Autopsy - Severed Survival
Peaceville Records - 2009
By Adam McAuley
A really raw vibe is present with this record and shows Autopsy
playing a stripped down version of the death metal style. Their approach can be likened to that of Obituary
and we can see the same sense of enjoying everything they do. The bass is really high in the mix and makes for a very one of a kind sound that contributes to making them their own unique death metal entity.
The excitement level is a very important attribute to the work and they have a lot of energy thrown in for good measure. One thing that matters is that the band could be slightly tighter and more complex in their style and their somewhat simple style doesn’t leave much opportunity to become interesting. They create enough momentum to sustain a fairly straightforward attack type, but don’t go into enough twists and turns to truly elevate themselves to another level of greatness. The album thus has the ability to sound uninspiring to these ears, though I think other fans of death metal may derive more from the release than I did.
The sound doesn’t haven’t enough of a punishing aspect derived from it, but merely fades into the background which takes away from the viciousness of what is presented. Thus we’re left with an album that has some solid performing, but the potency and creativeness of the music is somewhat lacking in comparison to the rest of what’s going on.
I suppose this could be recommended to big fans of death metal, but many metal fans may find a little bit wanting from the release though it is pretty good. Opener “Charred Remains” is one of the better songs on Severed Survival
with some fun riffs present. I think the actual studio playing is more solid than the rehearsal portion of the reissue as well which are slightly held back by less than amazing production values.
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