Cult takes on British legends: Carcass
Well, spit it out Cult! Inquiring minds want to know, tongues are salivating in excitement, invariably two sentences that will never be associated with any of my works, nevertheless here is my Artist of the Month piece on, as the title suggests... British Grindcore Pioneers -Carcass. Ironically an act that hails from the same small island as myself, jolly ol' England.
Without further ado, I shall Carry on...
Reek of Putrefaction (1988)
Symphonies of Sickness (1989)
Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious (1991)
Tools of the Trade EP (1992)
Surgical Steel (2013)
Jeff Walker -main vocals, bass
Bill Steer -lead guitar, vocals
Daniel Wilding –drums
Ben Ash –guitar
Originally formed as a D-beat band, (a sub-genre of Punk famous for its unrelenting drum beat, named after the Swedish act Discharge) their name was soon changed to Carcass. Shortly thereafter they released their first demo (1987) entitled Flesh Ripping Torment.
It was found hacking its way towards the masses from as far afield as Birmingham (England), where around the same time another British act, Napalm Death, were helping to add to this momentum with their first album Scum (a release ironically that both Bill Steer and Jeff Walker had a 'hand in') also in Flint, Michigan in the form of a little known act by the name of Repulsion.
*Feind Note: Cult missed a couple important ones or at least a couple of my favorites in the Atheist classic Piece of Time and Faith No More’s classic The Real Thing. Honestly it was a good metal year and my sophomore year of high school! See a full list of awesome metal HERE.
This album isn't at all shabby, IMO, though it's not what one might expect after being so comfortable with any previous effort, even their last. The overall sound leaned more towards a chunky riffed, groove laden, melodic death release with a slight hint of rock n roll and even doom. It was slower in pace and nowhere near as brutal as Necro, or even Heartwork. Thankfully Walker's vocals were the one thing that still gave it that recognizable Carcass edge, whereas the music for the most part reeked more of a style that fellow Earache labelmates and countrymen Cathedral might have employed.
What will the future hold? Who really knows but if it's anything as bright or groundbreaking as the events in the last twenty–five years we are all in for a brutal treat of extremely epic gore soaked proportions.
Long may Carcass shred!
(Psst don't that shit will go straight to his head)
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