Admittedly, Surgical Steel does get off to a rough start. Amott wasn’t involved with the album, it makes me wonder how similar in style him and Bill really were. When I heard that, I was pretty damn excited. But the real surprise here is new guy Dan Wilding on drums. I think that Steer made the music commendable here, despite the slighter change in songwriting structure, the melodicism of the music keep it for me interested because the emotion definitely comes out in the music. They hadn’t really done anything that appealed to my gory sensibilities properly since the late 80s, and I was wondering how they might boom and bellow in the flesh for Originally written for Metal Recusants [metalrecusants.
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The problem I have with albums like this is not that they don’t expand their sound, but more that they seek to emulate their classic albums while not doing as good a job.
The Master Butcher’s Apron. Surgical Steel represents probably the most disappointing route a reunion album can take, a safe and inoffensive rehash of past material that amounts to a career summary by a decent tribute band.
Two years later, for me, it is my favorite Carcass record. DrummingEdgeNovember 15th, Written based on this version: Posted by Jeremy Ulrey on August 5, at How does this connect at all with Carcass? This one fits in the genre of not only melodic death, but actually death ‘n roll. Firstly, drummer and co-founder Ken Owen experienced a cerebral haemorrhage inway before the reunion occurred, leaving him unable to drum, and he is still unable to fully rejoin the group.
Besides, people always claim to want Band X to make another Album Y, so that sort of self-plaqiarization clearly has to be an accepted consequence. Surgical Steel is a must listen for any fan of Heartwork era Carcass. His voice is definitely intense and powerful enough to add to the song rather than detract from it, and it sounds similar to a shrieking soul from hell or something. Wilding was certainly a good choice to take the place of Owen, and one hopes to hear more from him on future Carcass albums.
Boosting my expectations, Carcass alleged in an interview earlier this year that Surgical Steel is basically a cross between Necroticism and Heartwork. Following this piece of mastery, even rivalling their magnum opusHeartworkI’m not sure whether I want to hear a follow up, but given Carcass’ legendary reputation, I’m sure it’d slay.
Surgial is FAST and full of syncopated insanity, both his hands and feet working overtime. It sort of feels tacked on and mildly kills the freight train momentum of the rest of the album. There are a few major disappointments. Clocking in at over eight minutes, it is a kind of complex epic more akin prog rock than melo-death and comes complete with clean acoustic wurgical, chugging riffage, layering leads of varying texture, and deep heartfelt themes the only great lyrics on the album, imo.
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The other two bonus tracks are shit, in my opinion. They hadn’t really done anything that appealed to my gory sensibilities properly since the late 80s, and I was wondering how they might boom and bellow in the flesh for A particular favorite is “The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills,” which has the balls to go straight Swansong and just rock the way this band has always wanted to.
The band overall sounds tighter, cleaner, slicker, and more professional than ever but a lot has been lost in the update: A personal favorite song for the bass work would be on The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills, a thrilling number which hits so hard you will be reeling for breath.
Besides, who the hell else can throw John Lennon and William Blake into a coherent melodic death metal track, and have the result be this good?
In fact, I felt it to be exuberant in feel, carcas in style, lucid in essence and wicked in spirit. There isn’t much to speak of when it comes to the drums. A return in style of one of the most popular names in the metal scene. Views Read Edit View history.
Carcass – Surgical Steel Review
In Bill Steer they possess one of the most inventive guitarists in death metal this side of Chuck Schuldiner, a man who has filled his Carcass downtime in a variety of blues rock bands and it takes just one listen to tracks like “Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System” and “Noncompliance to ASTM F Standard” to notice what a difference his fluid style of playing brings against all the straight-up testosterone fueled bands of today. Yes, usrgical a long break from the metal scene, however, Carcass is back!
So when Carcass decided to make an original album inafter years of reunion touring, there was much fear in my heart. Heartwork’s melo-death sped up with more blast beats and medical song titles ala the gore-grind era with occasional bluesy solo work because you cannot deny Bill Steer his blues influence.
It sounds cold, calculated, and cynical to my ears. He even sounds like Owen circa Necroticismwith precise blasting and fills up the cwrcass.