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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Decibel Hall of Fame: Carcass, Necroticism - Descanting the Insalubrious

Say that album title ten times fast.

Carcass is a legendary band, no question. The medical textbook song titles (these guys should write for Law & Order). The rumors that they were all vegans (partially true) and/or doctors (not true) and/or medical students. The links to Napalm Death and later, Arch Enemy. And this album is part and parcel of that legend.

With that being said, it doesn't particularly "move" me the way a later (and controversial album amongst fans) like Heartwork or even Swan Song (with the notable exception of "Generation Hexed" and "Keep on Rotting in the Free World"). But what can I say? I like every Metallica record but the last one, so what do I know.

(Points for pioneering a vocal style utilized by Dan Weyandt-era ZAO and subsequent ZAO clones like Haste the Day and The Agony Scene).

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