Carcass: Torn Arteries-2021.

Carcass are an English extreme metal band from Liverpool that was formed in 1986. The band have gone through several line-up changes, leaving guitarist Bill Steer and bassist and vocalist Jeff Walker as the only constant members. They broke up in 1996,[1][2][3] but reformed in 2007 without one of its original members, drummer Ken Owen, due to health reasons.[4] To date, the band have released seven studio albums, two compilation albums, four EPs, two demo albums, one video album, and six music videos.

Carcass are regarded as pioneers of the goregrind genre.[5][6] Their early work was also tagged as “splatter death metal”,[7] and “hardgore”[8] on account of their morbid lyrics and gruesome album covers. Their fourth album, Heartwork (1993), is considered a landmark in the melodic death metal genre.[5] Carcass were also one of the few death metal acts to sign to a major label, with Columbia Records handling North American distribution for Heartwork, while the album was distributed worldwide by Earache who released all of the band’s albums up to and including Swansong (1996).

The band’s lyrics often focus on animal rights issues. Walker and Steer are both vegetarians.[9][10] Steer used to be vegan and Walker was a hunt saboteur.[11][12][13]


Flesh Ripping Sonic TormentDemo1987
Reek of PutrefactionFull-length1988
Symphonies of SicknessDemo1988
The Peel SessionsEP1989
Symphonies of SicknessFull-length1989
St. George’s Hall, Bradford 15/11/89EP1990 
Necroticism – Descanting the InsalubriousFull-length1991
Rock Hard Presents: Gods of GrindSplit1991 
Gods of GrindSplit1992
Triumph of DeathSplit1992 
Tools of the TradeEP1992
The Heartwork E.P.EP1994 
Go to HellSingle1995 
Swansong (Free 2 Song Sampler)Single1995 
Wake Up and Smell the… CarcassVideo1996
Wake Up and Smell the… CarcassCompilation1996
Best of CarcassCompilation1997
Choice CutsCompilation2004
The Complete Pathologist’s ReportBoxed set2008
Death Metal LiveSplit video2009 
Unfit for Human ConsumptionSingle2013 
Party.San Metal Open Air – Hell Is Here-SamplerSplit2013 
Captive Bolt PistolSingle2013 
Surgical SteelFull-length2013
Livestock MarketplaceSingle2014 
Carcass / Cerebral BoreSplit2014 
Surgical Remission / Surplus SteelEP2014
Grind Madness at the BBC The Earache Peel SessionsSplit2014 
Casket CaseBoxed set2015 
The CarcassBoxed set2016 
The Best of CarcassCompilation2016 
Under the Scalpel BladeSingle2019
Torn ArteriesFull-length2021
Jeff Walker
Bass, Vocals (1986-1996, 2007-present)
See also: ex-Blackstar, ex-Brujeria, ex-Electro Hippies, ex-Jeff Walker und die Flüffers
Bill Steer
Guitars, Vocals (1986-1996, 2007-present)
See also: Gentlemans Pistols, ex-Napalm Death, ex-Angel Witch (live), ex-Disattack, ex-Firebird
Daniel Wilding
Drums (2012-present)
See also: Trigger the Bloodshed, ex-Hansen & Friends, ex-Killing Mode, ex-Misery, ex-Aborted, ex-The Order of Apollyon, ex-The Soulless, ex-Heaven Shall Burn (live), ex-Savage Messiah (live)

Past Members:

Ken OwenDrums, Vocals (1986-1996)
See also: ex-Blackstar, Ken Owen
SanjivVocals (1986-1987)
Michael AmottGuitars (1990-1993, 2007-2012)
See also: Arch EnemyBlack EarthSpiritual Beggars, ex-Carnage, ex-Candlemass, ex-Entombed (live), ex-Disaccord
Carlo RegadasGuitars (1994-1996)
See also: ex-Blackstar, ex-Devoid, ex-Bastardised, ex-Monstrance
Daniel ErlandssonDrums (2007-2012)
See also: Arch EnemyBlack EarthEucharist, ex-The End, ex-Brujeria, ex-Revengia, ex-In Flames (live), ex-Diabolique, ex-Armageddon, ex-Liers in Wait
Ben AshGuitars (2013-2018)
See also: Satyricon (live), ex-Desolation, ex-Pig Irön, ex-Liquefied Skeleton
1.Torn Arteries04:00 
2.Dance of Ixtab (Psychopomp & Circumstance March No.1 in B)04:29 
3.Eleanor Rigor Mortis04:14 
4.Under the Scalpel Blade03:56  Show lyrics
5.The Devil Rides Out05:22 
6.Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment Limited09:42 
7.Kelly’s Meat Emporium03:24 
8.In God We Trust03:57 
9.Wake Up and Smell the Carcass / Caveat Emptor04:36 
10.The Scythe’s Remorseless Swing05:20 

One thought on “Carcass: Torn Arteries-2021.

  1. Dysthimia93, September 26th, 2021

    Torn Arteries follows the path of the previous long-awaited return album: A mix of the stuff in their classic albums “Necroticism”, the melodic death metal landmark “Heartwork”, and the less celebrated but solid rock-infused “Swansong”. We are not expecting Carcass to come up with something particularly innovative, nor do we really want them to, but the band does not fail to deliver an album with tasty, great riffs and songwriting, and really well-executed solid drumming.

    The title track opens the album with a neck-breaking chromatic riff that then gives way to the more characteristic heavy metal influenced sound that took them to death metal stardom. “Dance of Ixtab (Psychopomp & Circumstance March No. 1 in B)” is a slower, very heavy song, that contrasts with the faster and dense “Eleanor Rigor Mortis“ that has a more old school death metal vibe mixed with more thrashy riffs.

    “Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment Limited” is the longest song of the work with almost 10 minutes in length, in which we find a marked change of rhythms and styles, from the acoustic guitar intro to a myriad of killer riffs that invite you to headbang like crazy through the whole song. “In God, We Trust” is a slightly different song, which although it remains true to the Carcass style that flirts a lot with the heavy and thrash metal. The addition of clapping (?) on the instrumental part of the song is somewhat bizarre but kind of funny in a way, without sounding goofy or out of place. “Wake Up And Smell The Carcass – Caveat Emptor” has a different sound, with almost progressive overtones and a catchy and somewhat complex rhythm. The last song “The Scythe’s Remorseless” starts with a riff not very characteristic of Carcass that morphs into a galloping riff. The instrumental middle section has some of the best lead guitar work on the album. Great song to close it too.

    Jeff Walker still has that characteristic shrieky vocal style that is not entirely guttural and his bass is a little bit more prominent here than in previous records, which gives the songs even more depth and heaviness. Bill Steer’s performance is outstanding. The man does not age, nor does his characteristic blues-influenced soloing, with a vast arsenal of the killer, catchy riffs. The drumming by Daniel Wilding is another highlight. It is pummeling, creative, and overall pretty well executed. Not too crazy nor too simple: just perfect for Carcass.

    This is a pretty solid, consistent album keeping the quality of pretty much all of their previous albums.

    Highlights: The Scythe’s Remorseless, Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment Limited, Torn Arteries.


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