Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious

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Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious
Studio album by Carcass
Released 30 October 1991 (1991-10-30)
Recorded 1991
Genre Death metal[1]
Length 48:03
Label Earache, Relativity
Producer Colin Richardson
Carcass chronology
Symphonies of Sickness
Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious
Tools of the Trade

Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious is the third album by British extreme metal band Carcass. It was released on 21 October 1991 through Earache Records. This album is the first to feature guitarist Michael Amott. Many of the tracks describe economical ways to dispose of dead bodies.

Musical style[edit]

Ken Owen and Jeff Walker said during The Pathologist's Report Part III: Mass Infection that they rejected the descriptions of Carcass's music on this album being grindcore. While Owen acknowledges its death metal characteristics, both he and Walker expressed that they are more inclined towards calling their music on this album "progressive".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars[3]
Rock Hard (de) 8.5/10[4]

In 2005, Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious was ranked number 294 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Jeff Walker

No. Title Music Length
1. "Inpropagation"   Ken Owen, Bill Steer 7:27
2. "Corporal Jigsore Quandary"   Michael Amott, Owen, Steer 5:28
3. "Symposium of Sickness"   Owen 6:56
4. "Pedigree Butchery"   Steer 5:17
5. "Incarnated Solvent Abuse"   Amott, Steer 5:00
6. "Carneous Cacoffiny"   Steer 6:43
7. "Lavaging Expectorate of Lysergide Composition"   Steer 4:03
8. "Forensic Clinicism / The Sanguine Article"   Steer 7:16
9. "Tools of the Trade" (Only on 2004 and 2008 reissues, taken from Tools of the Trade)   3:05
10. "Pyosified (Still Rotten to the Gore)" (Only on 2004 and 2008 reissues, taken from Tools of the Trade)   3:09
11. "Hepatic Tissue Fermentation II" (Only on 2004 and 2008 reissues, taken from Tools of the Trade)   6:36
The Pathologist's Report: Part III-Mass Infection DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Mike's Musical Input"    
2. "A Label for Release"    
3. "Corporal Jigsore Quandary"    
4. "Achieving the Sound"    
5. "The Album Imagery"    
6. "Classic Carcass"    
7. "Meaning of the Album Title"    
8. "Back to the Rehearsal Rooms"    
9. "Red Dwarf "Smeg & the Heads""    
10. "Death Threats"    


Release history[edit]

Necroticism was originally released on 21 October 1991 through Earache Records. The album was re-released in 2008 as part of an ongoing series of Carcass reissues, to tie in with their reunion. The main album is presented as one side of a dualdisc, while the DVD side features the third part of an extended documentary titled The Pathologist's Report Part III: Mass Infection, and a 23-minute interview with Walker and Amott from 1993, recorded on the Gods of Grind tour. Later editions of the reissue contain the album on a CD and the documentary on a separate DVD. Also included in the reissue is a set of four art cards. The reissue is presented in a 12-panel digipak with full lyrics and artwork.


  1. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  2. ^ (See 9:42-10:01 of video)
  3. ^ Russell, Xavier (26 October 1991). "Carcass 'Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious'". Kerrang! 364. London, UK: Spotlight Publications. p. 26. 
  4. ^ Kühnemund, Götz. "Rock Hard review". issue 56. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  5. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 95. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.