Review Summary: Yeah, boy, its Carcass
Carcass are one of a select bunch of bands that can claim to have not only pioneered one genre but have pioneered two. Their finest work is often debated but I personally feel that Heartwork takes the nod. This album was among the first releases to blend death metal with an added dash of melody, using harmonized guitars and a much slower and more deliberate tempo alongside the signature raspy shriek of the melodic death metal scene. Heartwork is rightfully considered to be among the best in its genre.
This is an album where the emphasis is not on being as brutal as possible but it still remains bludgeoningly heavy. Check out the introduction to the title track or the verse riff of Embodiment for an example-that latter of the two in particularly is highly melodic, with its use of but a few chords and some open string chugging, but it still remains incredibly heavy. This side of the band is arguably their biggest achievement, as well as the frequent soloing. These are not solos that shred a thousand notes per second but instead are far more deliberately played so as to actually suit the more melodic nature of the backing music that accompanies them. The drumming is as varied as it gets, jumping between fast beats that use a lot of double bass and the slower drumming relying heavily on cymbals. This album constantly changes pace and the drums keep a nice rhythm to it and the bass is just there, not really audible but doing whatever.
Embodiment stands out to me as being the best song on here. It has some very good lyrical content to it, delivered with so much rage by the raspy vocalist, whilst there is a beautiful selection of juicy riffs. The harmonized section during the line "Rise, from your knees arise" stands out as arguably the strongest riffing on the album.The soloing on this song is masterful and really shows off the more accessible nature of the guitar work on this album than the guitar work on, say, the average Suffocation album. As far as underrated guitarists go, Carcass may well be top of the pile. There really aren't any flaws with this album and it sticks out as being among the best in its genre.