When this came out 20 yrs ago or so I can remember Metal Forces (now Terrorizer zine) giving this album a 30 out of 100. The reviewer called this garbage, not talent and an embarrasment. Why the zine would have someone review the album who was not a death metal fan is beyond me. Anyway this was a step up from the primitive Reek of Putrefaction album and saw the band still creating some amazing gore/grind w/more death metal influences in the songs. This is my fave Carcass cd, super brutal, but so catchy. Whether it’s exhume to consume, ruptured in purulence-they all rule, even to this day. Great remaster, making the songs sound clearer and heavier, as well as louder!!. Amazing packaging. The demo songs from the album are of poor quality, but a good insight into the development of the songs. Saw them on this tour open for death, carcass ruled, opened w/genital grinder-and then bursted into exhume to consume.
2008 digitally remastered and expanded dual disc edition features deluxe packaging, bonus tracks and exclusive bonus footage. The dual disc comes housed in a deluxe digipak with extra artwork including the original ’gore’ artwork inside the digipak. The DVD footage contains in depth interviews with the band members, exploring their humble beginnings and lifting the lid on the controversy that brought the band to a wider audience. Contains six unreleased bonus tracks from the Symphonies of Sickness demo sessions. Symphonies of Sickness proved a breakthrough for Carcass and cemented their reputation at the forefront of the emerging Grindcore/Extreme music scene. The album is widely regarded as the last word in Grindcore and led to a whole legion of artists imitating the primitive nature of the recording. The band were immediately championed by John Peel who played them relentlessly on his influential radio shows. Relapse.
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