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How many times have you heard about a classic band reuniting and releasing a highly anticipated new album? Think about Iron Maiden's "Brave New World" or even recently Black Sabbath's "13". Both of those two albums are amazing and represent what both of the respective bands are about, however that is not always the case. Several "return to form" or reunion albums by once classic bands have turned out to be total flops. So, with the reunion of seminal death metal / Grindcore legends Carcass one had reason to be worried. After listening to the album all the way through twice I can tell you this may very well be the best thing Carcass has ever released.
From the opening swells of instrumental opener "1985", which reminds me of Necrotism opener "Inpropagation", the album slams straight into the blistering opener "Thrasher's Abattoir". This song is 1 minute and 15 seconds of straight up grind core. This song would have easily fit in with anything on "Symphonies of Sickness". The rest of the album follows suit, taking you on a tour of Carcass's sonic history. If you've heard the pre album release "Captive Bolt Pistol" and liked it, than you will love this album. Considering the somewhat controversial break up that this band went through in the late 1990's, I was somewhat worried that this album would be disjointed and confusing in the way that 1996's "Swansong" was. While that album was not completely terrible, it was by no means up the standard of the rest of Carcass's back catalogue.
So where does this album fit among the rest of that back catalogue? I think this album is a wonderful blend of "Heartwork" and "Necrotism". This album maintains the brutality and speed of "Necrotism", which saw Carcass still dabbling with Grindcore stylings, while utilizing the accessibility and amazing guitar work found on "Heartwork". If you are a fan of Carcass, you will love this album. It's really as simple as that. It is very obvious that the band took a long look at what made them great to begin with, used that as a basis, and moved forward creating what I'm sure will be one of the best death metal albums of this decade.

Sterile Cat-gut!!!


Nicely done, men. Just the album we needed. Cheers!

About Carcass

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 Death) and drummer Ken Owen. By 1987, singer/bassist Jeff Walker had signed on with the band, resulting in a deal with Earache Records shortly after. The trio then issued a pair of full-lengths that are often considered classics of the grindcore genre, 1988's Reek of Putrefaction and 1989's Symphonies of Sickness.

Shortly after the dawn of the '90s, Carcass expanded to a quartet, as Michael Amott signed on as second guitarist, resulting in two more favorites of the metal underground, 1991's Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious and 1992's four-song EP Tools of the Trade. Whereas he once sang in a growling voice à la a dragon desperately in need of some Pepto-Bismol, Walker adopted a slightly more traditional metal singing style, while the band was no longer afraid to let Iron Maiden-esque guitar work enter the mix. The result was the group's major-label debut for Sony, 1994's Heartwork. Although Heartwork is probably Carcass' best-known album, fan reaction is often split evenly between those who feel the group had sold out with a more easily digestible sound (quite comparable to thrash metal) and those who feel that it's one of the '90s great metal releases.

Either way, Amott left the group around this time, and was replaced by Carlo Regadas for Carcass' final studio album, 1996's appropriately titled Swansong. The same year, a compilation of rarities was issued, Wake Up and Smell the Carcass. Subsequently, Owen, Walker, and Regadas continued working together for a spell under the Blackstar name; Amott formed both Spiritual Beggars and Arch Enemy; and Steer surprisingly formed a blues-rock power trio, Firebird.

The band re-formed in 2007 as a live act, with Walker, Steer, and Amott tapping Arch Enemy drummer Daniel Erlandsson to man the kit, though there was no talk of heading back into the studio. Amott and Erlandsson left in 2012 to focus on Arch Enemy, and Steer and Walker, along with drummer Dan Wilding, surprised everyone with the announcement of a new album. The resulting Surgical Steel, which was released independently, arrived in September 2013. ~ Greg Prato

    Liverpool, England

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