261: CARCASS

When Carcass first came to prominence with ‘Reek of Putrefaction’, they not only were one of the first grindcore bands, but in fact pioneered a subgenre known as goregrind.

From 1998 until 1996, Carcass released five albums, with an evolving and maturing sound that became more complex and better produced each time. Overtime Carcass would become more of a death metal band, before moving further into melodic death.

The second to last album in this run was 1993’s ‘Heartwork’, long considered one of the greatest metal albums ever produced. The album is a landmark in the evolution of melodic death metal, which they then followed with a “final” album, 1996’s ‘Swansong’.

Swansong’ continued Carcass’ evolution as a melodic death metal band, but this next chapter was short lived. During a tumultuous period of tension with record labels, the album’s release was delayed and the band split up before it was even released.

It was another ten years before there were even rumours of a Carcass reunion, and at the time nothing even eventuated. When the reunion tour finally did happen, fans were ecstatic, but it wasn’t until 2013 that the next chapter began.

Seven years after ‘Swansong’, a reunited Carcass released ‘Surgical Steel’. It received considerable critical acclaim, being named as one of the best albums of the year by multiple publications, and pretty much the benchmark for a post-reunion metal album.

It was another 8 years before Carcass released another full length album (partially due to pandemic delays).

‘Torn Arteries’, released yesterday, continues the triumphant return of this true genre-defining metal band. It’s heavy, fast, melodic, and has a hell of a groove.