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Carcass - Heartwork (1993) Retail CD
Death Metal/ Black Metal
Marking the time when things started to go slightly wrong for Carcass this album, perhaps sadly, underlines just how much they could have been capable of had the continued. On Heatwork the band finally got the lavish production which was necessary to provide definition to their detuned, yet intricate guitar playing and they honed the catchiness of their songs whilst shortening the over-long widdle-fests which punctuated the previous album (Necrotism - Descanting the Insalubrious). However it was perhaps most important of all that they stepped out from under the constrictive shadow of their pseudomore…-pathological lyrics and made themselves just a little more palatable.When the album arrived in 1994 heavy metal was undergoing a rather self-conscious, management assisted transformation from biker jacket wearing, buffant dandruff shaking passe into something a little more streetwise that you wouldn't be ashamed to tell prospective girlfriends that you were into. Perhaps it was this forced change that caused Carcass to lose a guitar player immediately after this release and then to split up shortly after releasing Heartwork's follow up.History aside there are some dazzling moments on here which walk the three borders between catchy, aggressive and tehnically excellent. See Buried Dreams as case in point. Awesome toiling guitar riffs combined with vocals which although gutteral are also deciferable certainly hit the spot. This song is also in my opinion one of the best split guitar solos of the last twenty years. The title track too is a work of excellence which although sounds a lot like Kreator’s ‘Coma of Soul’ certainly, at the time, brought something fresh to the genre.I have heard purists deriding Carcass’s later work as betraying their grindcore roots. This accusation was particularly levelled at Mr Bill Steer who was one of the founding members of Napalm Death. For me however I have always felt that Carcass were more suited to the smooth tones and technically impressive guitar playing on display here than the rough, lo-fi grind of Symphonies of Sickness and Reek of Putrefaction.For those searching for an education in where bands like Machinehead, Static X, Fear Factory and Slipknot evolved from. You could do a lot worse than look here. Because folks, British rock music doesn’t begin and end with Coldplay.
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|6||This Mortal Coil|
|7||Albeit Macht Fleisch|
|8||Blind Bleeding The Blind|
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