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Album Review: Carcass – Surgical Steel


Carcass-Surgical-Steel-300x300I have to admit that when I first heard Heartwork oh, a very long time ago in 1993, death metal or melo-death as it is now called really wasn’t my thing. In fact, around that time I was going through a serious Grunge hangover and getting back to what I loved most in music…Thrash metal.  Heartwork with all its grandiose brutality was tempered by melody and that was the door that opened allowing me to branch my wings into a much faster and heavier form of metal.  I guess it was a big deal for me because I was beginning to listen to a lot of bands no one around me (except for a select few) heard of.  I did as any enthusiastic fan would do and bought some of their older albums and enjoyed the hell out of them.  As quickly as Carcass entered my hip pocket of go-to bands (we had cassettes back then so it literally fit in the pocket), they seemed to disappear, but not before giving us Swansong which I really tried to like and it was ok, but something was missing.  Then, Carcass went missing.  Talk about disappointing!

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Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs #22 – Heartwork


113185_photoThe extreme style of Fleshgod Apocalypse is both enjoyable and hard to listen to at time…just due to the speed and intensity. I can typically listen to a band like this is short durations, but I enjoy those short bursts of insanity.  To give you a bit of history, Heartwork was the first Carcass song I ever heard and it made me an instant fan of the band.  Unfortunately they didn’t last, but their music lives on and is now being covered which tells me they have an influence on newer generation metal bands.  Fleshgod Apocalypse is ball-busting Technical Death Metal (or whatever you want to call it).They did a great job of infusing their brand of madness to make Heartwork their own, but also ensured it is easily recognizable to Carcass fans; job well done.  This actually made me pull out some old Carcass material for a revisit.  And yes, I do like the older material as well.  Not sure if it’s true, but we could see a new Carcass release in 2013.

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Song of the Day, 16 March 2011, R**k the Vote


Hello Everyone,

Before I post the SOTD, I want to say welcome to our new metal brother, atleastimhousebroken.  I know he will do great things for our humble blog.  It is always awesome to meet someone who not only has the same interests, but also is not shy about expressing themselves.  Welcome to the team, sir. 

Today’s SOTD is “R**k the Vote” by Carcass, from the album Swansong.

I only own two Carcass albums, Swansong and Heartwork.  And I have to say, the difference between these two albums is staggering.  When Michael Amott left Carcass, their sound changed dramatically.  That being said, both albums kick serious ass.  I can hear a more groove-grind feel with the Swansong album, while Heartwork is a little more death-thrash. 

I chose this song because I like the intro to the song.  The guitar part throughout is great, and the whole song is pretty straightforward.  I have come to realize that I am very partial to groove-metal songs and artists, which may be why I prefer the Swansong album over Heartwork.