Bill Steer, the guitarist of sell-out grindcore legends turned butt rock turkey Carcass, did an interview with hipster social justice warrior rock website Vice Noisey last week where he ranked Carcass’s albums in order of his favorites. Bill Steer admitted that Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious was pretentious death ‘n’ roll instrumental wank and that continuing in that style would not have provided any future for the band so they started writing heavy metal for arena rock fans on Heartwork as only about three hundred people at every big show Carcass played actually liked death metal at all. Bill Steer finally dropped all pretense of Carcass’s later material being traditional heavy metal and admitted it is actually written as arena rock in order to please the most people.
No shit Sherlock. There are way more album-oriented radio rock fans who love to sing along to Aerosmith and Fleetwood Mac while commuting than there are people who actually like death metal and grindcore. Bill Steer set out in the nineties to make brain dead hook based pop music for zombies working no think jobs full of brain-less repetitive, paper-filing tasks in hope of becoming a rock star. With Surgical Steel he finally achieved communism courtesy of Clear Channel.
Bill Steer ranked Carcass’s records
- Surgical Steel (2013)
- Heartwork (1993)
- Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious (1991)
- Symphonies of Sickness (1989)
- Swansong (1996)
- Reek of Putrefaction (1988)
Death Metal Underground’s staff:
- Reek of Putrefaction. Carcass’s debut is still the best and purest expression of their sound in grindcore and heavy metal song structures.
- Symphonies of Sickness. Carcass attempted to appeal to wider metal audience with longer compositions but started the introduction of hard rock tropes into the music. This lessened the impact of Carcass’s shift to riff-maze compositions in an attempt to please a wider speed metal audience.
- Tools of the Trade was what Necroticism should have been. This EP collected the two most focused tracks from Necroticism with two new compositions in the extended grindcore style of Symphonies, including the seventies rock solos for mainstream readers of guitar magazines.
- Heartwork abandoned death metal entirely as Carcass’s tried to please everyone attempt in a failed attempt at mainstream success despite making it onto Beavis and Butt-head. For every effective speed metal, heavy metal, or NWOBHM style song, there was a matching emotional crybaby Pantera wuss rock or death ‘n’ roll track. All of the idiocy and speed metal being blend in with healthy doses of dueling twin guitar shred wank gave Heartwork the atmosphere of a Testament record rather than a Carcass one. This was also the most commercially successful Carcass album as it was heavily shilled in guitar and metal magazines.
- Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious slowed down the compositions on Symphonies of Sickness and made the hint of butt rock the main flavors of the dish. Almost all the compositions were incredibly boring speed metal rooted death ‘n’ roll as similar to a Death or Malevolent Creation album slowed down and made ultra repetitive so Bill Steer and Michael Amott could take turns jerking off on your face. Necroticism was a “death metal” (death ‘n’ roll) album for those special kids who got sit in your homeroom class in high school and pick the gum off the bottom of the desks and shoved it in their mouths.
- Swansong saw Carcass abandon metal entirely just as they did death metal. The album was a failed attempt at seventies rock to appeal to an MTV audience. Unfortunately, even the major label suits could tell that Swansong was highly repetitive and annoying and rightfully refused to release it for sale in every mall in the world. At least Carcass tried though.
- Surgical Steel: phoned-in “lucky charms metal” as an excuse to reunite and tour.