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General Surgery

Like an Ever Flying Limb

(Relapse; US: 6 Nov 2012; UK: Import)

General Surgery do exactly what their name implies: they cut open, pull apart, incise, extract and destroy. Their newest EP, Like an Ever Flying Limb, is comprised of anaerobic bursts of utterly visceral grindcore—“goregrind,” if one intends to include their lyrical matter in classification—and things don’t ever let up. While nowhere near as good as 2012’s best grindcore (Pig Destroyer’s Book Burner was released not but a month before), Like an Ever Flying Limb is one brutal metallic attack, with rapid beats and blunt-ended riffs galore.  “Whatever life is—we can leave that up to the philosophers,” a sampled voice intones before the lovelily-titled “Ejected Viscous Mucus”. That’s more or less the MO of General Surgery: don’t get caught up in pontification, get straight to the bloody-edged point. There may not be a whole lot going on in Like an Ever Flying Limb, but for riffs that cut like razor blade fists, it’s one bloody good ride.


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