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Heartwork

4.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00000583S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,901,441 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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Yes, this is one of those albums that not only lives up to it's reputation but actually blows it sky high out of the water. Believe the hype. Believe the other reviewers. If your looking for the apex of 90s death metal, then look no further.

Heartwork simply astounds me. At the time it was released it stood head and shoulders above the legions of parent-bothering, controversy hungry bands and their second-rate Slayer riffs and rather forced argression. You see, Heartwork moved away from the 'noise of noise sake' approach of playing the diminsish and atonal scales as fast as one could and brought to bare a little thing called refinement. Yes, this album is still very heavy and the vocals still as venemous as they get, but this aggression is matched by variety and taste. For one, the band aren't afraid to drop their double-bass bravado for some infectious grooves or a tasteful dose of melody now and again. Some parts fast, some parts slow, yet always creative and interesting, Carcass molded their death/grind roots with the pendulum swing of rock 'n' roll, the infectious crunch of thrash and the soaring guitar dynamics of yesteryear to creat a truimph in metal; accessablity and extremity without sacrificing one or the other. And their influence is as wide reaching as the bands is brilliant; a world without Heartwork is a world without Machine Head, Soilwork, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage, Nightrage, Shadows Fall, Black Dhalia Murder, Arsis, Lamb of God, Light this City, countless metalcore bands, All Shall Perish, and just about any death or aggressive metal band thats worth their salt. Yup, listen to Heartwork and you can hear a good 70% of todays heavy bands taking notes.

Overall, this album is a landmark not only in Death metal but in the metal sub-genre in general.
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