There has been something of a resurgence in Death Metal of late on both sides of the pond. Carcass have led the way for the old guard to come back blazing, but also the likes of Exhumed and Entrails have been putting in some good shifts too. Autopsy have been reunited for a while now and ‘Tourniquets, Hacksaws & Graves’ is every bit as brutal as the blood splattered title suggests.
Erupting with a monsoon of buzzing and squealing guitars to accompany the blood curdled lyrics; this is just about as death metal as things can get. Traditional tones, song structures and subject matter make this far from ground-breaking but far from standard. It’s a refreshingly direct approach from these master craftsmen.
Much like Carcass did last year. Autopsy have had a good look at what they do best and concentrated on those bits for a new album. Similar again to Carcass, they’ve hit the nail on the head with this one.
Plenty of thrash-influenced death metal, borrowing from the likes of Death and Entombed, but with the characteristic Autopsy doom in there too. It’s not a relentless sprint to the finish thanks to some classy changes in pace throughout ‘Tourniquets, Hacksaws & Graves’. Even the piercing guitar solos come in variable speed options to keep you on your toes.
‘Burial’ has a doomy plod that would struggle to keep up with ‘Iron Man’ where as ‘Savagery’, as you may well expect from the title, is a proper face remover.
‘Tourniquets, Hacksaws & Graves’ is a no-nonsense death metal album from a seemingly no-nonsense band. Death Metal purists will lap this up and it’s a great advert for the genre as a whole. These are exciting times for all things Death!