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Release date: 13 September 2013
Style: Melodic death metal, Grindcore

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01. 1985
02. Thrasher's Abbatoir [feat. Kenneth "Ken" Owen]
03. Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System
04. A Congealed Clot Of Blood
05. The Master Butcher's Apron
06. Noncompliance To ASTM F899-12 Standard
07. The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills
08. Unfit For Human Consumption [feat. Kenneth "Ken" Owen]
09. 316L Grade Surgical Steel
10. Captive Bolt Pistol
11. Mount Of Execution
12. Intensive Battery Brooding [Limited DigiPak bonus]

The Best Death Metal Album Of 2013
Top 20 albums of 2013: 20

Lyrics (12)


Line-up
Bill Steer - guitars, vocals
Daniel "Dan" Wilding - drums
Jeffrey "Jeff" Walker - bass, vocals

Guest musicians:
Kenneth "Ken" Owen - vocals


Additional info
Produced by Colin Richardson.
Mixed by Andy Sneap.

Release dates
- Rest of Europe: September 13th.
- UK: September 16th.
- North America: September 17th.

The band recorded four additional songs during the Surgical Steel sessions that were not included on the album: "A Wraith In The Apparatus", "Intensive Battery Brooding", "Zochrot", and "Livestock Marketplace".

Staff pick by
Daniell

25.09.2013 Most probably the best comeback album since 2004. Whichever Carcass album you used to like, you will find somehting for you here.

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Alex Fenger - 09.09.2013 at 15:23  
Rating: 5 I'm going to have to agree with Marcel and Joe on this one. The production really takes away any edge this album would have had, and the songwriting isn't anything that really wowed me either. Probably a low 6 as it stands, but more listens could push that down. I won't call this disappointing, because I wasn't really expecting anything special...
Rulatore - 10.09.2013 at 05:21  
Rating: 6 Raw production can't save average songwriting
nille - 13.09.2013 at 13:33  
  My God!!
I am very happy to see that after years of opening old group will enter the studio
nille - 13.09.2013 at 13:35  
  Still have not heard the new album, "Today you will listen ..
I think it is a good album
I hope
garmling - 13.09.2013 at 17:40  
Rating: 8 It is good, but it is nowhere near Necroticism. To me it sounds like a watered down version of Heartwork. Anyway it is still enjoyable. Nice to hear something new from these guys after so many years...

btw, there is no Grindcore on this one for sure, someone please reedit style section!
quisableed - 14.09.2013 at 17:05  
Rating: 9 My brain has just been fucked, this album will be among the classics when i listen it a few more times
Dentura - 15.09.2013 at 22:33  
Rating: 7 This one is definitely a grower, but for me it's bound to be an album of the year contender with a few more listens.
JÄY - 16.09.2013 at 00:20  
Rating: 10 This is my album of the year so far, for sure..... and def. my favorite Carcass release.
Daniell - 16.09.2013 at 15:40  
Rating: 8 Some people complain about songwriting here. While I can imagine (even though I disagree 100%) that the production may be too sharp and crisp for those who loved Symphonies of Sickness, I'm surprised some people find the music subpar. This is Carcass at their best, incorporating elements of Necroticism (quite a few, fortunately) and Swansong (much fewer, also fortunately) into Heartwork. Of course, those who have different preferences, with contest the "their best" part...

While I was waiting for Surgical Steel to come out/leak, I did a thorough recap of their back catalogue. Over and over again... If I were to rank the albums, it'd look as follows:
Reek of Putrefaction - 6.5
Swansong - 7.7
Symphonies of Sickness - 7.8
Surgical Steel - 8.8
Heartwork - 9.2
Necroticism - 9.5

What is truly great about Necroticism in my opinion is the way it alloys brutality with catchiness and subtlety.
Heartwork sells me on switching the proportions - more catchiness, less brutality, to almost equally brilliant effect.
Surgical Steel is a perfect re-working of these ideas. But 20 years later. If you think that any band can be as good as they were two decades ago, you've got another think coming. Panta rhei guys.
musicalkaratekid - 17.09.2013 at 01:26  
Rating: 9 Possibly the album of the year for me. 'Thrasher's abbatoir' and 'Captive bolt pistol' rip my ears apart then lull me to sleep with those melodic leads. It's certainly good to have Carcass back:banger:
BlueMobius - 17.09.2013 at 04:12  
Rating: 9 Can't wait for this to hit the shelves in the U.S. tomorrow. I'm going to be picking this up for sure.
bblitz - 20.09.2013 at 21:19  
Rating: 8 I've already gave god like praises to this band,so very simple-awesome album:yes
album of the year:yes,8.7 ratings like heartwork more than necroticism-definetly not.
another dissapointment from me:no Michael Ammott.
Mehdi Taba - 21.09.2013 at 01:23  
Rating: 9 Awesome album, everything in this album is excellent, just check this track "A Congealed Clot Of Blood"
One of the best Carcass albums ever .
My exact rating is "8.8" .
spirit_inblack - 21.09.2013 at 20:24  
  Nothing wrong with the production here, in my opinion. Not entirely sure where that complaint is stemming from. It's not a reasonable expectation to expect another Necroticism or Heartwork... therefore, in the context the album was released in, it's just fine and it hits the spot. Carcass hasn't released an album in 17 years... Kudos to the boys for writing a non-shitty and non-embarrassing album, unlike some other metal comeback-albums in recent years.
BlueMobius - 21.09.2013 at 22:47  
Rating: 9 Yeah, I definitely one of those who is enjoying this album. It's been on constant play in my car. Can't get Unfit For Human Consumption out of my head lol.
Thrasher91 - 24.09.2013 at 22:35  
  Havent listened it yet... but i am a lit bit worried about michael amott not involved on this album... or he was before leaving?
Marcel Hubregtse - 25.09.2013 at 12:46  
Rating: 6
Written by Thrasher91 on 24.09.2013 at 22:35

Havent listened it yet... but i am a lit bit worried about michael amott not involved on this album... or he was before leaving?



he has nothing to do with this album. And why would you be worried about him not playing on here or writing songs?
What I regard as their best album doesn't feature him anyways, so...
And it's him that turned Carcass into a a much weaker band with Heartworks
Angelic Storm - 25.09.2013 at 13:17  
Rating: 10
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 25.09.2013 at 12:46
And it's him that turned Carcass into a a much weaker band with Heartworks


Jeff Walker addressed that subject in a recent interview, and he said that people give Mike Amott too much credit (or wrongly apportion blame to him, depending on your views on Carcass' post-Symphonies material) for the changes to Carcass' sound on Necroticism, and especially Heartwork...
Somebody - 30.09.2013 at 05:54  
  Can't compare to necroticism/heartwork, but still really good
Ace Frawley - 02.10.2013 at 05:47  
Rating: 7 Only songs that stand out for me are the melodic guitar intro and the interesting final track. Pretty solid comeback though.
Big-Al - 03.10.2013 at 18:39  
Rating: 9 This is a really cool album... well worth picking up (BUY THE CD).
Pelcu - 08.10.2013 at 18:14  
Rating: 9 One of best albums I've heard recently. Especially this is "old" band coming from my childhood times. Now Carcass sounds even better - there is everything: power, aggression, a bit of madness and even melodic guitars. Bravo! Track I like the most is The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills and the way numbers are shouted in the refrain is killing me...
Skl3ros - 14.10.2013 at 01:37  
Rating: 6 Sounds very mediocre and boring imo. Was kinda disappointed since it's hyped so much...I don't really get what ppl like about this album.
@gent_-_orange - 14.10.2013 at 01:54  
Rating: 6
Written by Skl3ros on 14.10.2013 at 01:37

Sounds very mediocre and boring imo. Was kinda disappointed since it's hyped so much...I don't really get what ppl like about this album.

Probably because Carcass decided to play it safe and release an album with what is probably the most popular version of their sound, I agree with you though that this album is pretty boring. To me it sounds like a poorer version of Heartwork and I'm not a fan of that record.
NocturnalStalker - 07.11.2013 at 16:23  
Rating: 8 I kind of enjoyed this album. Though, I must admit that my expectations were pretty high, and "Surgical Steel" didn't meet them.
I think that Carcass tried to make an album that would appeal both to the fans of their earlier stuff and to the fans of their later melodic albums (personally I am a bit of both), which is by no means an easy task.
Anyway... I'll give this record some more spins before defining my opinion on it.
Deadmeat - 12.12.2013 at 00:42  
Rating: 8 This album has an amazing production.

and after that, nothing else...

it's boring to death (always, comparing with their previous work), it has only 1-2 good (not great songs), and some other highlights (some few seconds in some few songs)... pretty dissapointing comparing to their previous work and to the ULTIMATELY overrating rating here on MS...
Troy Killjoy - 12.12.2013 at 01:28  
 
Written by Deadmeat on 12.12.2013 at 00:42
...it's boring to death (always, comparing with their previous work)...

Even when not compared to their back catalog, this album is still pretty boring.
deadone - 12.12.2013 at 01:44  
Rating: 9 Personally I think Surgical Steel is an excellent album.

It's got great sound, great riffs and great songs. There's a catchiness there too.

But then I'm a Carcass fan and don't like much modern Death Metal (e.g. that POS Ulcerate) or modern Melodic DM (ala Be'Lakor or Omnium Gatherum), all of which go nowhere in terms of song writing and vibe.


It's definitely in my top 5 DM albums of the century (the others being Gorefest's "La Muerte," Bolt Thrower's "Those Once Loyal," Entombed's "Serpent Saints" and Frightmare's "Bringing Back The Bloodshed").
Deadmeat - 12.12.2013 at 10:23  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 12.12.2013 at 01:28

Written by Deadmeat on 12.12.2013 at 00:42
...it's boring to death (always, comparing with their previous work)...

Even when not compared to their back catalog, this album is still pretty boring.

well at least it remains a bit unique in their own way. other than that, i agree with you, it is boring to death generally...
LeKiwi - 14.12.2013 at 02:00  
Rating: 7 Starts off quite weak, but they pick it up after a few tracks. Sounds like a more refined yet slightly less original version of Heartwork.
Metalsteelman - 15.12.2013 at 15:31  
  This is the best album of 2013 so far
CaptainRhodes - 15.12.2013 at 17:35  
Rating: 7 Just listened to this. Great work. A little hard to listen to all at once, but the individual songs are great.
Syk - 05.01.2014 at 02:02  
Rating: 7
Written by garmling on 13.09.2013 at 17:40
It is good, but it is nowhere near Necroticism. To me it sounds like a watered down version of Heartwork. Anyway it is still enjoyable. Nice to hear something new from these guys after so many years...

btw, there is no Grindcore on this one for sure, someone please reedit style section!
Agree with these comments. Think I prefer all of the previous 3 or 4; I'd almost give it an 8 like this guy did. F-12=
twiggysp - 18.01.2014 at 00:42  
Rating: 10 The smell of putrefaction!
JÄY - 18.01.2014 at 02:05  
Rating: 10 It's my favorite Carcass release....I think Necrotism and Heartwork are a tad over rated.
vezzy - 27.01.2014 at 21:31  
Rating: 5 What the fuck? How come I only realize that this exists just now?
deadone - 28.01.2014 at 00:54  
Rating: 9
Written by JÄY on 18.01.2014 at 02:05

It's my favorite Carcass release....I think Necrotism and Heartwork are a tad over rated.


It's become my favourite Carcass album too. I think Heartwork is a tad overrated but Necroticism is still phenomenal.
JÄY - 28.01.2014 at 05:06  
Rating: 10
Written by vezzy on 27.01.2014 at 21:31

What the fuck? How come I only realize that this exists just now?

You haven't used the internet in 9 months?
vezzy - 28.01.2014 at 05:37  
Rating: 5
Written by JÄY on 28.01.2014 at 05:06

Written by vezzy on 27.01.2014 at 21:31

What the fuck? How come I only realize that this exists just now?

You haven't used the internet in 9 months?


I have. I've just mostly been confined to tech sites and general news.
JÄY - 28.01.2014 at 06:38  
Rating: 10
Written by vezzy on 28.01.2014 at 05:37

Written by JÄY on 28.01.2014 at 05:06

Written by vezzy on 27.01.2014 at 21:31

What the fuck? How come I only realize that this exists just now?

You haven't used the internet in 9 months?


I have. I've just mostly been confined to tech sites and general news.

Well, put down the tech and pic up the scalpel!
vezzy - 28.01.2014 at 16:38  
Rating: 5 Well, I can safely say this album is most definitely not up to par.
NikolaFranquelli - 04.03.2014 at 22:39  
  You must be joking. This is far from being the best album of the year. Shame on you.
Troy Killjoy - 05.03.2014 at 00:13  
 
Written by Guest on 04.03.2014 at 22:39
Shame on you.

Shame on who?
deadone - 05.03.2014 at 01:12  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 05.03.2014 at 00:13

Written by Guest on 04.03.2014 at 22:39
Shame on you.

Shame on who?



Why shame on any one who doesn't have the same opinion as Nikola Franquelli.

All us Surgical Steel lovers should commit suicide in shame.
NikolaFranquelli - 13.03.2014 at 08:54  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 05.03.2014 at 00:13

Written by Guest on 04.03.2014 at 22:39
Shame on you.

Shame on who?


Sometimes, my chice of words is inappropriate, and I apologize to the reviewer.

I do not agree that Surgical Steel is a hell of an album. In my oppinion, it is a very mediocre one. The album lyrics are badass, but the music is far from being good. It is much, much better than many other contemporary albums - absolutely, but it is well below their real potential.
Lumpcicle - 29.03.2014 at 11:02  
Rating: 7 Kinda mixed on this. Sounds more thrashy than death metal, but my main issue is the production. Much too clean for my taste.
barnesy - 10.04.2014 at 00:17  
Rating: 8 Very enjoyable. I've never been into Carcass so I don't have experience with anything else they've done- but I'm a fan of this album.
_deepblack - 27.05.2014 at 21:26  
Rating: 9 Great album pure old school death metal " mount Of Execution " is just perfect
deadone - 28.05.2014 at 01:59  
Rating: 9
Written by _deepblack on 27.05.2014 at 21:26

" mount Of Execution " is just perfect



It's one of my top 10 favourite Carcass songs of all time. It works on every level - musical, atmosphere and lyrical.

It captures the whole Latin American drug war situation in one whole comprehensive musical package.

And it's just bliss to listen to.

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