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Autopsy - 'The Tomb Within'

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Autopsy - The Tomb Within

Autopsy - The Tomb Within

Peaceville Records

The Bottom Line

Five songs, five stars. A mini-classic.


  • New EP stands right next to their career highlights.


  • None.


  • Released October 5, 2010 on Peaceville Records.  
  • Autopsy formed in 1987 in the Bay Area and is considered one of the formative American death metal bands.
  • Autopsy reformed after recording two new bonus tracks for the reissue of Severed Survival.

Guide Review - Autopsy - 'The Tomb Within'

It would be far too easy and far too cliché to make a joke about a band called Autopsy coming back from the dead or being sewn back together. So we’ll pass on the cheap and easy jokes and stick with the cold, hard facts: The Tomb Within is a mini-masterpiece.

Autopsy helped invent death metal. They disbanded for longer than many metal fans have been on Earth. After recording two new tracks for the reissue of Severed Survival they decided to get back together.

The result is this stupendous EP, which contains everything that’s great about death metal in about 15 minutes. Whenever you are confronted with a musical obelisk like The Tomb Within you might as well lapse into surfer dude speak.  It’s indisputably and totally awesome, dude.  It’s rad. If you are into metal and you don’t like this your head needs thorough examination.

The Tomb Within features everything you would expect from an Autopsy album, except it’s coming out in 2010 rather than the early '90s. The tone is massive; the riffs are the stuff bad dreams are made of and the vibe reminds of the masterpiece Mental Funeral without sounding like a copycat. It speaks to the dearth of quality bands and an oversaturated metal market when a long-retired band returns with an EP that is better than almost anything I’ve heard this year.

Few metal bands can touch Autopsy. Fewer can sound this good after such a long time in the woodshed. Fear the return.

Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.
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