A reunion was enacted in without one of its original members, drummer Ken Owen , due to health reasons. Although widely regarded as pioneers of the grindcore genre, their early work was also tagged as splatter death metal, [ 2 ] hardgore, [ 3 ] and goregrind ; [ 4 ] on account of their morbid lyrics and gruesome album covers.
However, they also became one of the pioneers in the subgenre known as melodic death metal with their album Heartwork. Carcass was formed as a D-beat band by guitarist Bill Steer together with drummer Ken Owen in under the name Disattack. After releasing a demo entitled A Bomb Drops Walker also designed the cover art for Scum. Disattack then changed its name to Carcass.
In April , they recorded the Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment demo, the only Carcass recording featuring vocalist Sanjiv, who left shortly after.
Walker, Steer and Owens shared vocal duties for the debut album, which was done in only four days. Despite the primitive production values of Carcass' debut Reek of Putrefaction , which the band was very displeased with, [ 5 ] it became a favorite of Radio 1 legend John Peel. Grumegargler, J. Offalmangler, and W. Thorax Embalmer. Symphonies of Sickness , the second album, which contained a much improved production quality courtesy of Colin Richardson , featured more death metal structures and longer songs with more slow passages.
Amott was to become a permanent member, playing on the second Peel Session and contributing material towards their third album. Necroticism - Descanting the Insalubrious showed even more intricate composition, further improved production and guitar solos. The band's fourth album, Heartwork , was released in late It was considered a radical change by many fans, [ citation needed ] which eliminated Steer's deeper vocals and the clinically gory lyrics.
Again, Steer handled all rhythm guitar duties, this time due to Amott losing his passport in India thus making him unable to return to England in time to record. After the release of Heartwork , Carcass signed a worldwide deal with Columbia Records , who hoped for commercial success, even suggesting that Jeff Walker learn how to sing. Some credit Carcass with being a very early founding influence for not just one, but two genres of metal — grindcore , and melodic death metal.
Michael Amott left the band right after Heartwork was recorded, and was for a while replaced by Mike Hickey, who was later replaced by Carlo Regadas. During the summer of , Walker remixed the track "Inside Out" for a Die Krupps remix album, although the version stayed fairly true to the original with the exception of Owen's drum samples from Heartwork replacing the Die Krupps original, and additional mixing from Walker and Colin Richardson at Parr Street studios where Heartwork was recorded.
Carcass now set about writing songs for their major label debut. During the December UK tour Carcass showcased two songs from their current writing sessions — "Edge of Darkness" and "Firmhand", both showing a more straight forward song writing approach than on previous efforts.
During the 6-week recording schedule the record label began to withdraw support, stating that Carcass were not ready to record, and needed to write more songs. This advice was ignored, as was the suggestion to have Terry Date remix the album, and the band continued.
This has since been put down to Bill Steer's unwillingness to perform the time consuming guitar layering as once again Steer performed all rhythm guitar through losing interest in the metal genre.
The move back to Earache was dubbed by Walker as "the second great rock and roll swindle" [ 10 ] as they had effectively been paid twice for the same album. Swansong featured twelve of the seventeen tracks put to tape during the recording sessions. However, this EP was never released, most likely due to the lack of record company support for newly recorded material. Walker has since stated in interviews that all seventeen songs should have been included in a double album, and that some songs omitted from Swansong were actually stronger than some of Swansong' s actual content.
Carcass also remixed Killing Joke 's "Democracy" by re-recording the music, but keeping the original vocals , although this time Regadas performed all guitar duties, as it is thought Steer had quit the band by early Around the time of Swansong' s release, Carcass informed the press that they were ending the band without even a farewell tour, but most fans had guessed this may be the case via the album title.
The album sold well, staying near the top of the 'Indie Rock Chart' in the UK for several months above bands such as Placebo despite having no touring support from the band. It is rumoured that the band were offered several lucrative tours in , such as supporting Iron Maiden on their "X-Factour 95" tour, which had the album been released as expected in , could have improved the band's sales and longevity.
A posthumous compilation, Wake up and Smell the Carcass was released in October to collect together Carcass' rarer material, including unreleased material, songs only available on EPs and compilations, and live tracks. An accompanying video was released a few weeks after the Wake Up CD with little knowledge from the band or their management.
The video, later released on DVD, featured five of the band's promotional videos, a show from the Grindcrusher tour as a three piece and a show from the Gods of Grind tour. Sound on the two live shows is poor, particularly the latter which Walker has described as "unmixed". Owen, Walker and Regadas continued with the band Blackstar , accompanied by former Cathedral bassist Mark Griffiths, using the second Swansong advance from Earache to fund the recording.
Blackstar, later Blackstar Rising, became defunct after drummer Owen suffered a severe cerebral hemorrhage. Michael Amott went on to found hard rock band Spiritual Beggars and successful Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy.
In the biggest musical departure, Steer formed Firebird , a Clapton -esque rock band. In June , in an interview with Walker, he discussed the possibility of reforming Carcass, but mentioned that it was unlikely that Owen would participate, since he couldn't replicate his former drumming proficiency due to the effects of the cerebral hemorrhage he suffered in The original plans were to play at several festivals during the summer, but they couldn't meet the deadlines.
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