Album Reviews, Artists / Bands, Culture, Metal / Hard Rock — July 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm

REVIEW: Autopsy – The Headless Ritual


Artist Name: Autopsy
Title Name: The Headless Ritual
Label: Peaceville Records
Reviewed by: Fabio Marraccini

Undisputed kings of gore death metal with hints of doom and a taste for the macabre, Autopsy was one of the ‘must have’ bands for fans of the extreme metal of the early 90s. Their albums were on the top of the list for kids that wanted to scare off their parents or neighbours – and the music was good too! Back in late 2000s after a long hiatus, they now launch their second effort of the new incarnation – their eerie catalogue counts seven full-lengths, various EPs, singles and live albums.

The album is exactly what you would expect from this legendary band: faithful to their past but with better production. Extremely heavy and daunting, “Slaughter at Beast House” opens the opus, ripping everything apart with straight out fast-tempo riffs and beats, sepulchral vocals, massive bottom end, and doomy breakdowns to boot. “Mangled Far Below” is next and the stand out of the album: mid-tempo, gore-obsessed, a soundtrack for a B-horror movie. “She is a Funeral” follows suit with no surprise apart from the more understandable yet demented vocals. Quite disturbing – but nothing wrong with that. “Coffin Crawlers” is a return to the doom side, slow and atonal parts fighting for space with blast beats and mosh-pit worthy riffs. Ending the album are “Arch Cadaver'”- with that title do I really need to describe it? – and the closing title track that will have its melodies tattooed in your brain in a blink of an eye.

Like wine – maybe bloody wine – this band only got better with age. The result is a mind-blowing, gut-wrenching collection of tracks that is targeted at strong stomachs, sore seeking ears, bold minds, and necks that can take such a beating.



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The Headless Ritual - Autopsy