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Autopsy - The Headless Ritual
24 June 2013


01. Slaughter At Beast House
02. Mangled Far Below
03. She Is A Funeral
04. Coffin Crawlers
05. When Hammer Meets Bone
06. Thorns And Ashes
07. Arch Cadaver
08. Flesh Turns To Dust
09. Running From The Goathead
10. The Headless Ritual


After 18 years, Autopsy have made their glorious return! Now, I know what you're thinking; "clearly this moron is forgetting about Macabre Eternal." First of all; no I didn't, you condescending ass. Second of all; how much of a return can we consider that? Really, the only thing all that remarkable about Macabre Eternal was the fact that it ended a decade-and-a-half hiatus.

Autopsy really boiled themselves down to their most redeeming qualities for The Headless Ritual. You know what you're in for with an Autopsy album, Autopsy knows you know what you're in for, so no time is wasted, putting boots in asses right off the bat with "Slaughter At Beast House". From there on out it's pretty much an uninterrupted collection of catchy, stomping riffs. The only thing remarkably new is the high-focus on the vocals, in a similar fashion to that of the latest High On Fire record. Frequently we see the vocals standing out on their own over minimal guitars, with tasteful echo-effects thrown on. Done wrong, vocal effects like these can be distractingly bad, fortunately in the case of The Headless Ritual they do a lot to add a bit of extra body to the album.

The Headless Ritual is the sound of a band who have aged gracefully; Autopsy have come to terms with the times, without losing any integrity trying to pander to modern trends. On paper, this album probably doesn't come across as anything different from what they've been doing before; simple, furious death metal, in the style of the old school. The difference? Well, they just seem to be giving more of a shit this time around. To paraphrase J.B. Smoove: "They were juvenated, they lost it, then they got it again - rejuvenated."

The Headless Ritual is easily the best thing Autopsy have done since '91, and since this does hold it's own measured against albums like Severed Survival or Mental Funeral, it could even be a contender for best Autopsy release yet.


Band profile: Autopsy
Album: The Headless Ritual


 



Written on 25.07.2013 by
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BoxCar Willy - 25.07.2013 at 20:17  
Hm, I'll have to check it out!
Lit. - 25.07.2013 at 20:26  
^What he said.
Arcticus - 25.07.2013 at 21:02  
Pretty damn good. Didn't grab me as immediately as Mental Funeral did but certainly warrants more listens. Great to see a successful comeback campaign that strengthens rather than ruins a band's legacy.
Daniell - 25.07.2013 at 22:21  
I wholeheartedly agree, this album is fantastic.
RottingDeathHead - 27.07.2013 at 10:03  
One of their best albums! But I personally think they album art could've been better, but thats just me.
Moosh666 - 01.08.2013 at 16:51  
I don't even like Autopsy and I thought Macabre Eternal kicked ass, what have you got against it dude?
Mr. Doctor - 01.08.2013 at 17:24  
Written by Moosh666 on 01.08.2013 at 16:51
I don't even like Autopsy and I thought Macabre Eternal kicked ass, what have you got against it dude?

It's actually a good album but unfortunately it's way too long for its' own good. 65 mins... I don't see many weaknesses but for the style it gets boring. They should have made 2 albums out of it or cut the least good tracks down to a 40 min album and you get some incredibly tight album.
Moosh666 - 01.08.2013 at 18:32  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 01.08.2013 at 17:24

Written by Moosh666 on 01.08.2013 at 16:51
I don't even like Autopsy and I thought Macabre Eternal kicked ass, what have you got against it dude?

It's actually a good album but unfortunately it's way too long for its' own good. 65 mins... I don't see many weaknesses but for the style it gets boring. They should have made 2 albums out of it or cut the least good tracks down to a 40 min album and you get some incredibly tight album.


I didn't listen to it all in one sitting, so I didn't get that feeling, but I understand.

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