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Symphonies of Sickness

2 Ratings: 5.0
An album by Carcass

2008 digitally remastered and expanded dual disc edition features deluxe packaging, bonus tracks and exclusive bonus footage. The dual disc comes housed in a deluxe digipak with extra artwork including the original 'gore' artwork inside the digipak. … see full wiki

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masterful, classic grindcore.

  • May 8, 2004
_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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Symphonies of Sickness
Label: Earache Records
Artist: Carcass
Release Date: January 10, 1995

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