Album info
ReleaseOctober 18, 1993
RecordedParr Street Studios, May 18 – June 21, 1993
GenreMelodic death metal
ProducerColin Richardson

Heartwork is the fourth album by the British extreme metal band Carcass, released through Earache Records in 1993. The album was recorded at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool between May 18 and June 21, 1993.

The sculpture depicted in the cover art, "Life Support 1993", was designed by H.R. Giger, and is in fact an update of a sculpture he created in the late 1960s. The video for the song "Heartwork" features a real-life interpretation of the sculpture, including a human welded as a part of it. The album is back in print for the first time in years following the June 2, 2008 Dualdisc reissue.

Michael Amott left the band after the recording of the album before founding Spiritual Beggars, and was temporarily replaced by Mike Hickey. In The Pathologist's Report, Bill Steer says Heartwork is his favourite Carcass album.

The band Carnal Forge named themselves after the song from this album.

Track listingEdit

All lyrics written by Jeff Walker.

  1. "Buried Dreams" - 3:58
  2. "Carnal Forge" - 3:54
  3. "No Love Lost" - 3:22
  4. "Heartwork" - 4:33
  5. "Embodiment" - 5:36
  6. "This Mortal Coil" - 3:49
  7. "Arbeit Macht Fleisch" - 4:21
  8. "Blind Bleeding the Blind" - 4:57
  9. "Doctrinal Expletives" - 3:39
  10. "Death Certificate" - 3:38
  11. "This Is Your Life" (bonus track) - 4:12

2008 ReissueEdit

The album was rereleased in 2008 as part of an ongoing series of Carcass reissues to tie in with their reunion. The main album is presented as one side of a Dualdisc, while the DVD side features the fourth part of an extended interview/documentary titled The Pathologist's Report Part IV: Epidemic. Later editions have the DVD on a separate disc, bringing the total to 3 discs. Also included in the reissue is a bonus disc including the entire album in demo form, something recorded by the band before recording the actual album in an effort to be better prepared. The demo features the same 10 songs in a slightly different order. The album is presented in a 12-panel digipak with full lyrics and artwork.


  • Keith Andrews - engineering
  • Dave Buchanan - assistant engineering
  • Colin Richardson - production
  • Andrea Wright - assistant engineering
  • H. R. Giger - cover art

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