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Album Review

The title alone. Anyone taking the lyrical content here even slightly seriously — and that includes the bandmembers — clearly needs to be taken away by the nice men in the white jackets. Thoughtfully, complete lyrics are provided — thus, a verse from "Vomited A**l Tract": "Your vagus implodes, as nausea strikes/Savaging your body in terminal retch/Violent spasms and decaying enzymes/Engulf your throat as you belch." That this or anything else on the album is completely impossible to understand otherwise is part of the insane fun, of course, which is why Carcass is both one of the best and funniest bands around. Musically everything is basically just one step away from Napalm Death's early sound, if even that far, but there's something just that much more engagingly nutty about what Carcass do. It might be the way that Bill Steer's guitar solos sound like they're turning themselves inside out every time he plays one (with blood dripping from exposed musculature and so forth, no doubt). Alternately, it might be how Ken Owen matches early Mick Harris for sheer frazzle with drums played so fast everything sounds more like a wash of static than anything else. Whatever it is, Reek of Putrefaction consists of songs so immediate and there that trying to analyze them in depth is practically impossible — you accept it and let yourself go from the start or you never ever want to hear anything like it again. There are occasional moments of calm — "Genital Grinder," which starts things off, begins with a low bass rumble and a great, chunky riff, a smart way to draw folks in before the final slaughter. Top everything off with the barked, whined, and yelped vocals of the threesome in full unintelligible glory, and Reek succeeds thoroughly and completely at what it does.

Customer Reviews

Cracking, shame about the missing tracks

If ya want an ear blistering album and a great introduction to Carcass or grindcore for that matter look no further than Reek, it's a side and ear splitting, chaotic sound attack, own it and love it! If ya want vulgarity go for something like Analcunt or Cannibal Corpse, if you want quality look no further :-) iTunes where the hell are the missing tracks?


Formed: 1985 in Liverpool, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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 -- 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 -- in case you've lived under a rock for the past few decades, Liverpool -- Carcass were originally formed in 1985 by singer/guitarist Bill Steer (who would later play with Napalm...
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