Jul 06

Autopsy – The Headless Ritual



There are bands that release that one solid album, and then continue to dwindle slowly after. Autopsy isn’t in that category. Which each new release, their brutal force extends and dominates everything in its wake. With the release of their newest album The Headless Ritual, us youngsters will get thrown into the violent wake and will be reminded what death metal truly is. The Headless Ritual combines sick solos, gory imagery and powerful composition. With The Headless Ritual, Autopsy proves to us that they still stand as the most atrocious group in death metal today.

The album starts with the track Slaughter at the Beast House. This is the kind of track that will haunt you in your sleep. They blend fast and heavy riffs with slow and relentless instrumentals so that it sounds like a mixture of bones and skin. The solos in When Hammer Meets Bone will consume and digest you. Running from the Goathead will leave you in pure insanity. The madness of the rapid drumming and unexplainable vocals will leave you sweating and shaking.

When I received this album, it came with a document of the lyrics (Ahem, labels. This is helpful to us reviewers.). While reading the lyrics, I was able to take a look inside the wrathful story of the beast in Slaughter at the Beast House. I was able to picture the inbred family in When Hammer Meets Bone. And I was able to experience the short yet savage lyrics written for the song Thorns and Ashes. If you’re a lyric nerd like me and want to read some clever lyrics that depict a grotesque imagery, then you’ll definitely be pleased.

Well Autopsy promised us almost ten years ago they wouldn’t continue to write or tour. Ha. But seriously, who wants to stop playing death metal? Well I’m glad Autopsy decided to continue with their ruthless legacy. Chris Reifert has some of the most deranged vocals I’ve heard. The guitar combination of Danny Coralles and Eric Gutler is like a recipe for something really delicious gone really bad. But after such a long break, you think this band will change? Apparently they like smoking out of six-foot bongs and rubbing nipples. I don’t think they changed.

So if you’re prepared to handle some of the most harrowing material ever written, get Autopsy’s new record. If you’re not, then you’re a pussy and nobody likes pussies. That means, to anyone who isn’t a pussy, start headbanging and annihilating your house. Oh, and don’t forget the six-foot bongs. That is necessary. And listening to this album is best while rubbing your nipples. Then again, when you rub your nipples it makes everything better. I’m just going to end this review with that.



1. Slaughter at the Beast House
2. Mangled Far Below
3. She is a Funeral
4. Coffin Crawlers
5. When Hammer Meets Bone
6. Thorns and Ashes
7. Arch Cadaver
8. Flesh Turns to Dust
9. Running from the Goathead
10. The Headless Ritual

Genre: Death Metal

Label: Peaceville Records


Joe Trevisano – Bass
Chris Reifert – Drums/Vocals
Danny Coralles – Guitar
Eric Cutler – Guitar/Vocals



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