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Carcass - Necroticism: Descanting The Insalubrious



8.7 | 668 votes |
Release date: 30 October 1991
Style: Grindcore, Melodic death metal

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Disc I [CD]
01. Inpropagation
02. Corporal Jigsore Quandary
03. Symposium Of Sickness
04. Pedigree Butchery
05. Incarnated Solvent Abuse
06. Carneous Cacoffiny
07. Lavaging Expectorate Of Lysergide Composition
08. Forensic Clinicism/The Sanguine Article
09. Tools Of The Trade [bonus]
10. Pyosisified (Still Rotten To The Gore) [bonus]
11. Hepatic Tissue Fermentation II [bonus]

Disc II [2008 re-release bonus DVD]
The Pathologist's Report - Part III
01. Mikes Musical Input
02. A Label For Release
03. Corporal Jigsore Quandary
04. Achieving The Sound
05. The Album Imagery
06. Classical Carcass
07. Meaning Of The Album Title
08. Back To The Rehearsal Rooms
09. Red Dwarf "Smeg & The Heads"
10. Death Threats
11. Interview 1992

Top 20 albums of 1991: 5

Additional info
Produced by Colin Richardson
Mixed by Carcass & Colin Richardson
Engineered by Keith Hartley
Assistants: Ian McFarlane, Dave Buchanan
Recorded at Amazon Studios, Simonswood

Re-released in 1995 with bonus tracks from the 'Tools of the Trade' EP

Remastered in 2004 without bonus tracks but with the promo videos for "Corporeal Jigsore Quandary" and "Incarnate Solvent Abuse" in Quicktime format

Re-released in 2008 as remastered album with bonus tracks on CD, and a DVD containing part three of a mini-documentary series entitled "The Pathologist's Report" as bonus video material

Staff review by
Undercraft
Rating:
9.5
Carcass is one of the most influencial bands in the entire Death Metal scene, starting as a Grindcore outfit in the 80's and moving to more straight Death Metal territories later, these brits shared with the world their brutality and their undecifrable lyrics (only understandable for doctors)
With Necrotism they reached their highpoint as a brutal band, 'cos they moved to more melodic teritories with "Heartwork".

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published 27.11.2003 | Comments (1)

Staff review by
Herzebeth
Rating:
9.6
People already know this band, they already know this album as well and most of them really love what they hear when playing it; I've always seen this piece differently, for me it's more than just a great album to play, I think this album clearly represents the art of versatility, musical appreciation and evolution more than anything I've heard in Extreme Metal all over the years.

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published 17.01.2007 | Comments (11)

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10.06.2011 - 15:37
garmling
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Their best ever!!! and one of the best Death Metal albums ever!!!
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03.01.2012 - 20:08
Rating: 10
musicalkaratekid

Flawless death metal album, so technical and tight with the guitarwork, and so sick with the lyrical content. Bands like carcass just don't come easy anymore...
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03.01.2012 - 20:12
Rating: 10
Angelic Storm
Melodious
My favourite death metal album of all time. I don't think any other album blew me away the first time I heard it quite as much as this one did.
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03.01.2012 - 22:54
Lit.
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The CSI team would have a hell of a time tracking these guys down.
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03.01.2012 - 22:57
Troy Killjoy
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Written by Guest on 03.01.2012 at 22:54
The CSI team would have a hell of a time tracking these guys down.

Caruso would have fun trying to cook up some one-liners at the murder scenes though.

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03.01.2012 - 23:00
Lit.
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Written by Troy Killjoy on 03.01.2012 at 22:57

Written by Guest on 03.01.2012 at 22:54
The CSI team would have a hell of a time tracking these guys down.

Caruso would have fun trying to cook up some one-liners at the murder scenes though.




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14.11.2012 - 22:34
Illog1cal
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The vocals are the stand out factor for me; the whole band takes part and you have a wide array of growling voices. Obviously this album has the best Death metal riffs ever.
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17.11.2012 - 18:59
megadeath13
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Incredible album. I love everything about this album, its just perfect. The vocals, the perfect riffs and the songs in general! Death Metal classic!
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22.11.2012 - 03:57
Nosurper
Stinky Lips
This album has more big words in its lyrics than my mind could've conjured over the course of my existence. Props to whoever can determine what acts are exactly taking place in "Incarnated Solvent Abuse". Got the DVD with my CD though so looking forward to what the band has to say about all of this butchery taking place in the lyrics.
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15.07.2013 - 17:50
BlackShade

By far the best of Carcass.
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04.03.2015 - 00:47
Rating: 10
woshige

Ughh endures the test of time for me as this was one of the first albums i bought with my own money. needless to say it is another must for any metalhead or music enthusiast in general.
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03.04.2015 - 01:24
Dead Eternity
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I've been listening to this album since January (I think), and I say this is Carcass's finest album, not Heartwork. Heartwork gets boring after the 5th track. Necroticism has everything a Carcass album should have. And the band wasn't Melodeath yet, just Death Metal.

Edit: I found the source of the intros of Symposium Of Sickness and Pedigree Butchery. Both samples were taken from the Incredibly Strange Film Show. The voice in Symposium Of Sickness is Herschell Gordon Lewis, the Godfather of Gore. The voices in Pedigree Butchery are John Waters and David Friedman, respectively.

Symposium Of Sickness
2:00
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0yXp_bZXkA

Pedigree Butchery
1:51
7:00 (NSFW)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olrzHJGZnHE

The link above also has Symposium's "Prepare to die" quote (3:48).
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29.08.2020 - 23:53
Rating: 9
sgtrobo

Grindcore? Never considered this one grindcore. Symphonies and Putrefaction, definitely, but Necrotism is death metal, possibly melodeath.

and yes, it is one of the greatest death metal albums ever released
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21.10.2020 - 22:42
Rating: 7
doez
Hallucigenia
For sure a very good album, but there's something I find a bit off in the sound, don't really know what it is but it's quite upsetting
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19.10.2021 - 10:33
Rating: 9
AndyMetalFreak
The Nice Guy
Very Brutal, very technical, very melodic, with the sickest of lyrics, and an excellent guitar tone, and a hint of grindcore. Classic death metal album, slightly prefer this to Heartwork. "Corporal Jigsore Quandary" is one of my favourite death metal songs, and the riffs are groovy as hell!
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22.10.2021 - 11:21
Rufus Valentine
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Poet Laureate of metal, Jeff Walker:

Scattered and scrambled, your teasement grows
A bloody caricature to make whole
A squirming grisly jigsaw, detrital fragments fit so snug
That missing piece will leave you stumped
Totally desassembled, nicely sliced and diced
A cold mannequin once resembled
Real cranium teaser, carved from flesh and bone
So mystifying

Fuck off Shakespeare.
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22.10.2021 - 11:40
Rating: 9
AndyMetalFreak
The Nice Guy
Written by Guest on 22.10.2021 at 11:21

Poet Laureate of metal, Jeff Walker:

Scattered and scrambled, your teasement grows
A bloody caricature to make whole
A squirming grisly jigsaw, detrital fragments fit so snug
That missing piece will leave you stumped
Totally desassembled, nicely sliced and diced
A cold mannequin once resembled
Real cranium teaser, carved from flesh and bone
So mystifying

Fuck off Shakespeare.

I love it! He's such a majestic poet. He captures the true essence of an autopsy in such grizzly detail.
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22.10.2021 - 11:52
Rufus Valentine
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Isn't he just? Equal parts gore-worship, political allegory and tongue-in-cheek scouse genius.

To quote Pig Destroyer: "This is beautiful, This is art".
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22.10.2021 - 20:10
nikarg
Mod
And Ken, a different kind of poet, played one of the most memorable guitar riffs in metal history on his drum kit.
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22.10.2021 - 20:26
Rating: 7
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Not to be a contrarian, but this album doesn't do much for me. I much prefer Heartwork.
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23.10.2021 - 03:13
Rufus Valentine
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Written by nikarg on 22.10.2021 at 20:10

And Ken, a different kind of poet, played one of the most memorable guitar riffs in metal history on his drum kit.


Well put mate. Also, I think Ken and Bill were still swapping roles at this point.
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23.10.2021 - 07:12
nikarg
Mod
Written by Guest on 23.10.2021 at 03:13

Also, I think Ken and Bill were still swapping roles at this point.

What do you mean? I don't know this.
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23.10.2021 - 11:16
Rufus Valentine
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Apparently when recording this album, Ken wrote a lot of the riffs using an acoustic guitar which Bill then took and adapted. What's even more amazing about this is that Ken wasn't a serious guitar player.

Also, Bill did some of the drum parts which were then adapted by Ken.

It's all on the official Carcass documentary on YouTube - check it out when you've got spare couple of hours, mate - it's only a series of interviews but entertaining and interesting in equal measure.
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23.10.2021 - 19:10
nikarg
Mod
Written by Guest on 23.10.2021 at 11:16

Apparently when recording this album, Ken wrote a lot of the riffs using an acoustic guitar which Bill then took and adapted. What's even more amazing about this is that Ken wasn't a serious guitar player.

Also, Bill did some of the drum parts which were then adapted by Ken.

It's all on the official Carcass documentary on YouTube - check it out when you've got spare couple of hours, mate - it's only a series of interviews but entertaining and interesting in equal measure.

Wow, I genuinely had no idea! I will look for it and watch it, cheers mate!
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24.10.2021 - 01:21
Rufus Valentine
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I didn't have a clue myself until I watched it! I think they did this on Symphonies and Necroticism but changed when they evolved to a four piece set up on Heartwork.
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28.03.2022 - 17:26
Rating: 8
nonZero

I've always struggled to appreciate this album as much as Heartwork. It's very good but not excellent IMO.
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