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Album Review

Few bands ever took the term "death metal" as literally as Liverpool, England's Carcass. The band's penchant for crafting song titles that eschewed Satanic tropes in favor of gruesome medical terminology became as much a calling card as their neck-snapping blend of melodic thrash and punishing grindcore, and when they decided to call it quits in 1996 after the release of the relatively disjointed (by Carcass standards) Swansong, it left a fouler taste than usual in the mouths of their listeners. Seventeen years later, Surgical Steel, the group's sixth long-player, remedies all that with a decisive thrust of the scalpel, offering up an 11-track tour de force that's as visceral, inventive, and grotesque as Symphonies of Sickness, yet infused with the dense, machine-shop precision and chrome veneer of 21st century metalcore. What impresses most upon hearing the latest from guitarist Bill Steer and bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker, who are joined by new drummer Dan Wilding, as well as longtime producer Colin Richardson, is how confident it sounds. This is not some rote, paint-by-numbers nostalgia trip, nor is it a calculated audio autopsy of what made landmark grindcore albums like Reek of Putrefaction and Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious so influential. The dense, instrumental opener uses a demo from 1985 as a foundation for Steer to lay down some "Hellion"-era Judas Priest-inspired leads, and subsequent tracks like "The Master Butcher's Apron," "Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System," and "Unfit for Human Consumption" immerse themselves effortlessly and irrevocably within the Carcass canon, yet manage to convey a level of nuclear propulsion that suggests a band just entering its heyday as opposed to unexpectedly emerging from the abyss. That Carcass chose to come out of their cave at all is impressive, but that they did it with both style and substance intact is great news for fans of extreme metal the world over. [A Deluxe Edition was also released.]

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How many times have you heard about a classic band reuniting and releasing a highly anticipated new album? Think about Iron Maiden's "Brave New World" or even recently Black Sabbath's "13". Both of those two albums are amazing and represent what both of the respective bands are about, however that is not always the case. Several "return to form" or reunion albums by once classic bands have turned out to be total flops. So, with the reunion of seminal death metal / Grindcore legends Carcass one had reason to be worried. After listening to the album all the way through twice I can tell you this may very well be the best thing Carcass has ever released.
From the opening swells of instrumental opener "1985", which reminds me of Necrotism opener "Inpropagation", the album slams straight into the blistering opener "Thrasher's Abattoir". This song is 1 minute and 15 seconds of straight up grind core. This song would have easily fit in with anything on "Symphonies of Sickness". The rest of the album follows suit, taking you on a tour of Carcass's sonic history. If you've heard the pre album release "Captive Bolt Pistol" and liked it, than you will love this album. Considering the somewhat controversial break up that this band went through in the late 1990's, I was somewhat worried that this album would be disjointed and confusing in the way that 1996's "Swansong" was. While that album was not completely terrible, it was by no means up the standard of the rest of Carcass's back catalogue.
So where does this album fit among the rest of that back catalogue? I think this album is a wonderful blend of "Heartwork" and "Necrotism". This album maintains the brutality and speed of "Necrotism", which saw Carcass still dabbling with Grindcore stylings, while utilizing the accessibility and amazing guitar work found on "Heartwork". If you are a fan of Carcass, you will love this album. It's really as simple as that. It is very obvious that the band took a long look at what made them great to begin with, used that as a basis, and moved forward creating what I'm sure will be one of the best death metal albums of this decade.

Sterile Cat-gut!!!

Nicely done, men. Just the album we needed. Cheers!

So Awesome!

Carcass is back and still sounding great!


Formed: 1985 in Liverpool, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Often considered one of grindcore's founding fathers, Carcass were among the first bands of the extreme metal genre to try a different lyrical approach -- one that reflected a fascination with surgical gadgets and peculiar words straight out of a med student's textbook. Hailing from the same locale that spawned the Fab Four -- in case you've lived under a rock for the past few decades, Liverpool -- Carcass were originally formed in 1985 by singer/guitarist Bill Steer (who would later play with Napalm...
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