Released in 1993 by Earache/Columbia Records
Best Songs: Heartwork, Burried Dreams, Death Certificate
Interesting Facts: Carcass was originally named Disattack and was formed by guitarist Bill Steer together with drummer Ken Owen in 1985 and a year later, vocalist Sanjiv and bassist Jeff Walker joined. At about the same time, Bill Steer joined Napalm Death and recorded the second side of what became Napalm Death’s first album, Scum. Moreover Jeff Walker also designed the cover art forScum. Disattack then changed its name to Carcass. Michael Ammott became the second lead guitarist during the recordings of the band’s second album.
Carcass are regarded as pioneers of the grindcore genre with their early releases but also became one of the pioneers of melodic death metal with Heartwork, their 4th album, which has been described as the band’s breakthrough album and “mid-period masterpiece”. Heartwork was considered a radical change by many fans, which eliminated Steer’s deeper vocals and the clinically gory lyrics. Steer handled all rhythm guitar duties, due to Amott losing his passport in India (thus making him unable to return to England in time to record).
The sculpture depicted in the cover art, “Life Support 1993”, was designed by H.R. Giger, and is an update of a sculpture he created in the late 1960s. The video for the song “Heartwork” features a real-life interpretation of the sculpture, including a human welded as a part of it.
After the release of Heartwork, Carcass signed a worldwide deal with Columbia Records, who hoped for commercial success, even suggesting that Jeff Walker learn how to sing. Michael Amott left the band after the recording of the album before founding Spiritual Beggars and later Arch Enemy.
The band is mentioned on the Friends episode “The One with the Cheap Wedding Dress” when a character mentions that her husband wants Carcass to play at their wedding.
On the Elementary episode “Bella”, the Carcass song “Captive Bolt Pistol” is played on a mixtape that supposedly also contains a computer virus.