Release DetailsLABEL Razorback
RELEASED ON 10/23/2002
The County Medical Examiners
Forensic Fugues And Medicolegal Medleys
posted on 12/2002 By:
I'd like to conduct a poll at some point within the metal community sometime in the next few years and see how the results turn out. It would be a simple multiple choice questionnaire. 1 question. 2 possible answers. It would go like this: What has become more abundant in the last 5 years in the metal scene? A. Suffocation worship. B. Carcass worship.
STRAIGHT off the pages of Carcass' "Reek of Putrefaction" comes The County Medical Examiners. This is not just influenced by Carcass, this IS Carcass. You have the unpronounceable technical medical terminology just dripping off this thing everywhere. Guitar tone= Exactly the same. Plus the dual "from one extreme to another" vocals..The higher end "Yoda underwater" and then the drastic dip to the bowel-loosening rhino belch constitutes every sloppy slab on here. Now, this style slightly beats out the Suffocation style as far as getting across a disgusting musical theme goes, but who the fuck cares about that but old-school Carcass goons anyway. These guys have done a "Grade A" job of reproducing the sound that so many people longed the loss of before Carcass reached their full potential by releasing Heartwork. I've heard a lot of Impaled and Exhumed as well, and while it's obvious who those 2 bands jerk off to at night, I gotta say that I have not heard anything as sick sounding as The County Medical Examiners since I 1st heard Symphonies of Sickness and Reek of Putrefaction way back in '92 maybe. This is exactly the same sound & "atmosphere" if you will of those 2 nauseating chunks of surgical gore. Production is actually a bit better (wow, Carcass worship that doesn't sound like it was produced in the canned tomato section of a cobweb-ridden basement), but they still keep mostly the same tone. I really have to hand it to these guys for total reproduction of a genre that used to be so foreign and sickening to me way back in the day, but as far as originality goes I gotta chuck 'em a big fat maggot-infested ZERO. While I don't know too many people still groovin' on this sound yet, I think if you haven't been exhausted by the countless efforts to bring back Carcass' "gory days", this is probably my pick for you. Definitely not something I'd listen to daily, weekly, probably not even monthly. Once a year will do just fine for me.
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