Friday, August 19, 2011

Initial Impressions: Autopsy: Macabre Eternal

Not all reunion albums are this good. There have been several in recent years that have been major disappointments. As such, I am sometimes wary of the reunion albums but ultimately check them out anyway. There was absolutely no reason to be apprehensive this time, despite the fact that Autopsy has not released a new album since 1995. They did put out some hints that they would be back with a vengeance over the last couple of years, and that prophecy has been fulfilled.

Above all, this album is fun. If you like a good zombie movie without a whole lot of serious implications that is just mindless horror violence, then this is the kind of album for you. With song titles like "Dirty Gore Whore" and "Bludgeoned and Brained", there is really no other way to describe it. Mindless horror violence, indeed.

Musically, this is the kind of old-school death metal album that we just do not get graced with too often anymore. It reminds me of the Denial Fiend debut a few years back, in that there is plenty of horror imagery, but the band just sounds like they were having an absolute blast playing it. It's almost cartoonish. But then that is the charm of this kind of album. Nobody really takes it seriously. It's entertainment plain and simple. The band members know how to play their instruments, but all of that is just secondary.

This is absolutely one of the most fun death metal albums I have heard in a long time. Welcome back Autopsy.

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