Concert preview: Carcass comes back to life on Surgical Steel

From the April 3, 2014 edition

The British metal crew’s music is both precise and unrelentingly brutal, which helps explain why the song titles on last year’s Surgical Steel (“A Congealed Clot of Blood,” “Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System,” etc.) sound like operations gone horribly, bloodily awry. The opening cut, “1985,” is a nod to the year the band formed, and the players attack the material here with the same youthful energy that fueled classics like 1989’s Symphonies of Sickness.

It’s a bit of a surprise, considering the group spent more than a decade on hiatus before reforming in 2007, and hadn’t released an album since the muddy, malformed Swansong in 1996. As far as second acts go, this is some John Travolta-in-“Pulp Fiction”-level stuff.

The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts and Noisem also perform.

Ester Segarra photo