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Autopsy Drummer/Vocalist Chris Reifert Discusses New Compilation Album "All Tomorrow's Funerals"

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Autopsy are death metal legends. No arguments there, but who knew they would come roaring back into prominence after being dormant for 15 years with last year’s “Macabre Eternal”? The band has a new lease on their career, warping the minds of a new generation, while crushing the necks of older fans. The band is getting ready to release a new compilation album, “All Tomorrow’s Funerals,” which will include all their EPs remastered, along with a couple of new tracks.

I had the chance to send drummer/vocalist Chris Reifert questions via e-mail, and he proceeded to take none of my questions seriously. Those looking for some insight into how “All Tomorrow’s Funerals” came together will be disappointed, but those that want a few good laughs at my expense will thoroughly enjoy reading this interview as much as I did.

Why did the band decide to put all their EPs together for the compilation “All Tomorrow’s Funerals”?

Because it made us feel warm and fuzzy inside, of course. That's why we do everything we do.

What was the process like in putting this compilation together? How much influence did the band themselves have on it?

The big question is what sort of influences were we on whilst doing so. I don't know what you were thinking, but I can safely state purely medicinal.
 

For the fan that has all of the band’s EPs already, what kind of value will they get from “All Tomorrow’s Funerals”?

Probably $15 USD street value, but I think it's priceless.

How did you feel going back and being able to re-listen to a lot of older material?

I feel like I'm fixin' to die with the Fish Cheer emanating from my lips.

Is there anything in particular that stuck out to you about going back through these EPs?

Yeah, I couldn't find the lyrics to the song “Retribution for the Dead,” so I had to make up one of the lines in order to have complete lyrics in the album. It was kind of funny having to do that, but it was all for rock 'n' roll, you know?

Why did the band decide to have the track listing in the order of newer to older songs, instead of the other way around?

That way we feel like we're getting younger every time we listen to it. Who wants to feel older with every spin of an album? Not me, god dammit!

The band has done a few other compilations in the past, which included older demos and rehearsal/live tracks. Is there anything left in the Autopsy vault to put onto another compilation in the future?

We do have some old socks lying about from the last U.S. tour in 1993, which we considered using as bonus material, but the people in the biohazard suits showed up and put a stop to that, thereby killing a fantastic idea. Bastards.

Almost a year after its release, are you ultimately satisfied with how “Macabre Eternal” turned out?

Very much so. Some folks thought it was too long, but we originally wanted it to be a 10 disc set, so they got off lucky with it being the way that it is.

Were you surprised about the reception the album received, especially since it had been over 15 years since the last studio album?

I'm sort of at a loss for a smart ass answer on this one. I am so disappointed with myself. I will now console myself with another cup of coffee.

Has the band thought about the next record yet at all?

Yeah, we're already concocting brand new songs that will knock your socks off, curdle your breast milk, turn your testicles inside out, kill your neighbor's fruit trees and sound good loud too!

The band has a constant presence on Facebook, with updates about the band and other interesting tidbits thrown in. How important is it for the band to remain connected with its fans by using social media like Facebook?

Brainwashing takes on many forms. Generally, we like to use Cascade, but Facebook works too. I like the word "tidbit," by the way.

Do you see social media, and the Internet in general, as a positive or negative tool for bands and the music industry?

Well, I'm talking to you via the Internet as I type, so there you go. It's obviously a negative tool. Haha!

You’ve been involved in music for decades now. In your opinion, where do you see the future of recorded music heading?

Into people's eardrums, just like usual. Any other orifice used for a musical listening avenue would be just plain weird.

What are the band’s touring plans for 2012 so far?

A few select gigs that seem like they will kick an arse or two. Look for us at the bar waiting for someone to buy us a beer. We'll be the big ugly guys.

Will the release of “All Tomorrow’s Funerals” have any effect on the live set lists? Maybe adding in a few tracks that haven’t been played in a while?

A 20 minute version of The Bay City Rollers “Rock and Roll Love Letter” is indeed on the horizon. I'm not sure how the new release had an effect in the choosing of that one, but brace yourselves for brilliance anyways.

Are there any songs from the band’s past albums that you wished would be played live more often?

Yeah, the one in the middle of course!

If you could tour with one band, past or present, who would it be and why?

Hanson. Why? Because if they pissed us off, we could totally beat them up.

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8 Comments on "Autopsy's Chris Reifert Discusses New Compilation"

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psythe's avatar

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1. psythe writes:

I don't know if he thought he was being funny here, but if he's gonna act like this maybe he should stick to playing the music and let someone else handle the band's PR - I'm sure plenty of their fans would have loved to hear some actual responses to many of the questions here.

# Feb 21, 2012 @ 9:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. sonictherapy writes:

I am surprised you didn't hang up.

# Feb 21, 2012 @ 9:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Diamond Oz writes:

^ It was an e-mail interview :P

# Feb 21, 2012 @ 9:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Diamond Oz writes:

Also, I actually thought alot of the answers were pretty funny. Made for a fun read.

# Feb 21, 2012 @ 9:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
psythe's avatar

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5. psythe writes:

One or two would've been funny, the entire interview like that is just giving the finger to people who actually care enough about the band to be interested in hearing real answers (i.e. the fans who buy the albums...). As an interviewer I would have been unimpressed, but as a fan I would have lost respect for the band.

# Feb 21, 2012 @ 10:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Rex_84 writes:

You might have just caught him at the wrong time. He was probably getting bored answering questions because he had done a bunch of interviews prior to this one. That's the bad thing about an email interview: you don't have any control over the interview. You can't say, "I understand you're sick of asking questions, but this is your job. Would you rather work at McDonalds? I agree with psythe, one or two would have been funny but the whole thing is a waste. He was really cool when I interviewed him last year, but it was on the phone and not during a heavy round of interviews.

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7. arse writes:

I think you just took it too seriously.

# Feb 23, 2012 @ 1:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. R10 writes:

I thought alot of his answers were pretty funny,actually. Especially the ugly guys sitting at the bar waiting for people to buy them drinks on tour. As a long time fan,im not offended in the least;all i care about is the music. Macabre Eternal was a great album. I will be buying the new stuff also. Now if i could only see them live... Bucket list bands to see at this point.

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