"If Surgeon thrashed the living fuck out of your speakers on 2008's Steve Albini-recorded Angry Guest, wait till you hear what they've cooked up since. New cuts dropped at shows this spring see the Germantown brooders rocking even more askew arrangements, and yet somehow they're still double-helix-y intertwined."
- John Vettese, Philadelphia City Paper (May 26, 2009)
Surgeon makes Kirk Hammet sound like the tooth fairy Philly style Magazine.
Strong words about an even stronger sound.
Interpol meets Black Sabbath observes Philadelphias City Paper.
Black Sabbath along with Queens of the Stone Age, System of a Down, and the Pixies are all recognized as influences in the sound that has been hailed as visceral, nihilistic beautifully-executed prog metal* thats all about intensity and attitude.*
Flame haired beauty Lydia Giordano is the lead guitar shredder and main songwriter in Surgeon Philadelphias premier alt-metal band. Her focused stage presence and absolutely crushing guitar riffs** reveal the confident genius behind the music.
When Sean Boltons fervent vocals begin, youre taken to that place where you want to turn it up to 11 and tell your boss to shove it. Seans dynamic bass lines blend seamlessly into the forceful rhythym guitar and drums that are reminiscent of the weight of AC/DC.
Chris Wilson heightens and intensifies the music with his precise and powerful rhythym guitar. His contagious on-stage energy makes it virtually impossible for the room to be standing still.
Drummer David Latimers accomplished mastery in the metal scene is the perfect pedestal to drive Surgeons wall of sound forward. David is one of the few modern drummers that approaches the kit as a sonic musical instrument.
Surgeons not afraid to dig for inspiration in mainstream classic and modern rock, and yet the players darken the corners considerably and sneak in prog-metal undertones. ***
Just when you thought the world would turn into a singer-songwriter coffee-fest, Surgeon roars in and reminds us that wed rather wear leather than flannel any day.
*Philly style Magazine
** Music Row Northeast Times
*** Philadelphia Weekly
The Khyber, The Troc, NorthStar Bar, TLA, Tritone
Queens of the Stone Age, Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Dio, Metallica, System of a Down
Gibsons, Soldano, Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier, Marshall cab, Mesa Cab