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Carcass is a highly influential metal band from England, formed in 1985 and disbanded in 1995. Originally formed by guitarist Bill Steer together with drummer Ken Owen in 1985 as a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D-beat D-beat]] band under the name Disattack; after releasing their demo ''A Bomb Drops...'' in 1986, Paul (bassist) and Andrew Pek (vocalist) left the band and were replaced by vocalist Sanjiv and bassist Jeff Walker, formerly guitarist and vocalist of the Electro Hippies. About that same time Bill Steer joined Napalm Death (replacing Justin Broadrick) and recorded the second side of what became ND's first album, ''Scum'' (1987), which Walker designed the cover art of. Eventually, Disattack changed its name to Carcass.

Carcass began as a {{Grindcore}} band, they moved onto more DeathMetal-influenced grind (known as "deathgrind") on ''Symphonies of Sickness'' before moving onto straight-up death metal on ''Necroticism - Descanting the Insalubrious'' and MelodicDeathMetal on ''Heartwork'' and ''Swansong''. They are considered one of the most influential extreme metal bands of all time, being a strong influence on grindcore and death metal bands and possibly even creating melodeath altogether. In 2007, they reunited and eventually released a new album in 2013.

Current lineup:
* Jeff Walker - vocals, bass guitar (1987–1995; 2007–present)
* Bill Steer - guitar, backing vocals (1985–1995; 2007–present)
* Ben Ash - guitar (2013-present)
* Dan Wilding - drums (2012-present)


Former members:
* Michael Amott - lead guitar (1990–1993; 2007–2012)
* Daniel Erlandsson - drums (2007–2012)
* Ken Owen - drums, backing vocals (1985–1995)
* Carlo Regadas - guitars (1995)
* Sanjiv - vocals (1985–1987)

Studio albums:
* ''Reek of Putrefaction'' (1988)
* ''Symphonies of Sickness'' (1989)
* ''Necroticism - Descanting the Insalubrious'' (1991)
* ''Heartwork'' (1993)
* ''Swansong'' (1996)
* ''Surgical Steel'' (2013)

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!!Tropes that apply to Carcass:

* ContemptibleCover - the first two albums, featuring collages of autopsy photos.
* DeathMetal - The bulk of their material.
* EpicRocking - The Necroticism album has their longest tracks like "Inpropagation", "Symposium of Sickness", "Carneous Cacoffiny", and "Forensic Clinicism/The Sanguine Article".
* FollowTheLeader - Every death metal band who opted for [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness ultra-eloquent, medically accurate lyrics]], especially in the more grind-infused subgenres, were influenced by Carcass' approach.
** Also, the entire genre of goregrind, a genre which has been summarised as unabashed Carcass revivalism (though there were other purveyors of it out and about at the same time, particularly Impetigo and General Surgery).
*** The use of growls of multiple pitches in death metal is also something pioneered by Carcass.
* {{Gorn}} - Their lyrics, of course.
** Averted since ''Heartwork'', which focused more on social matters.
** The gorn thematics came back in ''Surgical Steel'', but without all the [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness loquaciousness]] and {{squick}} employed in the first three albums, and are generally employed in a more allegorical manner.
* {{Grindcore}} - Their first two albums.
* [[ImAHumanitarian I'm A Humanitarian]] - "Exhume to Consume" is about digging up corpses to do...well, guess.
* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: It was initially a {{Grindcore}}/DeathMetal act for their first three of their five studio releases. 1994's ''Heartwork'' took a shift towards a more conventional style that became one of the biggest influences on MelodicDeathMetal and other subgenres (such as {{Metalcore}} and ProgressiveMetal), and ''[[MeaningfulName Swansong]]'' was a complete departure, being comprised of {{Blues}}-influenced HeavyMetal with discrete Death Metal aesthetics.
* LighterAndSofter - ''Heartwork'' and ''Swansong'', which toned down the aggression considerably and traded in the gore-filled lyrics for socio-political and personal subject matter.
* MelodicDeathMetal - Their last two albums, as well as ''Surgical Steel''.
* MetalScream: Bill extensively used Type 2 in the first two albums while Jeff Walker uses Type 3.
* MinisculeRocking: The entirety of their first album. 22 songs in 40 minutes. Yeah.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness - 10/11 for their grindcore, 10 for their death metal, 9 for ''Heartwork'', and 8 (occasionally 7) for ''Swansong''. ''Surgical Steel'' goes back up to 9.
* OverlyLongName: "Noncompliance to ASTM F 899-12 Standard." Good luck yelling ''that'' out during a show.
* ReligionRantSong: "A Congealed Clot of Blood" is a type 3, a TakeThat against Islamic terrorism.
* RockTrio: During their first two album period (after which a second guitar player was on each album) and on ''Surgical Steel''.
* {{Sampling}}: used on ''Necroticism - Descanting the Insalubrious''.
* ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic: An inversion (pretty average guys, as shown above...who happen to be massive influences on a huge amount of DeathMetal-related music).
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness - Their early lyrics actually use accurate medical terminology; you'd have to use a medical dictionary to understand a lot of it.
* ShoutOut: Music/JohnZorn namedrops them as an influence on his album ''Music/{{Radio}}'' by Naked City. "Grand Guignol" by Naked City justifies it's obsession with taboos, fear, terror and evil by making a comparison between historical authors, artists and musicians who made works inspired by these things. One of the names mentioned is Carcass.
* SpiritualSuccessor - Music/ArchEnemy (featuring former Carcass guitarist Michael Amott). Thematically, Music/{{Exhumed}} is probably the closest candidate, as they're easily the most successful Carcass-worship act at this point.
* VocalTagTeam: On their early works, the vocals would alternate between Bill Steer's deep growl and Jeff Walker's mid-range rasp.
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