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Swansong is the fifth studio album by English extreme metal band Carcass. It was released on 10 June 1996 in the UK by Earache Records.[1] It is the only Carcass album to feature guitarist Carlo Regadas. This album was intended to be their major label debut, having been signed by Columbia Records following the success of Heartwork, but disputes with that record company caused them to return to Earache. The album was re-released on 21 July 2008, as a dualdisc including the fifth part of The Pathologist's Report. It was the band's last studio release for over 17 years, until Surgical Steel was released in 2013.

Swansong
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Studio album by Carcass
Released 10 June 1996 (1996-06-10)[1]
Recorded February 1995 (1995-02)–April 1995 (1995-04)
Studio Rockfield Studios, Battery Studios
Genre Death 'n' roll, melodic death metal
Length 49:45
Label Earache
Producer Colin Richardson
Carcass chronology
Heartwork
(1993)
Swansong
(1996)
Wake Up and Smell the... Carcass
(1996)
Singles from Swansong
  1. "Go to Hell"
    Released: 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
DecibelFavorable[3]
Kerrang!Unfavorable[4]
MetalSucksUnfavorable[5]
NME4/5 stars[6]

Contents

BackgroundEdit

In The Pathologist's Report, drummer Ken Owen states that he considers Swansong the ultimate Carcass album.[7] The band's sense of humour is illustrated with titles such as "Keep on Rotting in the Free World".[2]

The disc art is the "Unfinished Pyramid et al." from the Great Seal of the United States, but it reads "carcass" instead of "annuit coeptis", "somnus pecunia cibus" instead of "novus ordo seclorum" and "MCMXCV" instead of "MDCCLXXVI".

ReleaseEdit

Swansong was released on 10 June 1996 on Earache Records. A limited edition of this album was released as a brain-shaped CD, with a bonus 2-track CD titled Somnus Pecunia Cibus.[8] The reason for the bonus disc was to include "Go to Hell", which wouldn't fit on the brain shaped CD, due to the cutting required for the brain shape.

On 21 July 2008, a twelve-panel digipak version of the album was released, with full artwork and lyrics as well as a limited edition sticker sheet with classic Carcass motifs. The reissue also features the previously Japanese-only bonus track "Death Rider Da" which was made to be used as a jingle on a Japanese critic Masa Ito's radio program at the time, as well as the fifth and final part of the extensive interview The Pathologist's Report on a dualdisc. Later editions contain the album on a CD and the documentary on a separate DVD, and do not include the sticker sheet.

In November 2013, Earache rereleased Swansong on full dynamic range vinyl in different colours and with limited circulation.[9]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Keep on Rotting in the Free World"Jeffrey Walker3:42
2."Tomorrow Belongs to Nobody"Bill Steer, Walker4:17
3."Black Star"Carlo Regadas, Walker3:29
4."Cross My Heart"Steer, Walker3:34
5."Child's Play"Steer, Walker5:43
6."Room 101"Steer, Walker4:35
7."Polarized"Regadas, Steer, Walker4:02
8."Generation Hexed"Steer, Walker3:48
9."Firm Hand"Regadas, Walker5:22
10."R**k the Vote"Walker3:53
11."Don't Believe a Word"Steer, Walker3:57
12."Go to Hell"Walker3:22
13."Death Rider Da" (Japanese/2008 reissue bonus track) 1:18
Total length:51:03
The Pathologist's Report DVD
No.TitleLength
1."Issues with the Release" 
2."Extreme but Not as We Know It" 
3."Moving to Columbia" 
4."The Cover Artwork" 
5."Mike Hickey and Carlo's Involvement" 
6."The End Is Night" 
7."The Aftermath" 
8."Influencing the Next Generation" 
9."Ken Talks About His Illness" 
10."Outtakes" 

ChartsEdit

Chart (1996) Peak position
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[10] 46
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[11] 33

PersonnelEdit

CarcassEdit

Technical personnelEdit

  • Colin Richardsonproduction, vocals (13)
  • Nick Brine – assistant engineering
  • Jim Brumby – assistant engineering
  • Gee – painting
  • Stephen Harris – engineering
  • Barney Herbert – assistant engineering
  • Noel Summerville – mastering
  • Antz – Design
  • Roalba Picerno – band photos

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Swansong: The Carcass Masterpiece". Utopian Blaster. 9 November 2014. Archived from the original on 30 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. Carcass: Swansong > Overview at AllMusic. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  3. ^ Bennett, J. (16 March 2011). "Justify Your Shitty Taste – Carcass's 'Swansong'". Decibel. Philadelphia: Red Flag Media. Archived from the original on 5 April 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Dome, Malcolm (June 1996). "Swansong Review". Kerrang!. Hamburg: Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Rhombus, Emperor (22 August 2013). "Carcass' Swansong: A Newbie's Retrospective Review". MetalSucks. New York. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  6. ^ NME. London: IPC Media: 55. 25 May 1996.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ The Pathologist's Report Part 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWFUUqujDdQ
  8. ^ "Carcass 'Swansong'". Earache.com. Nottingham. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  9. ^ EvilG (11 November 2013). "Carcass: 'Swansong' Full Dynamic Range Vinyl Out Now". Metal Rules. Newfoundland and Labrador. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Carcass's Swansong Billboard Heatseekers Charts". Billboard. United States. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Carcass: Swansong" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2015.