Carcass
Despicable


2.5
average

Review

by Fernando Alves CONTRIBUTOR (80 Reviews)
November 3rd, 2020 | 74 replies


Release Date: 10/30/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Symphonies of ordinariness

Seven years after Surgical Steel, our favorite pathologists return with a four-track EP in order to deliver us some new music as we wait for the band's upcoming seventh album, postponed to 2021. Anticipating such a long-awaited comeback by releasing a set of songs that never made the cut is rather unusual and not advisable, I would say, however the current scenario of the Coronavirus pandemic has shuffled everything, changing the rules of the game, including the strategy and planning for both bands and labels in the short, medium and long term. Sometimes we forget that, like any human being, a musician also needs to make a living, and these lads are certainly no different. As listeners and fans, we welcome this small snack, now it remains to be seen whether this pit stop will add something to the band's legacy and if it will indeed build a coherent bridge with the next full-length. While the last question can only be answered next year, I will come back to the former in the final paragraph.

Despicable takes off with a guitar lead that reminds of '1985', which actually makes sense since these four songs could have been taken from Surgical Steel sessions. It's not that it is a deliberate copy paste, however, the look and feel is something similar. The opener's ending or the Dave Mustaine-ish riff on 'The Long And Winding Bier Road' are both examples of this stylistic convergence. This Megadeth-esque approach had already been widely noted in the previous record, on songs like 'The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills' or 'Unfit for Human Consumption', and judging by this sample, it is likely to reappear in 2021.

As I move through the songs, I get the feeling I'm actually dealing with leftovers. I am well aware this assertion is rather vain since that's what Despicable is all about, but these remains could in fact echo greater inspiration. Except for a few interesting moments, like the dynamic riff in 'The Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue', or 'Slaughtered In Soho's' lead harmony, these eighteen minutes don't offer anything truly exciting. On the contrary, they reveal a somewhat sterile and ordinary facet, like the generic chorus of 'The Long And Winding Bier Road', which is one of the most trivial moments this band has ever recorded. Maybe I'm being too harsh with a release of this intermediate nature, yet a band of such historical relevance is always subject to meticulous scrutiny, especially when it emerges following a seven-year hibernation.

In contrast to the lack of creativity, the lads deliver professional performances, as expected. Jeff Walker's vocals haven't lost their former ferocity, and Bill Steer's riffs, though somewhat uninspired, retain their usual personality. I particularly enjoy the blend between Walker's strident delivery and Bill's deeper gutturals, I always thought this combination was one of the most distinctive and interesting elements of the band's DNA. The clean production enhances the technique of each member and suits the band's personality, yet I believe a more powerful distortion would benefit Despicable's output, making it more lethal and irreverent.

Going back to the preliminary question, Despicable will certainly not stain the band's portfolio, as a matter of fact, I actually believe these four songs may delight both unconditional fans and voracious collectors, yet they don't really add anything relevant to Carcass' legacy. And in fairness, I don't believe that was its goal either. These eighteen minutes should be seen as a brief pit stop, a small snack that precedes what will surely be one of the most anticipated heavy metal albums of 2021.



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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2020


15452 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I wasn't thrilled, but to be honest, I didn't expect anything different either.

Full stream:

http://carcass.bandcamp.com/album/despicable

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parksungjoon
November 3rd 2020


25641 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

cant believe its been more than 30 years since symphonies

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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2020


15452 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Indeed, time does fly

Demon of the Fall
November 3rd 2020


17981 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Listened with mediocre hopes, got a slightly less than mediocre outcome.

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dedex
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2020


6358 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

oh ☹ will jam nonetheless

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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2020


15452 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sure, you may have a different opinion

Madbutcher3
November 3rd 2020


2751 Comments


nah it's okay


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parksungjoon
November 3rd 2020


25641 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

ah

MaryBabko
November 3rd 2020


672 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I was debating reviewing this myself but you did a great job.

I feel 2.5 is generous though. This is atrocious

TheAntichrist
November 3rd 2020


1965 Comments


these guys peaked at heartwork but dropped off after it

parksungjoon
November 3rd 2020


25641 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

nope lol

TheAntichrist
November 3rd 2020


1965 Comments


incorrect

parksungjoon
November 3rd 2020


25641 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

necroticism

TheAntichrist
November 3rd 2020


1965 Comments


the peak of their grindy stuff yeah but heartwork >>> which is the correct opinion

parksungjoon
November 3rd 2020


25641 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

necroticism is not really grind by any means



heartwork is riffless dickless entry level shit

TheAntichrist
November 3rd 2020


1965 Comments


no

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2020


15452 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nowadays, Necroticism and Symphonies are the ones I revisit most often, especially the latter. When I feel like listening to Symphonies I usually also jam Mentally Murdered.

bigguytoo9
November 3rd 2020


911 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

If this is a sign to come for the upcoming TORN ARTERIES album, I am 100% unimpressed. This is really fucking boring.

bigguytoo9
November 3rd 2020


911 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Glad I got to see them in the Reunion tour in 2008 w/ Suffocation opening. No Surgical Steel material in sight.

ChaoticVortex
November 3rd 2020


1091 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is decent, you guys are just mean.



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