Autopsy Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves

Autopsy Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves
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Since their 2009 return from the dead, this California gore-death band has issued an entirely impressive run of records, and this incredibly titled full-length is just one more great collection of sludge-ridden death metal in the band's impressive catalogue.

Right off the bat, the raw and grimy production qualities serve the papers with the notice that this is not going to be pretty. It ain't, and it rules: openers "Savagery" and "King of Flesh Ripped" tackle all tempos and create that sewage-grade feel that few bands have ever managed to do as well as Autopsy. Late-album sludge crawl "Burial" drags the bodies through the mud slowly, and it's the album's highlight.

Luckily, the whole disc is a pleasure to listen to (if getting drowned in brown sludge is your bag, and it should be), as the overarching vibe combines the more punked-off feel of offshoot band Abscess and the death metal majesty that was all over Autopsy's last two, which is just fine. We've got to round out our musical tastes somehow, after all. (Peaceville)