Carcass - “Kelly's Meat Emporium” official video
Melodic death metal, death 'n' roll
While searching for something to review on Youtube one day, I happened to come across “Kelly's Meat Emporium”, a new single by UK grindcore pioneers Carcass that will be included on their seventh full length “Torn Arteries” September 17 this year.
If you’re a fan of grindcore and goregrind Carcass obviously needs no introduction for pushing the boundaries of those genres in their infancy, and going on to legitimize them as viable musical statements.
Songs like “Regurgitation of Giblets”, “Vomited Anal Tract”, “Carbonized Eye Sockets” and “Foeticide” from their debut “Reek of Putrefaction” particularly raised the bar for extreme music a year following Napalm Death’s “Scum”.
It’s been long since I heard anything new from Carcass, so when I learned of this single and their plans to release a new full length I jumped at the chance to hear “Kelly's Meat Emporium”. It was not only my nostalgia that was triggered but my curiosity as to whether they could still deliver the goods in 2021.
“Torn Arteries” is to be Carcass’ first album since 2013’s “Surgical Steel” which I read was a polished improvement of their material on “Necroticism - Descanting the Insalubrious” and “Heartwork” with 2010s sensibilities, a range of emotions and even experimentation with Spanish classical guitar “Kelly's Meat Emporium” follows their previous advance single “Under the Scalpel Blade” which was premiered live at Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest December 2019.
“Kelly's Meat Emporium” brings back elements of “Reek of Putrefaction” and other classics like “Symphonies of Sickness”, honing the melodic death-thrash of “Heartwork”. If this is an indication of what “Torn Arteries” will sound like I looking forward to hearing how well their early years are incorporated into the songwriting, polished but not too sanitized.
Core members; Jeff Walker (bass, vocals) and Bill Steer (guitars, vocals); make full use of their experience in Carcass, interacting well with Daniel Wilding (drums) and their latest addition Tom Draper (guitar). Steer and Draper do a fine job writing and arranging chord progressions and guitar solos, demonstrating how much thought they channeled into the songwriting.
The new single is accompanied by a promotional video showing how the life cycle of all organic matter ends with it rotting and decaying. Perhaps this is meant to symbolize the band entering what they state is a new era of writing and producing their material.
I’m led to conclude this is likely because the elements of the band we’re familiar with is given a cleaner, more professional sound. This single generally sounds like one composed by a band that’s learning, growing and maturing on their own terms while reaching for new ground. It should satisfy longtime fans while at the same time attracting new fans.
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