Reek of Putrefaction

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Band Name Carcass
Album Name Reek of Putrefaction
Type Album
Released date 01 June 1988
Produced by Digby Pearson
Recorded at Rich Bitch Studios
Music StyleGrindcore
Members owning this album424

Tracklist

Re-Issue in 1994 by Earache Records on cd with a different artwork
1. Genital Grinder 01:32
2. Regurgitation of Giblets 01:24
3. Maggot Colony 01:37
4. Pyosisified (Rotten to the Gore) 02:55
5. Carbonized Eyesockets 01:11
6. Frenzied Detruncation 00:59
7. Vomited Anal Tract 01:45
8. Festerday 00:22
9. Fermenting Innards 02:35
10. Excreted Alive 01:21
11. Suppuration 02:19
12. Foeticide 02:46
13. Microwaved Uterogestation 01:24
14. Feast on Dismembered Carnage 01:27
15. Splattered Cavities 01:54
16. Psychopathologist 01:18
17. Burnt to a Crisp 02:43
18. Pungent Excruciation 02:31
19. Manifestation on Verrucos Urethra 01:02
20. Oxidised Razor Masticator 03:13
21. Mucopurulence Excretor 01:09
22. Malignant Defecation 02:14
Total playing time 39:41

Review @ Scandals

06 October 2008
Reek of Putrefaction is one of those albums classed as legendary or influential due to its proximity to the start of a specific genre or style, or one that’s been copied so widely that the original idea is almost lost within reams of copyists and wannabes. Carcass would later create some essential death metal cuts, such as Symphonies of Sickness and Necroticism, but their debut reeked of grind, and ugly grind as it was. Its sound is truly horrifying, a cauldron of gurgled growls and screams, played over a raw, hurtling soundtrack of grinding riffs and thundering blastbeats. Carcass members have been notably disdaining of their first offspring, Jeff Walker describing it as ‘great for what it is, which is shit’, and you can understand their point; the production is very murky, its a sludgy mess of noise in general and possibly wouldn’t even be released widely in today’s polish-and-play market but yet you can traces its heritage through the racket of modern grind, and anything that gains a bit of cult following because of the so-bad-its-good production style. It almost singlehandedly spawned the goregrind subgenre of extreme metal, and its eerily knowing song titles just add a bit more to the pot to create such a hellish brew. Ultimately it is the grimy, swampy blast of inspiration that creates the magic, creates the inspiration that it has provided to countless bands. We have seen old records produce so much in the scattered and crowded fields of metal bands these days, and many don’t have the shiny production that we are so used to today, and perhaps in that lies the answer. Would this be as revered if its production were clearer? Who knows, but again who cares, as its still a hell of a sound and a hell of an album. If its great cause its shit, then shit it shall be, but I still revere it as a classic, even if the band doesn’t! Plus, its perfect to scare these emo kids off our metal lawns!


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Comment @ cochino

25 July 2009
Way back in the 80's if you were caught listening metal, you were seriously wrong, with some sort of mental or auditive problem; BUT if you were caught listening carcass??! man, you probably had some serious shit on your head, or you were a satan worshiper! Reek of Putrefaction is nothing but crude noises and bizarre echos and noises, sounds like they recorded it on somebody's basement, horrible noise and static-like growls and moans, and to top it all, one of the most puke-inducing covers to boot! talk about forgetting about your lunch! no wonder it was originally banned, i'll bet it gave somebody a heart attack, it was the 80's for crying out loud! But you know what? Reek of Putrefaction transformed everything, even with it's low-budget recording, it stands to this day as a grind classic, i agree, while it is not one of my favourite carcass records, it is a long-time venerable puke-fest of unintengible-visceral-gut-wrenching-grind core record. it is an amazing album, you guys go grab yourselves a copy of this one, it is a classic and it definitely deserves a place on your shelf, i recommend it 100% percent, pure grind core head-banging-'till-you-puke-guaranteed!!!

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