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Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious Enhanced

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2008 CD includes DVD. Necroticism - Descanting the Insalubrious (literary meaning: "The Dying Process - Discussing the Unhealthy") is the third album from the band Carcass, released in 1991 through Earache Records. It could be described as a concept album, as many of the tracks describe economical ways to dispose of dead bodies ("Pedigree Butchery", for example, proposes that dead humans be turned into pet food, "Carneous Cacoffiny" proposes to use human body parts as musical instruments and in "Inpropagation" human remains are used as fertiliser). 8 tracks.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Inpropagation
  2. Corporal Jigsore Quandary
  3. Symposium of Sickness
  4. Pedigree Butchery
  5. Incarnated Solvent Abuse
  6. Carneous Cacoffiny
  7. Lavaging Expectorate of Lysergide Composition
  8. Forensic Clinicism/The Sanguine Article


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 7, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Earache Records
  • ASIN: B0002IQDWO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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no question about it...Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious is Carcass's defining moment. a glorious splatter platter of brutaly fierce, melodicly medical metal. does that make sense? the songwriting here is top notch...every track is a monsterous example of how much power these guys had. technicality and killer hooks are all combined with great (and amusing) lyrics to make an excellent kind of album that Carcass would never make again. and the cover art is great...scary, creepy, and artisticly well done. overall, an unforgettable album!
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You heard me right, "Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious" is without question Carcass's best album of all time, and it also really stepped up the band's career as well. It's also one of the best death metal albums of all time, as well as one of my all time favorite death metal albums ever. This was the one Carcass album along with "Heartwork" that really got me into this awesome band. Whether they'd be goregrind/grindcore, death metal, or even melodeath, Carcass are truly one of a kind in the metal world.

Everything on "Necroticism" is just excellent. The production by Colin Richardson is just top notch here. The lyrics are great, and the album art cover is very creepy. The musicianship on this album is also top notch as well. You got Michael Amott (formerly of Carnage, and he would later go on to play in Arch Enemy) and Bill Steer's orgasmic dualing guitarwork, lots of great heavy riffs and awesome technical dualing solos throughout. Ken Owen is a great drummer. His double bass drumwork is just awesome especially on my favorite song "Corporal Jigsore Quandary" in which he does an excellent drum loop at the beginning of the song. Jeff Walker is a very unique death metal vocalist. His vocals can range from low death growls to high pitched black metal screams, and he also tends to use a cleaner approach to his vocals as well.

Every song on here is just excellent, but if had to pick some standouts, they would definately be "Inpropagation", "Corporal Jigsore Quandary" (my favorite song which I mentioned earlier), "Incarnated Solvent Abuse" "Symposium of Sickness", "Pedigree Butchery", and "Forensic Clinicism/The Sanguine Article". Overall this classic album is an absolute must have for all metalheads. Guaranteed to get those heads banging, enjoy!!
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This is possibly Carcass' best work. It is definitely there most polished production wise. While the production got better, they didn't lose the things that made them so great.

The album kicks off with the track, Inpropagation which is a excellent piece of musical work. Tempo changes, excellent vocals both low "death" and higher almost "black metal" growls. The opening drums and riff in Corporal Jigsore Quandary is excellent. The grinding of Incarnated Solvent Abuse is what we have grown accustom to. The guitar solos in Lavaging Expectorate of Lysergide Composition are beautiful and flow perfectly with the ambiance of the entire album. Finally closing with The Sanguine Article. This release will not disappoint any fan of the previous releases. If only they would have kept this up...
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I just dug this one out of my cd case last week. I got this album back when I was in high school. I played the s**t out of this disk. This is an absolute perfect d.m. release. Heartwork was good, and a bit more melodic, but this was their banger! Who would have thought that now 14 years later, I still hold this album up in my top ranks. This release is flawless and timeless in my opinion. This is Carcass at their peak! Pick up the newer version of this release. I hear that the 3 tracks from Tools of the Trade are on it. Enjoy!!
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I no longer listen to metal as much as I used to, but this is one of the few death metal albums that, for me, stands the test of time. It really is the apex of Carcass's career and really, of the genre as well. After Carcass and Obituary reached their peaks in the early 90's (while Cynic and Atheist were pushing the boundaries on the prog end of the spectrum,) there really was nowhere to go but downward into a glut of clone bands.

At the exact midpoint between their nauseatingly fast grindcore material and their more melodic, NWOBHM throwback albums, this one has the best of both world - medical dictionary derived lyrics, vicious vocals, speed and melodic leads - witness the choruses on the opener "Impropagation." Truly a keystone of the sub-genre and a landmark heavy metal album in general.
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Out of all the death metal bands I have listened to throughout the past three years of my life, I must say that Carcass was definitely the most influential death metal band of all time. Scratch that. They're the most influential BAND of all time. They have changed their sound and gained a wide fanbase during the early 90's. From goregrind to death metal to melodeath, they covered a whole spectrum of not well-known music.

If there is any Carcass CD that definitely stepped up the band's career, it is no doubt "Necroticism". The production is top notch here. It was muddy on their previous two records, as they tended to steer towards the goregrind side of music. With "Necroticism", however, Carcass shows their pure talent here and tells people that "We're not just a grindcore band, folks".

Mike Amott (of ex-Carnage/Arch Enemy fame) and Bill Steer's guitars are just orgasmic, especially in my all-time favorite track, "Incarnate Solvent Abuse". "Corporal Jigsore Quandary" has an excellent beginning drum loop played by underrated drummer Ken Owen. Jeff Walker is one of the most unique death metal vocalists of all time. He tends to use a cleaner approach to his vocals and steers away from the "grunting" and "gurgling" that makes death metal/grindcore so controversial these days.

This album is simply a masterpiece in the death metal genre. While it may not be as melodic as "Heartwork" and "Swansong" would be, "Necroticism" will definitely have some heads banging, especially for the death metal fans. I definitely recommend.
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