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Headless Ritual

AutopsyAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (July 2, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Peaceville / Snapper
  • ASIN: B00CL1CA40
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars a funeral for the mind and ears July 3, 2013
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I've never been a rabid Autopsy fan but I've always collected all of their releases. In fact, when Acts of The Unspeakable dropped in 1992 , I was a teenager smitten with Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Deicide , Incantation, Malevolent Creation, etc. Autopsy was always worth a listen but was never a mainstay in my stereo like the aforementioned bands. I have , however, always admired Chris Reifert's perverse lyrics and the band's doomy passages and shredding guitars. The raw, muddy productions on their earlier releases also prevented me from thoroughly enjoying them to the fullest. I found Macabre Eternal highly enjoyable , as it seemed to perfectly blend heavy, meaty hooks with doomy riffs and time changes backed by a strong production ; the downside was it clocked in a bit overlong. The Headless Ritual is a good throwback album that regains some of the filthy raw vibe of old, yet it boasts clean production and refined songwriting. The fat has been trimmed off to give the listener a stripped down, old school death metal stomp on the face. Autopsy have always had a black sense of humor that borderlines comedic in death metal; this is not lost on this album. If anything, I'd say this is their most toned down lyrically in the gore/sadism department, not unlike what Cannibal Corpse have done after The Bleeding. The music here is highly enjoyable and doesn't take repeated listens to sink in. Not as nasty as the Autopsy albums of the early 90's but musically a more mature and entertaining listen. Personally , I wouldn't want it any other way. Autopsy keep it fresh and old school without sounding like they are stuck in a meat freezer from 1989. Go buy it !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Autopsy's newest a real killer August 9, 2013
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Most death metal historians credit that genre with two possible sources: Possessed's seminal debut "Seven Churches", which, at that time had pushed thrash as far as it had ever gone, introducing manic pacing, lots of screaming lead work and maybe one of death metal's first vocalists in Jeff Becerra, who sounded somewhat like a dog with a very sore throat. Also, that album contained the song "Death Metal", which definitely is the first time the name was used.
Switch to Tampa and Chuck Schuldiner with his first band Mantis, who had reputedly recorded an album that got lost in the shuffle, but Death fans insist it came out before "Seven Churches", so the debate winds down to those discs. Chris Reifert drummed briefly for Death but in what would become a pattern, left the Florida humidity for good, and possibly Schuldiner's dictatorship personality, opting for staying in his California home with lots less heat, and formed Autopsy very early on.
While this group didn't quite reach the levels of Death, Morbid Angel or Obituary, not to mention Cannibal Corpse, they nonetheless had a solid faithful following that has allowed them to persevere and now are getting the accolades as death metal pioneers they rightfully earned. It started in earnest with the mindblowing comeback album "Macabre Eternal", a slab of evil death metal that came straight out of the violent ward of a psychiatric hospital, the "greatest hits" style "All Tomorrow's Funerals", a gem of reworked and re-recorded older songs that became a great record in its own right, and the new "Headless Ritual".
Like some other bands that have been around a while, like Sodom and Kreator, who straddle the thrash/death line, it seems Autopsy is just getting more sick and brutal with age. No mellowing out here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edible Autopsy July 15, 2013
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Headless Ritual is Autopsy's latest and the bar has seriously been raised. Macabre Eternal was the full length follow up to years of stagnancy and while it had some good parts, it felt more like an experiment within their sound. This album sounds as fluid and familiar as the greats with exceptional attention to detail and an ear for the truly unnerving. Tracks are highly contagious like a zombie outbreak and ooze like festering blisters as this thrilling psychodrama plays out. Those sinewy leads spiral into chunky bounce and bob old school Death Metal and then thunderous, cantankerous, doom passages all with a crusty sense of the punk that spawned it. The vocals are absolutely otherworldly throughout and give Autopsy just one more step up on all other bands for being the most sickeningly awesome. The craft and care given to the production is excellent and noticeably better than most other if not all Autopsy releases. How could this get any better? It honestly couldn't. This sort of band can rarely do things to reinvent themselves, but can always be reinvigorated, and Headless Ritual is a charismatic effort that shows that the old guard still does it the best.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Headless Ritual July 2, 2013
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This is a really good album. It is a little better then Macabre Eternal but not as good as Mental Funeral. The Headless Ritual seems to be revisiting the earlier sound with stronger elements of doom. All in all, this is a great Autopsy album.

Sorry for such a short review however with Autopsy you pretty much know what you are getting. There are no surprises so if you have been a fan in the past then you should be happy with The Headless Ritual.
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