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Review: General Surgery - Corpus in Extremis: Analyzing Necrocriticism
General Surgery
Corpus in Extremis: Analyzing Necrocriticism

Label: Listenable Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 36:22
Tracks: 15
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: June 6, 2009
Reviewed by: Tony Augsburg
Readers Rating
Corpus in Extremis: Analyzing Necrocriticism

Rated 3.53/5 (70.67%) (15 Votes)

Hhhhmmmmmm…General Surgery. I had heard good things about this band by reading reviews of previous albums and just others' opinions. This is my first experience with them and I must say it was somewhat pleasing. This album is like one of those foods you hated when you were little, but with repeated attempts at trying to eat it you learned that it was really good and you want more. I really cannot say how dry this album was to me upon, let's say, the first several listens. It really did take me a long time to formulate an opinion, but it turns out that the repeat listens over and over were worth it as I finally found it to be good.

Every time I listened to this, I instantly thought of Carcass. On here we get a mix of slower and fast paced songs. I heard several times the combination of fast riffing and slower drumming, and then slower riffing with faster drumming. General Surgery does not seem to be one of the bands that try their hardest to get a memorable riff stuck in your head, as there is a lot going on and it is happening fast. This would appeal more to a listener that loves to focus on each individual instrument rather than the whole product. That was the first way I realized what was "really going on." Comparing this back to Carcass again; General Surgery does have a similar sound to Carcass except that the guitar tone is very dry and does not seem to be a standout in the mix.

General Surgery is a band that has intrigued me enough to want to listen to their earlier works. This album does stick in your mind, and I find myself every once in a while screaming out lyrics and riffs for no reason. I would recommend this album to fans of earlier Carcass.

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