• The early Nineties were a period of change for U.K. extreme-metal pioneers Carcass. First, they made the transition from gory grindcore to a still-gory technical death metal with 1991's Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious, the group's first release to feature guitarist Michael Amott, who had previously played in Swedish extremists Carnage. But the monumental transformation for Carcass came between Necroticism and their melodic death-metal masterpiece, 1993's Heartwork.

    Though Amott quit Carcass to form Spiritual Beggars after recording Heartwork (he would later form Arch Enemy), he co-wrote six of the 10 songs with guitarist Bill Steer, and his playing provided a more accessible, but still far-from-mainstream, sound. "Necroticism is almost like our prog-rock album, but by that time you can hear Mike's influences coming in," bassist Jeff Walker told Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal. "By the time we did Heartwork he had a bigger influence. By Heartwork, the actual riffs are just Bill and Mike. And we were willing to go with what he was coming up with because it was good and different. Call it a case of the gore-death whatever thing getting kind of old. There's only so many times you can churn out the same crap."


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