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Surgical Steel

by Carcass
Surgical Steel by Carcass
Released: Sep 2013
Label: Nuclear Blast
Seventeen years since their last album, the U.K. grindcore pathfinders settle on life as a melodic death metal band -- a dryly conventional and even conservative one, as it turns out, roaring about how "the sun never sets/ the blood never dries," though willing to give texture and tune to guitars when the mood strikes. Opener "1985" is downright lush, single "Captive Bolt Pistol" has a semblance of hard rock groove, and "Noncompliance to ASTM 899-12 Standard" is intriguingly structured to match its title. But there's little here that, had it come from mere mortals, would blow anybody away.
Chuck Eddy