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The Headless Ritual

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  • Audio CD (24 Jun. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Peaceville
  • ASIN: B00CN4U69G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,346 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

The new studio album of relentless brutality from the US masters of horror. Among the early breed of US death metal pioneers, Autopsy formed in 1987 in San Francisco and released four albums on Peaceville Records. Beginning with the classic debut 'Severed Survival' in 1989, they disbanded in 1995 with members going on to form Abscess. Autopsy triumphantly and officially returned from the grave after a 15 year hiatus with the 2010 EP, 'The Tomb Within', followed by the release of the band's widely acclaimed fifth studio album, 'Macabre Eternal' in 2011, which further cemented the legacy of this legendary act. 2013 sees Autopsy return more sinister and rotten-to-the-core than ever with their new studio opus of horror and all-out madness, 'The Headless Ritual'; featuring the returning quartet of Chris Reifert, Eric Cutler, Danny Coralles, and Joe Trevisano. 'The Headless Ritual' is a relentless monster of violent and brutal death metal mastery delivered in the unmistakable Autopsy style of chaotic riffing, insane solos and doom-filled interludes, all served with the band's unhinged brand of vocal sickness. The album was recorded and mixed April 2013 at Fantasy Studios in California with Adam Munoz, and features cover artwork by renowned artist Joe Petagno (Motörhead, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin). Autopsy notably features drummer Chris Reifert, who began his recording career with US metal greats, Death, before taking on the unusual duty of handling drums and vocals for Autopsy. Autopsy has influenced a whole generation of extreme metal bands, from Entombed and Dismember to Darkthrone, and is among the biggest and most respected names in the genre's history.

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Autopsy is a unique case in the metal world . Their style is supposedly death metal yet they differ completely from what we usually call death metal. They started their career with 2 fantastic albums , with "mental funeral" being possibly the scariest metal album ever and then they started sounding silly with small , almost hardcore, songs in "acts of the unspeakable" before completely turning into a joke with "shitfun" .
Thankfully with their reunion they have returned to the style of their first 2 albums with big songs , many doomy parts and fantastic solos . "Macabre eternal" was a fantastic return to form and "the headless ritual" is even better. With a heavier production and the usual fantastic musicianship from this band they deliver . What I love in this band is that behind their horror image and extreme lyrics you have a band with fantastic musicians . Reifert is a great drummer and a unique singer and their guitarists can play extremely well with really atmospheric solos .
Autopsy is not for everyone , even for death metal fans since their style is quite different to the usual death metal sound but for their fans this reunion has been a blessing . Now I can't wait for their next album which is coming out shortly !!!
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This is just as good as Macabre Eternal... Some fast tracks and few fantastic slow moments, vocals again are unique for this genre, demented growls, howls and snarls not the usual growl fest throughout the whole album but a lively mixture, organic production is also fantastic in making this brew authentically old-School Death Metal

Highly recommend this
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doom Patrol on 13 Aug. 2013
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OLD SCHOOL!!! This album will tear you a new one in the best possible way! If you've never heard of Autopsy then shame on you, they're hands down one of the most influential bands from the original days of of the Death Metal scene. Nightmarishly grim and fast as hell Autopsy have always been untouchable, quite simply they sound like Autopsy, and that's why they are immense.

The heartfelt rawness of the playing is what's always drawn me to them, ever since I first heard "Mental Funeral" as a 14 year old I was sold, and in 20 odd years refreshing to see that Autopsy haven't changed they've just got better... And whilst "Mental Funeral" will always be a classic of that period, "Headless Ritual" proves that some bands will always just show you how it's done, easily in my top 5 of 2013. You'll head bang and air guitar like you're a kid again!
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