“Surgeon have always been bombastic, beautiful and self aware. Their latest offering, Beast Of Light, takes these core themes and evolves them into something greater.” “Surgeon have taken black metal to a whole new level here but kept the ferocity and demonic majesty that the genre was always meant to have.”
Matt Bacon 9/9/2016
“Beast of Light, the new album by Philadelphia’s Surgeon, is remarkable. It blazes with creative exuberance, in both its compositional approach and in the high-caliber performances of the band, delivering one intense (and intensely interesting) listening experience after another. The dynamic music also masterfully crosses genre boundaries, combining elements of black metal, death metal, and progressive metal in scintillating and powerful ways.”
“Discerning extreme music fans won’t be able to fully immerse themselves into the brilliant madness of Beast of Light — the third ethereal, proggy blackened death metal opus from Philly purveyors of auditory esotericism Surgeon — until the end of August, but Decibel is pleased to have been granted the honor of whetting your appetite a bit this morning with our exclusive premiere of the band’s video for “Forest of Ghosts” directed by Philadelphia artist and owner of Dark Arts Collective Nicole DiPonziano.”
Shawn Macomber 6/22/2016
“Philadelphian black metallers Surgeon are prepping the release of their third album, Beast of Light, mixed and mastered by our pal Kevin Antreassian (Dillinger Escape Plan) over in the frostbitten plains of Rockaway, New Jersey, at Backroom Studios. We don’t cover nearly enough of this genre of metal on this site, but I think you’re gonna really dig this band. They’re playing with a dangerous brew of influences, spanning prog, classic metal, and Mastodon/Neurosis/Intronaut style melodic-throaty vocals.”
Max Frank 7/11/2016
“The excellence of this album is hard to overstate. I found that it wasn’t an easy album to grasp instantly, which is part of the reason this review is going up a little late. Repeated listens are drawing me further into the hunt. I hear new things and like Beast of Light better every time I listen.”
Hayduke X – 2916
“It’s about fucking time I heard a black metal album like Beast of Light.”
“If you think metal is just a lot of aggressive yelling, blast beats and loud, heavy guitars, think again. On their new LP Beast of Light, Philly prog-metal outfit SURGEON have crafted a collection of songs that are yes, loud and sludgy, but also dramatic, dynamic and intricate.”
Julie Miller 8/20/2016
The way that tune combines disparate militaristic feel with hummable orchestrated melodies is analogous to how this proggy collective combines the oft-impenetrable, old-school trundle of Slough Feg with the jovial thrash of Ghoul
Surgeon takes Mastodon riffs and injects them with a heavy dose of prog rock.
“Chemical Reign” finds the group “pushing the sonic envelope by mixing hooks with intricate melodies and crafting each song as an individual piece of art, but still creating a cohesive album that is both ambitious and bold.”
Why a label has not jumped on to support this band is a mystery. Fans on progressive rock and early British metal will find a pleasant surprise in Chemical Reign.
If you have ever been able to call yourself a fan of metal, whether it was due to one or two bands or if it’s simply your preferred genre, Surgeon have produced a collection of material dubbed Chemical Reign that warrants…no, demands your attention.
“If you want to hear some solid heavy metal with some depth to it, check out Chemical Reign,”
“They inhabit that rare space that could attract rock radio attention as well as a good share of the trve among us. I know that’s true because I can’t get these songs out of my head.”
“Philadelphia’s Surgeon are a band that encompass so much more than just “metal.” Can you be thrash, progressive, punk, doom, speed and heavy all at once? Surgeon prove that you can, with a resounding “FUCK YEAH!”
“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.”