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
Studio (see Studios)
Genre Death metal
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 October 30, 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.[original research?]


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.

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".[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars[3]
Metal Storm 9.6/10[4]
Rock Hard (de) 8.5/10[5]

Public reception[edit]

Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious was well received by the public. On Rate Your Music the album has an average rating of 3.88 of 5, based on more than 2,600 ratings,[6] and on Sputnikmusic the album has an "excellent" average rating of 4.2 of 5, based on more than 800 ratings.[7] On both websites Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious is Carcass's best rated studio album.[8][9] Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious is currently #12 on Rate Your Music's Top Death Metal albums of all time chart.[10]


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.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Walker.

No. Title Music Length
1. "Inpropagation" Steer, Owen 7:27
2. "Corporal Jigsore Quandary" Steer, Owen, Amott 5:28
3. "Symposium of Sickness" Owen 6:56
4. "Pedigree Butchery" Steer 5:17
5. "Incarnated Solvent Abuse" Steer, Amott 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
Total length: 48:03


Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[12]




Visual art[edit]



  1. ^ Carcass - The Pathologist's Report Part 3: Mass Infection (video). Earache Records via YouTube. 28 January 2013. Event occurs at 9:42-10:01. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious - Carcass at AllMusic
  3. ^ Russell, Xavier (26 October 1991). "Carcass 'Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious'". Kerrang!. 364. London, UK: Spotlight Publications. p. 26. 
  4. ^ Herzebeth (17 January 2007). "Carcass - Necroticism: Descanting The Insalubrious review". Metal Storm. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  5. ^ Kühnemund, Götz (December 1991). "Review Dynamit" [Review dynamite]. Rock Hard (in German). No. RH #56. Germany: Rock Hard. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Necroticism - Descanting the Insalubrious by Carcass (Album, Death Metal)". Sonemic. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Carcass - Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious User Opinions". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "Albums by Carcass". Sonemic. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Carcass reviews, music, news". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Custom chart". Sonemic. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  11. ^ [...], 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. 
  12. ^ Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious (booklet). Carcass. Earache Records. 2008. MOSH 4202. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 

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