I found General Surgery’s previous effort Left Hand Pathology to be very good – it had a lot of Carcass inspiration to it and I appreciate that. With Corpus In Extremis – Analysing Necrocriticism it’s like the Swedes have tried to detach themselves a little from their blatant adoration of Carcass, but thankfully the Carcass feel is not completely gone. The music is straight forward old-school death metal with a good share of goregrind. It works well, but somehow it doesn’t come to a point where it get’s really exciting.
The music is diverse, but it’s a little short of things that makes a difference. The band shows some good things on ”Necronomics”, ”Necroticriticism” and ”Deadhouse, and these partially make up for some of the more mediocre parts.
The interaction between the fast and the more moderate is good and provide some needed variation. Unlike most gore bands, General Surgery doesn’t use any of the samples or other effects that are so typical for this genre. Cliché or not I find this to be a shame, as it could have provided the music with additional diversity if done right.
Corpus In Extremis – Analysing Necrocriticism is a stripped down and straight forward effort that despite of some appealing things along the way it tends to get a little boring now and then.
It’s not a bad CD, but what the Swedes come up with do get somewhat trivial in the long run because it’s too often short of unforgettable parts.