THE COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINERS - FORENSIC FUGUES AND MEDICOLEGAL MEDLEYS - RAZOR BACK
The debut album of American grinding trio The Country Medical Examiners has been showing up on play lists ever since advance copies of the album began circulating. It was time for us here at Metallian Towers to diagnose the cause and analyze the symptoms. Having heard the opus, one can say it is not the clever alliteration in the album's title that is behind the hype.
The County Medical Examiners is one more reason Razorback has turned into a fun label. First they issued Ghoul's CD, a band hailing seemingly from Creepsylvania and manned by three ghouls rummaging in the graveyard. Now with the Examiners, the label presents a band whose membership is no less than two physicians and a medical student. While Dr. Jack Putnam, M.D. (drums and vocals) and Dr. Morton Fairbanks, M.D. (guitar and vocals) are practicing California physicians, bassist and vocalist Michelle Hayes is currently studying for her license. So, what do the three pathologically-correct recording artists sound like? Why early Carcass of course! Having issued the Fetid Putrescent Whiffs demo in 2001, the band's full-length again features Michelle on high vocals, Morton on low vocals with the pitch shifted stuff being none other than doctor Putnam himself. The one main fault with the recording is that the drums are often inaudible. However, fans also can look forward to a 7" on the Noise Squatch label entitled Reeking Rhapsodies for Chorale, percussion and strings!
What will Razorback sign next? The Geno/Homicidal American Grinding Politicians, a death metal band? Hmmm... OK maybe that one's not so far-fetched after all - Ali "The Metallian"
GENERAL SURGERY/THE COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINERS split CD - RAZORBACK
One can't ask for much more value in a grindgore CD than what is offered on this Razorback release. The CD offers seven songs from General Surgery and six from Razorback's house band, The County Medical Examiners.
This is the infamous Swedish Carcass worshippers first set of songs since the band's reformation in 1999. Now featuring a new rhythm section, General Surgery competes with TCME for the number one spot in Carcass rip off skates. Having said that, General Surgery's sound here is more independent and less Carcass-oriented than ever before. Song titles like Pre-Bisectal Corrosive Immersion and Convivial Corpse Disposal Methodology/Severe Catatonic Intersection Of Pathological Activities of course speak for themselves, but General Surgery 2003 is more an average grindcore band than the world's best Carcass cover band. It is good to see the Swedes finally back though and people have to get a grip on that bass sound too!
The County Medical Examiners have had a drop out from medical school since their last CD. Replacing the drop out is Dr. G. Radcliffe, MD, a medical examiner of a certain advanced age. The good doctor does nothing to diminish the band's Carcass grinding attack. The trio goes for the cadaver's jugular with all the passion of the other good doctors on the scene and in the course of songs like Bloatation (Repugnant Refloatation) and A Brief Discourse On Wound Ballistics proves why the metal and grindcore communities are among the most medically-knowledgeable folk in the world. Dual-vocal assaults, creepy down-tuned riffs and general musical flatulations are the order of the day.
Health care and medical science will never be the same again now that The County Medical Examiners and General Surgery have united! - Ali "The Metallian"
The County Medical Examiners