Thursday, December 22, 2011
12 Days of Christmetal: Macabre Eternal - Autopsy - 2011
My death metal immersion is fairly amateur compared to fellow bloggers and fans but, even so, I am well aware that the intense gore subgenre is absolutely sprawling and, frankly, little of it does much for me. There are a number of practitioners, though, who balance the dismembered tongue perfectly within the punctured cheek and Autopsy are chief among those. Yes, if read aloud at Grandma's house during Christmas dinner the lyrics may well disturb but, to me, this is the aural equivalent of Peter Jackson's Dead Alive. By the time the sentient intestines are strangling any parytgoers not shredded by the lawnmower all you can do is laugh.
Macabre Eternal is a magnificent companion to Exhumed's spectacular All Guts, No Glory, also a notable "resurrection record" from 2011 (and a show I still wince over missing). It's got a great off-the-cuff feel and a warm, raw, meaty production devoid of the crisp, stark and cold elements of so many current metal records. Finally, it boasts a killer sleeve by Wes Benscoter of Divine Intervention fame. Macabre Eternal reminds you that while metal must always be heavy, it doesn't have to be so, you know, heavy.