Review by Tammy Lomax for MPM
There has been a whopping mass of insane releases this year and the level of talent expressed through creativity has been a huge climax. Musicians are demonstrating their views and experiences through undenying clouts of passion, it’s bloody marvellous.
September’s curtains have drawn and we are steam rolling through October, how is this even possible?! 2023 is shooting by vastly and the dawn of another year is just around the corner.
For myself, it’s been a wavy year, lots of roller coaster journeys and in reality without my music to crumble on, I don’t know where I would be.
I have buried my face and indulged in some of the most phenomenal variety of metal music and 2023 is not quite over just yet.
All the yes as I see a slab of real death metal up in front me. The new Autopsy album is right up in my grill and I can taste and touch it.
When it comes to sincere death metal, Autopsy doubtlessly prevails. They are one of the longest serving death metal bands of all time. Birthed in 1987 in Contra Costa County, California by Chris Reifert and Eric Cutler, they embarked on a 15 year hiatus and reassembled in 2009.
After they reunited, in 2010 they released their brutal E.P ‘The Tomb Within’ and their fifth studio album ‘Macabre Eternal’ was released a year later in 2011.
They are like bulldozers and releasing album after album. Following from the positively disgusting album ‘Morbidity Triumphant’ ‘Ashes, Organs, Blood and Crypts’ will be released via Peaceville Records on the 27th October.
The album was recorded by Scott Evans and Greg Wilkinson at Sharkbite
Studios. Additional tracking at Earhammer Studios was also by Greg Wilkinson and the mastering was conquered by Ken Lee.
The shockingly horrific artwork was created by Wes Benscoter, clearly suiting their music style right down to a T.
As a whole, this album is an absolute onslaught of mayhem, pure organic passionate death metal. It is bursting to the brim with instant massacre and a ridiculous amount of confident destruction. They certainly tap into thrash and doom throughout and there are some salivating paces that just make you want to bounce.
Stripping the album back, I have some favourite tracks, first being “Well Of Entrails”, mainly because of the detailing. There’s a tonne of variety spaced throughout this beast. The doom vibes wholly suck you in and absorb all your attention. The guitars and beats collaborate perfectly and the pace gradually builds with the vocals. Halfway in and you can distinguish the bass guitar as it pokes at you and then.. BANG! mayhem!
“Bones To The Wolves” is another incredible and impressive addition but in all honesty album closer “Coagulation” is assuredly where it’s at for me. There’s a dark gnarly, intense atmosphere and it just bites at you continually. It’s very weighty and holds many twists and turns that keep you on your toes and is not as expected as the previous tracks.
‘Ashes, Organs, Blood and Crypts’ holds vast amounts of girth, the vocals are pure filth and perfectly equal with the paces. The drums are totally assaulting with acceleration and there’s plenty of chunky riffs to keep you intrigued. The sound structures provide that raw rooted death metal sound and the distribution of everything is well balanced, nothing sounds overwhelming or too loud.
If you are a fan of Autopsy then you will genuinely cherish this release.
One of the things that keeps me fighting is my music, it’s the best distraction for me and drags me away from the reality of the matrix. Without our creative, expressive channels, what do we have?! Expressing ourselves is an absolute must and we have to believe in ourselves and the passions we feel.