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3.5 out of 5 skulls
January 8, 2013 | ,

General Surgery Like an Ever Flying Limb

So, those gore-grinding bastards of General Surgery are back with five new tracks — the first since 2009’s Corpus In Extremis: Analysing Necrocriticism. You’d expect it to be more of the Carcass worship that they cut their teeth with on their earlier material. And you’d be right, but truthfully, is there really anything wrong with that. Like an Ever Flying Limb (a clear tongue-in-cheek reference to Dismember’s seminal release) sees these gore mongers finding their footing and delivering their own infested take on grind in about ten and a half minutes.

There really isn’t anything new under the sun with this five track EP. It’s General Surgery doing what they do best. And, really, do we want them to go beyond referencing every single (and as horrifically sounding as possible) medical term available in their lyrics? No. No, we don’t. Take one listen to the opening title track for instance. It’s a beast of a song that hits full throttle almost immediately and doesn’t let up until you’ve severed your own skull from your torso from the maniacal headbanging that is sure to ensue upon hitting “play” on your stereo.

“Ejected Viscous Mucus” sounds appetizing and carries an insidious, underlying groove beneath the blasting drums and layered snarls, gurgles and growls (some pitch-shifted). “Seizures” let’s loose with snarling guitars and bowel-shaking rhythms that are sure to leave you in an oozing puddle of your own filth. The same can be said for the absolutely barbaric “Rhythmic Epidermal Clamor” and it’s beefed up bass presence. “Dark Cyanotic Hypostasis” wraps the EP up with some seriously infectious grooves of global epidemic levels.

All in all, Like an Ever Flying Limb is exactly what you want from these gore-mongering Swedes. Fast, catchy and disgusting gore-grind that hits hard and often and then leaves just as abruptly as it arrived. This is an EP that isn’t really all that essential, but it’s one that you’ll want to play over and over.

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