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Symphonies of Sickness

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Reek of Putrefaction
  2. Exhume to Consume
  3. Excoriating Abdominal Emanation
  4. Ruptured in Purulence
  5. Empathological Necroticism
  6. Embryonic Necropsy and Devourment
  7. Swarming Vulgar Mass of Infected Virulency
  8. Cadaveric Incubator of Endo Parasites
  9. Slash Dementia
  10. Crepitating Bowel Erosion


Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (January 10, 1995)
  • Label: Red Distribution, in
  • ASIN: B00000582O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,469,678 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There are very few bands that can can create the unified chaos and fury that Carcass can. "Symphonies of Sickness" creates such precise melodies and frantic beats it is impossible to stray from. The lead singer has a voice that rivals Barry White in it's baritone and Luciano Pavarotti in it's distinct flamboyance.This is one hell of a record.
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This album is brutally awesome. The vox are sick (both sets, Steer and Walker) and the riffs absolutely rule. Thaty are very interesting and not at all monotonous. This album also has pretty good atmosphere at some times-- odd for being grindcore (though this was early grind).
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This is it: the end all, be all Carcass release. In 1988 the band shat out that classic piece of filth, Reek of Putrefaction, but a year later the pathologists returned with some new tools in their belts.

From the get go, you'll realize something different from the predecessor; the production is brilliant. Guitars, percussion, and vocals are all audible and fantastic sounding.

The vocalists were in perfect stride here. Ken's pitchshifted sections are present, but not over used, Bill's ghoulish growns are just as effective as they were in the past, and Jeff vastly improved his highs.

All three members greatly improved instrumentally as well. The sloppiness of the depute is nowhere to be found, replaced with surgical precision. The guitar and bass work is much improved, but the most noticeable is Ken's drumming. He virtually reinvented his playing style this time around. The drums on Reek of Putrefaction were quite spastic and one dimensional, but Ken really got his technique down for this one. Variety is the operation here; we have slow grooves as well as fast but controlled blasts. Everybody really focused on the music here.

Bill's riffs here are the best of his career. All songs feel incredibly well crafted and full of ideas. Everything is in the right place and there for a reason. Nothing less than the best in the field.

This is undoubtedly my favorite album, undoubtedly the best goregrind album, and undoubtedly the best work of Carcass' masterful career.

Standout tracks: Reek of Putrefaction, Exhume To Consume,Ruptured in Purulence,Crepitating Bowel Erosion,Embryonic Necropsy and Devourment
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When this came out 20 yrs ago or so I can remember Metal Forces (now Terrorizer zine) giving this album a 30 out of 100. The reviewer called this garbage, not talent and an embarrasment. Why the zine would have someone review the album who was not a death metal fan is beyond me. Anyway this was a step up from the primitive Reek of Putrefaction album and saw the band still creating some amazing gore/grind w/more death metal influences in the songs. This is my fave Carcass cd, super brutal, but so catchy. Whether it's exhume to consume, ruptured in purulence-they all rule, even to this day. Great remaster, making the songs sound clearer and heavier, as well as louder!!. Amazing packaging. The demo songs from the album are of poor quality, but a good insight into the development of the songs. Saw them on this tour open for death, carcass ruled, opened w/genital grinder-and then bursted into exhume to consume.
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Carcass is one of my favorite bands. They managed to create one of the most sickning, extremely brutal music out there, goregrind. Using doctor terms, extremely sludgy (heavy) grind riffs, constant blast-beats, dual puked vocals makes this more extreme than anything Cannibal Corpse ever did. With this album and Reek of Putrefaction, they spawned a lot other goregrind bands such as: Regurgitate, Exhumed, Pig Destroyer, Impaled, and many of others. So if you are wanting music at its most extreme, purchase Symphonies of Sickness and Reek of Putrefaction.
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_Symphonies of Sickness_ is classic grind and the best Carcass album in the grand scheme of things. It belongs up in the hierarchy of Napalm Death's first two albums. Here, Carcass does not have Napalm Death's unmatched, raw gutsy power (it's probably 'tamer' than _Reek of Putrefaction_, though still guttural and bloody), but they bring an element of finesse to the sound. It's complex, has really weird guitar solos, and sometimes is even brutally groovy, but it never forgets that it's a grind album. And the riff mastery is evident here as always, just listen to the sick, stomach-churning heaviness of that death-groove on "Raptured in Purulence" or parts of "Embryonic Necropsy and Devourment". And of course, the classic & hilarious medical textbook lyrics. Some examples: "The trunk now depleting gristle, with bactericidal decay | This discissed disarticulation I bludgeon as I ablate" and "Miasmic fungus infests the small intestine | Vitriolic juices burn through the stomach wall | Bursting carcinosis as chylase melts your guts | Crepitating neoplasm erupts with gore." Of course, you'll have to read the lyrics. Jeff Walker's vocals go from beastly, brutal growls to This is an utterly great metal album. Oh my, this album is good. Highly recommended if you like this sort of thing or if you want to check out grindcore.
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