Join me as I celebrate how you can descant the insalubrious with Carcass!
Ah the nineties, amongst the boy band plagues of Backstreet Boys, Nu Metal and pretty much anyone who died the spiked up tips of their hair white blond was Death Metal. It wasn’t just Death Metal though, it was some of the best Death Metal you could get!
I’m talking all of the classics that you hear people name dropping in interviews, all of that stuff was what people were jamming back in the day. Can you imagine getting to see a bill like that would be Death and Obituary performing together or A Day Of Death which featured, Autopsy, Cannibal Corpse, Deceased, Suffocation, Mortician, Immolation and Baphomet. Wow. Now that is a line up of the ages! Putting it bluntly the era of Death Metal was pretty much the best in the nineties. Unbeknowst to a lot of the Metal community, some scousers were doing what they do best and creating some of the absolute pedigree quality Death Metal that was out there, my friends, I give you Carcass!
Originally starting out as a Grindcore outfit, Carcass accidentally discovered the formula for Melodic Death Metal, whoops! Moving away from the rippers of Reek of Putrefaction, the band began to get their now iconic sound from the genius guitar combination of Bill Steer and Michael Amott along with Jeff Walker’s pissed off snarl and Ken Owen‘s drumming. Often the forgotten champion, Necroticism is Carcass at some of their absolute best. The transitionary period from the Melodeath that was Heartwork. Its one of my personal favourites and has JUST been released on FDR vinyl so everyone can appreciate the Death Metal goodness all over again.