GENERAL SURGERY - From The Scalpel To The Drain


Oh yes, here there is another legend of pathological grindcore/death metal directly from the land of Tre kronor, GENERAL SURGERY!!! There is scarcely anyone who would not know their legendary demo „Erosive Offals“ or an EP „Necrology“ that were really the top works of the genre back then in 1990–1991 and compared to the early Carcass albums by the magazine reviews. The band went through several line-up changes and in 2003 the reformed band rose from the dead and recorded a split EP with an American band called The County Medical Examiners and in the end their debut album „Left Hand Pathology“ for Listenable Records.

It's quite rare to see GENERAL SURGERY live but the band members are also very active in several other bands like Regurgitate, Dismember, Nasum or Birdflesh. However, OEF 2018 will have a great experience for us as GENERAL SURGERY will play their legendary „Necrology“ EP in it's entirety with the original singer Grant McWilliams.

So, with that, let me pass the mic to Dr. McWilliams:

"30 years of gore-soaked insanity in the GENERAL SURGERY operating room have passed, and what better way to celebrate than to perform at one of the prime festivals for such noise, OEF. For this anniversary they’ve somehow managed to dust off their old vocalist to once again temporarily join their ranks in order to achieve the proper chaos of the songs that  started it all.

The surgeons will be bringing their own brand of offal infested metal to the stage and letting my good self, Dr. McWilliams, bring my own peculiar tinge to the sing-along anthems of Necrology. All this in order to properly come to the soul crushing realization of their mortality and the fact that they're really old."

Prepare yourself orderly and don your protective clothing - get ready for a full performance of the Necrology EP along with choice cuts from the surgery team's entire putrid discography. If that's not something to look forward to, we don't know what is.

We are very happy GENERAL SURGERY have found the time and will come to Trutnov for the fifth time to show you a real dissection looks like at OEF!!! Well, let's hand them the scalpels!!!


Although Sweden’s General Surgery has been recording and releasing music since 1990′s Erosive Offals demo, March of 2009 sees the release of only their second full-length album, Corpus In Extremis: Analysing Necrocriticism (Listenable).

Since the three-song Erosive demo was released, General Surgery has puked up numerous demos, splits, and EPs, including the classic Necrology 7″ on Relapse in 1991, and like most long-running bands, they’ve had their fair share of lineup changes, including appearances from members of fellow Stockholm residents Regurgitate and Dismember.

General Surgery’s burst-of-releases-followed-by-periods-of-inactivity regimen ended with their first-ever North American show at the 2005 Maryland Deathfest and their debut album, 2006′s Left Hand Pathology(Listenable). The title – a nod to classic Swedish death-metal band Entombed and augmented with their Carcass-loving medical twist – perfectly sums up General Surgery, and Corpus In Extremis continues down that same scalpel-littered road with no anesthesia in sight.

Self-produced at Off Beat Studios in their hometown of Stockholm and mastered at Tailor Made by Peter In De Betou, Corpus In Extremis sees the return of bassist Andreas Eriksson and the debut of Erik Sahlström on lead vocals, both of which are sure to bring a number of fresh malpractice suits to the band.

For those that need their grinding sickness at audiophile quality, Corpus In Extremis will be available on both CD and LP with slightly different artwork and songs between the two versions.
Death metal and grindcore fans should look forward to March of 2009 and Listenable Records, because General Surgery are just what the pathologist prescribed.

Author: Dave Hofer

GS 2013 line-up:
Joacim Carlsson – guitar
Andreas Eriksson – bass, backing vocals
Erik Sahlström – lead vocals
Andreas Mitroulis – drums, backing vocals
Tobias Sillman – guitar

Retired malpracticioners:

Johan Wallin – guitar, backing vocals (2004-2012)
Grant McWilliams – vocals (1988-2007)
Glenn Sykes – bass (2004-2006)
Mikael Van Tuominen – bass (2006-2007)
Matti Kärki – vocals, bass (1988-1990)
Richard Cabeza – vocals (1989-1990)
Mats Nordrup – drums (1989-1990)


Release date Release name Media
2011 Necrology 10" re-issue
2009 Corpus In Extremis: Analysing Necrocriticism
2009 General Surgery / Butcher ABC Split CD CD
2006 Left Hand Pathology
2005 Demo DEMO
2004 Demos - Double 7″ EP
2004 General Surgery / The County Medical Examiners LP
2004 General Surgery / Filth - Split 7″ EP
2003 General Surgery / The County Medical Examiners CD
1993 Necrology - CD, cassette and Limited Edition Poster CD
1991 Necrology - Vinyl 7″
1990 Internecine Prurience - Rehearsal demo September
1990 Pestisferous Anthropophagia - Demo 2 April
1990 Erosive Offals - Demo 1 March


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