Carcass, Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, Noisem, Murmur | House of Blues | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Carcass, Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, Noisem, Murmur Member Picks 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Image

When: Sat., April 5, 6:20 p.m. 2014

Carcass’s comeback record, Surgical Steel (Nuclear Blast), is so fucking devastating that it’d redeem even the most cliched reunion story. Solid and savage, but with an impish joyfulness in its chugging riffs and dual-guitar attack, it never sits still or feels like paint-by-numbers death metal—note the almost twangy 80s blues-rock licks on “Noncompliance to ASTM F 899-12 Standard” and the searing lava-boil solos on “Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System.” —Monica Kendrick, 2013

Luc Lemay and his new all-star lineup just released the first Gorguts album in 12 years. I miss the late Steeve Hurdle's psychotically desperate vocals and bizarro guitar, but the band's thorny, corrosive death metal hasn't abandoned its mad ambition—it's the sound of spiritual seeking sharpened into life-or-death hunger. —Phillip Montoro, 2013

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