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Heartwork


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  • Audio CD (28 Oct 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pinnacle
  • ASIN: B000024AZV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,484 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Mar 2002
Format: Audio CD
'Heartwork' is the best carcass album,quite a step forward from the death metal assult of 'necroticism',although this is fantastic,with a more mature sound,and extremly clever lyrics,this makes 'heartwork' one of the best metal albums of all time.It sounds very thrashy in some places like Megadeth or Metallica ('embodiment') and can also sound like Iron Maiden ('this mortal coil') this album has so many great tracks,one of them being the title track,others being 'carnal forge' 'blind bleeding the blind' and 'buried dreams'all the medical termanology has gone,and so has the groans from Bill steer,but his guitar work makes up for it,Jeff walkers voice is forever brutal and raspy,just wish you could hear his bass more...nothing else to say but BUY IT!!!...''not a pretty picture''
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. SCM Bell VINE VOICE on 7 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
Marking the time when things started to go slightly wrong for Carcass this album, perhaps sadly, underlines just how much they could have been capable of had the continued. On Heatwork the band finally got the lavish production which was necessary to provide definition to their detuned, yet intricate guitar playing and they honed the catchiness of their songs whilst shortening the over-long widdle-fests which punctuated the previous album (Necrotism - Descanting the Insalubrious). However it was perhaps most important of all that they stepped out from under the constrictive shadow of their pseudo-pathological lyrics and made themselves just a little more palatable.
When the album arrived in 1994 heavy metal was undergoing a rather self-conscious, management assisted transformation from biker jacket wearing, buffant dandruff shaking passe into something a little more streetwise that you wouldn't be ashamed to tell prospective girlfriends that you were into. Perhaps it was this forced change that caused Carcass to lose a guitar player immediately after this release and then to split up shortly after releasing Heartwork's follow up.
History aside there are some dazzling moments on here which walk the three borders between catchy, aggressive and tehnically excellent. See Buried Dreams as case in point. Awesome toiling guitar riffs combined with vocals which although gutteral are also deciferable certainly hit the spot. This song is also in my opinion one of the best split guitar solos of the last twenty years. The title track too is a work of excellence which although sounds a lot like Kreator’s ‘Coma of Soul’ certainly, at the time, brought something fresh to the genre.
I have heard purists deriding Carcass’s later work as betraying their grindcore roots.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Oct 2000
Format: Audio CD
Though the grindcore aficionados cried sell-out. This is Carcass's finest hour. Highly produced but still ferocious as ever, the medical terminology is dropped and replaced with Walker's intelligent lyrics. But what sticks out a mile is Steer's clever clever guitar. This man is seriously overburdened with talent and Heartwork is a fine showcase. Fearless, furious and downright wonderful. Ten Stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NumberSix on 26 Mar 2003
Format: Audio CD
There's no doubt that Carcass already stood out from their death metal peers before this album - they already had obviously excellent musicianship, and more imagination than the bands they shared shelf space with - but with this album, they developed a new, clearer, more listenable sound that had a little more in common with mainstream thrash than their charnel-house associates. It sounds great, too - purists may disagree (at the time there were claims of 'selling out') but this album has stood the test of time, and when played against hyped bands like Slipknot it proves that you don't need masks or other gimmicks to stand out from the crowd. Amongst the best metal albums of all sub-genres, and five stars well deserved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Conman on 22 Aug 2007
Format: Audio CD
Heartwork is no doubt one of the best albums I've bought in recent months. Heartwork is now seen as something of a classic in the metal world. Carcass where a band who were never afraid of evolving musically. Their first two albums were straight-up brutal grindcore albums that would be influential on many later bands in the same genre. With their third album Necroticism, Carcass slowed down a little bit and lenghtened the songs to make more of a death metal album. If Necroticism was where Carcass became a death metal band, then Heartowrk was where they became a melodic death metal band. However, they also just happened to release what was actually the first melodic death metal album, which helps explain the album's classic status.
Of all their albums, Heartwork is the best produced. However, the polished production doesn't make it seem poppy at all. Instead it gives extra power to the instruments, giving Heartwork one of the most crushing guitar sounds ever. This is very important to the album. Gone are the sickening gore lyrics of their earlier albums. Instead there are more mature and subtle lyrics which can actually be taken seriously. The band also made the songs a bit shorter than on Necroticism, which makes them even more catchy.
As the band charge into these songs, it can be heard that the enourmous, heavy riffs that populate them are relentless in their assault and are backed up by numerous tempo-changes, in true death metal style. However, what the band did here that was so original was to craft melody into their death metal sound. The riffs here are always very heavy but have a sense of melody as well in a way that is sometimes reminiscent of the new wave of British heavy metal (the galloping harmonic riffs in This Mortal Coil certainly bring Iron Maiden to mind).
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