Symphonies of Sickness

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Symphonies of Sickness
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Studio album by Carcass
Released 4 December 1989 (1989-12-04)
Recorded July – August 1989 at the Slaughterhouse Studios
Genre
Length 43:10
Label Earache, Combat (US)
Producer Colin Richardson, Carcass
Carcass chronology
Reek of Putrefaction
(1988)Reek of Putrefaction1988
Symphonies of Sickness
(1989)
The Peel Sessions
(1989)The Peel Sessions1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[4]

Symphonies of Sickness is the second album by British extreme metal band Carcass. It was released through Earache Records on 4 December 1989.

Musical style[edit]

With Symphonies of Sickness, Carcass moved away from the grindcore sound of Reek of Putrefaction, moving into a death metal style.[2]

Reception[edit]

In February 2009, Symphonies of Sickness was ranked number 4 in Terrorizer's list of essential European grindcore albums.[1]

Releases[edit]

The original CD release contained 16 bonus tracks taken from the Reek of Putrefaction album. Some editions also contain "Genital Grinder II" and "Hepatic Tissue Fermentation" from the Pathological compilation. The album was reissued in 1996 with a censored outer cover proclaiming "Original artwork contained inside". It was later reissued in 2008, as part of reissuing of all of Carcass's albums to tie in with their reunion. This version included the Symphonies of Sickness demo as bonus tracks on one side of a dualdisc, while the DVD side featured the second part of an extended documentary titled The Pathologist's Report Part II: Propagation. Later editions of this reissue contain the songs on a CD and the documentary on a separate DVD. This reissue was presented in a 12-panel digipak with full lyrics and artwork.

Art cover[edit]

A limited edition (featuring the "gore" cover artwork) was once released containing 16 bonus tracks taken from the Reek of Putrefaction album. The total running time of this version is 76:58. The original "gore" cover, which was later banned and replaced by a "clean" cover, was drawings of a human similar to those found in biology books. The exact same cover was used for "Reek of Putrefaction" except with a different color scheme. In 2002/2003 the gore covers were restored.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Reek of Putrefaction"4:11
2."Exhume to Consume"3:51
3."Excoriating Abdominal Emanation"4:32
4."Ruptured in Purulence"4:11
5."Empathological Necroticism"5:46
6."Embryonic Necropsy and Devourment"5:14
7."Swarming Vulgar Mass of Infected Virulency"3:11
8."Cadaveric Incubator of Endoparasites"3:24
9."Slash Dementia"3:23
10."Crepitating Bowel Erosion"5:30
11."Reek of Putrefaction" (Bonus track on the 2008 reissue, taken from the Symphonies of Sickness demo.) 
12."Slash Dementia" (Bonus track on the 2008 reissue, taken from the Symphonies of Sickness demo.) 
13."Embryonic Necropsy and Devourment" (Bonus track on the 2008 reissue, taken from the Symphonies of Sickness demo.) 
14."Cadaveric Incubator of Endoparasites" (Bonus track on the 2008 reissue, taken from the Symphonies of Sickness demo.) 
15."Ruptured in Purulence" (Bonus track on the 2008 reissue, taken from the Symphonies of Sickness demo.) 
16."Crepitating Bowel Erosion" (Bonus track on the 2008 reissue, taken from the Symphonies of Sickness demo.) 

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
UK Indie Chart[5] 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Badin, Olivier (2009). "Essential Albums|Europe". Terrorizer Magazine (180): 54.
  2. ^ a b J. Purcell, Natalie (5 May 2003). McFarland, ed. Death Metal Music: The Passion and Politics of a Subculture. pp. 21–22. ISBN 0-7864-1585-1. Retrieved 18 December 2011. Carcass' debut album Reek of Putrefaction is said to have spurred the British Grindcore with its precise riffs and outrageous guitar solos. [...] Carcass' following album, Symphonies of Sickness, featured slower and catchier songs, and showed the band's movement into the Death Metal genre.
  3. ^ "THE BEST METAL ALBUMS FROM 40 SUBGENRES". Loudwire. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  4. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Symphonies of Sickness - Carcass". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  5. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2014.