Released: 2012, Peaceville
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
If you don’t know or own anything by Autopsy, are you sure you’re even into extreme metal? These Floridian legends erupted into the death metal scene at pretty much the same time as their bastard swamp brothers OBITUARY, but have somehow stayed more ‘underground’ and ‘cVlt’ than the Obies (or pretty much anyone else for that matter!).
I’m fairly certain that this is the first of two ‘collections’ from these festering death-mongers, and if you don’t already have their extensive back catalogue of EP’s – then this is a bloody good place to jump on board this rotting ship. Slightly confusingly, the album runs in a confusing ‘latest to earliest’ chronological format, which may well cause ‘newbies’ to scratch their decomposing heads. Hence the first 4 tracks (and a ripping re-recording of “Mauled To Death”) are exactly what you would expect, hateful, pustulent, vomit-blowing chunks of face ripping classic Autopsy … well what else did you expect?
So as I say, compiling the 4 new songs with whole EP’s or tracks from “The Tomb Within”, “Fiend For Blood”, “Retribution From The Dead”, “Horrific Obsession”. Yes, the songs have been digitally re-mastered, BUT do not expect to hear any polish or anything ‘clean’, the band sound exactly as horrific and disgusting as ever … except … just a little bit more so! It’s easy to forget just how classic this band is, and somehow amongst some of their compatriots they almost seem overlooked, but fear not, this shuddering, eroding, bowel loosening 22 track of cadaveric butchery should enchant the old yet massively appeal to the gore thirsty novitiate too!
Review by: Satanic Muttley