Reek of Putrefaction
Reek of Putrefaction
Studio album by Carcass
Released July 1988
Recorded December 1987–March 1988 at Ritch Bitch Studios
Genre Grindcore, goregrind[1]
Length 39:41
Label Earache, Combat (US)
Producer Carcass, Paul Tabot
Carcass chronology
Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment
Reek of Putrefaction
Symphonies of Sickness

Reek of Putrefaction is the debut album by British extreme metal band Carcass. It was released by Earache Records in July 1988.


When released, Reek of Putrefaction reached No. 6 on the UK Indie Chart, establishing Carcass as one of the pioneers of the grindcore genre.[2] The late BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel declared it his favourite album of 1988, in an interview for British newspaper The Observer.[3]


Reek of Putrefaction was recorded in four days at Ritch Bitch Studios in Birmingham. According to guitarist Bill Steer, the studio's engineer "ruined" the record, especially its drum tracks. Carcass had only had a few hours available of mixing, so they had to release the LP as it was to meet the label's deadline. The band were "everything but happy" with the end result, declared Steer.[4]

When the master recording was first sent to the pressing plant, the original vinyl LP had to be pressed at lower volumes, because the bass frequencies were so low (sometimes reaching 25 Hz) that they were in danger of rendering higher frequencies inaudible.[5]


Reek of Putrefaction was first released in 1988. The original album cover consisted of a collage of autopsy photographs collected from medical journals.[3] Reek of Putrefaction was re-released in 1994 with a "clean" cover.[6] In 2002, the album was reissued with a censored outer cover proclaiming "Original artwork contained inside".

The album was re-released in 2008 as part of an ongoing series of Carcass reissues to tie in with their reunion. The main album, along with the demo Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment, is presented as one side of a dualdisc, while the DVD side features the first part of an extended documentary titled The Pathologist's Report Part I: Incubation. Later editions contain the album on a CD and the documentary on a separate DVD. The album is presented in a 12-panel digipak with full lyrics and artwork and is sealed in a white medical bag with sticker, to hide the controversial cover art.

Track listingEdit

No. Title Length
1. "Genital Grinder"   1:32
2. "Regurgitation of Giblets"   1:24
3. "Maggot Colony"   1:37
4. "Pyosisified (Rotten to the Gore)"   2:55
5. "Carbonized Eyesockets"   1:11
6. "Frenzied Detruncation"   0:59
7. "Vomited Anal Tract"   1:45
8. "Festerday"   0:22
9. "Fermenting Innards"   2:35
10. "Excreted Alive"   1:21
11. "Suppuration"   2:19
12. "Foeticide"   2:46
13. "Microwaved Uterogestation"   1:24
14. "Feast on Dismembered Carnage"   1:27
15. "Splattered Cavities"   1:54
16. "Psychopathologist"   1:18
17. "Burnt to a Crisp"   2:43
18. "Pungent Excruciation"   2:31
19. "Manifestation of Verrucose Urethra"   1:02
20. "Oxidized Razor Masticator"   3:13
21. "Mucopurulence Excretor"   1:09
22. "Malignant Defecation"   2:14

2008 reissue bonus tracks (taken from the Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment demo)
No. Title Length
23. "Genital Grinder (Intro)"   0:50
24. "Regurgitation of Giblets"   1:56
25. "Festerday"   0:19
26. "Limb from Limb"   1:05
27. "Rotten to the Gore"   2:54
28. "Excreted Alive"   0:55
29. "Malignant Defecation"   1:59
30. "Fermenting Innards"   2:33
31. "Necro-Cannibal Bloodfeast"   1:49
32. "Psychopathologist"   1:29
33. "Die in Pain"   0:11
34. "Pungent Excruciation"   3:04
35. "Face Meltaaargh"   1:16



Chart (1988) Peak
UK Indie Chart[7] 6

References Edit

  1. Widener, Matthew. Carcass Clones. Decibel Magazine. Archived from the original on 16 January 2008. Retrieved on February 27, 2009.
  2. Carcass: Bio. Metal Maniacs. Retrieved on April 27, 2008. Archived at Sex. Money. Food.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mudrian (2004), page 132.
  4. Carcass - Perverted Sickos. Rock Hard (June 1990). Retrieved on April 27, 2008. Archived at Sex. Money. Food.
  5. Merle, Laurent (1990). THE GLAMMER, BILL, IS SPEAKING. Peardrop. Retrieved on April 27, 2008. Archived at Sex. Money. Food.
  6. British 1994 re-release
  7. Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved September 5, 2014.

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