Carcass - Trivia
"Reek Of Putrefaction" was recorded in four days at Ritch Bitch Studios in Birmingham. According to guitarist Bill Steer, the studio's engineer "ruined" the record, especially its drum tracks. Carcass had only had a few hours available of mixing, so they had to release the LP as it was to meet the label's deadline. The band were "everything but happy" with the end result, declared Steer.
When the master recording was first sent to the pressing plant, the original vinyl LP had to be pressed at lower volumes, because the bass frequencies were so low (sometimes reaching 25 Hz) that they were in danger of rendering higher frequencies inaudible.
Ex-drummer Ken Owen and Napalm Death bassist Shane Embury are best friends, ever since the Venom/Exodus show in Manchester in 1985 where the two met each other.
Bill Steer and Jeff Walker appeared in the "Red Dwarf" (British science fiction comedy) episode "Timeslides", playing members of Dave Lister's band, Smeg and the Heads.
Carcass is mentioned twice on an episode of the sitcom "Friends", entitled "The One With The Cheap Wedding Dress." When Monica is shopping for a wedding dress she meets a woman whose fiancée wants "the heavy metal band Carcass" to play at their wedding reception, and Phoebe expresses her excitement for the band.
Whilst in Liverpool, Walker was well-known amongst radical left-wing activists, especially for his work as a hunt saboteur.
H.R. Giger's sculpture "Preserve Life" which is on the cover of the album 'Heartwork' was also featured in the "Heartwork" music video, as he loaned it to the band for the shooting.
Michael Amott supposedly left Carcass because they were becoming "too melodic" for him. He then went on to form Arch Enemy, a melodic Death metal band.
Bill Steer moved into the stoner rock band Firebird (not to be confused with the 1978 NWOBHM band Firebird), Mike (and his brother) moved into the ranks of Arch Enemy. Jeff, Ken & Carlo formed the shortlived Blackstar after the demise of Carcass.
Carcass is considered the major inspiration and musical foundation for most gore metal and goregrind bands. They began as a goregrind band and evolved into their melodic death, and heavy metal roots before their disbandment. Their 'Heartwork' CD from 1993 is one of the first melodic death metal albums ever released.