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'Surgical Remission/Surplus Steel' EP
(Nuclear Blast)

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Jools Green


Following their hugely successful reformation release, 'Surgical Steel' and several singles in 2013, Carcass have decided to release a collection of rare and widely unreleased tracks as an EP, titled 'Surgical Remission/Surplus Steel'.

The reason for this, in the words of front man Jeff Walker, is to: "Tie up loose ends. We thought we'd make all the tracks available from the 'Surgical Steel' album session available on an EP... just in case you bought the Jewel Case version, didn't buy the Digipak, didn't buy the Japanese Import, or maybe you never bought the Decibel Magazine issue with the flexi disc.

"Well here you go; All the songs on one disc along with a previously unreleased track. Even Trevor Strnad's arm makes a guest appearance! Enjoy."

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I have mixed feelings about this five track release from the repackaging and marketing perspective but if you missed them it you may well find this of great interest, it does make a good listen, the tracks consist of;

'A Wraith In The Apparatus' which appeared as a bonus track on the Japanese version of 'Surgical Steel' digi pack, it has an up tempo, pounding, classic 'Carcass'sound with some superb closing guitar work.

'Intensive Battery Brooding', is the b-side to the 'Captive Bolt Pistol' single and also featured on the digi pack version of 'Surgical Steel' as a bonus track. The first half is slow, dirty, with a slightly rock'n' blues edge to the sound with the tempo picking up considerably towards the second half.

2013s single release, 'Zochrot', a sleazy number with some great guitar work and iconic guttural vocals.

'Livestock Marketplace' is the only new, unreleased track, it's a slower number and has an almost bluesy groove with some blues influenced guitar work, overall coming across as a very sleazy affair. I really like this track, it is a little different from their other tracks but in a similar vein to 'Intensive Battery Brooding' so I can see how it was left off and at the same time feel it might be worth getting the EP just for this track.

The EP closes with '1985 (reprise)', a slightly different version, slightly longer, of the 'Surgical Steel' album opener.

'Surgical Remission/Surplus Steel EP is available as (Digipak CD) or (10" black 140g gatefold vinyl) and was produced by Colin Richardson (Napalm Death, Bolt Thrower, Cannibal Corpse) and mixed/mastered by Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Accept, Exodus, Testament) and although I feel it is a minor disappointment for having just one new track, it's still a good release.

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