CARCASS- Surgical Remission/Surplus Steel EP Review

It’s no surprise to see another release from Carcass so soon after last year’s Surgical Steel album.

It had, up until then, been seventeen years since their Swansong album, which has to be said was not that impressive and a massive deviation from the likes of the raw “Reek of Putrefaction” album, and easily their best production “Heartwork”. It’s like they’re making a statement, “we’re back making records and we won’t mess it up”.

But every band is entitled to a hiccup, Hell!, even the mighty Slayer gave us “Diabolus in Musica”.

So what does this EP offer? Previously unreleased tracks….Well, that’s not entirely true. The first two tracks, “Intensive Battery Brooding” and “A Wraith in the Apparatus”, were available on the Surgical Steel album as bonus tracks for anybody who bought that format, while “Zochrot” was released through the Decibel magazine flexidisc series.


That leaves us with “1985(Reprise)” and “Livestock Marketplace”, the latter being the only actual new material. All the tracks are a bit slower with more groove than previously, but there is nothing that puts the squeeze on you, it lacks the intensity of a track like “Genital Grinder” which had the ability to break any man into a cold sweat.

A bit of a letdown as fans of Carcass would have expected a lot more especially after highly successful European and North American tours.
But it is still Carcass and even rotting Carcass is still better than a lot of what else is out there.

There is however enough quality on this EP to make it worthwhile owning and it is nicely packaged. There are three different vinyl releases, two of which will only be available for a limited time and a CD digi pack.


Despite the review it is a must have for the collection, so I will join the legion of loyal Carcass fans and take the ferry across the Mersey to the cadaver lab and pick a copy as this may be the only exciting thing to come out of Liverpool this year.

Track List:
Digipak CD Tracklist:
1. A Wraith In The Apparatus
2. Intensive Battery Brooding
3. Zochrot
4. Livestock Marketplace
5. 1985 (reprise)
10“ 140g gatefold vinyl

Side A:
1. A Wraith In The Apparatus
2. Intensive Battery Brooding
3. Zochrot
Side B:
1. Livestock Marketplace
2. 1985 (reprise)

Words Andrew Cooke

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