on 19 March 2002
My all-time favourite band!! Yes, this is the first of the 4 (sadly) albums that Autopsy released. This is from 1989 (Shown here with the original artwork - I've got the vinyl from around then, but it's got the more censored artwork), and features the mainstays of Autopsy - Chris Riefert on Drums/Vocals, Danny Coralles on Guitar, and Eric Cutler on the other guitar, with some bass guy drafted in (they had a different bass player for alomst every release). Bass for the album was actually handled by Sadude, ex-Death, and current Testament member Steve DiGiorgio, and so the quality of the bass work is very good on the recording. i don't know how well the guy did live, but he must have been able to play it, or they wouldn't have let himplay in the band. Musically, this is a departure from Rieferts earlier work (as the drummer on Scream Bloody Gore, the first Death album) only because it is slightly slower, with speed bursts, and is thematically more gory (!) then Scream Bloody Gore. The instruments are more down-tuned, and his vocals are a lot more growly then Chucks, making the words less intelligable.
The solo work is quite accomplished, and the way that they play to each other is quite good. The guitar riffs are not overly complex, and quite slow (think like Obiutary, but more complex). The drums are more double-bass and blastbeat orientated then the fast snare-bass assault that marked the speed of Scream Bloody Gore, and this also works to accentuate the speed of the riffs. The bass work is quite high in the mix, and so you cna hear the complexity of the basslines that Steve had put down.
Lyrically, the songs talk about having to eat yourself to survive on a desert island (Severed Survival), being choked to death (Gasping For Air), and other topics such as paranoid thoughts leading to killing people, and infectious, and killing diseases.
Essential for anyone who likes gory death metal like Cannibal Corpse, Dismamber or anything like that.