DECEMBER 5th 2013
CARCASS: SURGICAL STEEL
Review by Metal Mom
Look on many magazine covers, and who is there, Carcass. Obviously a band that has caught everyone’s attention. Carcass’s latest album “Surgical Steel” was released September 13 of this year under Nuclear Blast, in CD form but both in a standard jewel case and a digipack, and as a double LP on black or white vinyl. Also a mail order edition was released exclusively by Nuclear Blast in a box set containing the CD in a first aid kit, and limited to 666 copies.
It is their 6th full length album and features the first songs Carcass has recorded since reforming in 2007. It also happens to be the first album with drummer Dan Wilding.
After an 18 year absence, Carcass has revitalized and I think I can honestly say that they havent missed a beat. They rose to the moment and have given us fans everything that we could hope for…you know what I mean, that classic repertoire, making it another milestone in their career.
1. "1985" (instrumental)
2. "Thrasher's Abattoir"
3. "Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System"
4. "A Congealed Clot of Blood"
5. "The Master Butcher's Apron"
6. "Noncompliance to ASTM F 899-12 Standard"
7. "The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills"
8. "Unfit for Human Consumption"
9. "316L Grade Surgical Steel"
10. "Captive Bolt Pistol"
11. "Mount of Execution"
Digipack bonus track:
12. "Intensive Battery Brooding"
Japanese bonus tracks:
12. "A Wraith in the Apparatus"
13. "Intensive Battery Brooding"
Long time producer Colin Richardson walked out on the mixing sessions after tracking, but never fear, equally renowned Andy Sneap (Testament, Exodus, Megadeth) stepped up to the plate to mix, and put the finishing touches to this album.
In this day and age with so many bands out there revelling for a spot, its clear after listening to this album that Carcass will always have its place. They’ve also had the power of the riff, especially with Steer’s melodic solos, and wicked riffs. The first part of the album is more of an aggressive one, with the second being more the melodic side of things. Walker has a very unique signature style of vocals that he brings to the forefront, while drummer Dan Wilding brings his own force to the brutal drum blasts. In other words, each member brings their best to Surgical Steel, and it shows. There is probably no need for me to tell you to get out and buy this album, because you already have it in your collection. If not, what are you waiting for, you won’t be disappointed, don’t let the time lapse scare you off. It’s CARCASS, need I say more.