Chris Reifert Chronicles The Demise Of Abscess And Resurrection Of Autopsy
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While news of the retirement of non-traditional metal act Abscess was a blow to the scene, it also came on the heels of another announcement that got the death metal legions riled up and ready for destruction - the resurrection of Autopsy. Abscess came to its end just after the release of the "Dawn of Inhumanity", the band's sixth full-length album. Since then, Autopsy has already begun working on a new EP and full-length. Chris Reifert of Abscess and Autopsy took some time to explain the reasons behind the breakup and subsequent reactivation, and discussed the future of Autopsy.
xFiruath: Before getting into the questions about Abscess and Autopsy, is there anything you’d like to say about the recent deaths in the metal scene of Ronnie James Dio, Paul Gray of Slipknot, or Peter Steele of Type O Negative?
Chris: Dio and Pete Steele were tremendous losses of course. Holy hellhammers! It kills me to think about them being gone. No disrespect to Slipknot, but I don't know a single thing about them or who's in the band.
xFiruath: What specifically prompted you to decide to retire Abscess?
Chris: It was Clint (Abscess guitarist Clint Bower) leaving the band that did Abscess in. He is a crucial element to the band and we can't continue without him, it's that simple. After 16 years of craziness, it's definitely a shock to us. All we can do is carry on the metal mission and full board Autopsy is our plan now. We will focus 100% on Autopsy and you'd better look out for sickness, horror and brutality! We will not lay down and die!
xFiruath: To your knowledge is Clint Bower working with any other projects at this time, and was the split with him amicable?
Chris: I believe Clint is busy getting his personal life in order which we completely understand. The split wasn't on bad terms, but is still a shock nonetheless. We wish him nothing but the best.
xFiruath: With Abscess officially gone do you expect any special re-releases or deluxe editions of any of the band’s albums?
Chris: It's too early to tell really. We'll see what the future brings.
xFiruath: Although both are death metal acts, obviously Autopsy and Abscess are two very different bands. Can we expect any of the crazy punk, sludge, or acoustic stuff from Abscess to show up in future Autopsy material?
Chris: They are two different beasts, indeed. Both brutal and sick but each has their own ways of accomplishing their goals. Regarding Autopsy, we will keep the original spirit of the band alive and won't try to turn it into something it's not meant to be. Pure darkness, horror, and heavy duty death metal is what Autopsy will be dishing out. Autopsy is fully juiced up and ready to rip heads from necks with not only the old material but also an assault of new sonic atrocities that fit the Autopsy name perfectly. We are feeling the darkness flowing through our very veins!
xFiruath: How have the sales of “Dawn of Inhumanity” been so far and have you been pleased with the press and fan reactions?
Chris: Well it has only been out for a couple of months so it's too early to say concerning sales. The reactions have been the way they usually are for Abscess. The folks who dig Abscess really dig it, and the critics are a mixed bag. Some love it, some hate it. There are plenty of "journalists" who couldn't wait to hate it before they even listened it, if they ever did listen it. That shit never bothered us. Just more fuel for the fire, you know.
xFiruath: How far along is the new Autopsy album and have you decided on any specifics yet such as a title or track listing?
Chris: At the time of this interview, we are about four weeks from hitting the recording studio to lay down the new EP which will be called "The Tomb Within.” We are really fucking stoked about the new stuff and Autopsy fans will feel the same way, I think. We are not taking this lightly, I can assure you! The album will be recorded around January and will be called "Macabre Eternal" which sums up our ways very nicely.
xFiruath: It might be a little too early for this detail, but will Autopsy be working with Dennis Dread for the cover artwork of the upcoming album?
Chris: Actually, it's not too early as it turns out. We do love Dennis' work, however we have already hit up a couple of well known artists to do the EP and album covers. We've got some sick paintings going on that really capture the deathly feeling that the songs are conveying.
xFiruath: How was Autopsy’s appearance at the Maryland Death Fest?
Chris: Absolutely incredible. We really enjoyed playing for an audience who gave us all their energy in exchange for ours. We had a great time and I think we showed that we're not attempting some cheap cash in with no heart in it. We have a ton of fresh adrenaline and lots of sick new material on the horizon. Back with a fuckin' vengeance, I would say!
xFiruath: Has Autopsy got any upcoming tour dates or festival appearances lined up?
Chris: We are playing Party San in Germany and Hole in the Sky in Norway this August and then we are concentrating fully on the new album. After a 16 year hiatus, we need to make sure it's worth the wait. I would suspect we'll have some live appearances going on next year but nothing is booked as of now.
xFiruath: That’s all my questions – anything else you’d like to discuss at all?
Chris: I'll just throw out a big thanks to everyone who supported Abscess and to all who refused to let Autopsy remain in the grave. Your persistence will be met with further musical horrors! More brutality is indeed on the way.
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