"I remember it like it was yesterday..."
Adolescence was a formative time, and not just in the usual ways. For your humble editor, this meant diving deeper from en vogue hair metal (isn't it always, though?) into more extreme forms of metal - namely, thrash and especially death metal. As the 1990s dawned, over here in the States, it was especially difficult to get Earache releases, which were then only available as pricey imports; I even saved up enough money from my paper route to buy a CD-player - back then, still something of a luxury item - for the express purpose of purchasing such 'imports.' Alas, Combat Records forged a deal with Earache to handle the latter's releases on a domestic basis, thus enabling me to procure the now-hallowed Symphonies Of Sickness/Reek Of Putrefaction combo-CD, which came replete with a sickeningly OTT longbox (Wiki it). I mean, WHOA: I'd never seen anything so extreme, essentially the Symphonies... cover stretched to a gruesome 12" x 6" and (visually) amplifying the contents therein. At some point when I wasn't busy poring over the lyrics and expanding my vocabulary, I disassembled that longbox and put its front and back on the back of my door...so that my folks wouldn't find it (hey, I was barely 13). Not that they would've been fooled by the music, anyway, which I'm sure the lot of you have committed to memory by now - yes, rightfully CLASSIC, and arguably the best death metal ever recorded.
You know we're talking about Carcass, right? Yep, they're right there on our cover, and timing couldn't be more perfect, what with their upcoming Undertaking The Underworld gigs and their first all-new album in 17 years to likely land before year's end. And getting them on our cover was quite the coup. I'll parrot our publisher's sentiments by saying that we have small, unknown bands fucking about like mad when it comes to interviews, and then we have Carcass. With an insanely quick turnaround required (props to staff writer John Norby - TOTAL PRO!), Jeff and Bill made themselves available and were a pleasure to deal with: no messing about. And certainly, with their stature and legacy, they could've acted the total opposite. CLASS, and not to mention the fact that they dealt with the situation rather than a label. Here's to more autonomy, as we raise our glasses to the one 'n' only Carcass!
Oh, and loads more gold in this issue, so get reading!
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