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Carcass were formed in Liverpool in 1985 and were originally known as Disattack. The founder and most constant member was Bill Steer, later of Napalm Death, and Jeff Walker (Electro Hippies) later joined on bass. They recorded their debut, Reek Of Putrefaction, in just four days and it was released after having been subjected to less than perfect production in July 1988. The band were unhappy with the result, but when it came to Peel's attention, he featured it heavily and declared it to be his favourite LP of 1988.

Putrefaction established the Carcass template of growled or gurgled lyrics to a brutal grindcore backdrop. The titles (and the controversial cover of the LP) revelled in medically explicit detail (e.g. Vomited Anal Tract, Fermenting Innards and Regurgitation Of Giblets), but resulted in two Peel sessions, which came towards the end of JP's fascination with the genre. The band continued to progress, and their second LP Symphonies Of Sickness saw the adoption of longer songs, more structure and eventually a move toward melody, as evinced by Heartwork (1993), credited with establishing melodic death metal as a genre. The band signed to Columbia Records but disintegrated during the much-delayed final album, Swansong, which was released nearly a year late and on their original label, Earache.

Festive Fifty Entries

  • None

Peelenium

  • 'Cadaveric Incubator Of Endo Parasites ' (Peel Session) (Peelenium 1988)

Sessions

  • Two sessions, both available on Grind Madness At the BBC (Earache). For the first, the entire band assumed appropriate pseudonyms: K. Grumegargler, J. Offalmangler, and W.G. Thorax Embalmer.

1. Recorded: 1988-12-13. First broadcast: 02 January 1989. Repeated: 31 January 1989

  • Crepitating Bowel Erosion / Slash Dementia / Cadaveric Incubator Of Endo Parasites / Reek Of Putrefaction [1]

2. Recorded: 1990-12-02. First broadcast: 16 December 1990. Repeated: 10 March 1991

  • Empathological Necroticism / Foeticide / Fermenting Innards / Exhume To Consume [2]

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Footnotes
  1. On first TX, Peel commented: "Well, that is unquestionably what my chum Bruno Brookes would refer to as 'the business'," and "Is it too soon to nominate this as the session of the year?"
  2. JP's comment during first TX following the first track: "When I die, I hope nobody tells them where I'm buried, otherwise they'll dig me up and take me on tour with them."

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