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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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Just Before Dawn New Teaser Video Streaming

Just Before Dawn premieres a new teaser video with audio samples taken from the upcoming new EP "The ghosts of the Eastern Front", which will be released on cassette tape via Till You Fukkin Bleed Records. The songs on the cassette will also later be included on a new full-length release planned for later this year.

Check out now the teaser for "The ghosts of the Eastern Front" below.

The line-up of vocalists and soloists on the EP is as follows: More...

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1985-1995: The Golden Age of Death Metal

Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.

Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...

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Housecore Horror Film Festival 2015 Day Three

Day Three of Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film Festival in San Antonio, Texas started like day two at the Holiday Inn where the film portion of the festival took place. Just like the last two years, I made sure to watch at least one film. It’s difficult to take in a film as there are so many great bands to catch, but having to be over at the hotel for interviews, I figured get there early and catch a film, so I checked the schedule and saw that a showing of Gwar’s home video “Skulhedface” was playing. Don Drakulich, aka Sleazy P. Martini, provided commentary.

Short (the heals he wears as Sleazy really boast his height, not to mention his ten-pound hair piece) and wearing glasses and short brown hair, Drakulich started the film off with a slide show presentation where he talked about how he created many of Gwar’s costumes with the help of other members. In fact, most of the celebrities were his creations. He detailed how most of the characters/props were made with silicon. He also told how the story of how Sleazy P. Martini, Gwar’s “fucking manager,” came to life. There were two Sleazys before him known as Sluggo P. Martini that didn’t work out. Tony Clifton and Jersey cops with disco hair were the inspiration for this character. He lent commentary on “Skulhedface,” a hilarious film based on the music of “This Toilet Earth,” that also starred Jello Biafra and Sabastian Bach. Drakulich left after the presentation and returned in full costume for fans to get autographs and pictures. More...

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Autopsy Posts 4 Disc Teaser Trailer

U.S. death metal outfit Autopsy has launched a teaser trailer for forthcoming "After the Cutting" four-disc box set. This special, limited collection will now release on January 8, 2016 through Peaceville.

"After the Cutting" will feature an expansive book penned by Dennis Dread recounting the career of the gore legend, featuring unseen photos and exclusive artwork, accompanied by four discs brimmed full of classics, new tracks and previously unheard rarities from deep within the band's own archive.

The "After the Cutting" four-disc set with 92-page book can be pre-ordered at this location and a teaser is available below. More...

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Housecore Horror Fest Kicks Off This Weekend

Tomorrow night, Philip H. Anselmo's third annual Housecore Horror Fest will pillage its way through San Antonio. This year's multi-stage gore gala will take place at the Aztec Theater, The Korova and the Holiday Inn Riverwalk Hotel on November 13th -15th, 2015 with a Thursday night pre-party on November 12th.

The fest boasts three film-screening rooms, multiple vendors, special artist signings, the return of The Masters Of Metal And Horror panel with special appearances from performing bands and legendary filmmakers throughout the weekend.

For the onscreen carnage cravers, this year's edition of HHF includes 80 soul-severing movies screenings throughout the weekend including 45 independent films from around the globe as well as some of Anselmo's personal favorites. For a detailed 2015 film screening list visit this location.

Easily its most maniacal bill yet, this year's music lineup includes King Diamond performing 1987 quintessential second full-length, "Abigail," in its harrowing entirety, Claudio Simonetti's Goblin doing a live score of George Romero's Dawn Of The Dead, every member of Down playing in their own separate bands (Superjoint, Eyehategod, Corrosion Of Conformity, Honky and Gasmiasma) and so many more. The full lineup consists of: More...

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Autopsy Streaming New Track

U.S. death metal maestro Autopsy just launched a brand new track titled "Waiting for the Screams," taken from the band's upcoming "Skull Grinder" LP due out on vinyl on November 27, 2015 via Peaceville. Just in time for Halloween, stream the first "Skull Grinder" track below.

Autopsy is set to return with a double-bill of unbridled horror this year on Peaceville Records. Commencing with "After the Cutting" on November 13, this is a special limited release containing an expansive book penned by Dennis Dread recounting the career of the gore legend, featuring unseen photos and exclusive artwork, accompanied by four discs brimmed full of classics, new tracks and previously unheard rarities from deep within the band's own archive.

This will be followed by the aptly-titled "Skull Grinder," containing seven new tracks (also featured on "After the Cutting") and releasing on vinyl to coincide with this year's Black Friday on November 27 (CD to follow in 2016).

The band commented: "We at Autopsy HQ are pleased to have the opportunity to once again torture your minds and ear holes through the medium of recorded brutality. The band went back to Fantasy Studios in Berkeley in late July to record a brand new release called 'Skull Grinder.' Musically, it's just what you'd expect from us; no style changes, wimp outs, sell outs, settling down or caving in. Add to that acknowledgement of the obvious, some of Wes Benscoter's sickest art yet to (dis)grace the cover, and you have a new sledgehammer to the bowels with no apologies offered whatsoever.

"In case that isn't enough to bring the taste of bile into the back of your throat, let it be known that there is also a four-disc set on the way titled 'After the Cutting,' packed with hours of horrifying music, cover art from none other than Kev Walker as well as an extensive book written by Dennis Dread, riddled with interviews, photos and other assorted uncleanliness. The release date for both of these monstrosities is slated for this coming November. More details are forthcoming..." More...

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Autopsy Releasing 4 Disc Set And New Vinyl

The U.S. death metal maestros from Autopsy will return with a double-bill of unbridled horror this year on Peaceville Records.

Commencing with "After the Cutting" on November 13, this is a special limited release containing an expansive book penned by Dennis Dread recounting the career of the gore outfit, featuring unseen photos and exclusive artwork, accompanied by four discs brimmed full of classics, new tracks and previously unheard rarities from deep within the band's own archive.

This will be followed by the aptly-titled "Skull Grinder," containing seven new tracks (also featured on "After the Cutting") and releasing on vinyl to coincide with this year's Black Friday on November 27 (CD to follow in 2016).

Autopsy commented: "We at Autopsy HQ are pleased to have the opportunity to once again torture your minds and ear holes through the medium of recorded brutality. The band went back to Fantasy Studios in Berkeley in late July to record a brand new release called 'Skull Grinder.' Musically, it's just what you'd expect from us; no style changes, wimp outs, sell outs, settling down or caving in. Add to that acknowledgement of the obvious, some of Wes Benscoter's sickest art yet to (dis)grace the cover, and you have a new sledgehammer to the bowels with no apologies offered whatsoever.

"In case that isn't enough to bring the taste of bile into the back of your throat, let it be known that there is also a four-disc set on the way titled 'After the Cutting,' packed with hours of horrifying music, cover art from none other than Kev Walker as well as an extensive book written by Dennis Dread, riddled with interviews, photos and other assorted uncleanliness. The release date for both of these monstrosities is slated for this coming November. More details are forthcoming..."

The "After the Cutting" four-disc set with book can be pre-ordered at this location. Stay tuned for more Autopsy news. More...

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King Diamond Added to Housecore Horror Film Fest

This November, Philip H. Anselmo's Housecore Horror Fest will celebrate its third year of audio and visual bedlam. Set to commence in San Antonio, Texas at the Aztec Theater (201 E Commerce St.) on November 13th -15th, 2015, the horror-themed film and metal gala promises to be louder, gorier and more bludgeoning than ever before boasting two film-screening rooms, multiple vendors, special artist signings throughout the weekend and what's morphing into one of the most debilitating lineups of the year!

Already stacked with a crushing bill that includes Agoraphobic Nosebleed performing their second show ever, Corrosion Of Conformity featuring Pepper Keenan, Claudio Simonetti's Goblin doing a live score of George Romero's Dawn Of The Dead, Superjoint, Eyehategod, Nails, Crowbar, Dropdead, Autopsy, Poison Idea, and so many others, the gatekeepers of Housecore Horror Fest today welcome the additions of thrash metal icons, Exodus, veteran death metal legion, Incantation, apocalyptic hardcore punk unit, Gasmiasma, atmospheric drone doom duo, Muscle And Marrow and theatrical heavy metal legend King Diamond whose performance will feature 1987 quintessential second full-length, Abigail, in its harrowing entirety! As an added bonus, Gwar's fabled Sleazy P. Martini will also be attending the annual gathering as a special guest!

And the awesome won't stop there. The fest has expanded the range of its grotesqueries, with a second stage located just steps away from the Aztec Theater. The Korova, at 107 E. Martin St. in San Antonio, will play host to even MORE bands throughout the weekend. Stay tuned for additional band announcements for The Korova in the coming weeks.

Comments Anselmo: "I am beyond excited to announce that the mighty King Diamond will be attacking the house on Friday the 13th at the Housecore Horror Festival. All hail the King."

Adds Maryland Deathfest co-founder Ryan Taylor, who's shaping this year's HHF lineup alongside Anselmo: "It's been a lot of fun piecing together this lineup with Philip. It's gonna be a wild one, so get your tickets while you still can!" More...

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Goblin To Perform Dawn of the Dead at HHFF

Italian prog-rock legends Goblin are set to perform the entire score to "Dawn of the Dead" at Housecore Horror Film Festival. In 2013, during the festival's inaugural run, Goblin performed the score to Dario Argento's "Suspiria." The festival will be held at the Aztec Theater in San Antonio, Texas on November 13-15. More...

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Round Three of Housecore Horror Film Fest Bands

Poison Idea, Ghoul, Dropdead and Zombi have been added to the roster of this year's bands at Housecore Horror Film Festival. These groups will join Suffocation, Corrosion of Conformity, Autopsy, Crowbar, Eyehategod, Agoraphobic Nosebleed and more bands. More...

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Housecore Horror Film Fest Announces More Bands

Housecore Horror Film Festival has announced another wave of bands. Corrosion of Conformity will be appearing with Pepper Kennan as their front man. Crowbar will make its second appearance at the festival. Agoraphobic Nosebleed will make its second ever live appearance. Also, on the bill are hardcore veterans Negative Approach and Gristnam (formerly known as haarp). More...

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Housecore Horror Festival III Coming

Metal frontman and Housecore Records founder, Philip H. Anselmo, is bringing his horror-themed film and metal festival back for a third year. After a great ride in Austin, the festival will kick off in San Antonio, Texas at the Aztec Theater on November 13th -15th, 2015.

The decision to return was driven by the desire to honor his friend and festival co-founder, Corey Mitchell, who tragically passed away last October.

Mitchell was the driving creative force behind the festival's success, and Anselmo believes there is no better way to pay tribute to his friend than to carry on for a third year. "I've got a great team in place to help make this what Corey and I wanted it to be," he says. "There are a lot of mixed emotions here because no one can replace him. But, we know he would want this to continue and so that's what we're going to do. We miss him and think about him every day."

Bands already confirmed to play are Suffocation, Autopsy, Cripple Bastards, Nails, SYk & Dalila Kayros, YOB, Eyehategod, Child Bite, Warbeast and many more to be announced soon. Maryland Deathfest co-founder Ryan Taylor will be booking bands this year and will help Anselmo craft a musical lineup that would make Mitchell proud.

In addition to showcasing the best in extreme metal, the festival will screen film gems from the personal vaults of both Anselmo and Mitchell. Horror filmmakers are encouraged to submit their films and winners will be selected in various categories and given the coveted Rot-Scar Award. "When Corey and I started this thing, it was important to us that we help independent filmmakers get their incredible work discovered," Anselmo continues. "Nothing has changed, in that respect."

Tickets to go on sale soon - stay tuned for additional announcements. More...

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Chris Reifert Hosts New Peaceville Podcast

Peaceville Records returns to the world of podcasts with a second entry, this time hosted by Chris Reifert. Listen in below, and the label also comments:

"Welcome to the new episode of the Peaceville podcast where our latest journey through the world of musical madness is captained by none other than Mr. Chris Reifert from the masters of horror, Autopsy.

"Chris reveals some insightful, eclectic & perhaps unexpected influences from the likes of Repulsion, Trouble, Procol Harum and Mahogany Rush, and even plays some of them for our delectation. Enjoy!"

Autopsy's latest album "Tourniquets, Hacksaws, and Graves" came out earlier this year, and you can read our review at this location. More...

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Autopsy Streams New Song

Death metal outfit Autopsy - which was recently covered in our Sunday Old School column - has now released another track from upcoming album "Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves," due out April 29th.

Check out the "Teeth of the Shadow Horde" track by heading over to Cvlt Nation here.

The band is also gearing up to release a new comic titled "Autopsy: Feast for a Funeral" and recently premiered a page from the comic.

The new album's 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 Premieres Page From New Comic

U.S. death metal outfit Autopsy and MetalSucks.net have teamed up to exclusively launch a page from the band's upcoming digital comic book release, "Autopsy: Feast for a Funeral" (the page can also be seen below).

Additional details about "Autopsy: Feast for a Funeral" will be revealed on the E-Comix Twitter account on Wednesday, April 30th.

"If I had to summarize this comic book in a sound bite, it would be to say 'Food tastes better screaming.' There's your visual," President and Publisher of E-Comix, Vince Brusio, told MetalSucks. "Carnage unseen since old school '80s splatter films. This book is brutal because Autopsy is brutal. So consider yourself warned, kids. No apologies. No regrets."

As with the publisher's first title ("Dying Fetus: Supreme Violence"), "Autopsy: Feast for a Funeral" is full authorized by the band. The comic book tells the tale of college kids who make a terrible mistake: one for which they must suffer, and pay in blood. When they play with stolen property at an impromptu field party, they open a doorway that allows spirits into our material world.

A rescue is planned, but none of this is made known to a rival biker gang that doesn't appreciate their turf trampled on by strangers. Seeking vengeance, the gang approach an old abandoned house to wreak havoc on their party crashers, and learn too late that once the door to Hell is opened, it can't be closed.

Aside from "Autopsy: Feast for a Funeral," the iconic death metal band is currently gearing up for the release of its seventh studio album, "Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves," out April 29th on Peaceville. More...

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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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