Au­topsy

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PUNCTURING THE GROTESQUE

PEACEVILLE

CLAS­SIC DEATH METAL BAT­TERY FROM BAY AREA VET­ER­ANS

DIS­RE­GARD­ING A 1995-2008 hia­tus, Au­topsy have now been around for 30 fuck­ing years! That’s a long time by any­one’s stan­dards, even longer when a record like 1995’s Shit­fun de­tracts from sto­ried clas­sics 1989’s Sev­ered Sur­vival and 1991’s Men­tal Fu­neral. Puncturing The Grotesque doesn’t so much rein­vent the wheel as keep it turn­ing with seven solid ad­di­tions to the Bay Area bash­ers’ pun­ish­ing col­lec­tion of punk-in­fused, cave­man death metal, re­splen­dent with lengthy bursts of scream­ing so­los. The ti­tle track and The Sick Get Sicker are in­dica­tive of these el­e­ments, with the lat­ter sum­mon­ing Black Flag’s Rise Above and forc­ing it into the throat of the mix. When the quar­tet slow the pace, a sidewind­ing air pre­dom­i­nates. Gas Mask Lust teeters to­wards Voivod-gone-doom and Corpses At War re­calls an in­fantry of Bolt Thrower’s tanks rum­bling over the hills, side­ways. Gore­crow is most rem­i­nis­cent of the Au­topsy of old as thick gui­tars bounce tempo and time changes off the walls and the cover of Blood­bath’s Fuck You is as fun and Dwarves-in­spired as its ti­tle hints at with the mini-LP demon­strat­ing the band’s ca­pa­bil­ity at up­dat­ing the sound and style that got them here in the first place.

FOR FANS OF: OBIT­U­ARY, AS­PHYX, PUN­GENT STENCH

CON­NIE GOR­DON

au­topsy of­fer another slab of death metal prim­i­tivism

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