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Artist Carcass Heartwork Rock Pop Music Heavy Metal Box Sets Compact

Release Date: 24 June 2008. Attributes: Incl.Dvd Discs:3. Label: Emm/Earache ( ERAC ). Product Type: Compact Disc. Catalog : 69702. UPC: 745316970226. Configuration: D: CD. Heartwork marks Carcass’ return after the self-imposed hiatus that followed 1991’s Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious. It’s also the pioneering grindcore outfit’s breakthrough release, successfully grafting melody onto the existing muscle of Carcass’ punishing anti-music. After a blistering opening salvo, the title track decelerates into a midtempo guitar lead, only to shift gears into a meaty verse that suggests the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. “Carnal Forge” and “Arbeit Macht Fleisch” are compacted with intricate, overlapping riffs that are relentless in their move forward, and yet there’s still a sense of structure and melody, buried somewhere amid the carnage. Jeff Walker’s vocals are consistent in their throat-ripping fierceness throughout the record, especially on “This Is Your Life,” which messes with mixing to make the track truly arresting if listened to with headphones. While of normal album length, Heartwork nevertheless seems over too quickly, as if its bloodthirsty front end bit off its own backside. Some purists might decry its melodic breaks for soloing or nods toward conventional structure. But Heartwork is that rare album that so carefully dissects and reconstructs its original form that its additional body parts seem like they were there all along.

Wormrot Dirge Product Type Compact Disc Perfect Heavy Metal Music

There are lots of words one could use to describe a Wormrot song; “dirge” is not one of them. This Singapore-based grindcore trio specializes in ultra-compressed blasts of raw yet disciplined energy, typically exploding for between 30 and 90 seconds before moving on. The shortest song on Dirge is a four-second nod to grindcore forefathers Napalm Death, “You Suffer But Why Is It My Problem.” The longest is the album-closing “The Final Insult,” which sprawls out for an epic 1:49. Dirge packs 25 songs into just under 18 minutes, every one a relentless assault of grinding guitar (doubled in the studio to give extra heft), anarchic yet complex drumming, and hoarse, agitated vocals. This is a sound hundreds of bands across the planet are making every day. But even as Wormrot’s songs blur into a single massive assault, they have a punk rock catchiness that some of the more metallic grindcore acts don’t share. They throw curve balls at times, too; “Deceased Occupation” is built on a sludgy, slip-sliding riff Eyehategod wouldn’t turn their noses up at, while “Principle of Puppet Warfare” is pure punk rock slam-fuel. The vocalist has at least three different voices he uses at different times, increasing his impact and presence by changing up his approach. It’s possible to have a favorite Wormrot song, something that can’t be said about the legions of lesser grindcore bands out there. ~ Phil Freeman, Rovi.