Carcass – Reek of Putrefaction (1988)
From Napalm Death to Carcass; could Bill Steer be the one musician who made the most important contribution to Grindcore and UK Extreme Metal in the late 80’s?
Arguably so, it was his lead guitar work on Reek Of Putrefaction and From Enslavement To Obliteration that enabled Grindcore to make massive strides and his pioneering work influenced the hordes of Grindcore and Death Metal bands that followed.
With the filthiest sound ever recorded accompanying some of the most grotesque lyrics ever uttered, Reek Of Putrefaction is a Grindcore classic. Generally frightening, Carcass were not fucking around on their ferocious debut and this is a band far removed from the Melodic Death Metal titans they would become.
Reek Of Putrefaction is no where near the complete Grindcore album, its incomprehensibly muddied production stifling the bands obvious talents, but it is a vitally important stepping stone in Grindcore’s evolution.
Also Essential: Symphonies Of Sickness (1989)