Great album that really summarized elements from Necroticism, Heartwork, and even Swansong. Melodies, leads, harmonies, speed, hooks, groove, all of the above. Some complain, but I love the production of this album, especially the guitar tone. IMO, this comeback album is quite possibly their best work.
Seems like they structured the whole album as a journey through their own history: starting with a short instrumental from their first demo, then a raw, almost primitive song, and then progressively incorporating melodic elements until the slower, multi-sectionned closer.
They are just too old. I give the props for at least not pulling a total "Illud Divinum Insanus" on us, but Surgical Steel still falls short. It lacks the aggression and fresh ideas of their youth, it's hard to explain but Surgical Steel simply sounds shallow and plastic, like some cheap parody of their former selves.