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Genre: Metal, Rock

Posted January 14 1994 — 12:00 AM EST

Grindcore was supposed to be the culmination of hardcore, industrial, and death metal, but mostly it sounds like cretins with guitars barking over a hyper-speed rhythm section. The latest offering from this attack unit, Heartwork, isn’t likely to win any new converts, despite the group’s recent discovery of what it calls ”melody.” While that, um, innovative idea does give them a slight edge over the competition, the aptly named Carcass is still beating a dead horse. C+

Poll Results

4. "Heartwork" Amott, Steer 4:33 5
10. "Death Certificate" Amott, Steer 3:38 1
3. "No Love Lost" Steer 3:22 1
9. "Doctrinal Expletives" Amott, Steer 3:39 0
8. "Blind Bleeding the Blind" Steer 4:57 0
7. "Arbeit Macht Fleisch" Steer 4:21 0
6. "This Mortal Coil" Amott, Steer 3:49 0
5. "Embodiment" Amott, Steer 5:36 0
2. "Carnal Forge" Michael Amott, Steer 3:54 0
1. "Buried Dreams" Bill Steer 3:58 0

j., Saturday, 27 June 2015 15:00 (seven years ago) link

Great review, EW. Going to have to think about this! And listen to Heartwork again! Which is fine with me!

that's why god destroyed the radio (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 27 June 2015 20:00 (seven years ago) link

best album ever

"no love lost" maybe?

hard not to just vote for the title track w/o thinking but i will give it a few months

j., Sunday, 28 June 2015 01:18 (seven years ago) link

three months pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 17 October 2015 00:01 (seven years ago) link

kinda weird that an album as huge as this isn't getting a lot of talk around here. I do know plenty of death metal hard-liners (not Hardliners) who think it's a sell-out piece of shit and who felt vindicated by Swansong but c'mon, this has riffs for days. "No Love Lost" for me. Saw them do that on the reunion tour and it just reigned.

tremendous crime wave and killing wave (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Saturday, 17 October 2015 00:17 (seven years ago) link

you guys have heard of lady evil, right?

Cosmic Slop, Saturday, 17 October 2015 01:04 (seven years ago) link

uh... no

xp: yeah I thought it was kind of a sellout for a minute but then I listened to it; you really can't fuck with it, man, crazy riffs for years and Walker still sounds like himself; I don't even know that it could've been a sellout at the time, you know? Nobody was really playing music like that back then. It seems like it only became a subgenre after Heartwork.

si monvmentvm reqvires, pvmpkin spice (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 17 October 2015 03:12 (seven years ago) link

And they play with such vicious conviction! I'd love to read an oral history of Heartwork, actually, because it sounds like they rediscovered a love of Euro-HM and were just driven to this new style.

si monvmentvm reqvires, pvmpkin spice (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 17 October 2015 03:14 (seven years ago) link

Death Certificate is my fav, easily

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Saturday, 17 October 2015 04:09 (seven years ago) link

Heartwork poll

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Saturday, 17 October 2015 10:53 (seven years ago) link

Probably Death Certificate for me too, again, but every track is great.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Saturday, 17 October 2015 10:54 (seven years ago) link

This was probably my 2nd death metal album. 5.99 used at CD Warehouse.

"Buried Dreams" was my email tag Freshman year of college.

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Saturday, 17 October 2015 15:40 (seven years ago) link

All i can recall is in my town a couple of prominent metallers hated it as a sell out and they were into real extreme stuff like cradle of filth.
Funny how that worked out innit?

Cosmic Slop, Saturday, 17 October 2015 15:52 (seven years ago) link

I can get why people who were into their real sick brand of grind/death-grind felt "betrayed" by the move to less 'extreme' pastures but IMO I feel like Carcass never would have achieved much permanently staying in Reek/Symphonies mode.

Melo-death of today often gets derided for forgetting to rock at the same time. "Heartwork" was melodic death with teeth.

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Saturday, 17 October 2015 16:27 (seven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Sunday, 18 October 2015 00:01 (seven years ago) link

only 7 votes? (i voted Heartwork fwiw)

Cosmic Slop, Sunday, 18 October 2015 00:05 (seven years ago) link

Embodiment is so good.

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Sunday, 18 October 2015 16:03 (seven years ago) link

two years pass...

riffs for days

the riffs are so unrelenting that you can be numbed to how riffy they actually are

j., Wednesday, 18 October 2017 01:13 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

After seeing them last night, This Mortal Coil is a dark horse.

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Monday, 21 November 2022 03:11 (one week ago) link

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