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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Peaceville Records
  • ASIN: B001O8C5EG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 Disc special edition celebrating 20 years since the release of autopsy's seminal debut album, 'Severed Survival'. Also includes the first new tracks in nearly 15 years! One of the early death metal acts, & no stranger to controversy over the years, Autopsy formed in 1987 in San Francisco, & released 4 albums on Peaceville Records before disbanding in 1995 & going on to form Abscess. The band notably features legendary drummer Chris Reifert, who began his recording career with US metal greats, Death, before taking on the unusual duty of handling drums & vocals for Autopsy. Autopsy has influenced a whole generation of extreme metal bands, from Entombed & Dismember to Darkthrone. 'Severed Survival' is (rightly) hailed as one of death metal's finest releases. A completely rotten & uncompromising sound - Dirty, sludgy, death & doom metal mixed in with repulsive tales of death and disease - it was originally released in April 1989. The bonus disc comes crammed with rare and previously unheard versions of tracks from the early days & most essentially features 2 brand new Autopsy tracks recorded in autumn 2008 especially to mark this release. Many fans worldwide have always longed for new Autopsy material, and finally it has arrived! The first new material in roughly 15 years, and as sick as ever! The booklet features new extensive liner notes by the band on the origins & history of Autopsy, including rare photos and images from their career. Disc One : Charred Remains / Service For A Vacant Coffin / Disembowel / Gasping For Air / Ridden With Disease / Pagan Saviour / Impending Dread / Severed Survival / Critical Madness / Embalmed / Stillborn / Bonus Tracks: Funereality / Destined To Fester / In The Grip Of Winter. Disc Two: Horrific Obsession / Feast of the Graveworm / Mauled to Death / Human Genocide / Christ Denied / Charred Remains / Service for a Vacant Coffin / Disembowel / Gasping for Air / Ridden With Disease / Pagan Savior / Severed Survival / Critical Madness / Embalmed / Stillborn.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Steven Edwards on 2 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Oh yes. what a gem. I bought this album when it came out on red vinyl, seen um live a couple of times and even got to meet and buy Chris a beer. Killer band, my fav old school death metal band since i been into death metal back in 86. If you are an autopsy fan or fan of sick twisted music you would be stupid not to buy this Cd. Dont expect crystal sound quality on disc two, but expect to be taken on a ride into the past that you just have to re-live, it will blow you away as it contains rare recordings of this killer band. Chris, Eric and Danny get back together for the first two tracks on disc two with new tracks that sound like they were recorded when Autopsy were still going, then you get rehearsal and live track recordings. All raw and true, hope these guys get back together some day and do a new album. That would make my day. Autopsy rule.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. J. Tyler on 8 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
I remember this being released back when I was a teenager.
I put it on (vinyl!) and could not believe the bass!
Listening it today after 20 years it sounds even better.
It hasn't aged at all and some of today's 'in' metal bands can't get anywhere near as heavy as this.
They should listen and learn... And so should you!
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By spyros panagiotou on 11 April 2015
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Pure death
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great Early Death Metal 10 Nov. 2009
By Edward J. Holmes - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I bought this on record back when it first came out in 1989. Death metal as a sub-genre had only been around for a couple of years at that time. I had heard Death's seminal 1st album "Scream Bloody Gore" a little earlier and really liked it. Then I came across "Severed Survival" at the record store and noticed that Chris Reifert played drums on this album as well as Death's 1st album. I really liked "Scream Bloody Gore." It was the first time I had heard music like that. The guitars were fast, the leads were lethal, the singing was extreme, and the drums were insane! Plus the song titles were just ripe for a teenager who liked horror flicks.

I think this is a good example of a genre (death metal) before it got flooded with a lot of garbage. When you listen to Scream Bloody Gore by Death, it sounds like it was recorded in an underground cavern. I'm not saying that in a bad way either. It just has that feel. More of a mysterious kind of ambience. Whereas Autopsy's Severed Survival sounds like it was made in a rotting autopsy room filled with stinking corpses. The two bands are really playing the same type of music but when recorded differently, they come across very well.

Severed Survival is a classic as far as death metal goes. It has all the elements of gore and zombies you could ask for. It's like George Romero's "Day of the Dead" for your ears. With songs like Ridden with Disease, Charred Remains, and Pagan Saviour, you can't go wrong. Gore abounds on this great CD. The music is well executed and the lead guitars are cool. All in all, you cannot deny this work of pure death metal horror.

This would fit great along side classics such as Death's 1st album, as well as Leprosy. Plus, Grave's Into the Grave, Venom's Black Metal, Possessed's Seven Churches, and Celtic Frost's To Mega Therion.

This 2 CD set is a good deal. Not only do you get the original 1st album completley remastered but, you get 3 new tunes newly recorded specially for this release. The 2nd CD contains rare demos and live tracks throughout the years. Stuff like that is always cool. By and large, it comes in a good and complete package with a booklet including a history of the band with pictures and lyrics. Pretty cool. Don't be scared, give it a shot. If you like early death metal, you'll like this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Awesome Old School Death Metal 24 Feb. 2014
By Metal_Freak95 - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Autopsy are one of the undisputed kings of gore that manage to match their filthy lyrics with a sound that is just as repugnant. Few bands can come close to creating an experience like Autopsy. This album will suffocate you with blood and horrors as it buries you in a shallow grave of twisted riffs and monstrous vocals. Occasionally it will let you gasp for air but not for long as it does not let up until the 38:47 are over. And it will only leave you wanting more.

The first thing one will notice is the production and how murky it sounds. Murky in the sense that its bass heavy but completely discernible with respect to the guitars, bass, drums and vocals. The guitars have enough crunch on them to make not overly distorted or intense and the bass is audible with a bright sound that goes well with the way everything sounds. The bass really adds a lot of depth but doesn't over power anything. It gives the album that unique feel to it. Everything feels natural including the drums and vocals which Chris Reifert does both. This signature sound is what works so well for Autopsy as it is what they were known for; dingy, rotten death metal.

The thing that really wraps this album up is the vocals. Chris Reifert displays some of the most rotten sounding vocal styles in death metal while drumming which is extremely unique. He sounds like a man choking on his blood and guts with his low gruff growls and a madman with his screams. Some may mock them saying they are sloppy but when you match them with the lyrics it matches extremely well. The chorus for Ridden with Disease is a prime example.

Autopsy are legends, taking death metal and making death metal more twisted then what it was . The music is also ahead of its time since the band focuses more on groove and atmosphere rather then being overtly brutal or fast. It's earned them a place as one of the better and notable old school death metal bands and created a frenzy around their recent reunion. Recommended for most old school death metal fans
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
GREAT RE-RELEASE!!!!! BUY IT NOW!!!! 4 Nov. 2005
By INFESTER - Published on
Format: Audio CD
You can buy this right now so do it..before it goes back to those DEATH METAL tomb's..amongst the million's of other forgotten DEATH METAL album's!! this was out of print for a few year's..which was a crime!! this is will always slay anything CANNIBAL CORPSE it should be availble!! AND NOW IT IS!!

This come's in a DIGI PACK..I hate digi pack's..but it's not all that bad!!

THE REAL++here...the sound is even louder!!! YOU CAN HEAR EVEN MORE BASS!!!

So if you own the old version( I own both old version's the original press and the one with retro for the dead ep) I would suggest getting this version as cant go wrong!! you get the lyric's and both album cover's as well!!

As you will read my other review which is for the album is the BEST DEATH METAL ALBUM EVER!! you have the chance to buy it..SO FUKKING DO IT!!!!!

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The best death metal album ever made 22 Dec. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Simply the best. No others can really compare. Morbid Angel's "Altars of Madness" comes close, but fails in its later tracks. "Blessed are the Sick" is too scattered, its best riffs splintered among several songs. Death's "Scream Bloody Gore" may have been there first, but ultimately it fails to transcend Repulsion cliches. This is the great death metal ever recorded: sick, beautiful, tormented, unashamed of its own excellence. Every song is a keeper. Buy it!
Deliciously disgusting deathgrind 10 Jun. 2013
By A. Stutheit - Published on
Format: Audio CD
One of the first Carcass-indebted bands, and a precursor to later acts like Cannibal Corpse and General Surgery, Autopsy were one of the first death metal/grindcore groups to emerge from the soils of the United States. They ruined appetites everywhere with their own brand of unique (at least at the time) extreme metal assault, one that was overflowing with uber-gross lyrics, grotesque vocals, and wildly thrashing guitars and drums. (Indeed, Autopsy were more heavily influenced by the Bay Area thrash scene, which at the time, was booming in popularity.) But what made the San Francisco-based unit stand out even more from prior (and most subsequent) deathgrind groups is the fact that they were armed with fretless four-string virtuoso Steve DiGiorgio. Indeed, this man's technical bass lines were the true X-factor on Autopsy's 1989 debut, "Severed Survival." And top it all off with a really, really raw and gritty-sounding production job and some truly appalling cover art, and the end result is one of extreme metal's defining early statements.

The album kicks off with a nice bass intro from Steve. But soon thereafter, you are launched head-first into a no-holds-barred deathgrind onslaught of blazing guitars, grumbling bass, thunderous rhythms, blasting drums, and retching vocals. It all makes "Charred Remains" one very brutal and rip-roaring set opener, and one that can also claim to have a blistering, shredding guitar solo to add to its merits. Its follow-up, "Service For A Vacant Coffin," despite featuring a muscularly throbbing bass line in its intro, works much differently, though, in that it counteracts buzzsaw-fast, guitar-driven sections with slow, plodding, and even borderline doomy breaks/pockets. Later tracks, such as "Impending Dread" (which takes a page out of the Grave handbook by beginning with a positively doomy intro with sludgy, mid-tempo, Melvins-worthy riffing, before a series of careening guitar leads make the song pick up substantial speed and momentum), also makes use of similar-sounding doomy tendencies, and does so to excellent effect. And so do "Critical Madness," the creepy, atmospheric little interlude track that is "Funereality," and the closing "In The Grip Of Winter," for that matter. But only the original song of the bunch, the above-described "Service For...," can claim to also feature a chaotic shred solo, and some vocals that sound bizarrely enough like they are a precursor to the classic goregrind "pig squeal" style.

Elsewhere, tracks three and four, "Disembowel" and "Gasping For Air," are two other big standouts in that they are both really catchy numbers propelled forward by hefty, thrashy, churning riffs, blazing solos, and frog-throated, Cookie Monster-esque death metal vocals. (The latter of these two tunes is also highlighted by one of the album's best -- if not THE best -- guitar solos, too.) And so is "Ridden With Disease" because it is a thunderous, foundation-shaking speedster with Steve's ultra-fat bass comprising one especially brutal bottom-end. And some more chaotic, trade-off shred soloing (which practically screams "Kerry King/Jeff Hanneman-worthy") is just the icing on the song's cake. And despite boasting some more noteworthy guitar soloing (an exceptional, lengthy, ascending solo in the former, and a surprisingly melodic solo in the latter), "Pagan Saviour" and "Several Survival" are two more inexorable steamrollers from beginning to end.

And finally, there are three more notable tracks. "Embalmed" claims a particularly sludgy, distorted, and gutturally grumbling bass tone to go along with its crushing riffs, throat-straining screams, and fairly ripping soloing. "Stillborn" is a piece of pure, old-fashioned, early Carcass-influenced grindcore. And lastly, if far from leastly, "Destined To Fester" marries catchy, "wah-wah" guitar licks with crunching rhythms, pummeling, machine-gun-fast blast beats, and another pair of screaming, Slayer-ish solos.

Cutting to the chase, "Severed Survival" delivers the goods: Filth-caked, splatter-house, crust-stuffed, death metal/grindcore by the barrel full. It might not exactly be "Symphonies Of Sickness," but it is still an undisputed classic.
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