cover 3.83 | 5 ratings
Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel
Melodic Death Metal 2014
CARCASS Despicable album cover 4.00 | 5 ratings
Melodic Death Metal 2020

CARCASS live albums

CARCASS demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

CARCASS Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment album cover 1.00 | 1 ratings
Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment
Grindcore 1987
CARCASS Rock Hard Presents: Gods of Grind album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rock Hard Presents: Gods of Grind
Death Metal 1991
CARCASS Zochrot album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Death Metal 2013
CARCASS Under the Scalpel Blade album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Under the Scalpel Blade
Death Metal 2019

CARCASS re-issues & compilations

CARCASS Wake Up And Smell The... album cover 3.45 | 7 ratings
Wake Up And Smell The...
Death Metal 1996
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Death Metal 2004

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CARCASS Torn Arteries

Album · 2021 · Melodic Death Metal
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Kev Rowland
Seven years ago, I was fortunate to see one of the mightiest pairings ever at a metal gig, namely Carcass supporting Napalm Death, a line-up I never thought I would see in New Zealand. Most of the world see Shane Embury as the godfather of grindcore (and rightfully so), but on the stage that night there was only one person who had played on the almighty ‘Scum’, and that was of course Bill Steer. Along with co-founder, bassist and singer Jeff Walker, Bill has continued to push Carcass so that 35 years after their creation they are still showing younger bands how to do it. It when this was released in 2021 it was eight years since the excellent ‘Surgical Steel’, since when they and drummer Dan Wilding have been active on the touring front as well as releasing EPs and singles. On this album they were joined by guitarist Tom Draper who had been working with them for a few years but has since left.

What does one expect from Carcass? Melodic death of course, lyrics which often use medical terminology, complex musicianship, and a band who look back at what they have previously achieved yet also want to keep pushing forward. They have a breadth of influences and bring these when they make sense yet also ensure they stay true to their calling. I remember being sent Firebird’s ‘No.3’ to review back in 2003 and I could not believe it was the same Bill Steer as musically it was just so different to what I expected from him. That is still true today as he is an immense and highly influential guitarist who feels no need to stick to the type of solos expected from him if something more traditional is required to fit in with his mindset yet can blast away if that is the right think to do. Walker is as gruff and powerful as ever, uncompromising, and when the band provide the beautiful acoustic introduction to the lengthy “Flesh Ripping Torment Limited” it feels just right before we move into the metal which continues to evolve and twist throughout.

Carcass are a band who continually deliver, both onstage and on vinyl, and long may it continue. For fans of melodic death everywhere.

CARCASS Torn Arteries

Album · 2021 · Melodic Death Metal
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"Torn Arteries" is the 7th full-length studio album by UK death metal act Carcass. The album was released through Nuclear Blast in September 2021, almost to the day 8 years after the release of the preceding album "Surgical Steel" from September 2013. Carcass have been quite busy in the intermediate years though, touring the world and trying to profit as much as possible on their long awaited comeback. In addition to touring, the band have also released the "Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel" EP in 2014 and the "Despicable" EP in 2020, so there have been some new material for the fans between the two album releases. "Despicable" (2020) ended up being released as a gap release because Carcass didn´t want to release "Torn Arteries" during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was originally planned for a summer 2020 release, and the band had already released the teaser single track "Under the Scalpel Blade" in December 2019 to promote the release of the album, but as things turned out, they opted to push the album release little over a year.

"Under the Scalpel Blade" is included on the tracklist of "Torn Arteries", but other than that track, which was both released as an individual single and as part of "Despicable" (2020) (and is an absolutely brilliant track), all other tracks are new original compositions. Stylistically the material are unmistakably the sound of Carcass and you´ll hear elements on the album which will remind you of "Surgical Steel" (2013), but also elements from the three albums released from 1991-1996 ("Necroticism - Descanting the Insalubrious (1991)", "Heartwork (1993)", and "Swansong (1996)"). Sharp, aggressive, and melodic death metal with both thrash metal and tradtional heavy metal leanings. The lead vocals are predominantly handled by vocalist/bassist Jeff Walker (in his usual raw and aggressive snarling vocal style), which has been the case since the early 90s, but guitarist Bill Steer actually contributes a few of his low growling vocals too a few times during the playing time, and it´s a treat to fans of the early albums.

"Torn Arteries" is probably the most varied Carcass album yet, and stylistically it´s arguably a little inconsistent. When you opt to put a death´n´roll influenced track like "Dance of IXTAB (Psychopomp & Circumstance March No.1 in B)" on the same album as a death metal/goregrind track like "Under the Scalpel Blade" (the 9:42 minutes long "Flesh Ripping Torment Limited" also stands out as a unique song on the album), some listeners are bound to find either the former or the latter most interesting and hoping to hear more of the same, but if we´ve learned anything from Carcass over the years, it´s that they write and release exactly what they feel like witing and releasing. They are not an act who you can count on releasing formulaic albums. So "Torn Arteries" is not necessarily an album which will hook you on first listen. It takes time and an effort to listen to the album and hear all the details and let the different stylistic features sink in. Overall all tracks of course still sound unmistakably like Carcass. The vocals are described above, and the same with the death/thrashy riffs, but the many well played guitar leads and harmonies also deserve a special mention. Steer has again produced many memorable and powerful lead guitar moments.

The album features a darker and more organic sounding production that the more clinical, sharp, and sterile sound production on "Surgical Steel" (2013), and that production choice suits the material on "Torn Arteries" well. Upon conclusion it was worth the wait as "Torn Arteries" is a high quality Carcass album. It´s familiar enough to please the fans, but still features enough development and small experiments with sound and form to keep Carcass relevant. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

CARCASS Torn Arteries

Album · 2021 · Melodic Death Metal
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I don't normally listen to violent albums, but Carcass's ypical lyrics are just barely under the maximum level of lyrical violence I accept when I listen to a new album. I'm familiar with Heartwork and Necroticism, both of which are almost phenomenal. But this album pretty much just feels like a rehash of all of those strengths. Torn Arteries is pretty much Carcass saying, "this is what we do and even though all our best ideas have been used up, we still have good ideas." To be fair, those strengths are still healthy and apparent, allowing for a great balance between technicality, melody and brutality that Carcass is known for, especially in the longer and more progressive songs like "Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment Limited," but every this this album did was already brutally outdone by Carcass's earlier aforementioned albums. Basically, it's a good album almost strictly for Carcass fans.

CARCASS Torn Arteries

Album · 2021 · Melodic Death Metal
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Vim Fuego
“For fuck’s sake, give it here and let me show you how to do it properly!” – Carcass to every other melodic death metal band.

OK, this quote is obviously made up, but this is what “Torn Arteries” feels like Carcass is saying to other bands. After all, Carcass gave them the blueprints back in the early 90s. “Necroticism: Descanting The Insalubrious” showed societal satire could be combined with glorified gore and head kicking metal. And then with “Heartwork” they threw in huge chunks of unexpected melody, mountainous riffs, and a crystal clear yet distinctly deathly sound, and defined a whole new metal sub-genre. The band then got justifiably pissed off with the music business and fucked off for more than a decade. The creaky old zombie was stitched back together in 2007, and since then seems to be on a fairly relaxed album cycle. It’s been 8 years since “Surgical Steel”, and “Torn Arteries” was well and truly worth the wait.

You see, when it comes to melodic death metal, Carcass focuses on the death metal, and the melody comes second, and not the other way round. This is evident right from the first bars of the first track on the album, also the title track. It has a punishing drum intro and then into the trademark riffs. No samples, no atmospheric fucking about, just foot to the floor metal. Yes, there’s melody, but it’s dialled way back and comes more through lead guitars than vocals. It’s the perfect mix of “Necroticism...” and “Heartwork”, but dragged battered and bleeding into the 21st century.

The humour, both philosophic and comedic, drips from almost every track. “Dance of Ixtab (Psychopomp & Circumstance March No.1 in B)” refers to the Mayan goddess of suicide by hanging. “Eleanor Rigor Mortis” has the fastest intro this band has written since 1991, and thankfully has nothing to do with The Beatles song this title parodies.

“Under The Scalpel Blade” seems to be a pointed examination of the cradle-to-grave medical industrial complex, which profits from pain. “The Devil Rides Out” is an anti-Satanism song, but most definitely isn’t pro-Christian, with some evil, twisted riffs, an outro which could almost be a black metal parody. And then just to fuck with you, the intro to “Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment Limited” is some gentle acoustic picking… and then the song then smashes into full death metal fury, transforming into a near 10 minute epic. Yeah, they nearly went prog here, but kept it interesting.

From a band which seems to have produced masterpiece after masterpiece (consider “Swansong” a minor blip on the radar), and is justifiably said to have produced the best album of their career each time a new disc drops (yes, skip “Swansong” again), Carcass have done it again. Only the most primitive gore freaks who never moved on from the “Reek of Putrefaction” days could be dissatisfied with this album.

“Torn Arteries” takes everything Carcass has created over the past 35 years and distilled it down to the finest essence du mélodique morte métal. No one else is going to do it better than this.

CARCASS Heartwork

Album · 1993 · Melodic Death Metal
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Carcass is one of the greatest and most important death metal bands in history. And this reputation could reasonably rest entirely on this specific record alone!

Death metal started in the 80s in Tampa Bay Florida as a form of thrash with harsher vocals and lyrics with gory imagery. There was also the related grindcore scene which took its main inspiration from hardcore but also indulged the gory grotesque imagery and brutal growling characteristic of death metal. The music emerging from these scenes was all about shock value: violence, gore, and aggression for its own sake (musically and lyrically).Artistic merit came, in my opinion, at a premium.

In the 90s, death metal spawned two offshoots: technical death metal, primarily in North America, and melodic death metal, primarily in Sweden. Melodic death metal is characterized by the same brutal vocals and down-tuned or extended range guitars of death metal but the riffs actually take inspiring from classic metal like Iron Maiden and Sabbath. As a genre, it transcended the mere shock value of death and grindcore and actually focused on songcraft.

Carcass, who actually happen to be from the UK, started off making grotesque grindcore music but eventually "sold out" and created one of the first, best, and most important melodic death metal records of all time. Obviously, Carcass' old school grindcore fans hated Heartwork, at least initially. But it is indeed what catapulted Carcass to their current metal god status. It is not exaggeration to point out that the sound on this record is basically the standard for extreme but "accessible" metal till today.

As far as songs go, "This Mortal Coil" has the strongest Maiden influence. "Embodiment " was the first song I heard from the record and is absolutely one of its best. The best track has to be "Arbeit Meicht Fleisch". Its an unapologetically ambitious song that combines everything about Carcass that makes them great.

Personally, this was the first extreme metal record I ever listened to and I was more or less hooked right away. The mix of groove, technicality, melody, and, of course, anger and brutality were like a drug for an angsty 14 year old teenager. I have not been the same person ever since...

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