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Carcass - Tools of the Trade
Review: Having perhaps realized what a dripping excremental mass Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious was, Carcass attempted to return to the roots of their first two albums with this more underground offering.
The basic stylistic mix from the album is present, crushing diversity by lumping together all its different elements and so emerging with an emulsified compromise that loses the distinctive power of each, but the emphasis on simpler riffs mated to more selective melodic solos gives this the technical edge developed on Symphonies of Sickness on half of the tracks. The rest are either borrowed from the full-length or in its style, showing us a band which cannot decide between keeping its integrity and keeping the label and the voiceless majority, who prefer to buy new versions of unchallenging things they already own, happy.
History shows the band choose the latter, spit out another two albums, and then dissolved in a total lack of forward momentum which caused internal infighting, much in the same way nations collapse once they have lost any agreement on collective goals beyond personal convenience.