This is a response to the Band Of The Week: Carcass thread.

Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious

Estimated reading time: 3 minute(s)

Now we’re talking. Does heavy metal get any better than this? I can still remember a little chill up my spine when I heard the first little Maidenesque harmony guitar fill, popping up like magic out of the detuned background. To me, this said: expect the unexpected–”sure, we’ve got the murder scene photos on the cover, the ridiculously pretentious title, and the faux med school lyrics, but we’ve also got this, so stick with us.”

From start to finish, this album is a masterpiece. I can remember tearing my hair out when choosing my Best of the 1990s albums in deciding which Carcass album would make it in, this one or Heartwork (spoiler alert, it was Heartwork). While you can definitely argue which is the overall better album, this is clearly the quintessential Carcass album, combining the brutality of the first two albums (including medical literature raided lyrics and imagery (though less gory and more witty this time around), tandem bad cop/worse cop vocals, and intricate arrangements) with the melodic, memorable songwriting of what was to follow.

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September 21, 2013 Tools of the Trade E.P. avatar
This is a nice little nugget, presumably recorded during the Necroticism sessions given the consistent sound. Like what was to be found on the Heartwork E.P., the title track of...
September 21, 2013 Heartwork avatar
Heartwork is a 41 minute, 10 track masterclass in heavy metal songwriting that should be required listening by all new bands before they try to record an album. “You think...
September 22, 2013 Swansong avatar
Now to the oft-maligned Swansong. To be clear, it is neither as much of a travesty as some would have it, nor the masterpiece that J. Bennett, in a usual...
September 23, 2013 Surgical Steel avatar
To the moment we've all been waiting for! Surgical Steel. In a way, my plan for the week backfired a bit, since my brain is thoroughly Carcass-addled after my immersion...