Carcass – Necroticism Descanting The Insalubrious – Cassette
Necroticism Descanting The Insalubrious is the third studio album by the British extreme metal band Carcass. Released in 1991, it is considered one of the band’s most influential and groundbreaking releases, solidifying their status as pioneers of the death metal genre.
As they’d done on their last album, Symphonies of Sickness (1989), Carcass continue to develop and expand their music on Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious. They’d begun as a grindcore band, in fact, one of the first and certainly one of the most influential, as showcased on their debut album, Reek of Putrefaction (1988).
Then came Symphonies, where they stretched out the grindcore of Reek: longer song lengths, more innersong developments, further levels of musical complexity, better production, and so on. This trajectory continues on Necroticism as Carcass break free of grindcore’s stylistic limits, crafting expansive songs that ever develop and hark back musically to early-’90s thrash, à la Megadeth circa Rust in Peace .
Necroticism, however, is a death metal album through and through, make no mistake. It may lean toward thrash as much as it does grindcore, but it’s still awfully damn ferocious. Jeff Walker spews out his septic vocals in a manner sure to send children and grandparents fleeing, and his lyrics are just as medically jargonistic as ever, though a bit toned down in terms of shock value.
Moreover, the band adds a second guitarist, Michael Amott, who frees up Bill Steer to solo more often and play more elaborately, which makes Necroticism very much a guitar album, more so than anything Carcass had recorded to date, and which elevates Steer to center stage, where he showcases precisely how much he’d grown as a musician since his days in Napalm Death. Necroticism ultimately is the crossroad between Carcass’ seminal grindcore (i.e., Reek, Symphonies) and their latter-day, more straightforward death metal (Heartwork , Swansong ).
Carcass, formed in 1985, initially started as a grindcore band before transitioning to a more melodic and complex death metal sound. “Necroticism Descanting The Insalubrious” represents a significant progression in their musical style, incorporating intricate guitar work, dynamic song structures, and a lyrical focus on medical and pathological themes.
The album features a combination of brutal and technical guitar riffs, blistering drumming, guttural vocals, and atmospheric interludes. Carcass’ musicianship is showcased through their ability to seamlessly shift between fast and aggressive passages and slower, more melodic sections, creating a sense of intensity and depth.
Standout tracks from “Necroticism Descanting The Insalubrious” include “Incarnated Solvent Abuse,” “Carnal Forge,” and “Inpropagation.” These songs display Carcass’ knack for crafting intricate and memorable death metal compositions, featuring a balance of brutal aggression and melodic intricacies.
As such, it’s one of their most interesting albums, if not one of their best, reflecting their past while foreshadowing their future. Songs like “Incarnated Solvent Abuse,” one of the album’s highlights, illustrate this very well. Though often overlooked in favor of what came before and what came after, Necroticism is nonetheless one of the standout death metal albums of the early ’90s. Produced by Colin Richardson, it sounds phenomenal, and the musicianship here is a huge stride forward for the band, especially that of Steer.
“Necroticism Descanting The Insalubrious” received critical acclaim upon its release, praised for its technical proficiency, songwriting, and the band’s ability to push the boundaries of death metal. The album is often regarded as a classic within the genre and has had a significant influence on subsequent death metal bands.
For fans of extreme metal and those who appreciate the technicality, brutality, and dark lyrical themes of death metal, “Carcass – Necroticism Descanting The Insalubrious” offers a visceral and intense listening experience. It represents a milestone in Carcass’ discography and stands as a testament to their innovative approach to death metal.
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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 / Sanguine Article, The
9. Tools Of The Trade
10. Pyosified – (bonus track)
11. Hepatic Tissue Fermentation II – (bonus track)