CD review CARCASS ‘Despicable’ – EP

Liverpool-based riff surgeons Carcass recently announced with ‘Despicable’ a new EP which is out in the stores on October 30st. After having released their latest studio album ‘Surgical Steel’ in 2013, the four-track featuring release is a next sign of life from the death metal / grindcore veterans.

In the lead up to a new longplayer, now scheduled for 2021, Carcass decided to offer an appetizer called ‘Despicable’. The EP is interesting for numerous reasons. First, and most important, ‘Despicable’ is highly entertaining. Secondly the four songs reflect Carcass with 100% and thirdly the band stretches their musical framework. Carcass mainmen Jeff Walker and Billy Steer have the fast and angry parts present on the new EP, manifested in the raging parts of the opener ‘The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue’, a song like a savage zombie attack.

‘The Long and Winding Bier Road’ shows a bit of another approach. Carcass puts groove to forefront. The very rhythm-based song is a mid-tempo metal anthem that shows a slightly new aspect of Carcass by adding a strong rock’n’roll vibe to the mix. Although starting furious, ‘Under the Scalpel Blade’ has interesting breaks, leading to slower paced riff assaults. It’s this alternation that adds tension to the song.

The EP ends with ‘Slaughtered in Soho’, another mid-pace track with a heavy pounding beat and thundering riffing and in the context of Carcass, the closer is a rather melodic track. It’s a well-crafted song and at the same time not a track we will remember forever.

Benediction’s recently released new album kind of sets the standards for UK-nased death metal in 2020 and ‘Despicable’ can’t lift the bar. Besides that, the EP is an interesting release that makes it impossible to predict how their new studio album will sound. Let’s wait and see while listening to “Despicable’.

Rating: 8 out of 10.


  1. The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue
  2. The Long and Winding Bier Road
  3. Under the Scalpel Blade
  4. Slaughtered in Soho

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Death Metal

Release Date EU: October 30st, 2020



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