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Legends return after 17 years long years.,
This review is from: Surgical Steel - Includes Bonus Track (Audio CD)
If a band with a reputation like Carcass's decides to reform 17 years since their last album you seem to conclude in your mind that this album WILL be the best thing you've heard all year, it'll be the best album of their career and so on... So before listening to this album just take a second to remind yourself that Carcass are mortal men and are not divine entities sent from the glory of err... Liverpool...
Carcass introduce the album with '1985' (the year the band was formed for those paying attention), a brief, tranquil, pinch-harmonic intro that slides directly into 'Thrasher's Abattoir'. Frantic, violent and vicious describe this song. The extremity of the swerving guitar and drum rhythms capped with Walker's disgusting snarls make this song one of the heaviest on the album. No subtlety is found in this song with lyrics such as "Time to die. Die in Pain." Highlighting that Carcass is simply doing what they do best- in less than 2 minutes.
Masterfully produced by Colin Richardson, much of the album feels Scandinavian in style - the way the hard, brutal elements join together with sweeping melody on songs like `The Master Butcher's Apron,' `The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills,' or `316 L Grade Surgical Steel' -songs that would fit in with At The Gates' 'Slaughter of the Soul' or 'The Jester Race' by In Flames.
The new confidence instilled and inspired by `Captive Bolt Pistol' is more than rewarded by Surgical Steel... Strange how this track was chosen to be the single to promote the album being Surgical Steel's least outstanding number in many respects. It's still a great, whiplash educing song, but it's amongst giants such as `Noncompliance to ASTM F899-12 Standard'.
In a realm of unlimited riffs, some lack the intensity that Surgical Steel provokes. Closing with `Mount Of Execution' is similar to your standard modern Megadeth filler however, thankfully, the song leads into a set of thrash riffs that could've been written 30 years ago but their clarity and precision is are distinctly set in the present.
Undoubtedly one of the best metal albums of 2013.
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