No one writes a lick like Carcass. This simple truth rings out time and time again on Torn Arteries. Another simple truth is this album rules. Torn Arteries reflects on every era of Carcass. It spans grinding speeds, crunchy guitar melodies with progressive ambitions, and bluesy, arena rock anthems. Some of these riffs slice like sharpened, surgical steel scalpels. Others rip and tear like hacksaws. Either way, your ear canals will be splattered with greatness.
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The opening "Torn Arteries" sets the pace for the whole album. It blazes in hot with a completely zany guitar riff. It's the kind of chop that could only ever be conjured up by Bill Steer and company. This chromatic yarn slithers up and down the fretboard, like the vertebrae of a demented serpent, and then, unleashes a big swing that whips and rollicks. It's the death metal version of a tilt-a-whirl at an amusement park.
The following track "Dance Of Ixtab (Psychopomp & Circumstance March No.1 in B)" is another rock 'n' rager. It wields a blues section, whose twangy notes sound they could be from an Alice In Chainsnumber. However, Carcass bring it home with their own signature savagery, transfiguring its rock leanings into a dissonant guitar melody that remains catchy and crushing.