Carcass
Heartwork


5.0
classic

Review

by bigdickedguy USER (14 Reviews)
April 2nd, 2013 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

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.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
FrozenVain
April 2nd 2013


2446 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review! And yeh...this album rocks, pos'd

amemento
April 2nd 2013


1425 Comments


thanks for telling me it was carcass without your summary i would not have known phew dodged a bullet
there

NapalmCrusader
April 2nd 2013


1737 Comments


Blind Bleeding The Blind is one of the best metal tracks ever

TheNotrap
April 2nd 2013


8109 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nice work, have a pos.


VanSchuldiner
April 2nd 2013


659 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pos'd.good rev,this album fuckin' rules 2nd best carcass in my opinion

PsychicChris
April 2nd 2013


217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Death Certificate was always my favorite.

Vespiion
April 2nd 2013


1222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bigdickedguy likes Carcass

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

Vespiion
April 2nd 2013


1222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Had to be that guy

FrozenVain
April 2nd 2013


2446 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"bigdickedguy likes Carcass"

haha

DominionMM1
April 2nd 2013


10110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

buried dreams m/

Scum
April 2nd 2013


379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

rules hard

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 2nd 2013


50598 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sup skeletor

Digging: Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

demigod!
April 2nd 2013


44727 Comments


sweet fuckin album riffs hard.

Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

branflakes911
April 3rd 2013


124 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Gave you a positive, but I wish you would be a little more thorough - it felt slightly truncated. Also, there's no way you can call the guitarists from this band underrated. Well, perhaps Bill Steer, who is such a beast and was overshadowed in his own band, but Michael Amott is one of the best known guitarists in metal right now.

branflakes911
April 3rd 2013


124 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Also, "This Mortal Coil" is so cool.



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