Staff Pick: Carcass

Andy Downing, Columbus Alive

British death metal pioneers Carcass issued itsSwansong in 1996 only to regroup in 2007, following with a new album,Surgical Steel, in 2013. As the polished title suggests, the crew accrued little rust in its time away.

Instrumental opener "1985" sets the tone - and the era - marking a pronounced return to '80s albums likeSymphonies of Sickness, a recording with a track list that reads like a horror show of WebMD searches ("Excoriating Abdominal Emanation," "Swarming Vulgar Mass of Infected Virulency" and so on). The trend continues here ("A Congealed Clot of Blood," anyone?), but while titles might conjure images of blood-strewn operating rooms, the music is largely fierce and precise - more surgical strike than bruising medieval rumble.

Guitarist Bill Steer, who also logged time with Napalm Death, is a revelation throughout, moving from melodic, Thin Lizzy-esque leads to more pummeling turns like "316L Grade Surgical Steel," where his instrument briefly mimics a paper shredder before shifting gears and going airborne.

Park Street Saloon

6 p.m. Sunday,

July 31

525 N. Park St.,

Arena District

saloon.woodlandsproductions.com

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