Picking the Carcass: At the end of last year, British death metal/grindcore legends Carcass were at the Forum, performing alongside Amon Amarth, Obituary and Cattle Decapitation. Their latest headline show at the Observatory with Sacred Reich and Municipal Waste looks equally impressive, if a bit more low key. Mega heavy metal from some of the masters. Don’t miss.

We reviewed that Forum show, and wrote that: “Liverpool’s Carcass took the challenge laid down by Obituary and faced it head on. Their set was slightly longer at nine songs, but still way too short. Carcass, who are one of the many bands with a Napalm Death connection (guitarist Bill Steer was an early member), are considered a pioneer of grindcore, though they also helped develop the melodic death metal sub-genre. But that’s all academic, and the impact of Carcass is purely visceral. ‘Buried Dreams’ and ”Kelly’s Meat Emporium’ had blasted by before we’d blinked, and by the time ‘Corporal Jigsore Quandary’ gave way to the untouchable ‘Heartwork’ from the epic album of the same name, we were spent. Carcass were the best band of the night, but then they’d be the best band on just about any metal bill they happened to be on.”

We interviewed Sacred Reich’s Phil Rind in 2021 and he told us that, “We are a pre-internet band, and so when the last record came out and having been on social media for a while, it’s interesting getting to see everyone’s opinions. I frankly was surprised that there would be so many right leaning people that like our band. I would have thought that we may have turned them off by now if they had paid attention. Years and years ago, 1988, when we put out ‘One Nation’ [a song on the Surf Nicaragua EP], I remember getting an actual letter from a skinhead. He was upset about ‘One Nation’ — he didn’t understand what the first record was about, apparently. He said that he broke our record and burned our shirt. I just thought, how can you really get it so wrong? Continually, I’m always surprised because I thought people knew where we were coming from and I thought if you liked our band, you probably agreed with our lyrics which obviously isn’t the case either. People like stuff for all kinds of reasons. And plenty of people probably couldn’t give two shits about what we write about, or read it or any of that stuff. I’m surprised still, and that’s just how it is. If people want to like us, I don’t really give a shit. I don’t necessarily turn off Ted Nugent when he comes on the radio, just because I don’t agree with him. I just don’t listen to what he has to say about that stuff, but I still like ‘Stranglehold.'”

Picking the Carcass: The event takes place at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 31 at the Observatory.

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