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Swansong (album)

Studio album by Carcass
Released 10 June 1996 (1996-06-10)[1]
Recorded February 1995 (1995-02)–April 1995 (1995-04)
Studio Rockfield Studios, Battery Studios
Genre Melodic death metal, death 'n' roll
Length 49:45
Label Earache
Producer Colin Richardson
Carcass chronology
Wake Up and Smell the... Carcass
Singles from Swansong
  1. "Go to Hell"
    Released: 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [2]
Decibel Favorable[3]
Kerrang! Unfavorable[4]
MetalSucks Unfavorable[5]
NME [6]

Swansong is the fifth studio album by British extreme metal band Carcass. It was released on 10 June 1996 in the UK by Earache Records.[1] It is the only Carcass album to feature guitarist Carlo Regadas. This album was intended to be their major label debut, having been signed by Columbia Records following the success of Heartwork, but disputes with that record company caused them to return to Earache. The album was re-released on 21 July 2008, as a dualdisc including the fifth part of The Pathologist's Report. It was the band's last studio release for over 17 years, until Surgical Steel was released in 2013.


  • Background 1
  • Release 2
  • Track listing 3
  • Charts 4
  • Personnel 5
    • Carcass 5.1
    • Technical personnel 5.2
  • References 6


In The Pathologist's Report, drummer Ken Owen states that he considers Swansong the ultimate Carcass album.[7] The band's sense of humour is illustrated with titles such as "Keep on Rotting in the Free World".[2]

The disc art is the "Unfinished Pyramid et al." from the Great Seal of the United States, but it reads "carcass" instead of "annuit coeptis", "somnus pecunia cibus" instead of "novus ordo seclorum" and "MCMXCV" instead of "MDCCLXXVI".


Swansong was released on 10 June 1996 on Earache Records. A limited edition of this album was released as a brain-shaped CD, with a bonus 2-track CD titled Somnus Pecunia Cibus.[8] The reason for the bonus disc was to include "Go to Hell", which wouldn't fit on the brain shaped CD, due to the cutting required for the brain shape.

On 21 July 2008, a twelve-panel digipak version of the album was released, with full artwork and lyrics as well as a limited edition sticker sheet with classic Carcass motifs. The reissue also features the previously Japanese-only bonus track "Death Rider Da" which was made to be used as a jingle on a Japanese critic Masa Ito's radio program at the time, as well as the fifth and final part of the extensive interview The Pathologist's Report on a dualdisc. Later editions contain the album on a CD and the documentary on a separate DVD, and do not include the sticker sheet.

In November 2013, Earache rereleased Swansong on full dynamic range vinyl in different colours and with limited circulation.[9]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Keep on Rotting in the Free World"   Jeffrey Walker 3:42
2. "Tomorrow Belongs to Nobody"   Bill Steer, Walker 4:17
3. "Black Star"   Carlo Regadas, Walker 3:29
4. "Cross My Heart"   Steer, Walker 3:34
5. "Child's Play"   Steer, Walker 5:43
6. "Room 101"   Steer, Walker 4:35
7. "Polarized"   Regadas, Steer, Walker 4:02
8. "Generation Hexed"   Steer, Walker 3:48
9. "Firm Hand"   Regadas, Walker 5:22
10. "R**k the Vote"   Walker 3:53
11. "Don't Believe a Word"   Steer, Walker 3:57
12. "Go to Hell"   Walker 3:22
13. "Death Rider Da" (Japanese/2008 reissue bonus track)   1:18
Total length:
The Pathologist's Report DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Issues with the Release"    
2. "Extreme but Not as We Know It"    
3. "Moving to Columbia"    
4. "The Cover Artwork"    
5. "Mike Hickey and Carlo's Involvement"    
6. "The End Is Night"    
7. "The Aftermath"    
8. "Influencing the Next Generation"    
9. "Ken Talks About His Illness"    
10. "Outtakes"    


Chart (1996) Peak position
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[10] 46
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[11] 33



Technical personnel

  • Colin Richardsonproduction, vocals (13)
  • Nick Brine – assistant engineering
  • Jim Brumby – assistant engineering
  • Gee – painting
  • Stephen Harris – engineering
  • Barney Herbert – assistant engineering
  • Noel Summerville – mastering
  • Antz – Design
  • Roalba Picerno – band photos


  1. ^ a b "Swansong: The Carcass Masterpiece". Utopian Blaster. 9 November 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. > OverviewSwansongCarcass: at AllMusic. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  3. ^ Bennett, J. (16 March 2011). "'"Justify Your Shitty Taste – Carcass's 'Swansong.  
  4. ^ Dome, Malcolm (June 1996). "Swansong Review".  
  5. ^ Rhombus, Emperor (22 August 2013). "Carcass' Swansong: A Newbie's Retrospective Review".  
  6. ^  
  7. ^ The Pathologist's Report Part 5
  8. ^ "'"Carcass 'Swansong.  
  9. ^ EvilG (11 November 2013). "Carcass: 'Swansong' Full Dynamic Range Vinyl Out Now".  
  10. ^ "Carcass's Swansong Billboard Heatseekers Charts". Billboard (United States). Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Carcass: Swansong" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
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