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Carcass: “Heartwork”

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When Heartwork was released in 1993, it ushered in a new sound that would eventually become known as melodic death metal. At the time, though, people didn’t know what to think of it and they certainly didn’t know how to classify it —  they only knew they liked it. Heartwork featured a collection of catchy and grooving riffs, memorable melodic leads, and even strong choruses. These facets combined with a pristine production, surprising accessibility, and the major label support of Columbia Records put Carcass into heavy rotation on national radio and even Mtv’s Headbanger’s Ball. Of course, Heartwork wasn’t the only album released in 1993 to eventually be highlighted as part of melodic death metal’s origin, but it was certainly the highest profile. It was Heartwork that earned the band tour offers with the like of Iron Maiden, and the chance to remix bands as diverse as Die Krupps and Bjork. Unfortunately, this was around the time metal ended up becoming a ‘bad word’ and the band eventually had to move back to their original label, Earache Records. For a brief few years, though, Carcass was backed by a major label with a song that featured regular rotation on Mtv’s Headbanger’s Ball and radio stations across the country — and the album, Heartwork, ended up being one of the original releases of the melodic death metal genre.

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Carcass: “Heartwork (w/Bevis and Butthead)”





Willie
10.12.17
Other notable 1993 melodic death metal releases:

Sentenced: North From Here
Dark Tranquillity: Skydancer
At The Gates: With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness

Papa Universe
10.12.17
bumping this

Willie
10.12.17
Slow day for Carcass, ha ha.

TheCrocodile
10.14.17
this fucking slays haven't jam in so long tho

Willie
10.14.17
That's the point of Throwback Thursday. Revisit some of that stuff or discover it for the first time.

someguest
10.14.17
The record's still as powerful as the first time I heard it.

RunOfTheMill
10.14.17
Gotta check, nice little writeup Willie

Willie
10.14.17
The whole album is definitely worth checking out, but at least check out the song posted here.

Demon of the Fall
10.14.17
I’ve actually been jamming this quite a lot as a newbie & it’s awesome. Riffs upon riffs on top of riffs. Heavy as **** melo-death, none of this watered down pussy rubbish like In Flames (joking, I love The Jester Race). But yeah this really has balls, big ones & the song-writing is top notch, if you don’t care for balls much.

Demon of the Fall
10.14.17
I seem to have accidentally used some weird symbols by mistake, maybe it’s the excitement.

Willie
10.14.17
Yeah. The riffs are top notch compared to a lot of the melodeath genre. That's what made Carcass' comeback album really good too.

TheCrocodile
10.15.17
melodeath got lost in long songs and shitty piano bridges imo. For me this is what the genre was always about: catchy riffs, but you could still trace back the intensity of earlier osdm

Willie
10.15.17
Well, bands like Insomnium have the potential to hit the long songs and piano bridges while still doing the riffs pretty well... but mostly, I'd say you're right.

Voivod
10.15.17
Had this video on repeat from a VHS tape which I used to record Headbangers' Ball every Sunday night

ATARI
10.17.17
Cool. I miss Beavis and Butthead

Willie
10.17.17
The fart scene in the movie was cinematic gold.

EvoHavok
10.21.17
Album will always rule. Neat quick insight.

TheNotrap
10.28.17
"At the time, though, people didn’t know what to think of it and they certainly didn’t know how to classify it".
True. The general thought was that they softened their sound, leaving grindcore and passing to a more classic death metal sound. Melodic death metal was non-existent at the time.

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