Published Apr 25, 2014Bay Area masters of gore-soaked death metal Autopsy have been at the top of their game the last few years, spitting out releases since 2011's Macabre Eternal, their first full-length in 16 years. Following last year's The Headless Ritual, Autopsy crank out yet another album, dubbed Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves. Vicious and unrelenting throughout, the record sees drummer/lead vocalist Chris Reifert, guitarists Danny Coralles and Eric Cutler, as well as bassist Joe Allen doing what they do best.
The aptly-titled, horror-themed Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves is the band's seventh LP to date, and much like the six albums before, it doesn't stray too far beyond their classic brand of intense, gruesome death metal. The release features grimy, blood-splattered tracks, executed with impeccable musicianship and raw, old school aggression. Highlights include the exceptionally dark "King of Flesh Ripped," the cacophonous title track, which incorporates a variety of structures and time signatures, as well as the rapid-fire, belligerent "After the Cutting." In true Autopsy form, Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves is disgustingly hideous, in the best way possible. (Peaceville)