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Reek of Putrefaction
Reek of Putrefaction
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock, Metal
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Expanded edition of this classic slice of grindcore history from seminal UK act Carcass. 'Reek of Putrefaction' was Carcass' horrifying debut album, which defined a genre and a million imitators. This new limited editi...  more »


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All Artists: Carcass
Title: Reek of Putrefaction
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Earache Records
Release Date: 1/10/1995
Genres: Alternative Rock, Rock, Metal
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Death Metal, Thrash & Speed Metal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 745316000626


Album Description
Expanded edition of this classic slice of grindcore history from seminal UK act Carcass. 'Reek of Putrefaction' was Carcass' horrifying debut album, which defined a genre and a million imitators. This new limited edition features deluxe packaging and exclusive bonus footage. The dual disc comes housed in a deluxe digi-pak with extra artwork. *The album will come specially packaged in a white 'medical' bag with clear sticker, ensuring that the controversial cover art is hidden from sensitive eyes! The DVD footage contains in depth interviews with the band members, exploring their humble beginnings and lifting the lid on the controversy that brought the band to a wider audience. The original shocking and controversial 'gore' cover art is available beneath the special 'medical bag' outer packaging. Contains 13 unreleased bonus tracks from the 'Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment' demo 'Reek of Putrefaction' shocked the metal world upon its original release in 1988 - from the brutal cover art to the sickening lyrics, all shrouded in a sludge filled production. *The band were immediately championed by John Peel who played them relentlessly on his influential radio shows. Each of Carcass' 5 studio albums will re-issued in deluxe digi-paks with exclusive bonus documentaries throughout 2008. Each documentary forms part of 'The Pathologist's Report' - in total a two and half hour documentary examining all eras of the band. The 'Pathologist's Report' documentary represents the first time the band members officially reunited in over 10 years. Carcass recently reformed amid much publicity and will be touring festivals this summer. The band became famous as a 'gore' band - using extreme images on album sleeve and in lyrics, often with a medical dictionary providing inspiration. Having split after the release of the final album 'Swansong', Jeff Walker continued with Blackstar and Brujeria. Bill Steer formed Firebird, and Mike Amott found success with Spiritual Beggars and Arch Enemy.

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CD Reviews

Not remastered!
W. M. Berger | Kasparhauser, NJ | 12/26/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"How Carcass and Earache could pass up the opportunity to actually remaster this groundbreaking album boggles the mind. Iggy managed to do it with Raw Power, so these yobs have no excuse. Yes this is a great album, but its masterpiece-like qualities could have been cemented by a good remastering. Even the band were deeply unhappy with the original mix (this fact has been stated repeatedly in the music press), and this reissue, despite Amazon's claim of "Original Recording Remastered" still sounds like it was mixed with teacups over the engineer's ears. Why does this re-release exist? Probably to capitalize on the band's recent reunion tour and to milk hardcore fans (like myself) with the promise of a better-sounding version of this classic album. Also included is an early demo and a DVD documentary which may sweeten the pot for some."
The Infamous debut
Johnny Ryall | Memphis, TN USA | 04/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is what John Peel declared album of the year back in 1988. It is a LO-FI masterpiece (its master tape was a beta cartridge!). The debut of the most challenging extreme rock group of all time, the one & only CARCASS. Do not try to comprehend, do not try to sing along, just sit back and let this slab of definitive grind pummel your eardrums into submission."
Gross Cover, Great Album
General Zombie | the West | 06/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

""The Reek of Putrefaction" is impossible to intelligently defend from any rational standpoint. Unlike your sophisticated modern death metal albums, this is a senselessly brutal, simplistic mass of grinding noise. Even in this remastered form, the guitars and bass meld into a single distorted mass overlaying the spastic, primitive drumming. Little will likely stick with you after listening. In short, I describe it in precisely the way that critics would deride grindcore generally, and in precisely the way that I would critcize grindcore albums that I don't like.

And yet this album is awesome. It's an absurdly energetic, infectious release that is still truly brutal 20 years after the original release, and also one of the funnest extreme metal albums I've ever heard. All of the Carcass releases after this, even SoS, are a bit overly sterile and calculated. Reek of Putrefaction, however, is unadulterated intensity, an album driven by the force of sound alone. Not songs, not even riffs. Just aural force.

A classic. Mandatory listening for all extreme metal fans."