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Brutal Death Pathology (USA) Surgically Hacked
CD, Released date : 30 September 2006 - Amputated Vein Records
Style: Brutal Death

RATING : 14/20
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Tracklist
1. Impious Brain Donor 01:57
2. Demented Betrayal 02:01
3. Septic Shock 01:53
4. Unsuspecting Poltergeist Possession 02:13
5. As the Globe Begins to Burn 01:33
6. Surgically Dismembered 02:20
7. Braining 02:16
8. Postorbital Incision 01:43
9. The Abysmal Den 01:38
10. Second Dimensional Apparition 02:36
Total playing time 20:10

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16 ratings 2 14/20
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15 / 20
    Crinn, Monday 11 June 2012 Talk to your friends  
Pure brutal sickness!

A little while back, I decided to write a review series covering Pathology’s complete discography. That is, except their debut, which I couldn’t find until two weeks ago. But now that I’ve listened to this landmark that’s the first album of one of the most famous bands that have always had the super underground brutal death sound, I think it’s fair to say that it’s nothing like I was expecting. Released through one of my favorite record labels, Amputated Vein, Surgically Hacked now has a place in my collection which makes my Pathology section complete! Honestly, I was expecting something a lot like my favorite Pathology album, Incisions of Perverse Debauchery. But instead, I was met with a much more underground and premature sound (which answers the question why there’s only three or so critics that have reviewed this album besides myself).

I’m going to be honest; this album is going to be pretty hard to enjoy if you’re not already an experienced brutal death listener that has had bands like Guttural Secrete and Devourment desensitize you with their unmatched brutality. Surgically Hacked isn’t Pathology’s most brutal album, but it certainly has the most traces of grindcore. The grindcore part of it is relevant in the song lengths and the seemingly random speed blasts that make the songs flyby like lightning, making the album sound like it’s over in seconds. Either that’s the case, or I have weird perception issues with this album, because it feels really short every time I listen to it. Let’s look into the technical part of it.

When you listen to the album as a whole, the drums sound exactly how they should. But when you mentally strip the other elements away and leave the drums by themselves (in other words focus on the drums and block everything else out), the different drum patters seem randomly generated and out of place. But that’s the case in a lot of metal albums, where each part individually sounds horrible yet they fit perfectly when put together. There really isn’t anything special about the guitars other than that it’s completely generic brutal death styles and riffs being played. The problem I’m having with this record is the amount of treble the overall band has; it’s overpowering. I have to listen to this album on my fancy headphones that have tons of bass in order to play this at higher volumes without hurting my ears.

I’m glad the vocals are buried by the rest of the band because they kind of suck. After hearing the really moist guttural growls from Incisions of Perverse Debauchery and the growls from the song Code Injection, these inhaled growls are fucking shitty compared to that. But when you compare this album to the majority of albums with this style, they come off as being plain and generic. They don’t suck, but there isn’t anything too special about them. It seems like there’s a lot of negativity in this review considering that I gave this a 15/20 score. The reason why I like this album is because the band lays out the grindcore influence perfectly. The pure chaos and brutality of this grincore-influenced brutal death album gets me really energized after a couple of listens. Like I said before, this album is for pure fans of brutality and people curious to hear what underground brutality sounds like.

I can’t hear any bass at all, and that’s the big reason why I don’t like this album as much as Incisions of Perverse Debauchery. If there were at least SIGNS of a lower end, I would be much happier; because brutal death is nothing without tons of crushing bass. Overall, this album isn’t bad at all. Despite its flaws in several sections, when you look at this piece of chaos as a whole, it’s one hell of a record that is a must-have for all fans of slamming brutality. I would rate this album 15/20 (75%).




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10 / 20
    ThatzNOTmetaL, Thursday 19 April 2012 Talk to your friends  
an album which is often over looked...

Surgically Hacked is an album which is often over looked in Pathology's musical career, but at the end of the day it is where it all started. Released in 2006 on the amazing Amputated Vein Records the album saw a fantastic band come to light, now on the one hand I love Pathology but on the other hand not a huge fan, don’t get me wrong the music is very relentless, energetic and overall full force brutal death but it seems slightly generic and almost as though it has been done before.

I always find Pathology a band to be respected however as this album serves as a fantastic starting point for anyone looking to get into brutal death metal because as mentioned it is rather generic, but what is generic well normal, not out of the ordinary so if anyone is like hmmm what is brutal death metal I would be sure to whack on some Pathology the album just about sums up what brutal death metal is and what it lacks in musical content it more than makes up for in its purpose of importance in the scene. As I also mentioned the album is overlooked due to the ever successful Incisions of Perverse Debauchery album which followed, the two albums are pretty much on a level playing field so it seems strange the predecessor would be overlooked.

None the less if your a fan of Incisions this album is right up your street and also I think the album is a good addition to any death metal fans collection Pathology are a well rounded band and quite fun to listen to when you just what some basic brutal death metal. Just one last thing to add Pathologys artwork is fucking amazing, that is all.





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