Friday, May 16, 2008

Friday is a good day for...


Carcass - Heartwork (1993)

As it goes, Metal got me into Hardcore, and in a strange twist of the plot, Hardcore got me even more into Metal. If you have been following over the past few posts, Hard Rock got me into Heavy Metal, which led to me to Thrash and Speed Metal (I never mentioned my love of the song Painkiller by Judas Priest or Caught In A Mosh by Anthrax), which led me to Sick Of It All and Biohazard. The road gets hazy through this section because I got into Fugazi and DC styled stuff as well as Slint and early Post-Rockish stuff like Tortoise and Rodan around the same time I was hunting for the entirety of the Revelation Records catalog. It was maybe towards the end of 94 that my Hardcore worship was fully blossoming. I had moved into the realms of early emo, which I still cant remember calling emo, though the word was tossed around with bad connotations by jockish hardcore kids. It was in this time period of being into multiple facets of hardcore that I began to note the similarities between metal and hardcore and, as though a light from on high was shone upon my world, Converge entered my life.

Its a meandering road, this travel through tims day of hardcore reckoning. But nonetheless it was my friend Dan who purchased the Halo In a Haystack LP on Earthmover Records that began a link that to this day cannot be broken. Now I have told this story before, so I wont recount that one again, but after the sale of Halo in a Haystack I was only left with a dubbed cassette copy with the xeroxed artwork fashioned into cassette size. Of course this is one of the few tapes I still have in my possesion. I eventually added some 7"s to the other side, Barritt, Channel, and later in the future, the Execute demos (Execute was a Vermont band with Todd Henig from Seven Years War on drums and a local snowboard kid, Jon, I think, on vocals. I'll get that up one day, along with Barritt who were awesome) Where the hell am I going with this?!?!

Oh, well, I just mentioned Vermont and that is where part 2 of this story takes place. I went to college in VT in 95 where I met Jim from Albany who loved Snapcase as much as I and introduced me to the Albany scene of One King Down, Withstand and Stigmata. The next year I became friends with Brendan who not only shared our love of all things hardcore, but even more so was seriously into Death Metal. He introduced me to the Converge 7" with Saddest Day on it and needless to say I was addicted. It was full circle for me. Liking Thrash and Metal and then Hardcore and then finding this ultimate blend of the two.... it was a revelation.

Converge still rules to this day. I consider them more Death Metal than hardcore in fact, but thats all relative (they call themselves, "Aggressive Music"). What counts is that Hardcore made me like metal, and specifically very heavy, churning, fast metal, even more than I did before.

So it is with that story, however inane, that I present you with Carcass's 1993 masterpiece, Heartwork. I know most of the readers wont latch onto this, but really, its an insanely good album full of catchy riffs and blistering tempos. The opening chords are heavier than most hardcore and there are some breakdowns that make it clear where bands like Overcast, Unbroken, Starkweather and Converge got some of their inspiration. If you like those bands I just mentioned then you should really do your best to make it through the first four songs at least. Do something while you listen; read, work on the computer, paint or make out with someone. In fact, yeah. Make out with someone while listening to Heartwork. That is your homework for the weekend.

Happy Friday!


Blogger Death Metal Dan said...

Great record!! Great post! And an awesome story. Quite similar to my own story from the 90s.

Hmm... maybe I'll give a more detailed report of my growing up through the 90s to see how I got to where I got.

And funny you mentioned Channel - I just copied one of their 7"s and I have it slated to go up on my blog any day now.

PS - Thanks for the artwork idea. I've been meaning to spruce up my blog with stuff like that.

4:31 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

your blog rules Dan and Im psyched you liked this!

Channel was awesome. Its the 7" with the hand with the gun barrel finger. I think the first Jesuit 7' is on that tape too. Which, at the time both, featured Nate Newton who would later join Converge.

4:40 PM  
Anonymous David said...

dude, your blog kicks soooo much ass. I download almost everything you up. But i have a request, i can't find the compilation record of Cap'n Jazz (Analphabetapolothology) my stupid friend lost it some years ago and i can't find the freaking thing in the internets (well, in torrents with an incredible lack of seeders :/ ) so if you have it, please upload! thx in advance for whatever happens.


P.S Greetings from Mexico.

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

easily the BEST metal record ever released. carcass played the first show i ever saw at pearl st. nightclub in northampton on the heartwork tour--hands down one of the best shows i've ever seen in my life. rumor has it they're touring the u.s. in september, i will be at every show i can afford to drive myself to.

ps: your blog rules, dude! anytime you need more death metal recommendations, i'm still a serious hessian at heart.


7:15 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

very very good album...I was a senior when I first heard this, in the cafeteria no less. Some random guy put it on the stereo and me and my friends were blown away.

I can up that capn jazz a little later tonight if noone does it by then.

Tim, maybe you should just open up a second blog just for requests:P

7:20 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

if you do make a second blog, you should call it "Ask Paps!" it would be freakin awesome.

7:30 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

i think about doing lots of different things sometimes... forums, satellite blogs, reviews only, etc..

shit, Brendan, whats up! The man from the story appears! I am going to start doing death metal posts every friday... ^_^

I am headin out right now, so i will get Capn Up later unless paps does.

Also, Papstar, do you have any Zero Tolerance?

I am going to listen Necroticism on the subway now... ^_^

7:32 PM  
Blogger maare said...

wildildlife - six (crucial blast, 2007)


7:34 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

tim, I'm confused, don't know Zero tolerance...

Chuck Schuldiner (Death) - Zero Tolerance [2004/MP3/V0]

that? maybe?
lemme know...can't find anything on another except a thrash band from sweden,

11:44 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

I have the Death discs on my Hd if its those you want, disc one and two...lemme know.

11:46 PM  
Blogger Buske said...

I have a bunch of Zero Tolerance that I can upload. Hit me up and I'll give you a rundown of what I have. Great job on the blog as well.

1:21 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

i was talking about the Buffalo hardcore band Zero Tolerance. I think Buske has the right one.

Thanks for Wildildlife Maare!

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Pancho said...

Hey all

Ampere - All Our Tomorrows End Today -
Ampere - Demo -
Ampere - Split 5" with Welcome to the Plague Year -
Ampere - Split LP with Sinaloa -
Ampere - Split w/ Wolves -

Just passing to say hi.

5:22 PM  
Blogger maare said...

you're welcome blend :)

papstar i'm looking for zero tolerance - fuel my fire

this is the band

tnx in advance

6:17 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

hey everyone, i'm just going to pout here for a minute. how is it Los Crudos is playing a reunion show in austin, tx in four hours and i'm just now finding out about this. this is the second time i inadvertently fucked myself out of seeing crudos. how the fuck was i supposed to know they would be doing a reunion show ten years down the line today?

7:10 PM  
Blogger Victor Augustus said...

As a kid during the 90s I started out liking mostly just British anarcho punk (crass, conflict, subhumans, Rudimentary Peni,etc.) and not caring much for most American hardcore punk(let alone modern strait up hardcore). Then entering HS I fell heavily in love with DeathMetal BlackMetal Grindcore, DoomMetal, etc., but never did care much for any Thrash or HeavyMetal. It wasn't until after my love of extreme metal that I eventually got into strait up Hardcore, and through that eventually hardcore punk. Odd I guess.

Oh by the way, I love this blog. Keep it up.

10:27 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

here is cap'n jazz for whoever wanted it, it's two packs.

cap'n jazz - Analphabetapolothology part 1 -

cap'n jazz - Analphabetapolothology part 2 -

1:02 AM  
Blogger Jared Dillon said...

classic record. love that you posted this album.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Buske said...

Here is some Zero Tolerance stuff.

If you ever have a chance to check out the Snapcase demos (or Solid State, pre-Snapcase) you'll see that they were definitely aiming to follow in the ZT footsteps. Definitely blows away anything they ever released, in my book.

Enjoy the ZT stuff... they are a band that never got their just respect.

11:26 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

thanks Buske!

Been reading you blog. Great stories.

People. Go Check out An Attitude Exhumed, and while youre at it, check Severed Forever.

I am going to clean some links out, so if your link got deleted its because A) The site has been inactive for a while B) The site doesnt exist anymore C) I dont feel that our blogs share the same aesthetics.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


i thought you said death metal?

11:06 AM  
Blogger Jeff Chord said...

Early mid 90's earache is the fucking best when it comes to metal. Anymore I'm stopping even caring whether its "hardcore" "metallic hardcore" or "metal" as long as its good.

If I get around to it I can post a bunch of modern and 90's metal albums. Stuff like Bloodlet, Trap Them, Extreme Noise Terror, Integrity, h100s.

12:13 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

@ anonymous, i am not sure what you mean. And youre leaving anonymous messages. Please be more clear with what you are saying.

and if this is some subjective issue with this record not being true Death Metal than you can take it to the message boards.

2:06 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

yeah especially considering Viking Metal is the only thing that matters anymore....get with the times (and by that i mean anywhere between the 8th and 11th century).
onward to asgard!

2:27 PM  
Anonymous drew said...

my favorite metal album of all time. great post. this is one of those records you must have if you like metal even the tiniest bit. the guitar solos are so fucking good!

12:54 PM  
Blogger maare said...

tnx for link buske !!!

7:21 PM  
Blogger Death Metal Dan said...

I didn't know how else to get in touch with you, so I'm posting another comment.


Assuming you have a account, when you view your page (not the dashboard, your actual profile), you should see little buttons underneath the charts that say "embed/add this". Hit that under the charts you want and it'll take you to another page which will spit out some HTML that you can then copy and paste into a sidebar on your blog.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Terry said...

Ah yeah, I like this one. During the 90s I had kind of gotten out of true metal stuff and was all agog over hardcore and alt rock (snapcase, the cows, whatever) and had forgotten about metal, which for me had gone underground. I was also discovering the lighter side of indie rock because I wanted to meet people more easily (heh)

Ironically, it was my girlfriend at the time who pulled heartwork out and asked me to give it a listen. I think it was a good album for me to get me back into metal because it was so clean and precise like i remembered the thrash bands i used to listen to. Eventually I heard "corporal jigsore quandary" off some other album and it sealed the deal; I started getting back into metal.

1:12 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

thanks dan! that makes sense.

It wont let me do it, it says "Whoa, Slow down! You have to listen to more music"

so Im just shuffling right now, building up a list so i can post this jammy on my site. Keep people abreast of what im listening to... hehe. abreast.

And as it turns out i was listening to death metal all morning, namely Arsis and Malevolent Creation, so as it turns out I wasnt playing enough different bands... aye.

Metal rules. Well, tomorrow is friday and I didnt make any posts this week (busy week at work) so I suppose its time for more Death Metal. Especially since i Havent listened to much else since last friday.

4:49 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

a breast. hot.

9:05 PM  
Blogger Death Metal Dan said...

I'm honestly not sure how much you have to listen before the charts work. I've had my account for like a year.

They do weekly charts, so I'm assuming after a week, you should be able to post your chart (they usually do the number crunching on Sunday overnight).

I'd say just try it Monday. If it still doesn't work, try periodically. It'll get there.

Looking forward to today's Metal Friday pick.

10:08 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

haha!!! i am too. i am not sure what to post. Its been non stop death metal for the past few weeks.

in fact, i dont want to blow it for everyone, but if you hit up sordo, i posted up all the links for the metal albums i planned on posting for the next 16 weeks.

in fact, I just noticed the Sordo guy asked if i could upload more Cannibal Corpse. maybe thats the deal for today. Mutilation.

Thanks again, Dan. I'll wait the weekend out.. You have point there.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Buske said...

Over the past year, or so, literally, I have been on the biggest death metal binge ever. I find myself grabbing some of the worst and most humorous sounding records yet falling in love with them.

I grew up listening to metal (at 7 years old, I was already wearing out "Shout At The Devil" and Sabbath's "Born Again" on vinyl), but never death metal beyond the generic Deicide and Morbid Angel that everyone listens to.

I've acquired quite the collection of death metal these days to which I've found a crop of great new and old bands. To share a few names with you —


Check some of those out if you're looking for something new and refreshing.

10:54 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

buske, i dont know any of those bands, damn! I have to admit to being mostly into the generic death metal bands. I go through phases of listening to it and i usually just go back to my tried and true bands. Occasionally I try something new, which is how I got into Immolation. But they are pretty well known so its not that far off the radar.

im sure others would love if you posted up one or two of your favorites. ^_^

also, i noticed you play Assuck alot in your I was listening to them a lot last week and thought of posting up Blindspot or something... and maybe some Acrid, but i notice a few other blogs recently posted Acrid, so we'll see.... Converge and 108 next... after my Death Metal post, which will either be Malevolent Creation or Cannibal Corpse.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Buske said...

Malevolent Creation, "Eternal" is one of my all-time favorite records. If you don't have, or haven't heard this record, definitely get it... it's a masterpiece in heaviness.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic, but I saw your earlier Rodan post and was wondering if you had any interest in hearing an earlier version of some of the songs from Rusty. It was originally recorded in Baltimore before Steve Albini re-recorded it. Interested?

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic, but I saw your earlier Rodan post and was wondering if you had any interest in hearing an earlier version of some of the songs from Rusty. It was originally recorded in Baltimore before Steve Albini re-recorded it. Interested?

5:54 PM  
Blogger Leeaction said...

You should post up that Slint stuff you where talking about earlier.. I have been looking for that stuff.

1:51 AM  
Blogger bleep_bloop said...

128 kbps :'-(

6:41 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

if you buy the album you can rip it at whatever bit rate you please.


I personally cannot tell the difference between 192 and 128... i think its a bunch of malarky.

1:13 PM  

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