Wednesday, 4 April 2012

CARCASS - Necroticism (1991)

01  Inpropagation
02  Corporal Jigsore Quandary
03  Symposium Of Sickness
04  Pedigree Butchery
05  Incarnated Solvent Abuse
06  Carneous Cacoffiny
07  Lavaging Expectorate Of Lysergide Composition
08  Forensic Clinicism/The Sanguine Article
09  Tools of the Trade *bonus
10  Pyosified (Still Rotten to the Gore) *bonus
11  Hepatic Tissue Fermentation II *bonus

Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious is the third album by the British extreme metal band Carcass, released in 1991 through Earache Records. This album is the first to feature guitarist Michael Amott. There's somewhat less reliance on arcane medical terminology here than in the past, but the band sticks to the familiar territory of clinically dispassionate body horror. Carcass supported the album with heavy touring, and were part of the Earache 'Gods of Grind' tour with Cathedral, Entombed and Confessor in both Europe and the United States.

Steer and Amott's guitar interplay is one of the most enjoyable aspects of Necroticism. Every song has great leads and riffs, which are split almost 50/50 between the two guitarists. Leads are usually of the melodic variety, with the occasional pinch harmonic or whammy bar squeal adding that classic death metal edge. The other drawing point of the album for me are the vocal performances of Walker and Steer. The two members often trade off vocal lines, at times creating very memorable and catchy patterns like on "Corporal Jigsore Quandary". Ken Owen gives one of his best performances ever, adding a variety and flair into his drumwork (though his forays into hyperspeed are not completely absent), and his fills are as stunning in their power as they are in skill.

Carcass used to play a raw kind of metal which was very different from what was around in 1988, Grindcore, and it appeared thanks to their debut album called "Reek Of Putrefaction" and bands have been ripping their sound off ever since. Yeah, many bands rip other bands off, that's quite common, but have you ever seen a band that gets copycatted by artists from two different genres? The interesting thing about Carcass is that they pioneered two exceedingly different styles during their heyday; the brutal and insanely sickening "Goregrind" genre and the mid-paced and mildly aggressive genre known as "Melodic Death Metal". Murder-obsessed deathgrind tends to become tiresome and irritating quickly, but nearly an hour of Necroticism flies by in a single sitting and is accessible enough  for repeat listens. Stand-out tracks include "Corporal Jigsaw Quandry", "Pedigree Butchery" and "Incarnated Solvent Abuse". This is my second favourite record by the band behind their magnum opus "Heartwork" and an essential death metal album overall. I must also extended my gratitude to my wonderful grindcore girlfriend Lou for putting me onto Carcass in the first place.

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