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Choice Cuts - Carcass

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Death Metal / Artist: Carcass / Audio CD released 2004-05-24 at Earache

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      15.11.2009 17:24
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      A great compilation cd

      'Choice Cuts' is a compilation album offering up a comprehensive overview of the Liverpudlian metal band's ten-year career, starting off with their unbelievably raw and coarse early goregrind efforts, complete with rough-as-hell production, sickeningly guttoral vocals and grotesque pseudomedical lyrics centred around death and decay, chronologically right through their progression as a band into a still-heavy but increasingly slick melodic death metal band. Finally, tagged on at the end are the early recordings the band did with the late, great John Peel in 1989 and 1990, bringing proceedings to a suitably brutal and unsavory close.

      There are some cracking songs on here, and such is the scope of Carcass' musical trajectory that all metal fans are likely to find something of interest here, be they fans of Arch Enemy, Nasum or old Bolt Thrower, although on the flip side this also means that many listeners might not appreciate everything on the cd. As an overview the cd is excellent however, including extensive liner notes, lyrics, rare photos and newspaper clippings (one daily rag described one of their early cds as a 'vile sex record', in true gutter-press style.) and the package is professionally and lovingly put together, making it an essential purchase for fans of this inventive and hugely influential band.

      Tracklisting-

      1. Genital Grinder
      2. Maggot Colony
      3. Exhume to Consume
      4. Swarming Vulgar Mass of Infected Virulency
      5. Tools of the Trade
      6. Corporal Jigsore Quandary
      7. Incarnate Solvent Abuse
      8. Buried Dreams
      9. No Love Lost
      10. Heartwork
      11. Keep On Rotting in the Free World
      12. R**k the Vote
      13. This Is Your Life
      14. Crepitating Bowel Erosion
      15. Slash Dementia
      16. Cadaveric Incubator of Endoparasites
      17. Reek of Putrefaction
      18. Empathological Necrotism
      19. Foeticide
      20. Fermenting Innards
      21. Exhume To Consume

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      23.04.2008 13:58
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      Compilation (2004).

      Significantly delayed from 1999, this official collection of old Carcass material combines an authoritative best-of selection with the 1989 and 1990 Peel Session that were conspicuously absent from 1996's 'Wake Up and Smell the... Carcass' and the less imaginative 'Best of Carcass.'

      This chronologically arranged collection does the perfect job of illustrating Carcass' evolution from spectacularly brutal grindcore death metal (1 to 7 and the Peel Sessions) to melodic death metal (8 to 13), choosing many of the finest songs to illustrate the nuances of these changes. Due to the prominence of the earlier style thanks to the Peel Sessions, this will doubtless appeal more to those who preferred the grindcore style to the more melodic approach of their twilight years, and the use of the band's original logo as well as typically gorish album art seem directly targeted at this market.

      The Peel Sessions themselves are excellent quality, with the band putting in a great performance of material with no overlap (apart from an odd repetition between tracks three and twenty-one that could easily have been solved by choosing a different song at the earlier point), and depending on your preferred era/album of Carcass, the first thirteen tracks are going to contain some highs and lows, but the songs are all well selected with only a couple of exceptions (most notably the deathly dull 'This Is Your Life'). As a fan of 1991's 'Necroticism' above the others, it's the central section that interests me the most for its slightly progressive edge, but the earlier songs are satisfyingly aggressive and the later stuff isn't the band's worst.

      1. Genital Grinder
      2. Maggot Colony
      3. Exhume to Consume
      4. Swarming Vulgar Mass of Infected Virulency
      5. Tools of the Trade
      6. Corporal Jigsore Quandary
      7. Incarnate Solvent Abuse
      8. Buried Dreams
      9. No Love Lost
      10. Heartwork
      11. Keep On Rotting in the Free World
      12. R**k the Vote
      13. This Is Your Life
      14. Crepitating Bowel Erosion
      15. Slash Dementia
      16. Cadaveric Incubator of Endoparasites
      17. Reek of Putrefaction
      18. Empathological Necrotism
      19. Foeticide
      20. Fermenting Innards
      21. Exhume To Consume

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Genital Grinder
    2 Maggot Colony
    3 Exhume to Consume
    4 Swarming Vulgar Mass of Infected Virulency
    5 Tools of The Trade
    6 Corporeal Jigsore Quandary
    7 Incarnate Solvent Abuse
    8 Buried Dreams
    9 No Love Lost
    10 Heartwork
    11 Keep on Rotting in The Free World
    12 R**k the Vote
    13 This Is Your Life
    14 Crepitating Bowel Erosion (Peel Session 02.01.89)
    15 Slash Dementia (Peel Session 02.01.89)
    16 Cadaveric Incubator of Endoparasites (Peel Session 02.01.89)
    17 Reek of Putrefaction (Peel Session 02.01.89)
    18 Empathological Necrotism (Peel Session 16.12.90)
    19 Foeticide (Peel Session 16.12.90)
    20 Fermenting Innards (Peel Session 16.12.90)
    21 Exhume to Consume (Peel Session 16.12.90)