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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 (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,939 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc: 1

  1. Carnal forge

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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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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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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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After buying the thrash/death metal masterclass that is "Surgical Steel" I of course wanted to explore their back catalogue. Taking the advice of another reviewer I tried Heartwork - I was not disappointed. This album is fantastic, full of great songs and heavy riffs. It's different from SS i.e. not as ferocious but defintely worth buying.
I bought secondhand from a reseller, came on time and in perfect condition
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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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By A Customer on 24 April 2001
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This record WILL stand the test of time, unlike many in the genre. The main reason for that is the production. One of the best recorded rock albums, Colin Richardson's live drum sound blends perfectly with the super heavy guitar. The production is one thing, and the playing is another. Each instrument is played to capacity, with the bluesy touches being sublime.
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Format: Audio CD
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. Due to start their slightly extended break up, which covered the time up to the release of the next album, aptly named Swansong.
Sitting in a spot somewhere between the original grindcore/death metal roots of the band, and more mainstream metal/heavy rock, the overall sound of the album allows a lot more aggression and belief in the lyrics to add to a mix between both harsh and melodic sections that really made the whole more powerful, rather than being a 'sell-out'. It wasn't as if Carcass were going to become a commercialised version of themselves, it seemed to be more about actually making their message and the strength of their music clearer.
There isnt a weak point in the album, it was when they took a spot head and shoulders above their peers, unfortunately it only lasted for this one album and maybe half of the work on Swansong can be considered at a similar level.
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