|17th of September, 2021
|Cover Artwork ©
|Nuclear Blast, 2021
It’s been eight years since Carcass released their opus magnum and probably THE Death Metal album of the last decade, Surgical Steel; in my opinion one of the best albums ever when it comes to 2010-2020.
After a work like this, the expectations for the successor are of course correspondingly high, but let me tell you: Carcass can be relied on as always. Torn Arteries is once again a successful masterpiece, powerful, fast-paced and coherent from front to back. These Brits once again offer everything they can do and for which they are known and loved. The clear sound, Jeff Walker‘s uniquely nasty vocals, cheeky song structures, insane guitar work, blizzards of blast beats and solos – nothing is missing.
From the hard-hitting opener, to the overlong “Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment Limited“, to the closing “The Scythe’s Remorseless Swing“, the inclined listener is served with one crusher after the next fired at your ears. The Brits manage to score with complicated tracks, such as “The Devil Rides Out“, as well as simple, but effective titles like “In God We Trust“. There is no shortage of experiments and fortunately they are always purposeful and profitable. Torn Arteries is a victory all along the line and has been absolutely worth waiting a proud eight years for. No matter how good your favorite band is; Carcass are better.