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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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After buying the thrash/death metal masterclass that is "Surgical Steel" I of course wanted to explore their back catalogue. Read morePublished 19 months ago by K Cliffe
Awesome album, Carcass at their finest. This is a 90's classic, a must for any Metal collection. Buy this album.Published on 14 Dec. 2013 by Metaldog
One of the best metal records. Clean production, great riffs, suberb drumming. Had this album on tape and just bought the cd to remenis but got totally hooked again.Published on 16 Aug. 2013 by Jim
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. Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2007 by The Conman
Well what can i say about this work of art. Carcass outdid themselves and everyone else when they produced this. Read morePublished on 3 July 2004 by roy taylor
It can often be seen that during the most testing times in artists personal lives they can create their greatest works, and for me this Album is an example of just such a thing. Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2003 by S. Smith