Necroticism: Descanting The Insalubrious review by Carcass

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  • Released: Oct 30, 1991
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.8 (103 votes)
Carcass: Necroticism: Descanting The Insalubrious

Sound — 10
Better production than their first two albums (those of you who have heard these know that the sound was utter crap, wich was too bad because there were some amazing songs on those albums). The sound is very raw and ferocious: guitars sounding like chainsaws and drums banging your head off is what you can expect from this album. Bass is practically not audible, but this is quite common in most extreme metal bands, shame though. This is their first album that features Michael Amott (now "Arch Enemy" leader) on guitars and that's definately a good thing, his melodic solos are a perfect match for the fast, shred-like solos that Bill Steer produces (on every song they each exchange one or more solos). The songs are packed with head crushing riffs that sometimes are on the verge of genius, and you won't get tired of a song because they don't tend to repeat the same riff over and over, unlike a lot of other metal bands. To summarize: an original, dirty, gory sound, wich is not a surprise, since Carcass were still a gore band in those days.

Lyrics — 10
As I already mentioned, they were a gore band (Necroticism was their last gore CD though). The lyrics are pure genius, varying from how to use corpses as manure ("Inpropagation"), to making pet food out of decomposing human flesh ("Pedigree Butchery"). The words that they use are mostly taken straight from medicinal handbooks (but not as frequently as on their first two albums), so a lot of the lyrics are impossible to understand for anyone who isn't a pathologist. Bloody and disgusting lyrics are standard on this album, though if you listen carefully you can discover a certain cynical humour underneath all the gore. I am certain of one thing, those who claim that James Hetfield is the lyric-master of metal are to be cut in half and fed to wild swines, Carcass' lyrics (written by almost every member) are phenomenal, but only if you try and understand everything they contain. Conclusion: superb!

Overall Impression — 10
This band is in my opinion the best band ever, and this is their best album (Heartwork is great too, but it just doesn't give me as much goosebumps like this album). Great guitar work, original lyrics and an overall powerful vibe are the things that summarize Necroticism. A must have for any death metal fan!

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    Stoner Metaler
    Cacass are Death/Grind on this album nothing else. If your gonna put genres to help people work out their sound you might as well get it right! If they're black then when did they ever sound like Mayhen of even Dark Throne!
    ^ Dude, UG fill in the genres. Jeff Walker's vocals could be integrated without trouble into a black metal song. They're the perfect mix between Death Metal and Thrash Metal on this album. The grindcore elements were left on "SoS"
    incarnate solvent abuse is my favourite, but the rest of this album kicks so mush ass someone should review heartwork