MetalBite Review by Adam M on 9/23/2013
I awaited the new Carcass
with relatively low expectations. Many people were saying this album was similar to "Heartwork
" and being a bigger fan of the album "Necroticism: Descanting The Insalubrious
", I would have been hoping for something more similar to that. Theyíve surprised me with the quality and consistency of their new album, however.
Despite having more melodic tendencies comparable to "Heartwork
" than the complexly nuanced Death Metal of "Necroticism
", the song-writing and number of memorable moments make this yet another attractive addition to the bandís discography. The biggest highlights like 'Noncompliance To ASTM F899-12 Standard', '316L Grade Surgical Steel' and 'Mount Of Execution' drop interesting references to "Necroticism
" along with harmonics of something one have expected from "Heartwor
k". The combination of all the elements that have worked best for the band in the past put into a newer framework works well enough to hold my attention throughout. Great vocals accompany the instrumentation and this is a really notable feature of the album as well. Every song offers something different and when taken as a whole the album is a strong one overall. There are some tracks like 'Capitve Bolt Pistol' that lean too much towards "Heartwork
" in sound, but the amount of compelling riffs and thoughtful new elements make this an impressive listen regardless.
As itís been only a decent year for music at best, a great album from the likes of Carcass
is always going to be appreciated and this is the case here as well. This isnít the flawless masterpiece that "Necroticism
" was for me many years ago, but it is a well-conceived and delivered album that puts shame to many of its competitors from the year, regardless. Plus, itís nice to have the legends back for another go again even if this is really turns out to be one of their last attempts now. "Surgical Steel
" is an excellent album that fans of the band from the nineties era in particular will appreciate greatly.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 8.9 out of 10