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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: April 19, 2009
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating
Corpus in Extremis: Analyzing Necrocriticism

Rated 3.63/5 (72.5%) (16 Votes)

I read a recent interview with General Surgery where it sounded to me as though they had grown tired of being compared to Carcass all the time. Hmm. Sorry guys, you still sound like Carcass, albeit a very Swedish Carcass. Seeing as Carcass are one of my all time favorite bands, I see this as no big deal, in fact I've loved all General Surgery's material from their grinding demos through to the release of their debut album in 2006 after their monstrous ‘time out' period after the release of their infamous Necrology EP in 1991.

Come 2009, we have their second full-length effort in the form of Corpus in Extremis, and they still won't draw any form of criticism from me for playing the music they play (be it necrocriticism, or the regular disparagement kind). Even with further line-up changes this time around (a new bassist and vocalist compared to 3 years ago), it really makes no difference to the band's long term blueprint. This is prime medical dictionary swallowing guts and gore Death Metal with a hint of grind chucked in sporadically to keep you on your toes. The album as a whole sounds very much what you'd think a Carcass album released between Symphonies of Sickness and Necroticism would've sounded like when taking into account the advances their music made during this stage. Add in a touch of that horripilating Stockholm Death Metal sound from the early nineties and you're pretty much hitting the nail on the head right there. Awesome riffs, twisted rhythms and packed full of lyrical information about stuff you really don't want to happen to your own body parts.

Thus, my summary should be a no-brainer for the small amount of people still reading - General Surgery are a must for fans of Carcass, Exhumed, Impaled and the like. Great gangrenous gore-filled fun for the whole family.

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Review: Corpus in Extremis: Analyzing Necrocriticism (reviewed by Tony Augsburg)
Review: Necrology (reviewed by Lars Christiansen)
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