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CARCASS
CARCASS
Necroticism: Descanting The Insalubrious
(Earache Records)
60:57min

Kinda weird to start a re-issue series with its third volume, but from what I've heard from Earache recently, this was done due to the fact that "Necroticism - Descanting The Insalubrious" is out of print for quite a while already. So, the demand for it might be a little bigger nowadays than for the other CARCASS' releases, and therefore the decision definitely makes sense. All of the band's albums sounded different from each other, yet maintained a unique CARCASS note to 'em. While their debut full length "Reek Of Putrefaction" was still pure filthy Grindcore, they already perfected that style on "Symphonies Of Sickness", whereas "Necroticism..." showcased a completely "grown up" band, with a songwriting that was definitely more rooted in the (Thrash) Metal genre. Improved technical abilities and a stronger focus on melodic leads (courtesy of newly recruited, second guitar player Michael Amott) dominated the whole record and resulted in quite controversial reactions. While the die hard CARCASS fans already accused the UK bunch of having sold out, their following in general became a lot bigger along the way. All of a sudden the band was taken seriously and accepted by ordinary Metal fans around the world, Metal fans that previously never cared for their past material. The two professionally shot promo videos for the tracks 'Corporal Jigsore Quandary' and 'Incarnated Solvent Abuse' got played by MTV quite a few times and definitely helped to get the name out even more. This re-issue comes as a digi-pack dual disc that also features the three non-album tracks of the "Tools Of The Trade" EP on the audio side, while the DVD side offers a fresh 25-minute interview with the whole band and as a bonus, a classic interview with Jeff and Michael from 1992. Combined with all other re-releases (that are about to follow soon as well) this will result in a complete, historical documentary on the band. So, CARCASS fans should definitely make sure to buy them all. By the way: if you put all digipaks together in your CD-shelf, the combined collection will result in an old picture of the band. Quite a cool idea! www.myspace.com/carcass, www.earache.com

Frank Stöver

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