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4.7 out of 5 stars
Surgical Steel
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on 9 February 2017
What a comeback after 17 years, i didn't expect for this to be that good but this is just excellent.
I am Carcass fan from 'Necroticism' and 'Heartwork' follower, and by listening to this it throw me back to these albums.
The production here is so good, Andy Sneap never disappoint, sound so good that i want to listen to it again and again.
The album is not easy to digest at all, you need a few spins to get use to it, and considering i write this review a bit late, i did gave it a few spins.
Each time i listen to it i like it more and more, musically is all what you can ask for from a death metal legend, the drums here are an eargasm, Walker's vocals are brutal and harsh but also enjoyable like 17 years ago, and of course the bass, the riffs, the solos all are pleasure to the ears.
Lyrically, that language is very hard to understand, the meaning of it, just for looking at the title tracks with numbers and capital letters like someone forgot to turn off the caps lock, and it the same experience i had with 'Necroticism', but that keep it mysterious.
Artwork is interesting, seeing all those tools gives you the experience you about to explore inside, which is important to me apart of the music.
From the first opener with the intro Carcass are here to say they are back and they are back to do what they know to do the best.
I like all the tracks, hard to me to pick a favorite, i just prefer to play it in one play and enjoy.
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on 19 October 2013
In 2008 we all hoped this would happen. Is it worth it? A big yes. Very much a yes. Yes!

So how good is it? Well they have been away a long time and with some gigs over the last few years filling time they must be right back up at where they left off. And that is how it feels. Swansong for many was not a good album but these ears loved the album and the first half of the album follows a little bit on from that album. Intro "1985" feels a little bit like Judas Priest and I do feel that was the intention. More of a nod than a rip off. "Thrasher's Abattoir" has everything from the bands last five album mixed in one. Backed up with a nice production job as ever from Colin Richardson. Of course the drums sound fantastic and at times this old bass player is thinking of packing in the four stringer as I would never keep up. Riffs are also here "Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System" has that melodic guitar sound from later albums but still backs up the music with serious guitar riffing and time changes.

Fans of the bands last two albums will hate "A Congealed Clot Of Blood" back to the more melodic side and very few blastbeats on this one. I could even compare it to a few slower Sabbath numbers. Metal fans will love it, 17 years is a long time between albums and I do feel old disgruntled fans will come round.

Blastbeats and classic gore lyrics were the bands start and it is back in "The Master Butcher's Apron". The production stops it from sounding to messy. Track six or "Noncompliance to ASTM F 899-12 Standard" for me is a real highlight. Technical death metal without the wankyness that come into that style. Some nice classic rock textures that could get a Thursday rock night grooving.

Dan Wilding does a great job on drums and with is time on a drum stool you would expect nothing less. "Unfit for Human Consumption" is as tight as you can have a band this heavy and vocals trying to tell a story or just tell it as it is. The vocals never sound rushed at all and do sound very much from the 90s (a good thing).

Last track is a nice ending to the album and clocking in over 8 minutes it has some extras thrown in. Acoustic guitars helping to launch the last track into very much a symphonic style of death metal tear jerker. There is no letting up on the riffs or even the vocals so do not be worried. It does work and helps take the album up to a 47 minute mark. I have read there are another four track recorded and I wonder when and where they will come out.

But a solid album and some real replay value on this, if this it the first you have heard of this band then you are in for a treat and get ready to buy a few more of there albums. If you have them all and the reissues and also the reissues with the DVD like me then you really can relax. IT IS REALLY GOOD!
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on 11 July 2016
God this is brutal. After a 17 year gap between albums I was not sure what to expect. Admit I only purchased this album last week for first time. However this is 100% the Carcass I love from 'Symphonies / Necroticism' era. As fast, heavy and in your face as they were 20 years ago. Incredible album which has been incredibly well produced. 45 minutes in the gym with this tonight, just the thing after a dull day at the office!!
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on 23 September 2015
So pleased they decided to produce another album. This could be seen as the album between Heartwork and Swansong in terms of the style, but really such thoughts are negligible in the grand scheme of things. This is such a good flowing album and the song writing is razor sharp. I'm delighted they replicated the Heartwork guitar tone as it really stood out back in 1993 and still sounds powerful today
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on 15 September 2014
i have to say this is the bees knees. This is metal, this is excellent metal to be fair and a return album worth waiting for. There is all killer and no filler, catchy yet extreme , like they always were, well more or less anyway. This band know how to do songs that dont compromise yet dont bore or outstay their welcome. crushing in every single way.
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on 3 October 2013
great comeback from one of britain's finest bands. it isn't quite "heartwork", but would have been a logical follow on rather than "swansong." great opening and first track with real agression and direction... nice production too. some of the riffs on certain tracks are too similar to previous tracks on previous albums though.... but I'm being way too pickey... overall...buy, buy, buy!!!!!!
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on 14 November 2014
I have no idea how the hell Surgical Steel managed to bypass me (I only picked this up the other week). I have no idea how Carcass managed to bypass me full stop. This album is awesome - I love it and have had it on continuously since purchase. Carcass should be knighted for this .....
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on 1 June 2016
With the pile of bands making comeback albums, and Morbid Angel's utter failure...this is not just a welcome return to form, but an attempt which in my opinion beats all of their previous attempts.
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on 11 May 2017
superb album after a long absence its good to have you back
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