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General Surgery - Corpus In Extremis: Analysing Necrocriticism
9 March 2009


01. Necronomics
02. Decedent Scarification Aesthetics
03. Restrained Remains
04. Final Excarnation
05. Necrocriticism
06. Exotoxic Septicity
07. Adnexal Mass [CD track] / Excessive Corpus Delicti [LP track]
08. Virulent Corpus Dispersement
09. Ichor
10. Idle Teratoma Core
11. Perfunctory Fleshless Precipitate
12. Plexus Necrosis
13. Unwitting Donor/Cadaver Exchange
14. Mortsafe Rupture
15. Deadhouse


Let me clue you in on a secret - General Surgery is a gore/death/grind band. Shocking, right? With a name like that and the musicians happily posing covered in liters of strawberry jam I was fully expecting "Corpus In Extremis - Analysing Necrocriticism" to be a positive and peaceful power metal record with catchy neo-symphonic dual guitar leads and lyrics about cute puppies.

But no, General Surgery is content to write songs about gruesome operations using long words. Also, wait for it... - their songs feature a mixture of fast and mid paced tempos! Even more exciting is the fact that the vocals are a mixture of low vomiting sounds and high pitched shrieks! Wow, I'm floored!!

Except that I'm not. Seriously, can an album like this still excite anyone? General Surgery's main claim to fame, as it seems, is that they emulate old Carcass really well. Besides it being somewhat redundant to be retro in the goregrind genre, what is the point of aping a band that you clearly have no chance of one-upping? Hearing "Corpus In Extremis - Analysing Necrocriticism" will not convince you to make the boys from General Surgery your current desktop wallpaper, it will just make you want to listen to Carcass again. Thanks guys, its been a while since I wore my "Symphonies Of Sickness" t shirt. General Surgery might be able to churn out a few of those great monolithic riffs from time to time and can blast at full throttle with the best of them. The atmosphere in the record is also suitably evil and pissed off. But it's not enough.

Now then, criticizing a goregrind album for being repetitive and derivative is like criticizing a midget for being short. Fans of this style will still enjoy the heck out of it. Just remember - Carcass mutilates midgets!


Band profile: General Surgery
Album: Corpus In Extremis: Analysing Necrocriticism


 



Written on 06.04.2009 by
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!J.O.O.E.! - 07.04.2009 at 14:12  
It's certainly an enjoyable album for walking around listening to but yeah, it's not breaking any new boundaries. I thought General Surgery were famous because there was a 15 year gap from their inception to their debut or something.
jupitreas - 07.04.2009 at 18:45  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 07.04.2009 at 14:12

I thought General Surgery were famous because there was a 15 year gap from their inception to their debut or something.


Thats true, maybe they were waiting for people to forget Carcass?
!J.O.O.E.! - 08.04.2009 at 00:34  
Written by jupitreas on 07.04.2009 at 18:45

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 07.04.2009 at 14:12

I thought General Surgery were famous because there was a 15 year gap from their inception to their debut or something.


Thats true, maybe they were waiting for people to forget Carcass?

Haha, yeah possibly, I think they might have been a bit premature if that's the case.
Daggon - 13.04.2009 at 04:12  
This review is great hahaha.... hahahaha. Carcass mutilates midgets... hehehe

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