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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Carcass album., 2 Oct 2013
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Luke Rogers (Southampton, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Necroticism - Descanting the Insalubrious (Limited Edition) (Audio CD)
This, in my opinion, is the ultimate Carcass album. I'm not a fan of their grindcore stuff (though, I do like their melodic stuff) but this is definitely my favourite. Forget Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, etc. THIS is the ultimate death metal album, the lyrics are the traditional death metal fare BUT with a twist, they're extremely well written and actually quite intelligent. The riffs are darkly catchy and addictive, Jeff's vocals are on top notch form and Ken's drumming is amongst some of my favourite drumming ever. Very hard hitting, creative and complex - recommended. PS: check out their new album "Surgical Steel" they're still rocking!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great reissue for Carcass, 20 Jun 2008
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Paul McNamee "Rambleast Reviews" (North Ireland) - See all my reviews
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As far as I'm aware, Necroticism has been out of print for years. Coinciding with Carcass' summer reunion shows, Earache is re-releasing their albums in Dualdisc format with brand new interview footage. While Earache Records are notorious for their douple-dipping incessant re-releases (At The Gates' Slaughter Of The Soul has been released FIVE TIMES!), the new footage present here lends a feel of worthiness to the proceedings. Plus, its nice that the albums are readily available in HMV again for under a tenner.

I'm sure you can get a detailed review of Necroticism elsewhere. Although the album is very good, there's still a little hanging on to the grind-heavy early days of the band that later albums ditched altogether, and for the better. That said, this album is full of classics, and is as another reviewer said, an essential of the genre. This issue also includes the entire Tools Of The Trade EP, with some more songs recorded during the Necroticism sessions, also out of print for years.

My praise goes to the quality of these re-releases. The DVD side of the disc comes with the 4th part (30 mins) of an extensive, album specific series of interviews covering evrything from Ken Owen's fondness for classical music to Bill Steer and Jeff Walker's appearance on Red Dwarf episode "Timeslides", allegedly because Craig Charles mistook them for Napalm Death! The full chapter listing's not on Amazon so I'll present it here;

Chapters:
01. Mike's Musical Input
02. A Label For Release
03. Corporal Jigsore Quandary
04. Achieving The Sound
05. The Album Imagery
06. Classical Carcass
07. Meaning Of The Album Title
08. Back To The Rehearsal Room
09. Red Dwarf 'Smeg + The Heads'
10. Death Threats

In addition to this, and not listed on the packaging OR Amazon, is a 25-minute interview with Mike Amott and Walker from an early 90s Earache video. The interview is very relaxed and informative, and gives great insight to how the band operated at the time, rather than in retrospect, with Jeff Walker in particular coming across as a justifiably arrogant, forward thinking young musician as a clearly hung over Mike Amott keeps things cool in the background.

All this comes in a massive digipak with full lyrics, photography and artwork. In short, the album has gotten the treatment it deserves at long last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carcass's finest hour, 26 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Necroticism - Descanting the Insalubrious (Limited Edition) (Audio CD)
This album is pure quality and this new limited edition makes it even better.
This is Carcass's best album and one of the genre's finest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best carcass album, 8 Sep 2013
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Awesome album, but after reading the review below. Michael Amott had no influence on the songwriting of this album. The guitars were all recorded by Bill steer and all Michael Amott did was his guitar solos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carneous Cacoffiny!, 3 May 2008
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Mr. A. J. Lawson "siafu_harshnoise" (black country) - See all my reviews
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Although the cynic in me is somewhat angered by Earache Records' current policy of raking through its (in fairness, highly impressive) back catalogue of established artists and re-releasing landmark records with somewhat dubious "extras" tacked on to the side, in the case of "Necroticism..." I am more than willing to make an exception.

It is quite difficult to overstate how influential this album was (and still is) on the death metal genre. A perfect marriage of the brutal death/gore-grind of earlier releases (particularly the slightly more structured "cuts" from "Symphonies Of Sickness") and the psuedo-melodic death metal/Gothenburg sound of "Heartwork", "Necroticism..." is possibly the definitive Carcass album.

The guitar work is second to none, with Bill Steer and Michael Amott's contrasting guitar styles complementing the songs perfectly. The riffs are IMMENSE, as indeed are the much more professional sounding solos. The song structures are at times mind-bogglingly complex. Ken Owen's drumming is some of the best ever committed to an extreme metal record and Jeff Walker's vocals are suitably savage (Bill and Ken's vocals are less prevalent than on previous records, however).

What is perhaps the factor that makes this such a good record however, is the clear and precise cohesion of vision. Each band member was focused on their own parts (as is commented on in the documentary included with this re-release). Bill and Michael were a virtuoso guitar machine in perfect co-ordination. Ken handled much of the art and conceptual aspects (on a theme of death meets eroticism) of the record, as well as the drumming and much of the song-writing. Jeff's lyrics (which are almost entirely written by him) are as witty, verbose and stomach-churning as ever. This record really does sound like four musicians all going in the same direction.

And of course it has to be stated, AT LAST, A WELL PRODUCED CARCASS ALBUM! I think the clear production on this record was part of what helped "Necroticism..." launch Carcass into extreme metal's front-line. Any previous shows of virtuosity and cohesion were lost by muddy, ham-fisted recording (particularly on the classic, but nigh unlistenable "Reek Of Putrefaction").

Whilst as stated above, I usually despise "extras", the meaty treats on store here (for once) hit the mark. The (highly entertaining) documentary DVD gives a very good insight into the mind-set of the band at the time, as well as delving into the band's history and how the album was made. Also included on the C.D. is the rare "Tools Of The Trade" E.P. in the form of bonus tracks. So you are in fact buying an L.P., an E.P. and a DVD all in the same package!

In a word, ESSENTIAL.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clasic death metal, 23 April 2008
Put simply this is one of the all time greatest death metal albums ever. This really was the template which helped spawn the now famous gothernburg scene.

This re release really does offer great value for money. As well as a great remastered sound their are 3 bonus tracks all from the tools of the trade EP. Much better than the stupid demo tracks which are normally added to re masters these days to try and justify purchase. Also a great 30 minute DVD documentry which is part 3 of a 2 and a half hour documentry filmed in 2007 covering their entire career. The other parts will be part of future re releases this summer of all the other Carcass albums.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars same here!, 9 Jun 2008
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Mr. L. Legrove (East Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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as all reviews will tell you, this is one of the best albums EVER! carcass were at their peak, and michael ammot from arch enemy gave this album a touch of class. nothin more to be said, words cannot describe how good this is. if you are into xtreme metal and dont already own this, your not into exteme metal.
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