Autopsy
Skull Grinder


3.5
great

Review

by Jacquibim STAFF
December 18th, 2015 | 35 replies


Release Date: 11/27/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Savour every crimson moment

Autopsy’s latest record Skull Grinder is everything you would usually describe the band’s material as – raw, cavernous, manic, atmospheric, excessively vile and so on. Truth be told, its very existence combined with Autopsy’s legendary status is a better incentive for people to listen to it than any recommendation I could give. It doesn’t do anything particularly new, but the fact remains that Autopsy at their most prosaic are still a match for the majority of death metal bands at their best and most imaginative. So no, Skull Grinder is not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but if there’s one thing that separates it from the slew of releases we’ve been treated to since the band’s reunion, it’s the impression they’re having more fun recording it than anything they’ve done this side of 2010.

The title track is the perfect mix of death/doom’s oppressive modus operandi, the over-the-top theatrics of ‘80s death metal juxtaposed with acute self-awareness, and the flippant enthusiasm of hardcore punk. While Cutler and Coralles certainly impress with their disfiguring riffs and maniacal, often co-operative guitar solos, the star of the show is Chris Reifert. Describing the man as “possessed”, “insane” or “monstrous” does him no justice whatsoever; he spits and slurs his gruesome mutterings with such depravity that one can’t help but nervously laugh in a sort of horrified glee. However, even amidst all this high-octane debauchery, Autopsy decide to turn down the wick in the second half for something more sinister if a little less entertaining. Still, “The Withering Death” and “Waiting for the Screams” aren’t so much “plodding” as they are lumbering behemoths, devouring all who attempt to obstruct them. Reifert may not be at the forefront this time around, but his presence is nevertheless met with a comical disgust. The inconsistency between each side may leave a little to be desired, but it’s no reason to dismiss Skull Grinder as anything less than a lively and concise piece of work.

Skull Grinder succeeds not because it fulfils any grand ambition on behalf of its creators, but simply because it doesn’t set itself up for failure. A sense of impunity pervades just about every track, which makes it rather difficult to fault or even scrutinise to any serious degree. Competency notwithstanding, Autopsy make it clear this not a release that merits scrupulous dissection; it’s an unapologetic collection of gore-soaked jams, fit for all who wish to bask in its irreverence.



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Flugmorph
December 18th 2015


17644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

that cover tho

EvoHavok
December 18th 2015


7378 Comments


Sweet write-up, Jac! This should be fun for what it is.

Sabrutin
December 18th 2015


4796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've only heard it a couple of times on YouTube but this seems spot on, most likely a hard 3.5.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
December 18th 2015


13462 Comments


Great write up Jac

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emester
December 18th 2015


8187 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

very solid EP. Recording does sound a bit fuzzy at points, but its nothing terrible.



Also sweet review Jac

Spacesh1p
December 18th 2015


7279 Comments


nice review, might check

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Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2015


10224 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wait wtf how did i not know this came out

evilford
December 18th 2015


40716 Comments


who were you conversing w/ there Jac?

EvoHavok
December 18th 2015


7378 Comments


It was Sach before requesting data wipe.

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
December 18th 2015


19975 Comments


rules

demigod!
December 18th 2015


49258 Comments


thats some of the best cover art I've seen in ages

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DeadGuy
December 18th 2015


926 Comments


When the fuck is the higher quality gonna leak?

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slikphuk
December 18th 2015


399 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool review jac, pos'd

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lalchimiste
December 18th 2015


704 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

first listen and it kinda sounded samey as Tourniquets, but nonetheless awesome

AdolfChrist
December 18th 2015


14107 Comments


seems like they do better when they write shorter albums. i thought Macabre Eternal and Tourniquets were boring, but The Headless Ritual is awesome and this is sounding pretty good too.

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2015


10224 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn headless ritual is my second fave in their discog tbh

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
December 18th 2015


10224 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I WAAAAASSSS TRANSSSSFIXXXXEEEDDDDD THO

KILL
December 18th 2015


80995 Comments


only piss likes shitfun

oh and fozzie

ShadowRemains
December 19th 2015


24886 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah tourniquets is def the best of their reunion albums, has that dirty, doomy mental funeral vibe going on

Sabrutin
December 19th 2015


4796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Shitfun isn't bad, none of their albums are. [hard]



For me Mental Funeral > Acts (I really love this one) > Severed Survival > Headless / Tourniquets / Shitfun > Macabre



The EP Fiend for Blood rules too.



Didn't include Skull Grinder since I haven't heard it from a physical source with a decent quality, I'm confident with the rating though. Prob will wait for the CD release.



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