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Autopsy is an influential death metal band, founded in 1987 in the United States by Chris Reifert after leaving Death. Beginning their career with the 'Severed Survival' LP, Autopsy took on a sound similar to that of Scream Bloody Gore era Death, but soon moved on to a doom metal influenced sound for the 'Retribution For The Dead' EP. The next full-length, 'Mental Funeral', would expand on Autopsy's "death doom" style of metal, and was met with great critical acclaim. Having completed a successful European tour soon after Mental Funeral, the band reentered the studio to record the 'Fiend for Blood' EP, which was followed by their third full-length, 'Acts Of The Unspeakable'. Autopsy's last album, 1994's 'Shitfun', was heavily influenced by hardcore punk and would prepare fans for Abscess, Danny Coralles and Chris Reifert's project after Autopsy's demise in 1995 ,but as of July 2009, have reunited.

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AUTOPSY albums / top albums

AUTOPSY Severed Survival album cover 4.02 | 12 ratings
Severed Survival
Death Metal 1989
AUTOPSY Mental Funeral album cover 4.23 | 18 ratings
Mental Funeral
Death Metal 1991
AUTOPSY Acts of the Unspeakable album cover 3.25 | 6 ratings
Acts of the Unspeakable
Death Metal 1992
AUTOPSY Shitfun album cover 3.27 | 5 ratings
Death Metal 1995
AUTOPSY Macabre Eternal album cover 3.75 | 8 ratings
Macabre Eternal
Death Metal 2011
AUTOPSY The Headless Ritual album cover 3.89 | 5 ratings
The Headless Ritual
Death Metal 2013
AUTOPSY Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves
Death Metal 2014

AUTOPSY EPs & splits

AUTOPSY Metal Forces album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Metal Forces
Death Metal 1991
AUTOPSY Retribution for the Dead album cover 3.67 | 5 ratings
Retribution for the Dead
Death Metal 1991
AUTOPSY Fiend for Blood album cover 3.33 | 5 ratings
Fiend for Blood
Death Metal 1992
AUTOPSY The Tomb Within album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
The Tomb Within
Death Metal 2010
AUTOPSY Skull Grinder album cover 4.00 | 4 ratings
Skull Grinder
Death Metal 2015
AUTOPSY Autopsy vs Bloodbath album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Autopsy vs Bloodbath
Death Metal 2017
AUTOPSY Puncturing the Grotesque album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Puncturing the Grotesque
Death Metal 2017

AUTOPSY live albums

AUTOPSY Tortured Moans of Agony album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tortured Moans of Agony
Death Metal 1998
AUTOPSY Dead as Fuck album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dead as Fuck
Death Metal 2004

AUTOPSY demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

AUTOPSY 1987 Demo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
1987 Demo
Death Metal 1987
AUTOPSY Critical Madness album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Critical Madness
Death Metal 1988
AUTOPSY Rehearsal 09.04.1988 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rehearsal 09.04.1988
Death Metal 1988
AUTOPSY Decibel Flexi Series - Mauled to Death (2012 unmastered version) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Decibel Flexi Series - Mauled to Death (2012 unmastered version)
Death Metal 2011

AUTOPSY re-issues & compilations

AUTOPSY Ridden With Disease album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ridden With Disease
Death Metal 2000
AUTOPSY Torn From the Grave album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Torn From the Grave
Death Metal 2001
AUTOPSY Awakened by Gore album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Awakened by Gore
Death Metal 2010
AUTOPSY All Tomorrow's Funerals album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
All Tomorrow's Funerals
Death Metal 2012
AUTOPSY Introducing Autopsy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Introducing Autopsy
Death Metal 2013
AUTOPSY After the Cutting album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
After the Cutting
Death Metal 2016
AUTOPSY Skin Begins to Rot album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Skin Begins to Rot
Death Metal 2017

AUTOPSY singles (1)

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3.50 | 2 ratings
Horrific Obsession
Death Metal 2009

AUTOPSY movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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4.50 | 1 ratings
Dark Crusades
Death Metal 2006
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Born Undead
Death Metal 2012


AUTOPSY Severed Survival

Album · 1989 · Death Metal
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Long considered one of the pioneers of death metal, the Bay Area based AUTOPSY was started by drummer Chris Reifert after leaving Chuck Schuldiner’s Death in Florida and relocated back to his home turf. Reifert was good friends with another Bay Area band Sadus and it was Steve Di Giorgio who introduced him to guitarist Eric Cutler who shared a similar passion for extremely heavy music, gory horror flicks and together they quickly set out to record some demos. The first appeared in 1987 and a second titled “Critical Madness” in 1988. The band recruited another guitarist Danny Caralles and the band chose the name AUTOPSY after reading an obituary and liked the ring of it. At this point there was no permeant bassist by Di Giorgio from Sadus lent his talents and the four recorded this debut album SEVERED SURVIVAL which was released in April 1989.

While the Bay Area’s Possessed bridged the gap between the early thrash metal years into what would become called death metal, Reifert will go down in history for participating what many including myself consider to be the first true fully functioning death metal album, namely “Scream Bloody Gore” by Death. While still clearly rooted in thrash, Chuck Schuldiner ratcheted things up a few notches by focusing on more gory lyrics, even more extreme technical styles and heavier emphasis on percussive drive. Reifert’s new baby AUTOPSY was signed to Peaceville Records and joined the growing death metal scene with not only Reifert’s former band Death but a new legion of deathly noise makers like Morbid Angel, Bolt Thrower, Obituary and Necrophagia.

SEVERED SURVIVAL very much continues the early death metal sound of “Scream Bloody Gore” with doom metal influences that keep the tempos tamped down and a deep bass driven groove. Despite the leaps and bounds of the death metal sound by the likes of Morbid Angel who evolved the subgenre into a formidable energetic spastic flow of caustic riffs, atonal brutality and blastbeat drumming with more insanely regurgitated vocals, AUTOPSY’s first release very much sticks to the early Death playbook and keeps things humming along fairly safe with an overall feel that this is still just a couple baby steps past the subgenere’s thrash metal roots, however with the growly guttural vocals and outburst of energy that set the death metal riffs on fire, the album certainly comes off as a death metal reality than what thrash bands like Sadus or Forbidden were releasing.

It seems that AUTOPSY’s debut has become a classic due to its influential mix of doom and death metal and how it’s all wrapped up together along with the extremely gory subject matter and has been c item by bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Entombed and Dismember as an album that they built their sounds off of, however i personally find the album to be a couple years stuck in the past as the musical drives seems a little too primitive for my liking and then i find the album to be a tad monotonous as the tracks tend to all start sounding the same without any substantial variation other than doomy mid-tempo riffs alternating with more punk rock sounding heavier passages and the occasional bombast of what contemporaries like Obituary and Morbid Angel were dishing out. Yeah, it’s influential and it does symbolize the early old school death metal era but for my tastes i find that the earlier “Scream Bloody Gore” satisfies those cravings.

SEVERED SURVIVAL has been re-released many times since its 1989 debut. The original vinyl and CD editions donned rather amateurish cover art with pink dude getting chopped up and in 1990 the album came out with bonus tracks and the much better cover of the perspective of looking up at a crew of zombie emergency room doctors performing who knows what kind of unthinkable experiments on the poor soul strapped on the table out of the picture. My personal copy is the 2009 - 20th Anniversary Edition which contains a whole extra bonus disc of rare demos as well as rehearsals. All good extra features but nothing i would consider essential by any means. The interviews in the liner notes are cool though. I can’t imagine any death metal collection not including AUTOPSY’s debut album SEVERED SURVIVAL but when it comes down to it, i find this the least interesting album of the bigwigs of 1989 when the subgenre was really kicking off.


Album · 1995 · Death Metal
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"Shitfun" is the 4th full-length studio album by US death metal act Autopsy. The album was released through Peaceville Records in September 1995. "Shitfun" was already recorded in Nov/Dec 1994 though. It was the last album released by the band until they reunited 2009 and a couple of years down the line released "Macabre Eternal (2011)". At the time of the release of "Shitfun", Autopsy had already disbanded and several of the members went on to form Abscess. For most of the recording sessions for "Shitfun", Autopsy functioned as the three-piece of Chris Reifert (Vocals, Drums, Bass), Danny Coralles (Guitars, Bass), and Eric Cutler (Guitars, Bass), but with some additional bass tracks being played by Freeway Migliore and Clint Bower. Both guests would be part of the early Abscess lineup.

Stylistically "Shitfun" pretty much continues down the filthy, old school US death metal path of "Acts of the Unspeakable (1992)", but still manages to sound vastly different from it´s predecessor. Not so much because of the music itself, but as a consequence of the very different sounding production. Where "Acts of the Unspeakable (1992)" features a rather thin sounding production, "Shitfun" features a dark, brutal, and rather meaty sounding ditto. The tracks alternate between faster deathgrinding parts, mid-paced death metal sections, and crushingly heavy/doomy parts. It´s often very simple, almost punk oriented, but Autopsy always incorporate little details to keep the listener interested throughout. The lead guitar work is for example very intriguing, and often the icing on the morbid cake. If you hadn´t guessed it by looking at the disgusting and perverted cover artwork, songtitles like "Humiliate Your Corpse", "I Sodomize Your Corpse", and "Shit Eater", should tell you that Autopsy is still as twisted and gore obsessed as always. This time around with an even more sick sexual twist.

The musicianship is a story in itself. Autopsy is just about the epitome of organic played old school death metal. The playing is skillful yet delivered with a great loose organic feel, that transports the listener right into the rehearsal room with the band. Chris Reifert´s growling vocals are relatively intelligible, and delivered in his usual deranged style, but it´s his drumming that deserves a special mention more than anything else. He is simply the master of this style of drumming. The other guys are well playing too.

The above mentioned sound production is very well sounding and brings the best out in the tracks. So upon conclusion "Shitfun" is a great death metal release by Autopsy. At 21 tracks distributed over a 55:38 minutes long playing time, the album is a bit too long for it´s own good, but taken track by track, there is a lot of quality to be found here. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

AUTOPSY Skull Grinder

EP · 2015 · Death Metal
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I knew "Severed Survival" was probably the Autopsy album to get but I had recently found that many "classic" and "influencial" albums were also the most expensive. Also, the sound quality of more recent albums was often better than the old school classics. So, in the case of Autopsy, I decided to sample listen to a few albums and pick the one that sounded best and that was also not too expensive. It's no surprise then that the album I ordered was also an EP, explaining why it was cheaper than others.

Thus, "Skull Grinder", the band's most recent release to date from what I can see on MMA, became my introduction to this death metal band that also skirt the edges of death / doom.

Things I like: Chris Reifert's merciless and unappologetic gravel-throated vocals, which are not entirely unitelligible; the guitar sound and some of the monster heavy riffs; the mad drumming by Chris Reifert; and the speed changes within songs.

A lot of death metal bands are about blasting through at high speeds with little time to slow down and stomp on your feet and boot your hiney a few times. Autopsy easily blast you with speed and aggression and then pull back and paddle you silly.

There are two short tracks on this release: "Sanity Bleeds" and "Return to Dead". The first is slower with a simple guitar melody and no drums. Reifert bellows like some diabolical warlord and then we get lots of crazy guitar effects. I can't say that this is one worth stand-alone play. "Return to Dead" comes on sounding like a horror movie theme song done by a metal band. It's got this eerie, demented-sounding melody. More wailing, crazy guitar effects enhance the aura of madness. Again, not a fav but interesting.

The other five tracks, though, sound awesome. Just straightforward Autopsy-style death metal. I might be mistaken but I think they have used some wah-wah on a couple of tracks which almost gives the guitar a retro feel. A possible favourite is "Waiting for the Screams" because it has one of those spine-chilling, doom metal riffs.

My only disappointment is that the album is just an EP. I would have loved a full album of songs like the five that are over three minutes. Now I have two Autopsy albums and I'll surely be checking out a third sometime in the not too distant future.

AUTOPSY Mental Funeral

Album · 1991 · Death Metal
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The YouTube program Lock Horns by Banger TV, the same fine people who do Banger Films, has been a wonderful way for me to learn about bands. Autopsy is one such band that came up on an episode about early death metal and I had already seen their album “Severed Survival” mentioned on some old school death metal lists. “Mental Funeral” was my second purchase of the band’s output and it is this album that really made me feel it money well-spent.

There are three things that I get excited about when listening to “Mental Funeral”. First, this is a band that knows how to come up with really awesome riffs. In fact, I would say many of their coolest riffs are like an alternate universe’s Black Sabbath with maybe some Pentagram in there as well. Oh, they have their slow doom, pounding chords and their speedy, cantering death attacks. But Autopsy easily slip in this groovy riffs that swagger with the drums. The thing is, just about every song will include all three approaches, meaning you never know when a song will abruptly change gear or how it will change. A charging intro might drop down with some crushing slow chords and then throw in some swinging groove early doom riff. Nice!

Next, I love the guitar sound. It makes me think of a band that was going for a seventies doom metal sound rather than a nineties death metal sound. It just sounds like old school distortion but it’s so nice on my ears. It’s interesting to note that the title of the song “In the Grip of Winter” was inspired by the Budgie song title “In the Grip of a Tyrefitter’s Hand”. Seems like there is some old school influence after all.

Third, they did something with the drums. I don’t know if they loosened the skin on the snare or what it is, but the drums have this slightly slack, clacking, slapping sound that for me just works so well on this album. I doubt I’d want to hear it in too many other places but for “Mental Funeral” I think it’s just wicked. Add to that the fact that drummer and vocalist Chris Reifert can play his drums with slick skill makes the percussion section even more interesting to listen to. I particularly noticed how he doesn’t rely on the double kick drums too often, employing them to great effect when he does.

Now it’s funny that I noticed just now that the drummer is also the lead vocalist because as I was listening to the album on my way home tonight, I was thinking of how to describe the vocals and at first I thought of a large, drooling troll but soon it came to me that Reifert sounds like Animal from The Muppets only three times larger in size. He’s like a a troll-sized Animal doing vocals, and since Animal is also a drummer, well, it just fits. What is he growling about? I don’t really know though I can guess it’s gory and bloody and gross.

I have so far brought home nearly 50 albums since I began delving deeply into extreme metal from this spring and this album has been one of the more outstanding ones. I don’t know if Autopsy’s next album followed this style but for now, “Mental Funeral” is likely to make my top ten favourite purchases of the year.

AUTOPSY Acts of the Unspeakable

Album · 1992 · Death Metal
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"Acts of the Unspeakable" is the 3rd full-length studio album by US death metal act Autopsy. The album was released through Peaceville Records in October 1992. Josh Barohn has replaced Steve Cutler as the band´s new bassist, but other than that, the lineup who recorded "Mental Funeral (1991)" is still intact. While Autopsy never achieved anything resembling mainstream fame or any noteworthy commercial success (which counts for most death metal acts out there), they were one of the more prolific acts on the death metal scene of the early 90s. Not in top 10 maybe, but close enough. Much of that success was due to the high quality of "Mental Funeral (1991)" which was an almost instant underground death metal classic of the most raw, filthy, and old school kind, so expectations amongs the fans were pretty high for the successor. Autopsy were never out to please anyone though and they tread their own path with "Acts of the Unspeakable", which is ultimately quite a different sounding album to it´s predecessor.

Graced with a cover artwork, with what can best be described as an evil cartoonish enterpretation of hell (obviously influenced by Hieronymus Bosch), we are made aware from the get go, that Autopsy haven´t changed their gory lyrical universe and if anyone should be in doubt, song titles like "Necrocannibalistic Vomitorium", "Battery Acid Enema", or maybe "Orgy in Excrements" will probably convince them otherwise. The vocals are as always delivered in a rather personal, rot filled, and insanity laden growling vocal style by drummer/vocalist Chris Reifert. So good. This is how we know and love/hate Autopsy.

The actual music is a bit different than the old school death metal with doomy leanings that Autopsy played on "Mental Funeral (1991)" though. Stylistically the music on "Acts of the Unspeakable" has taken a turn down deathgrind boulevard although the album still features mid-paced and doomy sections. And by deathgrind I don´t mean blast beat dominated grindcore, because there are no actual blast beats on "Acts of the Unspeakable", just fast played sections, but it´s the aestethics of the music and the occasionally more simple punky tinged riffs that point in that direction. The tracks have also become much shorter and there are the whole 18 of them on the 35:19 minutes long album. Some of them less than a minute long, and most between 1 and 2 minutes long. So the tracks are not given much time to develop and compositionally the music on the album is generally a lot less intriguing and adventurous than the case was on "Mental Funeral (1991)". Sometimes it feels like the band hit the rehearsal room, played half a song and then recorded it for the album, without fully developing the music.

The sound production is not especially powerful sounding. It´s relatively raw and murky without losing clarity, but it seriouly lacks punch. Especially the guitars are buried in the mix and it´s a real shame as I´m sure the final outcome would have been a lot more interesting had the album featured a better sound production.

A bit more variation between tracks could also have done the trick, because that´s also a complaint here. This is old school death metal, so I don´t expect the diversity level to be extremely high (and wouldn´t want it to be), but there are far too many of the 18 tracks that don´t make an impression and don´t stick either. In that respect "Acts of the Unspeakable" is a pretty one-dimensional release, and when the more doomy sections with guitar harmonies appear it´s like you´ve been given a straw to hold on to. But those sections are too few and far between, and when they finally occur, they are always cut short.

It´s obvious that Autopsy were still searching for a sound that would please themselves at this point and in doing that they more or less disregarded what most of their fans were screaming for (which was more of that filthy old school doomy death metal), and it´s safe to say that "Acts of the Unspeakable" was not the successor to "Mental Funeral (1991)" that most people had hoped for. When that is said and all complaints are filed, it´s actually still a pretty great old school death metal album with a pretty unique sound. It has trouble maintaining my attention through the duration of the album, because not enough of the tracks stand out, but a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is still deserved.

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