General Surgery – Necrology

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Published on: June 24, 2011

A cursory glance at the track listing here gives the listener an indication as to what lies within. “An Orgy of Flying Limbs and Gore” is a reviewer’s dream title when describing the work of Swedish General Surgery, and the re-release on Relapse Records of their 1991 debut EP “Necrology”. Remastered by Scott Hull (Agoraphobic Nosebleed/Pig Destroyer) and now featuring bonus tracks from their 1990 demo “Pestiferous Anthropophagia”, “Necrology” utilises those elements that were, and still are, so familiar to the grind core scene; morbid pathology, blast beats and the vocal style so easily parodied, but so easily loved by those with ears willing to listen, “The Succulent Aftermath of a Subdural Haemorrhage” indeed. The dual vocal interplay on several of the tracks lifts them up, however, above what potentially could be heard as “pedestrian gore”.

The down tempo opening of the instrumental “Ominous Laceration” leads us teeth grittingly into six more tracks of such ferocity and energy that to listen without contorting your face would appear to be somehow disrespectful. Hopefully the release of this material will help grind historians to understand the scene of today, and convert some, who may not have been exposed to this rotting purulence, to its grotesque delights. Although not essentially breaking new ground with this release, General Surgery knew what and how to do what they were doing so very well. As a footnote, it gives this writer great pleasure to know that I have reached the end of this review and not once mentioned the mighty influential Carcass…..oh….

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