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5.0 out of 5 stars Heroic return of British Death Metallers
The year was 1993 and I was 17 when I first discovered Carcass. Albeit late in the game they swiftly became my favourite band in the death metal genre which I was immersing myself in. The album was Heartwork and it became the album that all future music purchases would be compared to. A couple of years and one album later Carcass would split up, leaving a massive hole in...
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK album or amazing album depending on your Carcass Taste
If your prefer Necroticism and the albums before to Heartwork this album aint really for you, but if your a heartwork fan you will love this album its well it put together but unfortunately not my favourite carcass era im a 1991,backwards fan
Published 5 months ago by Craig Ross
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heroic return of British Death Metallers,
The year was 1993 and I was 17 when I first discovered Carcass. Albeit late in the game they swiftly became my favourite band in the death metal genre which I was immersing myself in. The album was Heartwork and it became the album that all future music purchases would be compared to. A couple of years and one album later Carcass would split up, leaving a massive hole in the UK Death Metal scene. Thankfully a couple of years ago Carcass got back together to play a handful of shows, one thing led to another and they announced the release of their new album Surgical Steel. I can hand on heart state that this album is flawless from beginning to end there is nothing not to like. I've had this CD since the day it was released, and not a week has gone by where I haven't listened to the whole album. Not only that but it's made me rediscover Carcass' earlier albums and even the much maligned Swansong album. If your not familiar with Carcass this album is a brilliant starting point, working backwards through their releases, although I would leave the aforementioned Swansong to the end. Although this album harks back to the sound of Death Metal in the early 90s it sounds contemporary so perfect for new and old fans alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Splendid Return To The Coroner's Office,
Carcass have long been one of my favourite bands, and despite catching them live at Bloodstock a few years ago, I never thought I'd see the day they'd release new material (guitarist Bill Steer said around that time he thought it highly unlikely). So, enter "Surgical Steel", and how does it fare?
Well, after initial expectations wear off, you come to realize that, in essence, this is the next logical step up from "Heartwork". It brushes off pretty much everything from "Swansong" and hits you with a hammer blow full of Bill's crushing riffs, melodious solos, rampant drum battery, and of course, the snarling sneer of bassist Jeff Walker. Opening with the heaviest tune on the album (after the harmony-drenched intro), the band go full speed ahead, ripping your face off with monster tunes boiling with bile and venom. Sure, the production is a little polished, but hey, it's the era of pro-tools; what do you expect?
The material is of an exceptionally high standard, and there is more variation than there was on "Heartwork", with some songs going for the throat, others slowing things down and giving the instruments room to breathe. It's sterile in the best sense possible, and the highlight for me is without a doubt "The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills". It's as awesome as the title suggests, and it boasts the best riff on the album, a total Maiden-on-steroids moment that recalls the brilliance that was "This Mortal Coil".
Fans of the band won't be disappointed, and while it isn't quite as essential as "Heartwork", and it bares no resemblance to the aural pathology report that was "Necroticism", "Surgical Steel" is a fine return to form that all fans of melodic death metal should not miss. Welcome back, guys.
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic British metal album,
After a long absence - Carcass return - with Jeff's satirical, biting, lyrical wit, Bill's scalpel sharp precision riffage, and a new drummer to pay homage to Ken's blistering legacy, all intact, and it almost sounds as if they'd never been away.
There's a spread of different Carcass eras on display here - from the brutal bludgeoning of the early songs (although without the dirty sludge production of the first release - which I still love.) To the more delicate, calculated savagery of their heady Heartwork days.
Without wanting to label an already extensive list of genres and sub genres, what we have here is a really good heavy metal album. At the end of the day, that's what this is, and it has all the hallmarks of a classic; the atmospheric intro track 1985, the fast songs, the mid paced rockers, the epic closing track - it's a polished, high quality set of songs, that is pure class start to finish.
I'm really glad they went ahead with this after their very successful festival appearances - as much as I love Bill's Firebird and Jeff's fantastic country album - when combined they make outstanding tracks.
It's an essential purchase for any rock or metal fan. And I hope they continue to release new material - as my other fave bands - Van Der Graaf Generator and Voivod have done.
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost 5 stars,
Very, very slick modern metal album that still retains something of the original Carcass sound and feel. It took me several listens to begin to appreciate the non single tracks but despite this they (unfit for human consumption/captive bolt pistol) still stand out.
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic,
This review is from: Surgical Steel (MP3 Download)
This has got a bit of everything for all fans to enjoy!.
It seems to get better and better as the CD goes on.
5.0 out of 5 stars back from the dead!,
I loved Carcass in my teens, but I wasn't the biggest fan of their last release before imploding. Surgical Steel is for me not only a massive return to form but one of the best albums I've heard in recent memory. I've been listening to it since release date and have not grown tired of it yet - I listen to it for warming up to runs, getting ready for work, driving, doing the house work... If you want to get a job done quickly and with vigor, have this as your soundtrack. The musicianship etc goes without saying, brilliant album.
4.0 out of 5 stars Carcass is back again!,
This review is from: Surgical Steel - Black LP [VINYL] (Vinyl)
I have to say that their return was a welcome one for me. This album is kind of a mix of "Heartwork" and the album preceeding it.
If you liked "Heartwork" you will like this album as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmistakeably Carcass,
This is not "Necroticism", "Reek of Putrefaction" or any other Carcass album rebooted, this is a bonafide, new Carcass album, and I had no idea how much I missed Jeff Walker's distinctly sarcastic snarl on new material until I heard it. It really is excellent, when the guitar intro of "1985" started I couldn't help but know deep down that this was going to be well worth the money and wait since "Swansong". I don't like to give away too much on a review, but suffice to say that there isn't a bad song on here and if you're anything like me, when you have this turned up high as it is meant to be, you'll be grinning like a Master Butcher (listen and you'll get it) whetting his knives and proud to be a metalhead.
5.0 out of 5 stars Still meat on the Bones..,
They said if it didn't sound like how they used to they would scrap this CD
Probably they thought no one could replace Ken Owen( Drummer) & be as good?
Well Dan Wilding is, Walker & Steer are just a formidable partnership & the new Guitarist Ben Ash fits in perfectly.
Still with as brutal lyrics, nothing has been tamed and the Guitars are as Aggressive & Melodic, arguably as good or better than before & this joins Wake up & smell the Carcass as my joint favourite Album.
Certainly not everyone's cup of Tea but over 25,000 hits on U Tube within a Month of this release shows quite a few others have missed them since that brilliant Final Damnation 2008 gig at Leeds.
No matter what Genre of Rock Music you are into it's a must experience to listen to this Brilliant & Unique Band, if only to compare.
Hopefully this isn't their SWANSONG!
5.0 out of 5 stars Carcass have still got it.,
Carcass kick ass - fact. Good cd, nice and thrashy in parts. Played amazing live set with Amon Amarth. Still got it, will never lose it. A must buy.
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