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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 17, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: September 17, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast America
  • ASIN: B00E68927E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,672 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 17, 2013
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Have you ever gone years without seeing an old friend, then you run into them and it's like no time has passed at all? You fall comfortably back into the old routines and rituals of friendship as easily as writing your own name, as if time had no power over the strength of a true bond, a real connection. Listening to the new Carcass is sort of like that for me. I haven't seen my friend in over a decade, and so many new friends have come and gone since then. And none of it matters a bit. Those years in between have seemingly not even happened. The conversation is familiar, but my old friend seems to have gained a hell of a lot with age.

The new Carcass smokes. Period. Everything a metal fan could ask for and more. Majestic, soaring NWOBHM melodies. Scorching grind/death metal with precision blast beats. Blazing thrash metal in the finest 90's tradition. A wide array of both face-melting and melodic solos. Throat-scraping growls from Jeff Walker as viciously wicked as ever. Puzzling, disturbing song titles and lyrics. Ah, welcome back to my headphones, Carcass.

This album flows right along with ridiculously perfect pacing. I don't know if I've ever listened to a metal album with more of a perfect balance between speed, brutality, melody, and riffing. The musicianship and songwriting are beyond reproach, and to that end, the album seems to have been written and recorded with obvious knowledge of a masterpiece-in-the-making. After listening to it about ten times, I'm beginning to think of it as the "Rust In Peace" of extreme metal.

Every fan will have their own favorites, but for pure thrash/grindcore mayhem, you won't find better songs than "Thrasher's Abattoir", "The Master Butcher's Apron", or "Captive Bolt Pistol".
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By Eugene Axe on September 18, 2013
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It's safe to say we've all been waiting quite awhile for this one. And man oh man was it worth the wait.

Steer's rhythm guitar work, running the gamut from speed metal licks to thrash riffs to melodic hooks to tremolo picks, is superlative. Walker's rasp & lyrical wizardry are in top form. The drumming is tight. The production is slick.

So far I'm liking all of the tracks. I'm trying to find a weak link in the bunch and so far I'm not finding it. The only one that I will call out by name is the surprising 8+ minute final track, "Mount of Execution", and its throwback to NWOBHM/early thrash riffs & imagery; in terms of Carcass' own history, and given the song's slower pacing, it's more like a track from the Swansong era than anything else. This is not a bad thing - this is a top track.

And lastly, I might add, it's also great to hear Bill Steer's guttural growl return on some backing vocals. Haven't heard that since the Necroticism days.

If you are a fan of Carcass then I'd wager that it's almost impossible to be disappointed with this album. So go buy a copy!
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I had never heard about Carcass until I saw the Heartwork video on Headbanger's Ball back in the day but I immediately purchased the album Heartwork and its predecessors. When Swansong came out I wasn't disappointed, as the more pretentious hardcore fans were, because I was just thrilled to hear more Carcass music and, while it was different, I thought it was still better than most of the other music out at the time.

Surgical Steel is the album all Carcass fans have waited for. There is a return to the themes of their first few albums, both in subject matter and use of their thesaurus, as well as sharp riffs, blasting drums, and alternating vocals of Necroticism and Heartwork. My first reaction was that this is the album Carcass could have produced after Necroticism using the production of Heartwork. But there's so much more to it than that.

I won't make this a long review. It doesn't need to be. If you love hardcore music, regardless of genre or sub-genre name, and aren't one of the aforementioned people who think Carcass was only good when the production value was low and you could barely differentiate one riff or vocal from another, then you will enjoy this album very much.

Surgical Steel hasn't left my CD player since I got it.
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What can I say about this album that hasn't already been said? This album, to put it simply, is outstanding in virtually every way. The songs sound like they are from the Necroticism/Heartwork era (my favorite era of Carcass), while still sounding completely fresh and new. Bill Steer's riffs, melodies and solos are blistering throughout the entire album. Jeff Walker's vocals are classic Carcass - disturbing and funny at the same time. While I miss Ken Owen, and it's a tragedy that he can't perform anymore, Dan Wilding's drums blew me away on this album. There are so many memorable songs on Surgical Steel, but "Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System", "Noncompliance To ASTM F 899-12 Standard", "Unfit For Human Consumption" and "Captive Bolt Pistol" really stood out from the rest. Surgical Steel will go down as an instant death metal classic from a band that showed the world 20 years ago how it's done. If I could only buy one album in 2013, this is the one I would buy.
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