1989 - Severed Survival.
1991 - Mental Funeral.
way more Helter Skelter.

April 24, 1989 - 2024: 35 years of: Severed Survival.

Pioneering and overall gruesome all stared with an autopsy.

After DEATH's seminal 1987 Scream Bloody Gore LP, drummer / singer Chris Reifert went on with his own vision of death and created: AUTOPSY ...the underground soundtrack nightmares are made of.

Instant death as "Charred Remains" burns this new genre to a crisp with a white heat red hot branding-iron. DIY and deadly, the tone and production matches the sick themes as violently vomited on the "Severed Survival" title-track and brutal choking of "Gasping For Air".

Following the "Service For A Vacant Coffin", the dismemberment and decapitation digs deep into a full "Disembowel". The decay continues to rot on "Impending Dread" and with the cold, cold fluids of "Embalmed".

Hail Death-Metal, now a genre to reckon with and finally available for the fledging underground. Hail the glorious Class Of '89: AUTOPSY, OBITUARY, MORBID ANGEL and MORGOTH. The Severed Survival LP is the birth of goremetal, only matched by it's predecessor CARCASS's Reek Of Putrefaction LP. Yet slower to mid-pace and featuring the most deranged lyric-set available to date.

Trailblazed and recorded by Reifert, guitarist Eric Cutler and Danny Coralles with then unknown bassist Steve DiGiorgio, throughout this deadly race, AUTOPSY shall be the only deathmetal band from California.

The coroners would slice through more skin-tissue with 1991's Mental Funeral CD.

Severed Survival = full LP
Live at MilwaukeeMetalFest in 1989

April 22, 1991 - 2021: 30 years of: Mental Funeral.

Death after DEATH.

Following the end of his partnership with deathmetal-initiator Chuck Schuldiner, Chris Reifert hatched up AUTOPSY. The other side of deathmetal, a slower and chunkier death-meat-all.

The opener "Twisted Mass Of Burnt Decay" is a blast of hate, while "In The Grip Of Winter" swings with a catchy doom mid-part. The slow build-up of "Slaughterday" inevitably turns into a bloody mosh-pit, while rotting cuts like "Robbing The Grave" and "Dark Crusade" mince corpses like a meat-grinder.

The following Fiend For Blood MCD, featuring once again bass-superhero Steve DiGiorgio, is extra gore to add to the pile. Garage-style deathmetal, no need to look for finesse or adventurous time-signatures, this is sick pus-filled deathmetal.

After 1989's classic debut Severed Survival LP, the explosive deathmetal scene was at full arms-race, yet AUTOPSY stuck to their guns and offered an different kind of death. After death, we get AUTOPSY.

Mental Funeral = full CD
Fiend For Blood = full MCD
Live in 1991


Death-Metal 1988-92


Death-Metal US 1991

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