I don't really cover grindcore or genre offshoot deathgrind (and goregrind) as much as I should here at Invisible Oranges, but make no mistake: I love grind. There's just something about it which is so primal and speaks directly to that lizard part of my brain which makes me want to break everything in my apartment in some feral rage. This is why bands like General Surgery elicits such a strong response from me -- I feel this music. It makes me want to move, it makes me miss shows where I can more freely act upon this primal urge to move and be active.

What does this say of General Surgery in 2021? It's been four years since we've heard from these Swedish "Doctors," and almost ten since their last proper solo release, but, and this is said with total honesty, those releases could have happened yesterday. There is simply no difference between General Surgery in 2012 and General Surgery now, and that consistency speaks to their strength in artistic identity. The brutal, fast death metal and grindcore found on upcoming EP Lay Down and Be Counted, which can be streamed below ahead of its Friday release date, draws from catchy rhythms and riffwork alike. This isn't an impenetrable wall of gorenoise like Last Days of Humanity, if that's your introduction to goregrind. Rather General Surgery takes more of an early '90s Earache approach to the style (and they've essentially been around for just as long): melodic, catchy, and memorable. Listen to Lay Down and Be Counted in full below, and be sure to let loose (but don't break anything). And, as always, the Doctors demand you mask up before surgery!

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