Autopsy
Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves


3.5
great

Review

by James Lentil USER (9 Reviews)
April 29th, 2014 | 14 replies


Release Date: 04/29/2014 | Tracklist


It’s been less than a year since Autopsy released The Headless Ritual and I think many fans are wondering how TH&G’s would turn out since they usually take an average of two year breaks between releases during their consistent phases. Well I have to tell you that Autopsy is still Autopsy in that they never fail to disappoint. The first thing you’ll notice here is the excellent production. The overall atmosphere manages to be dense without being overdone. When the opener ‘Savagery’ kicks in you’re immediately introduced to the bands brutal tendencies of heavily distorted guitars and pounding drums and yet everything seems to be peacefully leveled. That might sound ironic but that’s the case here. This first track features a mid-tempo style of average riffs but regardless it’s nicely done. For me the emotions don’t really kick in until the second track which is ‘Kind of Flesh Ripped’. What works here is the slower paced beginning which really allows for the degraded evil feeling to penetrate your mind. This track is without a doubt a highlight of the album mainly because the compositions seem to contain the most attention. From the sneering slow paced intro, to the harmonizing soaring riffs with crescendo solo, to the alternating melodic riffs, to the tempo drops into the depths of debauchery, to the transitioning catchy bridges, this track is one of the finest Autopsy tracks to date.

I actually found it quite interesting that Autopsy would start this album off with such a weak track average track while everything else is superior. But when I think about it I can kind of look at that decision as they wanted a track that got the listeners amped and siked so it’s not that big of a deal. The opener is only 2 minutes long so it makes sense. You’ll notably notice how tasty the guitars are on the album and the solos are that perfect icing on the cake. Bringing in not only metal vibes but the solos also contain some rock vibes like on the ‘The Howling Dead’ where there’s some serious Deep Purple styles.

‘After the Cutting’ is a great track that really brings attention the albums artwork. Chris Reifert really shines on the drums here and although he’s using some simple techniques the little nuances can’t be overlooked because he does every little fill and transitions so perfectly you can’t miss his signature feels. I really tried to relate to the artwork using the track names and lyrics and symbolically I can’t help but get the feeling of trying to escape my body and exit this stupid world.

There’s really several great moments on this album but collectively I’d summarize this one solid effort from Autopsy and this could easily be the best release this year. I hope everyone enjoys this!



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JamesLentil
April 29th 2014


59 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very good.

Gwyn.
April 29th 2014


15332 Comments


Not a good review at all but album slays (from the first half which is all I've heard)

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Tunaboy45
April 29th 2014


3218 Comments


Finally a review for this!
And it's a poorly written review.

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Tunaboy45
April 29th 2014


3218 Comments


But you tried so credit where credit's due.

Tunaboy45
April 29th 2014


3218 Comments


But you tried so credit where credit's due.

BigPleb
April 29th 2014


38211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Pretty poor review for an awesome record.

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adr
April 29th 2014


3665 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

awesome record [2]

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2014


16501 Comments


Still haven't heard this gotta check

BigPleb
April 29th 2014


38211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Its slightly better than Headless Ritual, Kyle.

Tunaboy45
April 29th 2014


3218 Comments


I loved the headless ritual. Will need to give this a listen.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2014


16501 Comments


Its slightly better than Headless Ritual, Kyle.


That's good to hear because the headless ritual was kind of meh. Although if it's only slightly better then idk.

BigPleb
April 29th 2014


38211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Depends what you dig man.

This brings the doom of Mental Funeral back in the best possible way.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
April 29th 2014


1925 Comments


"wondering how TH&G’s would turn out since they usually take an average of two year breaks between releases during their consistent phases"

The band have only had two so-called consistent phases, so this seems a little irrelevant, plus not every Autopsy album is separated by two years.

"I actually found it quite interesting that Autopsy would start this album off with such a weak track average track while everything else is superior. But when I think about it I can kind of look at that decision as they wanted a track that got the listeners amped and siked so it’s not that big of a deal"

1) Take out "weak track" or "average track", both of them aren't needed together in a sentence.

2) change "siked" to "psyched", I think that's the correct spelling.

"I really tried to relate to the artwork using the track names and lyrics and symbolically I can’t help but get the feeling of trying to escape my body and exit this stupid world."

You don't need this in the review at all, it deviates people's attention from the subject matter at hand.

Really can't wait to listen to this album, I enjoyed the last Autopsy record quite a lot.



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2014


16501 Comments


This brings the doom of Mental Funeral back in the best possible way.


I'll probably like it a lot then



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