Carcass ‎– Reek Of Putrefaction

Earache ‎– MOSH 6, Earache ‎– MUSH 006
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Recorded, mixed, re-recorded and re-mixed at Rich "Funeral" Bitch Studios December 1987 - March 1988 on 16 track facilities.
Digitally mastered onto "King Sonic" magnetic tape.
Sessions constantly interupted by the YTS headphone/microphone/video/lead moverarounders
Sleeve art and layout by (no, not Dig!) Grusome Graphics Inc.

'Real' catalog number on jacket is MOSH 6, centre labels have a 'joke' catalog number of MUSH 006.

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  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): MPO MOSH 6 A1 EXHUME TO CONSUME
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): MPO MOSH 6 B1 DEATH'S GOOD FOR YOU

Other Versions (5 of 61) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MG 0743 Carcass Reek Of Putrefaction(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 0743 Poland 1991 Sell This Version
MOSH 6 CD Carcass Reek Of Putrefaction(CD, Album, RE) Earache MOSH 6 CD US 1994 Sell This Version
MOSH 6 Carcass Reek Of Putrefaction(LP, Album, Ltd, Unofficial, Gre) Earache (3) MOSH 6 UK 2015 Sell This Version
MOSH006FDR Carcass Reek Of Putrefaction(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Red) Earache MOSH006FDR UK 2013 Sell This Version
TFCK 87451 Carcass Reek Of Putrefaction(CD, Album + DVD, NTSC + RE) Earache TFCK 87451 Japan 2009 Sell This Version


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September 29, 2018
Can someone show me where to get the FDR CD of this? I can't even find it listed!


August 9, 2016
Did they use pics of real corpses on the cover? Or are they the guys themselves?


December 11, 2008

This record is a good example of when undesired production quality ends up adding something to the end result, at least for some people. Initially when this came out, I thought that the 'production' on it was intentional. However, after having a conversation with Bill Steer at a Carcass gig in 1989, he made it clear that the production was not as they intended, and in fact (as hinted at in the album credits for the studio), it was a struggle for them to just get something on tape - apparently they had to rerecord parts of it and generally struggle with the recording. Carcasses later records probably show the bands desired sound, much more defined and 'sharp' sounding.

However, intentionally or unintentionally, the sound of this release just fits in perfectly with the concept. It sounds raw, indistinct, purified. In the fast sections, the instruments decay into one claustrophobic mush, only the cymbals and vocals escaping the soup.

Getting past the splattered mush of sound, the album has some classic mid tempo 'mosh' sections (perhaps the best example is in "Psycopathologist"), and early use of the pitch shift effect making the vocals sound like the undead from Evil Dead II and 'Bub' from "Day Of The Dead" are on vocals. There are some crazed out-of-nowhere kill frenzy guitar 'solos', and even though there are usually many tempo changes and sections in each track, there seems to be a point to the intricacies, and the tracks hang together through the changes.

Finally, through all the heavy riffage and gargling, the humor in this release is unmistakable, which just tops it off nicely.

"Burnt to a crisp,
Your hair is singed,
Devouring your scalp,
Receding your fringe"

Top marks.