Autopsy
Macabre Eternal


3.0
good

Review

by Athom EMERITUS
July 4th, 2011 | 186 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Can someone please get Chris Reifert a cough drop?

It's always hard to be subjective when listening to a band like Autopsy. On one hand you want to look at each album that a band comes out with on its own merits, since it is a stand alone art piece worthy to be judged based solely on what it brings to the table, but when that band is a band like Autopsy it's just too damn hard to keep their damn near classic offerings like Mental Funeral and Severed Survival out of the picture. In the early extreme metal scene it could be argued that Autopsy were the quintessential death metal band. They were raw, intense, and just fucking gnarly, but just like fellow fresh out of retirement 90's metallers Atheist, it's obvious that in Autopsy's time off as a band the gears began to rust. On Macabre Eternal the rustiest cog has to be Chris Reifert himself. He sounds like a shell of his former self. His once ferocious bark is now a hollow rasp that mars the whole of Macabre Eternal with its presence. Further exasperating it is the vocal production, in which the vocals are not only gratingly high in the mix, but also thickened with too much reverb, further muddying what's left of Reifert's shredded throat.

Musically, Autopsy are chugging along the same as ever. Macabre Eternal is about as throwback as you can get these days, which is admirable considering the shit heap of an album that Morbid Angel just tried to pass off to their long waiting fans, but at times it just feels phoned in. It's not that the guitar work isn't up to snuff or the drumming, which is noticeably less frenzied but still more than adequate, doesn't fit, it's more of a problem of stagnant ideas. This wouldn't be an issue if Macabre Eternal wasn't so damn long. Regardless of how strong of an opener “Hand of Darkness” is or how cool the acoustic parts are in “Bridge of Bones”, by the time the album reaches the halfway point in its over hour long journey it begins to drag like a big rig trailer hitched up to a Honda. It's a shame too, because there really are some standout moments on Macabre Eternal, but it works best on a song by song basis than as a whole, which is why their reunion EP The Tomb Within was so successful. Let's just hope that Macabre Eternal is a slight misstep on Autopsy's road back to the top, because if I wanted to hear a death metal band half ass their glory days as they drift further and further into mediocrity I'd just listen to Obituary.



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Athom
Emeritus
July 4th 2011


17242 Comments


more like a 2.9 rounded up.

ShadowRemains
July 4th 2011


25118 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hmmmm



wow, can't believe i haven't rated this yet...

Crysis
Emeritus
July 4th 2011


17429 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album but nothing I would really fap over. Obviously I like this more than you did but I understand where you're coming from.

ShadowRemains
July 4th 2011


25118 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I do agree that chris needs to "find" his old voice fast

Athom
Emeritus
July 4th 2011


17242 Comments


really this entire review was just a set up for me to talk shit about obituary at the end.

Crysis
Emeritus
July 4th 2011


17429 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

newer obituary can foad

BallsToTheWall
July 4th 2011


49865 Comments


Now it's up to incantation to deliver the goods.

Digging: Guild Of Lore - Autumn Macabre

ShadowRemains
July 4th 2011


25118 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

gorguts

Ire
July 4th 2011


41945 Comments


suicide silence

Crysis
Emeritus
July 4th 2011


17429 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

monogrim

BallsToTheWall
July 4th 2011


49865 Comments


Needs new Bolt Thrower

Ire
July 5th 2011


41945 Comments


monogrim [2]

ButcheredChildren
July 5th 2011


5590 Comments


a lot of new dm albums from big name bands have sucked

To Hell With God
Darkest Day
The Unspoken King
Sounds Of A Playground Fading
Illud Divinum Insanus
Necropolis

Luckily this isn't as bad (imo)

AngelofDeath
Emeritus
July 5th 2011


16276 Comments


Demilich

AngelofDeath
Emeritus
July 5th 2011


16276 Comments


You would group In Flames with Morbid Angel and Cryptopsy.

ButcheredChildren
July 5th 2011


5590 Comments


Morbid Angel went industrial, and Cryptopsy went metalcore. As far as I am concerned it's a fair grouping.

ShadowRemains
July 5th 2011


25118 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

from arghoslent's website:



• last update - JUNE 2011



• Arghoslent is writing new material to be released in 2011.




holy shit yes

AngelofDeath
Emeritus
July 5th 2011


16276 Comments


Album of the year.

ShadowRemains
July 5th 2011


25118 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

god the second half of 2011 is gonna be seeeexy if that turns out

Athom
Emeritus
July 5th 2011


17242 Comments


So far the only two "metal" albums worth anything this year are Deafheaven, Loss, and Ulcerate.
Gorguts has me excited and so do Arghoslent. Hopefully they can salvage what has been a pretty meh
year.



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