Carcass
Symphonies of Sickness


5.0
classic

Review

by Ad Absurdum USER (11 Reviews)
August 21st, 2005 | 131 replies | 23,697 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist


5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Carcass - Symphonies Of Sickness

Carcass' second full length effort, Symphonies Of Sickness, released in 1989 followed their disgusting debut Reek Of Putrefaction. Symphonies Of Sickness took the sound Carcass achieved on thier debut and refined and defined it, with a better production and a more mature (yet exquisitely immature) sound.

First off, this album sounds great; the sound coming from that guitar is saturated and definable but still totally crushing. There are myriads of great riffs thrown out by this guitar, hell even some great melodies crawl through the mud and rear their monstrous head on this masterpiece. The drums have a great sound, a range of beats from a talented drummer is what we have on offer here that fit the music well and help to give it direction. The could be appreciated better if it was a little higher in the mix but that sunken wall of noise sounds great nonetheless. Every member of the band contributes on vocals, so that means we get a range of deranged voices on here. There's the low, demonic utterings usually speaking quickly of disembowelment and sorts, the growls, the sore-throat-screams, everything. All the voices sound aptly abominable accompanying the equally revolting lyrics; which those of us with a sick sense of humour will enjoy immensly.

This album was a very influental one; and not without good reason. They showed everyone how to create a repugnant album, complete with vulgar lyrics and outrageous artwork; which is no mean feat. One of the great things about this album is that it actually lives up to it's own hype. Yes, many would argue that while Metallica inspired millions with the release of Master Of Puppets, their true masterpiece came before that; but pretty much everyone agrees that this is a near perfect death/grind album and which no one dares denounce.

Well what about the songs you say? My favourite is 'Empathologal Necroticism'; starting off with some crushing chordwork and skin-bashing courtesy of Ken Owen, it soon moves towards a riff that carries a hint of melody underneath the sickening vocals. Unison between the different vocal styles are used effectively in different places throughout this track; and the opposing styles are also used to compliment and contradict each other. There's a delicious section where the speed erupts complete with blast beats and both growls and screams from behind the mic stand. There's also a nice syncopated riff that's only helped by the crushing guitar sound, and of course the amazing vocals. There's a great riff where the guitar takes centre stage and the drums compliment it well, which flows nicely into another riff showcasing that the band can actually write a good song aswell as make you physically sick.

And then there's the song following that one, 'Embryonic Necropsy and Devourement' (what a great name!) that kicks in with it's strange melody before taking into a more conventional Carcass sound with the deep, half-growled vocals over crushing riffs. Or what about the opener, 'Reek Of Putrefaction'? With it's haunting vocal harmony at the beginning before transisting into a brutally heavy riff and sick vocals; and don't forget about the ominous melodic guitar work used later on.

In conclusion, this is a really great album. There's plenty of great riffs and a great overall sound for the album, it inspired a plethora of bands to follow in thier footsteps, it pretty much made the genre what it is. This album is not to be missed if you can tolerate extreme metal, recommended sampler tracks would be 'Reek Of Putrefaction', 'Embryonic Necropsy' and 'Ruptured In Purelence'.



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Priestmetal
August 21st 2005



542 Comments


1989? Were these guys like the first death metal band. Im not a big fan of death metal.

Ad Absurdum
August 21st 2005



44 Comments


No, the first death metal band was either Death or Possessed (there's a ongoing debate about it), these bands started about the mid 80s. Carcass were (to my knowledge anyway), the pioneering grind band.

Priestmetal
August 21st 2005



542 Comments


Whats the difference bewtween grind and death metal?

JEFFMETAL
August 21st 2005



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

As the own Jeff Walker stated on an interview on Headbanger's Ball in 91 or 92, during the Necroticism era, Carcass sound on Reek and Symphonies were 'nasty,noisy, but there were a lot of melodies and great riffs'. The band evolved naturally, no force fed by mainstream or any other shit and as i said, by his own words,Jeff added that they are just a traditional heavy band, not some kiddy,fashionable thing like Death Metal...And i totally agree with him...The rest of their efforts proved that...And for those who are not into Carcass yet, buy all their albums and their DVD...

Ad Absurdum
August 21st 2005



44 Comments


Death metal is a wide genre, but basically it's the crazy bastard son of thrash metal. Grind is the crazy bastard son of thrash metal fellating harcore punk. Carcass lies somewhere in the middle of it all. For genres sake it's stupid to call them traditional heavy, then people would assume they sound like Judas Priest; which is a very big difference.

Arrakakaka
September 27th 2005



685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Napalm Death pioneered grind in 1987, azathoth.

Ad Absurdum
September 28th 2005



44 Comments


I'm not too good with genres I've got to say, but I can hear a pretty significant difference between Scum and Symphonies Of Sickness. The -core seems alot more noticeable with ND, and I think grind (or goregrind) is a better description for Carcass. Saying that, Carcass' first release did sound a little more like ND.

Arrakakaka
October 22nd 2005



685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I actually am getting into this album more. I've been digging the various vocals and the great riffage lately.This Message Edited On 10.29.05

Doop
March 5th 2006



14 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is totally one of the best albums, metal or not, in the history of music.

Apocalyptic Raids
March 8th 2006



810 Comments


Great album, but I prefer Necroticism.

Pinball Map
April 9th 2006



39 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just got this album off slsk, great stuff.

FR33L0RD
April 26th 2007



1458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review
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Good album but like Apo. Raids said
I prefer Necrotocism, more polish i think

"Embryonic Necropsy and Devourment" track kick some ***

BELMoNT
July 30th 2008



43 Comments


This album is sick, really sick, sick, sick, sick as S**T, u know what I mean?
o and the review is sick too.

FadeToBlack
June 21st 2009



10913 Comments


kgfkgggkhfk

Meatplow
March 20th 2010



5524 Comments


Digging this a lot so far.

I'm surprised at the lack of comments for the amount of ratings.

Wizard
March 20th 2010



18793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Grind is too hardcore for people Meatplow!!!!

Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

Meatplow
March 20th 2010



5524 Comments


What are your top 5 grind albums Wiz?

I want a list to work through.

KILL
March 20th 2010



67191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

such a good album

Phantom
March 20th 2010



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh hey sum grind

KILL
March 20th 2010



67191 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i was listening to this today



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