Autopsy – The Headless Ritual
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Autopsy are disgusting, vile, offensive and vulgar; and anything less would be a complete disappointment. Continuing the reign of terror, the band has dropped the bloody mess that is The Headless Ritual on the metal world.
Autopsy formed in 1987 in San Francisco, the gore-father’s made their mark with their debut album Severed Survival. Following 12 years of destruction the band split in 1995, but reformed officially in 2010 with the release of the EP The Tomb Within. Proving they were here to stay, Autopsy released their first full length album since reuniting in 2011 with Macabre Eternal. Macabre Eternal’s mix of old school death metal, doomy dirges and punk rock sensibilities found its way on to many critic’s “best of” lists. Eschewing trends and staying true to their sound are what make Autopsy stand out in a genre that is chock full of imitators and sound-alikes. The Headless Ritual doesn’t redefine Autopsy, but instead stands as a prime example of why their fans are so ravenously devoted.
“Slaughter at Beast House” is really the album’s signature piece. It begins with frantic riffing from Danny Coralles and Eric Cutler and ends with slow tortured doom. The slow distorted bass of Joe Trevisano and Chris Reifert’s deliberate drumming and maniacal wailing give the opening track a serial killer’s menace. The guitar riffs of “Mangled from Below” hook into your brain like a meat hook and stay there. “She is a Funeral” is my favorite track on the album. Reifert’s vocals are at their best and most evil on this track. The guitar solos at the song’s halfway point gave me chills. “When Hammer Meets Bone” is a frantic stomper that takes no prisoners. “Arch Cadaver” screams for bodies to be crush into each other in the pit. Truth be told, there is not a weak track on this album. Even the album’s self-titled instrumental closer is an engaging listen.
This is an album that is sure to be on many critics’ best of 2013 year-end lists. Even with the great releases we have had so far this year, Autopsy have already secured a place on my list. With The Headless Ritual, Autopsy have delivered another assault of their trademark audio violence. Equal parts doom, death and gore; The Headless Ritual is not an album you want to miss.
Band Website: http://autopsydeathmetal.com