Heartwork is the fourth album by Metal band and pure legend Carcass. It was released in 1993 through Earache Records.
The sculpture depicted in the cover art is called “Life Support 1993” and was designed by H.R. Giger. In fact it is 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 (source).
H.R. Giger (Hans Rudolf “Ruedi” Giger) was born in Chur in Switzerland (Chur – sounds like a perfect Black Metal band name). Giger is a world famous surrealist painter, sculptor and set designer. His most distinctive stylistic innovation is the representation of human bodies and machines in a cold, interconnected relationship, described as “biomechanical”. And his most popular work might be the design for Ridley Scott’s Alien
movie, for which he won an Academy Award in 1979.Carcass’ Heartwork wasn’t the only work of Giger featured in Metal imagery. He also worked with band’s like Celtic Frost, Tryptikon, Atrocity or Danzig. Some of them might be around this blog soon.