Bill Steer Admits Making Arena Rock

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

  1. Surgical Steel (2013)
  2. Heartwork (1993)
  3. Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious (1991)
  4. Symphonies of Sickness (1989)
  5. Swansong (1996)
  6. Reek of Putrefaction (1988)

Death Metal Underground’s staff:

  1. Reek of Putrefaction. Carcass’s debut is still the best and purest expression of their sound in grindcore and heavy metal song structures.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Surgical Steel: phoned-in “lucky charms metal” as an excuse to reunite and tour.

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13 thoughts on “Bill Steer Admits Making Arena Rock”

  1. > this says:

    There was only 1 Necroticism song on Tools of the Trade. The last 2 are re-recordings.

  2. bring back the metal into deathmetal orh says:

    i want to know some 50 death metal albums you actually like maraat. reading in recent months makes me feel like its just about you and around 500 albums you think are wanking butt rock for political correct hipster communists with aids. cmon you fucker, give us dumbasses some good death metal and interrupt the hip hop-esque dissing war for a second

    1. aol instant messenger says:

      death metal is just an obscene hoodlum racket

    2. thewaters says:

      I remember when the front page of this site was supposed to lure people into checking out the DLA reviews. If you want to check out some good reviews go to the veeeerrrrryyyy bottom of the page and click on tiiiiiiiny link that says Dark Legion Archives. Here you will find reviews from the gOD eMPEROR himself.

      1. Why do you think the DLA is linked to in every article?

    3. Abominable Goatpenis says:

      Maarat should post his top 50 pop albums. If the top 5 isn`t populated with at least 1 ABBA album then prepare your orifices!

  3. GGALLIN1776 says:

    Heartwork rubs my grundle just right. If they had commited suicide after that, all would be well.
    Surgical was just a rip off of heartwork but done in the worst way possible.

  4. Zorak says:

    all I need from Carcass is the first five tracks on Symphonies

  5. I’d be more interested if they fessed up about the message not being “hurr durr meat is murder”, but that human life has no inherent value. You know there’s something fucky about them reducing that first album to “sexually frustrated teenage shit” in some interviews. It is possible that busting nuts in groupie skanks could probably make you lose interest in speaking the truth though.

    1. Yeah after 1992-1993 or so, Carcass dropped the whole “we don’t eat animals as we can’t eat people and people are animals” shtick. Surgical Steel’s lyrics were as godawful as the rest of it.

      1. Syphilis says:

        That`s another thing grind surpassed punk in. Idiotic political stances and slogans.

        1. But black metal did not…

  6. mlotek says:

    Carcass was all great for me, even up to Swansong, could not give a fuck what anybody else thinks.
    The return though? meh.
    I like how they re-wrote history. Carcass at first were glowing about getting more hip and attracting the commercial metalhead Metallica/Megadeth fans when they were releasing Swansong, and then when the backlash and apathy happened, they claimed the record company forced them to make that album!
    LOL, half of it was excellent I thought. Even if some of you think it was more “hard rock” than metal.
    I never a Led Zep , AC/DC , or KISS album sound like Carcass, so maybe I living in Bizarro universe.

    You can read old reviews of carcass submitted in 1999-2001 here – >

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