Dead Rhetoric’s Top 5 Carcass Songs: No. 1: “This Mortal Coil”

Thursday, 3rd October 2013

In celebration of the first Carcass album in 17 years, Surgical Steel, we are counting down the band’s best five songs. Granted, there are more than five awesome Carcass songs, but this seems like an appropriate number, eh? As with anything, this countdown is based solely on opinion, derived from years of listening experience. If you disagree with our choices, then voice your displeasure below!

A tough choice, but “This Mortal Coil” is the embodiment (hope you got that) of everything Carcass was doing right in the early 90’s. A breakneck opening, incisive and melodic, then a ferocious gallop sets the table for the band’s most catchy and inherently marvelous song. It’s really in the dicey melodic bits that keep this song going, as Steer and Amott pepper the track with savory guitar bits that have zero problem staying as vital as they were two decades ago. Sheer brilliance.