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Symphonies of Sickness

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If Reek of Putrefaction was one series of brusque, quick, and brute explosions after another, Symphonies of Sickness, as its title indicated, is something of a complex step up. None of the power is lost at all, but thanks to a combination of crisper recording and a desire on the part of the band to stretch things out a bit more -- three- to five-minute-long songs and so forth -- Carcass here play with their enjoyably ugly sound just enough. Thus, hearing a brief stab of synth strings and an actual sense of space in the opening title track might not be too much, but it's still quite a lot in context. But once the vocal growls and a quick, solid riff heralds another hyperspeed section of musical and vocal delivery, Carcass as they were initially known and loved reappear in full effect. Nothing too much changes beyond the slightest of touches throughout Symphonies, but one notable difference is that the lyrics actually sometimes come through, if only just. One of the best bits comes in the middle of "Empathological Necroticism" -- in the middle of detailing another hard day at the office with crushed limbs and general evisceration, the working stiff hero of the piece admits, "Life is hard as a mortuary technician." Given that the guy's problems have to deal with such things as pulped cerebellums mucking up his slab and the problems of rigor mortis, it's hard to disagree with the sentiment. An all-time Carcass highlight comes with the perfectly disgusting second number, "Exhume to Consume," which gives an all-new insight into the joys of grave-robbing and, shall we say, feasting on preserved meat. Then again, ignore the lyric sheet and just go nuts with some of the deepest male vocals ever recorded and overall feedback doom crunch.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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1
Reek of Putrefaction Explicit
00:04:09

Carcass, Performer - Owen, Composer - Steer, Composer - Walker, Composer

2009 Earache Records Ltd 2009 Earache Records Ltd

2
Exhume to Consume Explicit
00:03:50

Carcass, Performer - Owen, Composer - Steer, Composer - Walker, Composer

2009 Earache Records Ltd 2009 Earache Records Ltd

3
Excoriating Abdominal Emanation Explicit
00:04:31

Carcass, Performer - Owen, Composer - Steer, Composer - Walker, Composer

2009 Earache Records Ltd 2009 Earache Records Ltd

4
Ruptured in Purulence Explicit
00:04:11

Carcass, Performer - Owen, Composer - Steer, Composer - Walker, Composer

2009 Earache Records Ltd 2009 Earache Records Ltd

5
Empathological Necroticism Explicit
00:05:45

Carcass, Performer - Owen, Composer - Steer, Composer - Walker, Composer

2009 Earache Records Ltd 2009 Earache Records Ltd

6
Embryonic Necropsy and Devourment Explicit
00:05:13

Carcass, Performer - Owen, Composer - Steer, Composer - Walker, Composer

2009 Earache Records Ltd 2009 Earache Records Ltd

7
Swarming Vulgar Mass of Infected Virulency Explicit
00:03:10

Carcass, Performer - Owen, Composer - Steer, Composer - Walker, Composer

2009 Earache Records Ltd 2009 Earache Records Ltd

8
Cadaveric Incubator of Endoparasites Explicit
00:03:23

Carcass, Performer - Owen, Composer - Steer, Composer - Walker, Composer

2009 Earache Records Ltd 2009 Earache Records Ltd

9
Slash Dementia Explicit
00:03:23

Carcass, Performer - Owen, Composer - Steer, Composer - Walker, Composer

2009 Earache Records Ltd 2009 Earache Records Ltd

10
Crepitating Bowel Erosion Explicit
00:05:28

Carcass, Performer - Owen, Composer - Steer, Composer - Walker, Composer

2009 Earache Records Ltd 2009 Earache Records Ltd

Album Description

If Reek of Putrefaction was one series of brusque, quick, and brute explosions after another, Symphonies of Sickness, as its title indicated, is something of a complex step up. None of the power is lost at all, but thanks to a combination of crisper recording and a desire on the part of the band to stretch things out a bit more -- three- to five-minute-long songs and so forth -- Carcass here play with their enjoyably ugly sound just enough. Thus, hearing a brief stab of synth strings and an actual sense of space in the opening title track might not be too much, but it's still quite a lot in context. But once the vocal growls and a quick, solid riff heralds another hyperspeed section of musical and vocal delivery, Carcass as they were initially known and loved reappear in full effect. Nothing too much changes beyond the slightest of touches throughout Symphonies, but one notable difference is that the lyrics actually sometimes come through, if only just. One of the best bits comes in the middle of "Empathological Necroticism" -- in the middle of detailing another hard day at the office with crushed limbs and general evisceration, the working stiff hero of the piece admits, "Life is hard as a mortuary technician." Given that the guy's problems have to deal with such things as pulped cerebellums mucking up his slab and the problems of rigor mortis, it's hard to disagree with the sentiment. An all-time Carcass highlight comes with the perfectly disgusting second number, "Exhume to Consume," which gives an all-new insight into the joys of grave-robbing and, shall we say, feasting on preserved meat. Then again, ignore the lyric sheet and just go nuts with some of the deepest male vocals ever recorded and overall feedback doom crunch.
© Ned Raggett /TiVo

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