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Release date: 30 May 1996
Style: Melodic death metal


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Disc I [CD]
01. Keep On Rotting In The Free World
02. Tomorrow Belongs To Nobody
03. Black Star
04. Cross My Heart
05. Child's Play
06. Room 101
07. Polarized
08. Generation Hexed
09. Firmhand
10. R**k The Vote
11. Don't Believe A Word
12. Go To Hell
13. Deathrider Da [Japanese bonus]

Disc II [2008 re-release bonus DVD]
The Pathologist's Report - Part V
01. Issue With Release
02. Extreme But Not As We Know It
03. Moving To Columbia
04. The Cover Artwork
05. Mike Hickey & Carlo's Involvement
06. The End Is Nigh
07. The Aftermath
08. Influencing The Next Generation
09. Ken Talks About His Illness
10. Out-takes

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Additional info
Also released as limited edition 2CD (catalogue number MOSH160CDL). Disc 1 has the shape of a brain and original tracks 1-11, Disc 2 has the following tracklist:
1. Go to Hell
2. Emotional Flatline

The Japanese bonus track features their producer, Colin Richardson on vocals.

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The last album from one of the most controversial and praised bands in Metal history, a band built mainly on musical progression and versatility, this is the legacy of Carcass. Misconceived as their "bad" album, "Swansong" shows the softer but most technical side of the band, an underrated album if you ask me, mainly because people desperately sought in Carcass utter brutality and a sickening concept (after all they created that scheme); in the end, Swansong is a very good "Melodic Death" album which actually retains the catchiest riffs Carcass created and the most digestible and technical music they produced in their history.

published 22.01.2007 | Comments (11)

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musicalkaratekid - 11.09.2012 at 16:54  
Rating: 8 This album is surprisingly very good. It's not on par with 'Heartwork' in terms of quality, yet the accessibility of each song on this album more than makes up for it. Everything seems to stick in your mind after one listen, and although the melody or slight mainstream influences do show up more often than expected, it's definitely an underrated album for Carcass.
Angelic Storm - 11.09.2012 at 22:54  
Rating: 8 It's funny that the final album (at least for now...) from a band known for being pioneering in the realms of extreme metal, has hardly any extremity on it at all. It's an album that to view fairly, you really have to completely divorce the name "Carcass" from their iconic earlier extreme works. Which is probably too difficult for some people to do.

Whilst in hindsight, "Heartwork" has come in for a bit of a bashing also (at the time of it's release though, it garnered almost universal praise), it's certainly viewed even all these years later, as a better album than "Swansong". For me, "Heartwork" is a very important album, and major influence on the genres of "Gothenburg", and melodic death. As well as being a very consistent album with no fillers on it. This is the area where "Swansong" lacks a bit compared to it's predecessor. It lacks the influential status of "Heartwork", and unlike that album, it does contain some fillers which bring it down somewhat.

I do feel it's a touch underrated, and tracks like "Room 101", "Polarized", and "Generation Hexed" are certainly great songs, and immensely underrated ones in the metal world. Even taken as a standalone album, without the burden of the band's glorious legacy, "Swansong" lacks the consistency and overall clout to be called an underrated classic in it's own right. However, a few of it's songs are underrated classics. Which, coming from a band that was a sinking ship at the time of it's recording, is certainly no mean feat!
Dzidziafon - 14.05.2013 at 16:34  
Rating: 9 Great music to listening in traffic.
Dead Eternity - 29.01.2015 at 20:07  
Rating: 8 One of the few "sellout" albums that are actually good. Carcass was just trying something different here, there's nothing commercial in their sound. It's still Death Metal and still sounds like Carcass, but with a simpler songwriting and without the gory and medical content in the lyrics/artwork. What impressed me the most was the solos. They're very inspiring and have more feeling than the ones in Heartwork.
Ace Frawley - 29.09.2016 at 00:40  
Rating: 8 Enjoy every song on this album. Perfect rot n roll.

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