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Liverpool, United Kingdom (1985 – 1995, 2007 – present)

Carcass is a /// band formed by Napalm Death guitarist Bill Steer together with drummer Ken Owen in 1985 and is considered by many to have been one of the most influential and talented bands within the extreme metal scene.

Carcass was originally based in Liverpool. On their first demo, Sanjiv contributed vocals. In 1987, bassist and vocalist Jeffrey Walker, formerly of the Electro Hippies, joined them.

The band focused on topics mostly relating to the medical field and bizarre combinations of medical equipment and chemicals with human anatomy, such as “Intenacious, intersecting / Reaving fats from corporal griskin […] Skeletal groats triturated, desinently exsiccated”. This lyrical focus led many in the music press to falsely believe that one or more members of the band had studied medicine. There is more evidence to show that this lyrical focus was a method of pushing vegetarianism (For example, “Exhume To Consume”). Typical Carcass song titles from their early work include “Lavaging Expectorate of Lysergide Composition” and “Microwaved Uterogestation.”

Having started their career as a goregrind band, Carcass gradually changed their sound and lyrical content. Starting with the album ’Necroticism - Descanting The Insalubrious’, the careful listener could hear music-theoretic experimentation beyond the amodal noise of previous work, and even a hint of the harmonic minor scales that would later crystallise more fully.

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