Carcass
Reek of Putrefaction


4.5
superb

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T CONTRIBUTOR (134 Reviews)
October 28th, 2009 | 87 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


With the ripples of their influence able to felt from all corners of the extreme metal scene, Liverpool, England based metal band Carcass are truly a force to be reckoned with. Formed in 1985, as a Grindcore/Goregrind band, the group from its earnest beginnings worked its way up from hometown heros to world renowned metal heros, all through the use of hard work, intelligence and ingenuity. However, before their ascension to the throne of metal, Carcass played some of the rudest, crudest music known to man, which is displayed flawlessly on their 1988 debut Reek of Putrefaction, a savage and unforgiving slab of brutal Grindcore.

Everything aspect of Reek of Putrefaction is harsh and uncompromising, from the tortured vocals of Jeff Walker(the raspier growl), Bill Steer(guttural growls) and Ken Owens(distorted growls) to the intense blast beat drumming to the cruel guitar savagery that assails the listeners ear drums. Vocally the trio's approach to screaming is utterly sickening (in a good way). While Walker's incredible larynx torturing rasp dominates most of the record, Steer and Owens own brutal delivery often make their way into the mix, making for amazing dynamics between higher pitched, mid ranged and absolutely guttural vocals. A great example of this would be fifth track Carbonized Eye Sockets ( a great name for a song if there ever was one) The drumming on this record (courtesy of Ken Owens) would now be considered fairly straightforward and simple, but in the of 1988 his lightning fast blastbeat technique would inspire thousands of blooming drummers to reach and surpass his sonic record. There are breaks from his fast paced playing however, with these beats often rooted in more groove laden pastures. The beginning of Pyosisified (Rotten To The Gore) shows the more midpaced and slower playing while also demonstrating the impossibly fast speeds at which Mr. Owens was capable of.

The guitar playing (presented by Bill Steer) ranges from fast, tremolo picked guitar, to slower chugging palm muted riffs to slow crawl guitars. On tracks like Fermenting Innards the listener gets to see the contrast between his style of playing dabbling a bit in each setting of speed. Another great dynamic of Steer's playing on this record is it's technicality. Unlike a vast majority of Grindcore bands, who just stick to playing power chords at warp speeds, Steer includes many different cadences, chord changes and solos into his playing. His solos range from Slayer inspired whammy bar fests (Festerday) to alternative picked/legato solos such as in Excreted Alive. The bass on this album is sometimes present as in instrumental Genital Grinder but is mostly unheard more often than not sadly. The lack of bass is no doubt partially attributed to the fact that the production on Reek of Putrefaction is absolutely atrocious. All instruments and vocals (except for the drums which are actually very clear) are horribly muffled as if someone put a pillow over the speakers of the amplifiers. In most cases this type of production would ruin an album, but in Carcass's case the abysmal production works perfectly. For whatever reasons, the muffled instruments and sounds manage to "complete" the sound of Carcass, making whats already intense and raw, even more so. Lyrically, Reek of Putrefaction provides content that would make even hardened veterans Cannibal Corpse gagging. Taking terms and definitions directly from a medical textbook Walker twists and turns the subjects into things of horror, and gore, that would make any voluntary fan who looked at the lyrics sick to the stomach.

While Reek of Putrefaction see's Carcass already at a mature level lyrically and musically, this debut is only the first step in the evolution of this ever changing band. With the help of Reek of Putrefaction and it's abnormally strong content, Carcass as able to evolve their sound even further, with each successive release taking giants strides forward in style and ability. The roots must not be forgotten though, as Reek... most definitely proves to be a debut worth repeated listen.



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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2009


20849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First review so all constructive criticism and whatnot welcome.

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2009


20849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

*braces for possible flamefest

XulOnerom
October 28th 2009


1818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes!!! Just what this site needs. More Carcass!!!!



The review was pretty good for a first, I don't think anyone should be flaming you. I managed to spot a few mistakes (hometown hero's to world renowned metal hero's) but other than that your review was great



Carcass is my favorite band but I don't like this album that much. The bad production doesn't work in favor of the album, and all the solos sound like crap. Still, this is a grindcore landmark

illmitch
October 28th 2009


5484 Comments


quality review. i prefer Symphonies to this though.

Wizard
October 28th 2009


20032 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

*braces for possible flamefest



For a first time reviewer, this is better than some who have been with the site for a while. Good job on describing this album. I prefer Symphonies of Sickness to this though.



The beginning of [i]Pyosisified (Rotten To The Gore)



Lose the coding.

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2009


20849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks everyone I really appreciate the comments. I'll the fix the mistakes you guys pointed out ASAP

LepreCon
October 28th 2009


5141 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Everything they did hereafter is at least 10x better, but good review nonetheless

Can't say I'm a fan of grind though

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2009


20849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thankssss. I think I'm gonna try to review Symphonies of Sickness later tonight

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2009


20849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Or maybe Necrotism because it's their best

Fxxkit13
October 29th 2009


1564 Comments


Pretty good review, i see you've fixed the stuff the others mentioned already so i really have no other comments on grammar etc, but the overall content was pretty good.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2009


20849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2009


20849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^^does this happen a lot?

XulOnerom
October 29th 2009


1818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ignore it. It's just an obvious troll. I mean, he gave Dauði Baldrs a 5

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2009


20849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ewww

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2009


20849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Writng a review for Symphonies tonight posting tomorrow

Jips
November 17th 2009


1139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review ...although Im pretty sure that grind pioneers like carcass, AC, and napalm death had their tongue firmly planted in cheek when it comes to lyrics...Yes they out do he grossness of say canible corpse... But in a campy b-grade horror movie way...



Ps... Too scared to write my first review... So props to you

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2009


20849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha yeah thanks.



Once you get it over with (writing your first review) you'll be eager to do a lot more. I would've had a lot more up by now, and i have some started, but recent activities (working/moving in new apartment/social life) has kept me from such

Inveigh
December 16th 2009


26019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Decided to check out your profile to see if you'd written any reviews here -- and guess what? you reviewed the only album I don't have by one of my favorite metal/grind bands! Great review man, can't believe this was your first one. I have everything from Symphonies to Swan Song; I have no legit excuse for not owning this.



Did you ever end up writing that Symphonies review? (pos'd by the way)

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
December 16th 2009


20849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks very much!



and i actually do have quite a bit of reviews stored up (8 or 9) but between work and moving into a new apartment, i haven't really had the chance to post much other than comments. But i just got my CPU set up over the weekend so, i'll be posting a lot more. So haha to answer your original question, yes i wrote a review for Symphonies.

Inveigh
December 16th 2009


26019 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice, can't wait to read it man. throw me a shoutbox or something when it's up



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