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Review: General Surgery - Necrology
General Surgery

Label: Relapse Records
Year released: 1991
Duration: 15:35
Tracks: 7
Genre: Death/Grind

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: February 13, 2009
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (11 Votes)

General Surgery are definitely one of the most enjoyable out of all the unashamed clone bands in my CD collection. Back in the days of their formation, these guys actually set out to be a complete Carcass worship band (much like the likes of Impaled and Exhumed nowadays), but seeing as they formed in 1988, they sounded a lot more gore-grind in their early demos than they do here on their much sought after Necrology EP.

On this EP, their line-up consisted of members from such Swedish legends as Dismember, Afflicted and Crematory, and you can certainly tell from the more Death Metal-oriented sound that is mixed into the grinding sections, battering you into submission. The deathly growls mix it up with low, pitch-shifted belches on the vocal front, gurgling tales of medical abnormality and macabre visions. The guitars sound like they're covered in all kinds of unspeakable grease and debris (having had their tone stolen directly from Carcass' Symphonies of Sickness, naturally) chugging and rattling like a diesel spewing 18 wheeler steaming at full speed down a highway, rhythmically backed up by the human pelt drums which are beaten up mercilessly.

This is a short, sharp shock of a release, but thanks to the quality of each of the seven tracks that make up the EP, it makes it memorable for all the right reasons. Good unhealthy fun for all the mutated family.

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