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Autopsy

Formed: 1987
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Autopsy News

Below is our complete Autopsy news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Autopsy Streaming "Burial" Track

U.S. death metal band Autopsy has teamed up with Pitchfork to launch a brand new track, titled "Burial," taken from the band's upcoming seventh studio album, "Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves."

Stream the new track at Pitchfork.com here before the album hits stores on April 29th via Peaceville.

"Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves" can be pre-ordered now via the Peaceville webstore. The track listing is as follows:

1. Savagery
2. King of Flesh Ripped
3. Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves
4. The Howling Dead (streaming here)
5. After The Cutting
6. Forever Hungry
7. Teeth of The Shadow Horde
8. All Shall Bleed
9. Deep Crimson Dreaming
10. Parasitic Eye
11. Burial
12. Autopsy More...

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Autopsy Streaming New Song

U.S. death metal outfit Autopsy (recently covered in our Sunday Old School column) has teamed up with Noisey to launch a brand new track, "The Howling Dead," from the band's upcoming seventh studio album, "Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves." Give it a listen below.

"Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves" can be pre-ordered now via the Peaceville webstore here. The band also comments:

"TOURNIQUETS TIGHTEN....HACKSAWS RIP.....GRAVES ARE FILLED.....THIS IS AUTOPSY, THIS IS DEATH METAL.... With the stench of 'The Headless Ritual' still permeating the befouled air, Autopsy has once again come for your very metal soul with their newest blood soaked homage to all things dark, twisted and horrific, once again bone crushingly heavy nightmares await. 'Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves' will awaken the most depraved part of the coldest zombie's stare. Blood will flow, brains will be destroyed, coffin lids will be opened..."

The album was recorded at Fantasy Studios with producer Adam Munoz and sees a continuation of Autopsy's pursuit of the ultimate in metallic horror and extremity, featuring the longstanding combo of Eric Cutler and Danny Coralles on guitars, Joe Trevisano on bass, and Chris Reifert on drums/vocals. The track listing is as follows: More...

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Sunday Old School: Autopsy

In the world of rock and metal music, it’s quite often we see a singer who simultaneously plays guitar, or sometimes bass, but it’s not often we clap eyes on a singing drummer. Phil Collins in Genesis is perhaps the most famous example and Black Sabbath's Bill Ward was able to multitask on the song, "It’s Alright," but collective hats must surely be taken off to anyone who can perform vocals and drums in a death metal band, but that’s just what Chris Reifert did when he formed Autopsy. Reifert formed the band in the summer of 1987 after leaving Death, for whom he performed drums on their classic album, "Scream Bloody Gore," along with guitarist Eric Cutler. The duo recorded their first demo that same year before recruiting a second guitarist, Danny Corrales, who almost immediately recorded a second demo with the band entitled, "Critical Madness."

The demos circulated around the metal scene and eventually reached the offices of Peaceville Records, who offered to sign the band. The group brought in Sadus member Steve DiGiorgio as a session musician and recorded their first full length album, "Severed Survival." The record was somewhat similar to "Scream Bloody Gore," but was nevertheless praised as one of the best death metal albums of its time, with many important bands in the genre such as Cannibal Corpse and Deicide citing the album as an influence. More...

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Autopsy Finishes Work On New Album

U.S. death metal act Autopsy has completed work on its seventh studio album, "Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves," set to be unleashed in North America on April 29th via Peaceville Records. The band comments:

"TOURNIQUETS TIGHTEN....HACKSAWS RIP.....GRAVES ARE FILLED.....THIS IS AUTOPSY, THIS IS DEATH METAL.... With the stench of 'The Headless Ritual' still permeating the befouled air, Autopsy has once again come for your very metal soul with their newest blood soaked homage to all things dark, twisted and horrific....once again bone crushingly heavy nightmares await....'Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves' will awaken the most depraved part of the coldest zombie's stare.....blood will flow, brains will be destroyed, coffin lids will be opened..."

The album was recorded at Fantasy Studios with producer Adam Munoz and sees a continuation of Autopsy's pursuit of the ultimate in metallic horror and extremity, featuring the longstanding combo of Eric Cutler and Danny Coralles on guitars, Joe Trevisano on bass and Chris Reifert on drums/vocals.

Artwork comes courtesy of Wes Benscoter, who was also previously responsible for the "Macabre Eternal" album cover. Check it out below, and you can also hear the band's entire previous release "The Headless Ritual" at this location. More...

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Autopsy Posts Full New Album Online

Noisey.com has launched an advance album stream of "The Headless Ritual," the impending sixth studio album from death metal act Autopsy. Stream the new record online right here or in the player below before it drops tomorrow on Peaceville Records.

After dissecting the release, fans can pre-order The Headless Ritual today via the album's mini-site at this location.

The album was recorded and mixed April 2013 at Fantasy Studios, San Francisco, Calif. with Adam Munoz, and features cover artwork by renowned artist Joe Petagno (Motörhead, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin).

Said drummer/vocalist Chris Reifert: "Expect nothing less than the monstrous brutality that Autopsy has been known to offer. Laurels will not be rested upon, trends will not be followed and mercy will not be shown. Mark your calendars for June and pick out a coffin to lie down and die in. Darkness and death await..." More...

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Autopsy Streaming New Track

Pitchfork.com is streaming a brand new track, "Mangled Far Below," from Bay Area death metal act Autopsy. Check out "Mangled Far Below" online right here.

The new cut is the second to surface from the impending "The Headless Ritual" album, due out July 2nd on Peaceville Records.

Featuring the returning quartet of Chris Reifert, Eric Cutler, Danny Coralles, and Joe Trevisano, "The Headless Ritual" was recorded and mixed in April 2013 at Fantasy Studios, San Francisco with Adam Munoz, and features cover artwork by artist Joe Petagno (Motörhead, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin).

Said drummer/vocalist Chris Reifert: "Expect nothing less than the monstrous brutality that Autopsy has been known to offer. Laurels will not be rested upon, trends will not be followed and mercy will not be shown. Mark your calendars for June and pick out a coffin to lie down and die in. Darkness and death await..." More...

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Autopsy Streaming New Song

Autopsy's new studio album "The Headless Ritual," is due out July 2nd on Peaceville Records. The Bay Area death metal act has teamed up with NPR Music to premiere the first cut, "Arch Cadaver," off the upcoming album at this location.

After listening to the new track, fans can head over to the Peaceville web-store for a variety of "The Headless Ritual" pre-order options, including bundles with an exclusive Autopsy shirt design, right here.

The album was recorded and mixed in April 2013 at Fantasy Studios, San Francisco, California with Adam Munoz, and features cover artwork by artist Joe Petagno (Motörhead, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin).

Said drummer/vocalist Chris Reifert: "Expect nothing less than the monstrous brutality that Autopsy has been known to offer. Laurels will not be rested upon, trends will not be followed and mercy will not be shown. Mark your calendars for June and pick out a coffin to lie down and die in. Darkness and death await..." More...

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Autopsy Reveals New Album Details

July 2nd will mark the return of Autopsy, the U.S. master of brutality, with the band's sixth studio opus of horror and all-out madness, "The Headless Ritual," on Peaceville Records. The following press release was issued about the album:

"Featuring the returning quartet of Chris Reifert, Eric Cutler, Danny Coralles, and Joe Trevisano, The Headless Ritual is a relentless monster of violent and brutal death metal mastery delivered in the unmistakable Autopsy style of chaotic riffing, insane solos and doom-filled interludes, all served with the band's unhinged brand of vocal sickness. The album was recorded and mixed April 2013 at Fantasy Studios, San Francisco, Calif. with Adam Munoz, and features cover artwork by renowned artist Joe Petagno (Motörhead, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin)."

Said drummer/vocalist Chris Reifert, "Expect nothing less than the monstrous brutality that Autopsy has been known to offer. Laurels will not be rested upon, trends will not be followed and mercy will not be shown. Mark your calendars for June and pick out a coffin to lie down and die in. Darkness and death await..."

1. Slaughter at Beast House
2. Mangled Far Below
3. She is a Funeral
4. Coffin Crawlers
5. When Hammer Meets Bone
6. Thorns and Ashes
7. Arch Cadaver
8. Flesh Turns to Dust
9. Running from the Goathead
10. The Headless Ritual More...

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Autopsy Gearing Up To Enter The Studio

U.S. death metal act Autopsy is set to defile the recording studio next month, as the band enters to lay down the tracks for its upcoming album, "The Headless Ritual," due out this year on Peaceville Records.

Recording on the follow-up to "Macabre Eternal" (reviewed here) will commence on April 1st, 2013 at Fantasy Studios in San Francisco, California with producer Adam Munoz. More...

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Bolt Thrower Announces U.S. Shows

British extreme metal veterans Bolt Thrower have announced they will be performing a string of shows in the United States this year, in addition to their appearance at the Maryland DeathFest, on what is being dubbed the, "Return to chaos" tour. They will be joined on the trek by fellow British death metal stalwarts, Benediction.

The tour schedule is as follows:

May 23 - Baltimore, MD - Maryland Deathfest
May 25 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House (with Autopsy)
May 26 - Oakland, SF - Metro Opera House (with Autopsy, Noothgrush)
May 28 - Portland, OR - Star Theater
May 29 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
May 31 - Austin, TX - Chaos In Tejas
June 1 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's

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Autopsy Issues Update On New Album

The U.S. death metal act Autopsy, which recently served up the five hour epic DVD, "Born Undead," has checked in before recording the band's sixth studio album, due for release on Peaceville mid-2013. Autopsy comments:

"Greetings casket crawlers and gore ghouls! Autopsy is ready to bleed out a bit of news for all to gnaw on...

"2012 has been a hell of a year for the band, with the All Tomorrow's Funerals album release, a string of insane shows throughout the world and the Born Undead DVD hitting the shelves.

"Adding to the insanity is the first official Autopsy sanctioned comic book titled 'Feast for a Funeral' out on Halloween 2012. More info on these releases can be found at this location.

"Now it is time to begin constructing the next deathly audio monstrosity. Consisting of all new material, Autopsy promises the heaviest, darkest and most devastating album to date. More...

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Autopsy Releasing Halloween Comic Book

Bay Area death metal act Autopsy and E-Comix are pleased to announce that Halloween 2012 will be ground zero for the release of "Autopsy: Feast For A Funeral," a fully-authorized comic book.

"Autopsy has driven the hearse to bring death metal to the masses since the late 1980s," said E-Comix President and Publisher, Vince Brusio. "It was a natural fit to fuse their brand of music with a grisly ghost story. So we took the cover image of Severed Survival, expanded on it, and developed a story that takes place on Halloween night. It's pretty gory stuff. As it should be."

Vocalist/drummer for Autopsy, Chris Reifert, commented, "We're damn excited about this, and know it will be a real killer when it's done!"

Fans can now order "Autopsy: Feast For A Funeral" online at this location. Shown the cover and told the plot for the book at the 10th Anniversary Maryland Deathfest, Autopsy gave the green light for the project, which brings to life the band's brand of doom in a ferocious full-color nightmare. More...

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Autopsy Posts Preview Of New DVD

Bay Area death metal pioneering act Autopsy has teamed up with CraveOnline.com to preview some footage from the band’s upcoming DVD release, "Born Undead."

Check out the new promo clip, featuring live footage of “Horrific Obsession,” “Severed Survival,” and “Always About To Die,” as well as interview footage with Dan Lilker, Joe Trevisano, Chris Reifert, plus candid behind-the-scenes action and more at this location.

"Born Undead," an unprecedented look into the blood and guts of one of death metal’s innovators, will be released on August 28th in North America via Peaceville Records. The following press release was issued bout the DVD:

"The extensive DVD will take fans on a journey through the birth, death and rebirth of the legendary act, with a documentary conducted with the band members themselves, as they describe how the beast came to be, and the impact their music has had on the metal world over a span of more than 20 years.

"The film also documents the band’s long-awaited return to the studio and stage, and includes rehearsals of both new tracks and old classics for Autopsy’s live comeback assault. The trio of 2010 reunion shows are all featured, with all the best classic tracks from Maryland Deathfest, PartySan festival and also Hole in the Sky in Norway, where Chris Reifert, Eric Cutler, and Danny Coralles were joined by Dan Lilker on bass.

"With hours of footage, as well as extras including the band’s promo video for 'All Tomorrow’s Funerals,' 'My Corpse Shall Rise' and more, Born Undead is the ultimate set for all Autopsy and metal maniacs alike."

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Exodus To Headline Slaughter By The Water

Slaughter By The Water 3 is pleased to announce the addition of the almighty Exodus as this year’s main stage headliner. The main stage will also include performances by Philm, Severed Fifth, Absu, Witchaven, Impaled, Autopsy, Fog of War, and Abysmal Dawn.

The Pier stage will include performances by Enemy In Peril, Desecrator, Necrosin, Hemotoxin, Ulysses, Siren, Scars of Envy and ZH. A video of Bay Area thrash legends Testament announcing Exodus as the headliners is online now and can be viewed below.

The third annual Slaughter By The Water event will take place on August 25th, 2012 on the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier in Alameda, CA. Sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, Lock & Shock, Rock The Bike, Bay Area Rocks, Scion, Native American Health Center, Dunlop, Anchor Bay Tattoos, Ustream, and Expressions College, the event is hosted by Testament’s Chuck Billy, who recently sat down and recorded an intro video which can be viewed here.

Advance tickets for the main stage performances (general admission) are on sale now and are just $35.00. Tickets cost $45.00 at the door. Tickets are available at this location. Main stage performances begin at 5pm and go until 12:30am aboard the USS Hornet. More...

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Slaughter By The Water Details Revealed

The third annual Slaughter By The Water event will take place on August 25th, 2012 on the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier in Alameda, CA. Sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, Lock & Shock, Rock The Bike, and more, the event is hosted by Testament’s Chuck Billy and includes performances by Philm, Severed Fifth, Absu, Witchaven, Impaled, Autopsy, Fog of War and Abysmal Dawn.

More announcements including the full line-up and headliner are coming soon. Chuck Billy recently sat down and recorded an intro video which can be viewed below.

Advance tickets for the main stage performances (general admission) are on sale now and are just $35.00. Tickets cost $45.00 at the door. Tickets are available here. Main stage performances begin at 5pm and go until 12:30am aboard the USS Hornet.

From noon to 9pm, access to the entire pier, which includes Pier Stage entertainment, food vendors and retailers, is FREE to the public. The pier stage is powered by Rock the Bike and the bands performing will be announced soon. More...

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Autopsy Reveals New DVD Release Date

Influential death metal act Autopsy has revealed the release date for its upcoming DVD, "Born Undead." The extensive look into the blood and guts of one of death metal’s great pioneers will be released on August 28th in North America via Peaceville Records. A trailer for the upcoming release can be seen at this location.

"Born Undead" charters the birth, death, and rebirth of the legendary act, with an extensive documentary conducted with the band members themselves, as they describe how the beast came to be, and the impact their music has had on the metal world over a span of more than 20 years.

The film also documents the band’s long-awaited return to the studio and stage, and includes rehearsals of both new tracks and old classics for Autopsy’s live comeback assault. The trio of 2010 reunion shows are all featured, with all the best classic tracks from Maryland Deathfest, PartySan festival and also Hole in the Sky in Norway, where Chris Reifert, Eric Cutler, and Danny Coralles were joined by Dan Lilker on bass.

With hours of footage, as well as extras including the band’s promo video for “All Tomorrow’s Funerals,” “My Corpse Shall Rise” and more, "Born Undead" is the ultimate set for all Autopsy and metal maniacs alike. Kent Mattieu, who had collaborated with the band on its early classic (and often controversial) album covers, provided artwork for the release. More...

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Autopsy Posts "Born Undead" Teaser

Bay Area death metal act Autopsy has launched a trailer for the upcoming DVD, "Born Undead," which can be viewed below.

"Born Undead" charters the birth, death, and rebirth of the legendary act, with an extensive documentary conducted with the band members themselves, as they describe how the beast came to be, and the impact their music has had on the metal world over a span of more than 20 years.

The film also documents the band’s return to the studio and stage, and includes rehearsals of both new tracks and old classics for Autopsy’s live comeback assault. The trio of 2010 reunion shows are all featured, with all the best classic tracks from Maryland Deathfest, PartySan festival and also Hole in the Sky in Norway, where Chris Reifert, Eric Cutler, and Danny Coralles were joined by Dan Lilker on bass.

With hours of footage, as well as extras including the band’s promo video for “All Tomorrow’s Funerals,” “My Corpse Shall Rise” and more, Born Undead is the ultimate set for all Autopsy and metal maniacs alike. Kent Mattieu, who had collaborated with the band on its early classic (and often controversial) album covers, provided artwork for the release. More...

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MDF 2012 Full Lineup And Set Times Announced

The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012. Tickets are still on sale for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with Thursday is sold out.

The final lineup is confirmed and the running order and set times have been announced as follows:

Thursday, May 24th - Entrance opens at 4:00 pm

Main room
Extermination Angel - 4:45 - 5:10
Die Pigeon Die - 5:25 - 5:50
Needful Things - 6:05 - 6:40
Rorschach - 6:55 - 7:40
Dying Fetus - 7:55 - 8:40
Absu - 8:55 - 9:40
Eyehategod - 9:55 - 10:45
Agalloch - 11:00 - 12:00
Autopsy - 12:15 - end

Friday, May 25th - Entrance opens at 3:00 pm More...

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Autopsy To Release New DVD

From the macabre tomb of Bay Area death metal pioneer, Autopsy, comes an unrivaled insight into its world of gore and horror in the form of a new DVD, "Born Undead," due out on June 5th in North America on Peaceville Records.

"Born Undead" charters the birth, death and rebirth of the legendary act, with an extensive documentary conducted with the band members themselves, as they describe how the beast came to be, and the impact their music has had on the metal world over a span of more than 20 years.

The film also documents the band’s long-awaited return to the studio and stage, and includes rehearsals of both new tracks and old classics for Autopsy’s live comeback assault. The trio of 2010 reunion shows are all featured, with all the best classic tracks from Maryland Deathfest, PartySan festival and also Hole in the Sky in Norway, where Chris Reifert, Eric Cutler, and Danny Coralles were joined by Dan Lilker on bass.

With hours of footage, as well as extras including the band’s promo video for “All Tomorrow’s Funerals,” “My Corpse Shall Rise” and more, "Born Undead" is the ultimate set for all Autopsy and metal maniacs alike.

The DVD also contains artwork from Kent Mattieu, who had collaborated with the band on its early classic (and often controversial) album covers.

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Autopsy Streaming Song From Compilation Album

West Coast death metal pioneer Autopsy will release its 22-track collection of re-mastered classics and rarities, "All Tomorrow’s Funerals," tomorrow on Peaceville Records. The band has teamed up with Pitchfork.com to stream “Mauled To Death,” a vintage Autopsy track that will finally surface from the tomb as part of this monstrous album.

“’Mauled to Death’ is the last song from the early days that never got a proper album treatment, since it was only recorded on a 1987 demo,” said Autopsy drummer/vocalist, Chris Reifert, in a chat with Pitchfork. “Now it's got the double guitar laceration attack (the original version was from before [guitarist] Danny [Coralles] joined the band), as well as some added atmospheric guitar ugliness.”

Check out the song here.

"All Tomorrow’s Funerals" will contain re-mastered versions of all of Autopsy’s past EP’s - everything from "Retribution For The Dead" to the now sold-out "The Tomb Within" - plus four newly recorded tracks.

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