Carcass
Reek of Putrefaction


3.5
great

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
August 5th, 2005 | 59 replies | 16,888 views


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


Carcass were true innovators of not one, but two different styles of metal. Along with their first two being classics of the grind genre, Heartwork was also one of the first ever melodic death metal albums. Reek of Putrefaction was where it all started. Despite being primitive, Reek of Putrefaction is a true classic.

Carcass
Bill Steer - Guitar
Jeff Walker - Vocals/Bass
Ken Owen - Drums
Carlo Regadas - Guitar

It's not hard to imagine what Carcass sound like, without actually hearing them. Really, all one needs to do is look at the song titles, or even the album title. Or perhaps simply the band name itself. But from the moment it starts, Carcass' debut can be summed up in a few words; sickening, disgusting, foul and vomit inducing would suffice. It's very rare for a track on Reek of Putrefaction to pass the 2 minute mark. Only 1 track passes the 3 minute mark and even then, it's only by a few seconds. The lyrics are disgusting and not to be taken seriously. It does, however, take a special sort of sense of humour to appreciate Carcass' lyrics. The band's sound completely reflects the lyrical content. Despite being so dirty, rough and sickening, Reek of Putrefaction remains to this day as one of the most fun grind/metal albums ever recorded.

The production of Reek of Putrefaction is horrible, in a good way. Making everything sound incredibly low and deep, instruments are often blurred into walls of noise. Guitar riffs have to be listned to closely to distinguish the fact that they are actually playing different notes. For the bass, this is impossible. The drumming has excellent production and Ken Owen does a brilliant job. The vocals are probably the most disgusting part of the album. As gutteral as you can get, they belt out the gore lyrics at lightning speeds. The most notable part of the whole thing is the guitar solos, courtesy of Bill Steer. Sounding like they are dripping with blood, they work their way into a few songs, most notably "Vomited Anal Tract". Carcass' debut, while being slightly immature in comparison to their later work, is essential for anyone interested in grind or death metal. While Symphonies of Sickness and Heartwork are Carcass' strongest releases, Reek of Putrefaction remains as a great piece of grind and an essential album.

Pros
Amazing guitar solos
Fun music, despite Carcass seeming like psychos
Cool musicianship

Cons
Production, while fitting, may be offputting
Immature and not very intelligent
Not much variation

Reccomended Tracks
Genital Grinder
Vomited Anal Tract
Psychopathologist

Note, Reek of Putrefaction had the artwork pictured in this review upon release. It was changed for a while to [url=http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/dre900/e940/e940960ux2w.jpg]this[/url]. This artwork is the most widely available.

FINAL RATING: 3.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Shadows
Moderator
August 6th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A Carcass review...you have my undying respect. I've been listening to tons of these guys lately, as I've just gotten into them. I only have Heartwork and Necroticism, but I love both. Excellent reviewery here - Michael Amott is one hell of a guitarist.

EDIT: Up until Heartwork, these guys always had the weirdest cover art...This Message Edited On 08.06.05

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 6th 2005



2125 Comments


I might review Symphonies pretty soon, is that a good idea?

Happymeal
August 6th 2005



330 Comments


Nice, I'll get this soon.

Shadows
Moderator
August 6th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Absolutely, do Symphonies. I need to be introduced to as much Carcass as possible.

Even though they're already done, I was thinking of doing Necroticism and Heartwork anyway.

circleofdeadchildren
August 6th 2005



119 Comments


Very good album.Carcass kicks ass

Ace_of_Bass2112
August 6th 2005



257 Comments


I wanna get into these guys. are they anything like Opeth?

Shadows
Moderator
August 6th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No, they are absolutely nothing like Opeth.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 7th 2005



2125 Comments


The vocals a little bit maybe, but that's all. They are very worth checking out, but if you listen to stuff like Opeth, "Heartwork" is a much better starter than this.

Ace_of_Bass2112
August 7th 2005



257 Comments


thanks im gettin them right now


Ad Absurdum
August 7th 2005



44 Comments


Nice review, I've only got Symphonies Of Sickness, but what a great band. I might do a review of that later on actually. This Message Edited On 08.07.05

Jawaharal
November 27th 2005



1832 Comments


The vocals on this album and symphonies of sickness are disgusting.

Arrakakaka
November 28th 2005



685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheeto.


GIVE ME THIS NOW. I need the complete album, as I've had tidbits.


:D

This Message Edited On 11.28.05

br3ad_man
Emeritus
November 29th 2005



2125 Comments



The vocals on this album and symphonies of sickness are disgusting.


I agree, but is that a good or bad thing for you?

spoon_of_grimbo
December 28th 2005



2240 Comments


disgusting vocals are a good thing!!! this is the only carcass album i don't own, but i'll be remedying that situation shortly...


Apocalyptic Raids
May 28th 2006



810 Comments


great album

Apathy78
February 21st 2008



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This disc kills. I heard something that they were reforming, minus Ken Owen. They should hit the studio and put out more material like this. This CD brings me backā€¦

Cytologic
April 2nd 2008



32 Comments


I listen to a lot of Black Metal so I'm no stranger to awful production, but this just hits profoundly new and terrible lows. There's a fine line between fitting and just terrible, and this album crosses it.

pyogeniccortex
February 17th 2009



183 Comments


Despite being so dirty, rough and sickening, Reek of Putrefaction remains to this day as one of the most fun grind/metal albums ever recorded.


yeah!


Thangorodrim
October 27th 2009



133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Carbonized Eye Sockets" is a lot of win.

Edwin
April 30th 2010



1399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Golly, this needs more luv.



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