Album Info

RELEASE
1994
LABEL
Earache
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Death Metal, Heavy Metal

Album Review

Heartwork marks Carcass' return after the self-imposed hiatus that followed 1991's Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious. It's also the pioneering grindcore outfit's breakthrough release, successfully grafting melody onto the existing muscle of Carcass' punishing antimusic. After a blistering opening salvo, the title track decelerates into a mid-tempo guitar lead, only to shift gears into a meaty verse that suggests the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. "Carnal Forge" and "Arbeit Macht Fleisch" are compacted with intricate, overlapping riffs that are relentless in their move forward, and yet there's still a sense of structure and melody, buried somewhere amid the carnage. Jeff Walker's vocals are consistent in their throat-ripping fierceness throughout the record, especially on "This Is Your Life," which messes with mixing to make the track truly arresting if listened to with headphones. While of normal album length, Heartwork nevertheless seems over too quickly, as if its bloodthirsty front end bit off its own backside. Some purists might decry its melodic breaks for soloing or nods toward conventional structure. But Heartwork is that rare album that so carefully dissects and reconstructs its original form that its additional body parts seem like they were there all along.
Johnny Loftus, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Buried Dreamshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/buried-dreams/id57664464?i=57664358&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Buried Dreamshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-heartwork-ep/id62959703?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Carnal Forgehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-heartwork-ep/id62959703?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Carnal Forgehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/carnal-forge/id57664464?i=57664303&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. No Love Losthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/no-love-lost/id57664464?i=57664129&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. No Love Losthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-heartwork-ep/id62959703?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Heartworkhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-heartwork-ep/id62959703?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Heartworkhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/heartwork/id57664464?i=57664175&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Embodimenthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/embodiment/id57664464?i=57664038&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Embodimenthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-heartwork-ep/id62959703?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. This Mortal Coilhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-heartwork-ep/id62959703?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. This Mortal Coilhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/this-mortal-coil/id57664464?i=57664412&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Arbeit Macht Fleischhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/arbeit-macht-fleisch/id57664464?i=57664215&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Arbeit Macht Fleischhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-heartwork-ep/id62959703?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Blind Bleeding the Blindhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-heartwork-ep/id62959703?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Blind Bleeding the Blindhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/blind-bleeding-the-blind/id57664464?i=57664441&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. Doctrinal Expletiveshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/doctrinal-expletives/id57664464?i=57664099&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Doctrinal Expletiveshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-heartwork-ep/id62959703?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Death Certificatehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/the-heartwork-ep/id62959703?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. Death Certificatehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/death-certificate/id57664464?i=57664264&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. This Is Your Life [*]http://itunes.apple.com/album/the-heartwork-ep/id62959703?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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