Carcass - _Wake Up and Smell the Carcass_
by: Adam Wasylyk (
This being only the second video to be reviewed for CoC (the first was Slayer's _Live Intrusion_), it's also my first review of this kind so hopefully I will have covered all the angles. With the video cover having an autopsy pic of former American president JFK, this video contains five music videos ("Heartwork", "Corporeal Jigsore Quandry", "Keep on Rotting in the Free World", "Incarnated Solvent Abuse" and "No Love Lost") and two live concerts. There's not much to say about the videos but the concert footage should be commented on. The shows were recorded in the years 1992 and 1989 and you can tell which is which by the recording quality. The first concert, the Gods of Grind Tour 1992, features songs like "Reek of Putrefaction", "Pedigree Butchery", "Exhume to Consume" and "Tools of the Trade". The live footage for the music video "Corporeal Jigsore Quandry" was taken from this concert, so if you've seen that video then that should give you some idea as to the film quality. For this concert the overall film quality isn't bad but in a few places it does get rough. The second concert, the Grindcrusher Tour 1989 pales in comparison to the first in both sound and film quality. What bugged me about this show was the inactivity, or lack of stage presence. The guitarists just stood and played while the drummer was behind a huge Carcass banner so you could barely see him most of the show. The guitar sound was also too low. So the last show was both boring to hear AND watch. To wrap this review up, it would have been nice to see some interview footage or maybe hear the band members talking about the break-up. To tell the truth, this video is completely unnecessary and it appears as if Earache are trying to cash in on Carcass's demise. Fans of Carcass may want to complete their collection with this, but most everyone else should save their $$.
(article published 3/16/1997)
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