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Carcass: The Story Behind Heartwork

On December 4, 1989 Carcass released their Symphonies Of Sickness album. In 2007, Metal Hammer looked at the making of Heartwork, another Carcass classic

Someone once jokingly suggested that Carcass were the most important British band since the Sex Pistols. Well, that might be a slight exaggeration, but there’s no doubt that the loveable Liverpool larrikins have been among the most significant inspirations on the death metal scene over the past 15 years or so. Who’d have believed this would happen when the then-trio released debut album Reek Of Putrefaction in 1998? With song titles like Regurgitation Of Giblets, Vomited Anal Tract and Microwaved Uterogestation, not to mention a gore-obsessed cover, it was hardly going to challenge Bon Jovi’s chart pre-eminence.

Yet, even then – three years after Napalm Death guitarist Bill Steer had teamed up with drummer Ken Owen – there was something original, unique about their approach. With former Electro Hippies bassist Jeff Walker completing the line-up (he joined in 1987), the trio were transforming the grindcore base developed by Napalm Death, adding death metal touches and an amazing appreciation for melody.

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