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General Surgery - Like An Ever Flying Limb Review

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General Surgery - Like An Ever Flying Limb

General Surgery - Like An Ever Flying Limb

Relapse Records
Medically speaking, general surgery is a type of specialization that generally focuses on the abdominal contents: the intestines, gallbladder, bile ducts – basically, common procedures that involve the gut. It is surgery at it's most base and abject, and regards the human body as such as well, as a container of offal, a skin bag full of blood and squelching organs.

General Surgery the band chose their name well. Immersed in the goregrind scene from its outset, the Swedish splatter fans have made what began as a straightforward Carcass tribute into a group with their own grotesque and fully-formed identity.

General Surgery's latest release, Like An Ever Flying Limb, is a lean, 5-track 7” that arrives with all the delicacy of a chainsaw to the face, and with all the blood-drenched glee of a well-executed slasher flick. Barely over eleven minutes of music, there is no time for the record to sidle up to the listener all sophisticated-like, so Every Flying Limb just shrugs its shoulders an starts hacking away.

One thing that defines Like An Ever Flying Limb and makes it more than a run-of-the-mill goregrind is the execution. The drums are lightning fast but also strike with (pardon the pun) surgical precision. Not only are the riffs sharp as diamond-tipped knives, but they land in exactly the way they are supposed to, and the vocal delivery hits home with the violence and meaty thunk of a ninja's throwing star.

At heart, however, General Surgery are much more about celebrating the most disgusting ideas and action imaginable, and they accomplish their goal admirably. “Ejected Viscous Mucous” has all the subtlety of a fat wad of phlegm and is delivered with just as much nauseating brutality. If life has been a little too clean and pristine of late, Like An Ever Flying Limb is a great way to smear on some filth.

(released November 6, 2012 on Relapse Records)

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