Autopsy
The Headless Ritual


4.5
superb

Review

by DragonHeartstring USER (48 Reviews)
July 2nd, 2013 | 29 replies | 1,478 views


Release Date: 07/02/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Autopsy hit hard with a fantastic return to the form of their first couple of albums, with some brutal riffing and aggressive vocals and an energetic performance from all musicians.

A band held in as high regard as Autopsy should be a band that rarely slip up in their musical career. Each of their albums should have at least one thing good about them in order to continue their musical progression and uphold their legacy. Sadly, this has not been the case for this highly influential death metal band over the course of their last three albums, all of which have felt a little underwhelming given what came before. Whilst 2011's Macabre Eternal showed a little more energy than the two that preceded it despite the sixteen year gap between that and S*itfun, it still felt somewhat underwhelming. Thankfully, 2013's The Headless Ritual is a whole different kettle of fish.

This is an album that shows off all the elements that made early Autopsy so enjoyable. The riffs are brutal and crushing, and yet remain well paced as the slow and doomy introduction to Arch Cadaver shows off nicely. Autopsy have never been a band to rely on playing as fast as humanly possible, and therefore the Headless Ritual is merely a continuation of their early works. However, this track also shows off the fast and technical side of the band with a nice fill after a cool bass solo that leads into thrashing drums and incredibly fast tremolo picked distorted guitar lines. The vocals merely capitalize on the rest of the mayhem that is taking place, with some low grunts and fantastic higher pitched shrieks that add an entertaining and varied voice for the band to utilize well.

This track is merely the tip of the iceberg however, with the title track in particular showing off how well the two guitars weave in and out of one another. The lead plays a beautiful string of higher pitched notes during the introduction whilst that sludgy atmosphere that the band is known for is maintained by the crushing low-end rhythm guitar, which then continues as the song builds up. This is the sort of album that sounds like the ideal soundtrack for a funeral, and one can just imagine the band sat there in a pitch-black tuxedo, perhaps wearing a dark colored cravat whilst some dude plays a macabre sounding piano as they wrote this album. Such an atmosphere is seldom found anywhere else, and is masterfully put together on this release.

This is nothing short of a violent assault on the senses, with it surprisingly getting off to a thundering start with one of the quickest moments on the album and some fantastic high shrieks on Slaughter At The Beast House. This is an album where pacing means everything, and the band wasted no time in getting the speed out of there system before it is business as usual for a number of the tracks, which involves schizophrenic pace-changes and bludgeoning slower riffs mixed in among the hyper-fast guitar work the opener showcased. The production is very nice, not falling into the trap that albums such as Cryptopsy's self-title fell into by retaining the rawer feel than many modern metal bands attempt. This is overall a fantastic return to form for a band that was somewhat lacking on their past outings.



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CK
July 2nd 2013


4912 Comments


Nooooooooo loooooooooove

Hawks
July 2nd 2013


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album sucks now.

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sonictheplumber
July 2nd 2013


4505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gota check

Hawks
July 2nd 2013


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sonic you'll dig this hard.

Hawks
July 2nd 2013


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is borderline 4.5 for me whereas Macabre Eternal is like low 3.5. Just my opinion though.

Tyrael
July 2nd 2013


20874 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Skele just ruined this album for me

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Pestiferous
July 2nd 2013


1241 Comments


"A band held in as high regard as Autopsy should be a band that rarely slip up in their musical career."

wtf

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
July 2nd 2013


21041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dunno if you were going for a mindfuck for the opening line skele but it worked

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KjSwantko
July 2nd 2013


9277 Comments


Skele you have 2 reviews right now to each other on the front page; what the fuck?

CK
July 2nd 2013


4912 Comments


You should have your reviews make more sense in the future then

ShadowRemains
July 2nd 2013


20694 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

how about stop whining like a bitch

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CK
July 3rd 2013


4912 Comments


Skele why'd you delete your comment =[

pissbore
July 3rd 2013


9935 Comments


dude what is everyone freaking out about, the fact that he left out an s at the end of slip?

album rules, fuck comments saying anything else

oltnabrick
July 4th 2013


30785 Comments


^ hmmmm

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demigod!
July 4th 2013


44348 Comments


this review is a sea of bad metaphors dried overused

but its not worthy of 7 negs :/

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ViperAces
July 4th 2013


12428 Comments


lol another thread to ruin

demigod!
July 4th 2013


44348 Comments


defile em all

ViperAces
July 4th 2013


12428 Comments


artwork sucks

go

demigod!
July 4th 2013


44348 Comments


it's ok

KILL
July 4th 2013


71743 Comments


all that matters are the riffs m/ for real gota dl this

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