21 February 2013

Carcass - Swansong

This album has caused a slight argument in ATT world. One of my friends thinks this is one of the worst albums that he ever had the displeasure of listening to - another of my friends thinks it is one of the best ever releases from a band and they would have taken the world by storm even more if they had not gotten sick of the office politics of their record label and cashed in their chips.  I must admit that it is an album I have not given too much attention to, therefore it is like coming to something with fresh ears.

This album was supposed to be their major label release, but the record company (Columbia records) got cold feet and shelved it. It ended up getting a posthumous release back on their original label (Earache).  It had a very difficult birth but was the wait worth it?  Well it all depends on what you think of a band taking a chance.  If you’re a fan of their original output (i.e. - grind core) then this is not going to impress you too much. They took a chance and went for a melodic death metal angle. Song like "Keep on Rotting in the Free World" & "Room 101" will have had people looking in horror as their heroes change direction and basically stuck there fingers up at the world.

Now the production even now sounds clear, the riffs are thunderous and the drumming is fantastic. It sounds like a lot of time and passion went into the overall feel and creation of these tracks. Yes it is a change from where they started, but you can only do variations of a song called "Cuntgrinder" for song long before you want to do something else. I could name ever song on here and promise you that I would not be bored of any of them. It is so close to being an outright classic it is unreal.

Outside of the previous album (Heartwork) this is my most favourite work by the overlords of Liverpool way.  There has recently been an announcement that they are going to be releasing a new album. If it is half the record that this one is, it will be one of the most important metal records of 2013.  The kings are dead - long live the kings.

9.5 out of ten - Almost perfect....Almost

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