• autopsy Critical Madness: the Demo Years (LP, £17.25)

    label: peaceville

    The Classic Earliest Works Of The Kings Of Sickness, Autopsy, Following Their 30th Anniversary. ‘Critical Madness: The Demo Years’ compiles the classic earliest works of the kings of sickness in their formative years, leading with Autopsy’s first demo from 1987 along with 1988’s legendary ‘Critical Madness’ demo, which quickly resulted in the band inking a deal with Peaceville and the subsequent release of the genre staple debut, 1989’s ‘Severed Survival’. The release is completed by the rare track ‘Christ Denied’ plus a selection of raw rehearsal recordings of material from 1987 & 88, most of which would later feature on the band’s studio debut. One of the early breed of US Death Metal acts, Autopsy formed in 1987 in San Francisco by former Death drummer, Chris Reifert, and released four albums on Peaceville Records, commencing with the early genre-defining albums ‘Severed Survival’ & ‘Mental Funeral’. After disbanding in 1995 - with members going on to form Abscess - Autopsy triumphantly returned from the grave after a 15 year hiatus with the 2010 EP, ‘The Tomb Within’ (followed by the release of the band’s fifth studio album, ‘Macabre Eternal’ in 2011). The band has remained at the top of the Death Metal pile since, having just celebrated their 30th anniversary with the brutal and non-too-subtle assault on the senses, ‘Puncturing the Grotesque’. Tracks: Human Genocide ( 1987 Demo ) / Embalmed ( 1987 Demo ) (/ Stillborn ( 1987 Demo ) / Mauled To Death ( 1987 Demo ) / Stillborn ( 1987 Rehearsal ) / Mauled To Death ( 1987 Rehearsal ) / Charred Remains ( 1988 Demo ) / Ridden With Disease ( 1988 Demo ) / Critical Madness ( 1988 Demo ) / Embalmed ( 1988 Rehearsal ) / Disembowel ( 1988 Rehearsal ) / Christ Denied ( 1987 Rehearsal )


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