Twenty years after it was originally released, Relapse Records have released a deluxe version of Swedish filth mongers General Surgery’s debut album “Necrology”. To celebrate this anniversary, the album has been completely remastered by Scott Hull. This was the bands first major release after three demos, and was also the last before a twelve-year hiatus. The band have since reformed and gone on to release two full-length albums, but it is this original release that has been re-issued with bonus tracks.
“Necrology” opens with ‘Ominous Lamentation’, a three minute instrumental before the songs with short running times and long titles come in. How could you not want to listen to something called ‘ Slithering Maceration of Ulcerous Facial Tissue’ or ‘An Orgy of Flying Limbs And Gore’? Even without knowing the history of “Necrology”, you would guess it was an older release, and the remastering hasn’t taken the edge off an excellent album.
The heavy Carcass influence is impossible to miss. The sound features a similar production, guitar sound and even dual vocals of Grant McWilliams backed up by bassist Matt Karki that echoes those found on early Carcass albums. It is a mixture between ‘Symphonies…’ and ‘Necroticism…’ in terms that is slower moments, but it is generally driven by the blast beats of Mats Nordrup alongside the bass of Karki.
The medical dictionary style lyrics also reeks (sorry) of the Liverpudlian pioneers, but that is not a bad thing. The band are regularly labelled clones when you see anything about them online, but there are much worse bands to use as a reference. They may sound a lot like them, but they still do it well. If you like early Carcass albums this will be right up your street.