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Swansong [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Although 1994's excellent Heartwork opus had already served notice of Carcass' increasingly commercial new direction, much of the group's loyal contingent of fans still viewed 1995's Swansong album not as a natural progression but as a huge betrayal. One of the leading lights of the British grindcore movement, Carcass had made a name for themselves with their unrelenting sonic fury and unbelievably disgusting lyrics. But on Swansong, much of that fury was reigned in to accommodate more conventional song structures topped with articulate, at times even humorous lyrics see "Keep on Rotting in the Free World" from vocalist Jeff Walker. With axe men Bill Steer and Carlo ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Although 1994's excellent Heartwork opus had already served notice of Carcass' increasingly commercial new direction, much of the group's loyal contingent of fans still viewed 1995's Swansong album not as a natural progression but as a huge betrayal. One of the leading lights of the British grindcore movement, Carcass had made a name for themselves with their unrelenting sonic fury and unbelievably disgusting lyrics. But on Swansong, much of that fury was reigned in to accommodate more conventional song structures topped with articulate, at times even humorous lyrics see "Keep on Rotting in the Free World" from vocalist Jeff Walker. With axe men Bill Steer and Carlo Regadas trading scorching leads to pave the way, the band's technical mastery and newfound melodic sensibility come through like never before, resulting in a style reminiscent of latter-day Coroner, or even Megadeth's work in the early '90s. Memorable numbers like "Tomorrow Belongs to Nobody" and "Child's Play" highlight the quartet's keen sense of dynamics, and their desire to experiment with new sounds leads to such unexpected moves as employing acoustic guitars on "Firm Hand." Simply put, Swansong represents such a remarkable evolution or de-evolution, depending, again, on your viewpoint for Carcass that comparing it to their prior achievements leads to an interesting quandary. While it is easily the most accessible chapter of the band's career, the album hardly offers a fair introduction to the bulk of their brutal legacy. Therefore, while fans of unadulterated grindcore should approach with caution, listeners seeking out an excellent example of technical thrashing will love what Swansong has to offer. [Earache issued a CD/DVD edition in 2008.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2008
  • Label: Toy's Factory Japan
  • EAN: 4988061874555
  • Catalog Number: 87455

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Keep on Rotting in the Free World (3:40)
  2. 2 Tomorrow Belongs to Nobody (4:17)
  3. 3 Black Star (3:28)
  4. 4 Cross My Heart (3:33)
  5. 5 Child's Play (5:42)
  6. 6 Room 101 (4:35)
  7. 7 Polarized (4:01)
  8. 8 Generation Hexed (3:47)
  9. 9 Firm Hand (5:22)
  10. 10 R**k the Vote (3:52)
  11. 11 Don't Believe a Word (3:57)
  12. 12 Go to Hell (3:21)
  13. 13 Death Rider Da (1:18)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Pathologist's Report, Pt. 5: Decomposition
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carcass Primary Artist
Bill Steer Guitar
Carlo Regadas Guitar
J. Michael Walker Bass, Vocals
Jeff Walker Bass Guitar, Vocals
Ken Owens Drums
Technical Credits
Colin Richardson Producer, Audio Production
Bill Steer Arranger
Noel Summerville Mastering
Carlo Regadas Arranger, Composer
J. Michael Walker Arranger
Steven Dee Harris Engineer
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