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Album Review

California death metal thugs Autopsy have come back strong in the last couple of years. Their 2010 EP The Tomb Within was a five-song, 20-minute blast of punky grindcore with loose drumming, ridiculously catchy guitar riffs, and hoarse but comprehensible vocals. Macabre Eternal is more ambitious — 12 songs in 65 minutes, including the inexplicably drawn-out, 11-minute epic "Sadistic Gratification" — and more musically complex than the EP, but it's still Autopsy; they haven't become progressive death metal or anything. Song titles like "Always About to Die," "Dirty Gore Whore," and "Seeds of the Doomed" reveal their not-so-hidden intentions, which are to make listeners' heads bang and, somewhat more surprisingly, to inspire wild fits of air guitar. There are riffs on this record that have a catchiness extreme metal hasn't exhibited in decades, and the solos squeal with an untamable and infectious energy. Death metal used to be fun, and the members of Autopsy remember. The drum sound, as on the EP and on all previous Autopsy releases, is extremely primitive and boxy, sounding indebted to punk and even '70s hard rock more than the precise clicking and clacking of much modern death metal. It, along with other factors, gives the music a human feeling that makes it all the more appealing — this album could have been recorded live in the studio. Fans of old-school death metal will find Macabre Eternal to be an exciting reminder of the genre's earliest days.

Customer Reviews


All you need to know is in the band name. This thing is solid front to back! But you already knew that.


This is a great album from beginning to end with very few fillers. The vocal stylings and attacks are unique and creative, the riffs are catchy and brutal, and the overall atmosphere is menacing.


It's good but it's not like the old Autopsy I remember :/.


Formed: 1987 in Concord, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Founded by ex-Death drummer Christ Reifert shortly after he relocated to San Francisco in 1987, punishing death metal unit Autopsy was rounded out by guitarists Eric Cutler and Danny Coralles and bassist Ken Sorvari, with Reifert also handling vocal duties. Signed to U.K.-based indie label Peaceville on the strength of 1988's Critical Madness demo, they released their debut, Severed Survival, two years later. Mirroring the work of fledgling English groups like Napalm Death and Carcass, the album...
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