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Review: Carcass - Despicable

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 18:52
Tracks: 4
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: November 25, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.88/5 (77.5%) (8 Votes)

My only experience with Carcass is a DVD I got many years ago, so I won't even attempt to compare this with their previous material. Seven years after their last album, with a few EPs, splits and other goodies in between, Carcass have decided to tease people a little longer with yet another EP. Some fans may not be amused. ;) Despicable is in death 'n' roll territory, which is pretty far removed from their grindcore roots. The vocals remind me a little bit of late-90s Witchery, to the point where I wanted to go and put on their old stuff. The genre makes this more accessible than your average death metal album and it's kind of catchy and packs a healthy dose of melody, and not the dark kind either; it's really on the rock side of things when it comes to that. I figure fans of their early works may not be on board with this direction, but if you're looking for some lightweight death metal that rocks, Despicable fits that bill.

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