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Carcass rule. The U.K. goregrind progenitors have one of the most bulletproof discographies in extreme metal, and whether you have an affinity for the nasty, guttural stuff or the more sturdy catchiness of their melodic death-metal material, Jeff Walker and Bill Steer have an album for you. In honor of the announcement of their long-awaited seventh LP, Torn Arteries, we asked our readers to narrow down their favorite Carcass song from throughout their sprawling catalog. The results are ranked accordingly below.
Many Carcass fans consider the band's 1993 opus, Heartwork, to be their greatest achievement, and "Buried Dreams" is the badass track that kicks it off. With an instantly memorable riff, melodic leads and vocals that are easy to chant along with, this track trades up from the ugly goregrind they'd already perfected on previous records to a truly superior breed of melodic death metal.
Death metal and grindcore fans don't always get along, but both parties can generally agree that Carcass' 1989 masterpiece, Symphonies of Sickness, is one of the most amazing hybrids of the two genres to ever exist. "Exhume to Consume" is the obvious standout, with its creepy guitar solo, disgustingly guttural vocals and poetic lyricism about grave-digging for a quick meal. Yummy.
This standout from Carcass' third album, 1991's Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious, does what all great goregrind should as it makes you think, "What the fuck am I listening to?" "Incarnated Solvent Abuse" is a gruesome tale about harvesting a corpse, turning some of its components into glue and huffing it to get high. Brutal and instructive.
"Corporal Jigsore Quandary" is another highlight from Necroticism that's rife with razor-sharp death-metal riffs, a pounding groove and another lyrical storyline, this one about assembling a mangled array of body parts into a human figure. Walker's crusty groans sound absolutely demonic, and the guitar work is stellar during the lengthy bridge. It's just a phenomenal song.
Old-school Carcass fans may crinkle their noses at "Heartwork" earning the No. 1 spot, but it's hard to deny from an objective standpoint. The title track from their mainstream breakthrough (as far as extreme-metal bands go) gave a melodically innovative sheen to traditional death-metal intensity, creating the hideous yet catchy, brutal yet beautiful blueprint that bands have continued to hijack to this day.