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Staff's Top 10 of 2013
Heartwork Country Of Origin: United Kingdom
Carcass - Heartwork



MB Rating: 10
[1 Vote(s)]

User Rating: 7.8
[390 Vote(s)]
1.
Buried Dreams
2.
Carnal Forge
3.
No Love Lost
4.
Heartwork
5.
Embodiment
6.
This Mortal Coil
7.
Arbeit Macht Fleisch
8.
Blind Bleeding The Blind
9.
Doctrinal Expletives
10.
Death Certificate

Year: 1994
Label: Earache Records
Categories: Death, Grind
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7.8 out of 10 / 390 vote(s)

 Review this album.
MetalBite Review by Allan on 5/6/2002
And Bill Steer and Ken Owen said, “Let there be Carcass!” Ok, maybe it didn’t exactly happen like that, but it sure as hell should have. I don’t think you can really deny the greatness of Carcass. Sure you can dislike the band, but come on... they’re great! “Heartwork” is a legendary album, and Carcass is a standout act. It’s a continuing step in the bands evolution, while they further distance themselves from their grind roots.

So the band decided to add Michael Amott to the lineup after “Symphonies of Sickness”. Then, the band released “Necroticsm: Descanting the Insalubrious”. Amott’s guitar playing gave the band a new flavor, and “Necroticsm” was a pretty darn good album. But then “Heartwork” came around, and it whooped the entire scenes ass.

With pseudo-grind rhythms hinting at their early days and melodic rock/bluesy guitar to accompany it, this is one amazing album. Bill Steer and Michael Amott are one of the very best guitar duos of their day, stressing a high amount of talent while not sacrificing anything to show of a technical skill ego. Their often technical leads, solos, etc. are tasteful, not obnoxious. Drummer Ken Owen is one of the best single-foot drummers of the scene. Again, tasteful is the word here. Not in the mindset of fitting into any certain category, he doesn’t feel the need to do constant double bass nor constantly perform blast beats. Then there is Jeff Walker on vocals. Definitely a great thing – his death vocals with a black metal rasp approach make him a few different things. He’s a great addition to the band and a unique vocalist. One of the best line-ups of the early 1990’s, not only could these guys play, they could write.

Bottom Line: If you’re a fan of melodic metal of any kind, this is nearly mandatory. Simply put, this album is amazing.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Originality: 10
Musicianship: 10
Atmosphere: 10
Production: 10
Overall: 10

Rating: 10 out of 10
Submitted by kylereece on 11/27/2006
This is yet another masterpiece by one of metals most innovative and underrated bands ever. Every track is killer here from the mid-tempo dark riffery of the opener, Buried Dreams to the frantic speed scorching black harmonies of the closer, Death Certificate. Jeff Walker, Bill Steer and the rest of the boys take the masterful jigsaw puzzle of 91's classic Necrotisism and produce a slightly more focused and accessible piece of splendid extreme metal. There is less of a tendancy on this album to utilize the typical death metal blastbeat, as Jeff and co. probably noting that solely adhering to this approach was becoming stale and dated even as far back as '93, go for more of a mid-tempo melodic grind (though fans of pure speed will certainly not be disappointed). Once again, everything here is top notch. The riffs are absolutely killer with faves coming from This Mortal Coil, Embodiment and the illustrious title track, a heartstopping classic which you should be spoken in the same vein as any of the great metal songs of all time in my opinion. Bill Steer and Mike Ammott are once again excellent in their soloing (witness the oldchool style lead guitar tradeoff that opens blind Bleeding the Blind)and this album highlights their talents like no another. The vocals are slightly more accessible than in Necrotism simply because Bill Steer's trademark growl is practically absent in this one though Jeff Walker continues his scratchy black metal vocal stylings. When it comes to recommendations I believe I could not be any more clearer, if you dont already have this masterpiece rush out and buy it now, its as easy a '10 out of 10' as Ive ever given.
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