Reunions seem to be a dime a dozen these days, which is why most metalheads can often seem more than a little apathetic. But if there was one band reunion that we could get excited about in the last couple of years, it was Autopsy. Let's face it; they were one of the instigators of the whole death metal scene, and certainly the first to start the whole doom/death genre. Not only did the band reunite after such a long hiatus, but the but they also bought us a horrific new release in the form of Macabre Eternal, who's cover art alone would be enough to scare any pretenders back to their normal civilised life. Now, less than a year later, we also get All Tomorrow's Funerals, a collection of the bands EPs, their Horrific Obsession single, plus some brand new tracks. Who said Christmas was already over?
For fans of the genre, Autopsy will always be much loved, not just because they were pioneers, but also because their music is so damn good. It's rare to even get traditional metal bands to play solos these days, let alone a death metal one, which is why its such a delight to hear Danny Coralles and Eric Cutler shred it up next to those crushingly slow riffs. And how Chris Reifert manages those insane vocals, whilst drumming at the same time, will probably forever remain a mystery. Of course there are the lyrics, with Autopsy no doubt offending everyone, from feminists (Squeal Like A Pig, Dead Hole) to animal liberation advocates (Keeper Of Decay). But should we really care? No, and nor should you - this is just escapism kids.
No doubt hardcore fans of Autopsy will have most of these EPs, but this album is still worth it, for the new songs alone. And if you are new to Autopsy or death metal in general? Then this is not only a great place to start but also an essential purchase.