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Carcass - Symphonies Of Sickness (1989, CD+DVD 2008)

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Carcass - Symphonies Of Sickness (1989, CD+DVD 2008)

Carcass - Symphonies Of Sickness
APE+CUE+LOG - 454 MB | Covers - 23 MB | DVD ~ 2 GB
2008's Expanded & Remastered Reissue, Includes DVD

Symphonies of Sickness is the second album by the British extreme metal band Carcass. It was released through Earache Records in December 1989. The progression of the band's style since Reek of Putrefaction is immediately evident. The sound becomes more characteristic of death metal with Bill Steer's guitar technique improving, Jeffrey Walker's bass and lyrics become much more prominent in the mix and Ken Owen changing his style of drumming completely, implementing a new style of double-bass drumming absent from the band's earlier offerings. In February 2009 Symphonies of Sickness was ranked number 4 in Terrorizer's list of essential European grindcore albums.

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, all media guide
CD - Tracklist:
length: 67:17 min


01. Reek Of Putrefaction
02. Exhume To Consume
03. Excoriating Abdominal Emanation
04. Ruptured In Purulence
05. Empathological Necroticism
06. Embryonic Necropsy And Devourment
07. Swarming Vulgar Mass Of Infect Virulency
08. Cadaveric Incubator Of Endoparasites
09. Slash Dementia
10. Crepitating Bowel Erosion
11. Reek Of Putrefaction #
12. Slash Dementia #
13. Embryonic Necropsy And Devourment #
14. Cadaveric Incubator Of Endoparasites #
15. Ruptured In Purulence #
16. Crepitating Bowel Erosion #

# - Reissue bonus tracks, originally from «Symphonies of Sickness» (Demo, 1988)

Not my rip - Thanks to oldboy [MMT]

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all music, lyrics severely decomposed, deranged, excreted by Carcass
Produced by Colin Richardson & Carcass. Engineered by Colin Richardson. Executive producer: Digby Pierson
Recorded & Mixed in July – August 1989 at the Slaughterhouse Studios

DVD - The Pathologist's Report Part 2: Propagation
Brand new documentary with all key band members, filmed in London and Liverpool 2007

01. Mike Joins Carcass
02. Crazy Times
03. Making It To The States
04. Naturals With The Ladies
05. Big In The USA
06. Creating Symphonies
07. The Writing Process
08. A View From 1992
09. Slash Dementia

Carcass - Symphonies Of Sickness (1989, CD+DVD 2008)

Original format: DVD-5
Length: ~ 31 min
Aspect Ratio - 16:9 (4:3)
MPEG-2, NTSC 720x480, 29,97 fps
Nominal bitrate 7700 Kbps
Language: English (LPCM 1536 Kbps)
Subtitles: No
Moving Menus with Instant Access.
Region code free
Size: 2,14 GB
3% Recovery info
RS Total: 2 GB

• Jeffrey Walker - vocals, bass
• Bill Steer - vocals, guitar
• Ken Owen - drums, vocals

Originally Released: December 4, 1989
Re-Release Date: September 24, 2008
Number of Discs: 2 (CD and DVD)
Format: Original Recording Remastered
Label: Earache Records (US)
Catalog No.: MOSH-1801