Is there a better way to start off your day than with some death metal? There sure is, but it will have to do for today. Less than a year after “The Headless Ritual”, the guys in Autopsy are already back with a new album called “Tourniquets, Hacksaws & Graves” and looking at the album title, you know you’re in for plenty of gore and splatter. Kudos on the album cover… that’s some really inventive use of one’s intestines right there!
Just like on previous releases, these dudes mostly stick to traditional death metal but will occasionally throw in some faster, grindy parts as well as slowing things down when they are feeling a bit doomy. Throw in a vocalist who can go from growling to yelling and shrieking as well as some well-placed guitar solos and you’re looking at an album that is surprisingly varied for a death metal album. I especially liked “Teeth Of The Shadow Horde”… not that the song is necessarily better than the others but the title sounds like it would make for a fun horror flick.
By now you should know exactly what to expect of an Autopsy album and “Tourniquets, Hacksaws & Graves” doesn’t disappoint. But it also doesn’t do much of anything to set itself apart from the band’s previous albums. I’m fairly convinced that only a handful of people can tell you exactly which album a specific Autopsy song is on and they are probably all serving a life sentence in prison after murdering a handful of teenage girls and using them as hand puppets.