Carcass - Necroticism: Descanting The Insalubrious

8.7 | 623 votes |
Release date: 21 October 1991
Style: Grindcore, Melodic death metal


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Disc I [CD]
01. Inpropagation
02. Corporal Jigsore Quandary
03. Symposium Of Sickness
04. Pedigree Butchery
05. Incarnated Solvent Abuse
06. Carneous Cacoffiny
07. Lavaging Expectorate Of Lysergide Composition
08. Forensic Clinicism/The Sanguine Article
09. Tools Of The Trade [bonus]
10. Pyosisified (Still Rotten To The Gore) [bonus]
11. Hepatic Tissue Fermentation II [bonus]

Disc II [2008 re-release bonus DVD]
The Pathologist's Report - Part III
01. Mikes Musical Input
02. A Label For Release
03. Corporal Jigsore Quandary
04. Achieving The Sound
05. The Album Imagery
06. Classical Carcass
07. Meaning Of The Album Title
08. Back To The Rehearsal Rooms
09. Red Dwarf "Smeg & The Heads"
10. Death Threats
11. Interview 1992

Top 20 albums of 1991: 6
Top 200 albums of all time: 182

Additional info
Produced by Colin Richardson
Mixed by Carcass & Colin Richardson
Engineered by Keith Hartley
Assistants: Ian McFarlane, Dave Buchanan
Recorded at Amazon Studios, Simonswood

Re-released in 1995 with bonus tracks from the 'Tools of the Trade' EP

Remastered in 2004 without bonus tracks but with the promo videos for "Corporeal Jigsore Quandary" and "Incarnate Solvent Abuse" in Quicktime format

Re-released in 2008 as remastered album with bonus tracks on CD, and a DVD containing part three of a mini-documentary series entitled "The Pathologist's Report" as bonus video material

Staff review by
Carcass is one of the most influencial bands in the entire Death Metal scene, starting as a Grindcore outfit in the 80's and moving to more straight Death Metal territories later, these brits shared with the world their brutality and their undecifrable lyrics (only understandable for doctors)
With Necrotism they reached their highpoint as a brutal band, 'cos they moved to more melodic teritories with "Heartwork".

published 27.11.2003 | Comments (1)

Staff review by
People already know this band, they already know this album as well and most of them really love what they hear when playing it; I've always seen this piece differently, for me it's more than just a great album to play, I think this album clearly represents the art of versatility, musical appreciation and evolution more than anything I've heard in Extreme Metal all over the years.

published 17.01.2007 | Comments (11)

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10.06.2011 - 15:37
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Their best ever!!! and one of the best Death Metal albums ever!!!
03.01.2012 - 20:08
Rating: 10

Flawless death metal album, so technical and tight with the guitarwork, and so sick with the lyrical content. Bands like carcass just don't come easy anymore...
03.01.2012 - 20:12
Rating: 10
Angelic Storm
My favourite death metal album of all time. I don't think any other album blew me away the first time I heard it quite as much as this one did.
03.01.2012 - 22:54
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The CSI team would have a hell of a time tracking these guys down.
03.01.2012 - 22:57
Troy Killjoy
Written by Guest on 03.01.2012 at 22:54
The CSI team would have a hell of a time tracking these guys down.

Caruso would have fun trying to cook up some one-liners at the murder scenes though.

"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."
03.01.2012 - 23:00
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Written by Troy Killjoy on 03.01.2012 at 22:57

Written by Guest on 03.01.2012 at 22:54
The CSI team would have a hell of a time tracking these guys down.

Caruso would have fun trying to cook up some one-liners at the murder scenes though.

14.11.2012 - 22:34
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The vocals are the stand out factor for me; the whole band takes part and you have a wide array of growling voices. Obviously this album has the best Death metal riffs ever.
17.11.2012 - 18:59
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Incredible album. I love everything about this album, its just perfect. The vocals, the perfect riffs and the songs in general! Death Metal classic!
22.11.2012 - 03:57
Stinky Lips
This album has more big words in its lyrics than my mind could've conjured over the course of my existence. Props to whoever can determine what acts are exactly taking place in "Incarnated Solvent Abuse". Got the DVD with my CD though so looking forward to what the band has to say about all of this butchery taking place in the lyrics.
15.07.2013 - 17:50

By far the best of Carcass.
04.03.2015 - 00:47
Rating: 10

Ughh endures the test of time for me as this was one of the first albums i bought with my own money. needless to say it is another must for any metalhead or music enthusiast in general.
03.04.2015 - 01:24
Dead Eternity
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I've been listening to this album since January (I think), and I say this is Carcass's finest album, not Heartwork. Heartwork gets boring after the 5th track. Necroticism has everything a Carcass album should have. And the band wasn't Melodeath yet, just Death Metal.

Edit: I found the source of the intros of Symposium Of Sickness and Pedigree Butchery. Both samples were taken from the Incredibly Strange Film Show. The voice in Symposium Of Sickness is Herschell Gordon Lewis, the Godfather of Gore. The voices in Pedigree Butchery are John Waters and David Friedman, respectively.

Symposium Of Sickness

Pedigree Butchery
7:00 (NSFW)

The link above also has Symposium's "Prepare to die" quote (3:48).
29.08.2020 - 23:53
Rating: 9

Grindcore? Never considered this one grindcore. Symphonies and Putrefaction, definitely, but Necrotism is death metal, possibly melodeath.

and yes, it is one of the greatest death metal albums ever released
2020 AotY for me (constant work in progress)
21.10.2020 - 22:42
Rating: 8
For sure a very good album, but there's something I find a bit off in the sound, don't really know what it is but it's quite upsetting

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