The Tomb Within

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Band Name Autopsy (USA)
Album Name The Tomb Within
Type EP
Data de aparición 21 Septiembre 2010
Estilo MusicalDeath Metal
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23 Marzo 2012

A very important EP in death metal history as being Autopsy's comeback record.

Autopsy is known as one of the monsters of old school death metal (and death metal in general). When their 1987 Demo, Stillborn was released, Autopsy’s music reached ears all across the world. After releasing two more extremely successful demo tapes, Autopsy released their long-awaited full-length debut, Severed Survival. With their popularity growing exponentially, Autopsy then released an album that is today known as one of the greatest death metal albums ever released, Mental Funeral. Still a bestseller today, Mental Funeral is ESSENTIAL for any metalhead’s death metal collection. I then noticed that the band’s focus and overall musicianship went sharply downhill with the following album, but that just made Acts of the Unspeakable an average death metal record; nothing special, but as another review said, “it’s still a good addition for the old death metal collection.”

But then everything about Autopsy and their music literally plummeted with their fourth album, Shitfun (take out the F, U, and the N and you have a pretty accurate description of the album). Some people keep asking what the hell happened to them?? Well, the second time I saw Vital Remains, I got in a conversation with their bassist (who was wearing an Autopsy shirt) and he was telling me how during the Mental Funeral days, Autopsy liked to bring Vital Remains on a lot of their tours as an opening act. He said that they were getting hammered and high pretty much after EVERY show; and he was telling me the immense amount of substances the Autopsy members were taking in and that he thinks that’s the reason why Autopsy went downhill so damn quickly.

After for what seemed like an eternity since the release of Shitfun, Autopsy released a five song EP (mainly directed towards critics, reviewing sites, zines, labels, etc.) to see if they could still make good old-fashioned classic death metal. The band wasn’t very concerned about sales of the album; they were more concerned about getting their name back in the air of the metal community. After several people leaked the EP all over the internet, millions of metalheads old and young were hearing it and almost instantly demanding a new full-length, which turned out to be Macabre Eternal. But I’m not here to talk about Macabre Eternal; I think that this EP is special in its own way and shouldn’t be turned down just because Macabre Eternal has more songs.

The talent and skill on this EP demonstrates realization, recovery, and HUGE improvement in ALL of the members. Even though the vocals in Autopsy’s first two albums are superb, I personally think that the changes in the sound of the vocalist’s growls make them sound a hell of a lot better in The Tomb Within. The vocals have less of a dry, raspy sound and much more of a guttural, wet sound; making them sound creepier and darker. The guitarists aren’t amazing, but they couldn’t be any more solid and couldn’t be any more perfect of a fit for this album. The guitar distortion is a really clean, fine sound that has the feeling of a simple saw blade rather than really rough sandpaper (like in Soulskinner by Fleshcrawl).

The drums are actually a lot better and more focused than on any of Autopsy’s albums. Not only are the drums more creative, but the abstract style that they follow give the music more of a death metal feel than a thrash metal feel (like in Mental Funeral and Severed Survival. This is one of my favorite death metal EPs along with Bloodbath’s Unblessing the Purity and Heresiae’s self-titled EP. This should be in EVERY death metal fan’s collection because although it’s an EP, it’s unique in its own way, I listen to it addictively, and I feel that it holds a very important place in death metal history as being Autopsy’s comeback record! I would give this 15/20.

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InfinityZero - 25 Enero 2013: I find it a little odd that it takes you three paragraphs until you start actually talking about what's on the EP. Also, I'm not sure where you're getting the idea that Autopsy was popular when they were actually around. They weren't bestsellers or well-known. They were one of those bands that got big after they broke up, and even then not that much. I'm also curious as to why you said that the EP was one of your favourites and it was a totally necessary addition to death metal collections, because you gave the album 15/20. What didn't you like about it?
Crinn - 26 Enero 2013: Yeah I could have rambled a little less in this review. But to answer your question, i gave it a 15/20 not because it had things that I didn't like about it, but moreso just because the things that I do like about it (to me) aren't good enough for a higher score. Even though I do consider 15/20 a very good score, it just doesn't pack the kind of punch a 17 or 18 album does. Is it one of my favorite death metal EPs? Yes! It was more of a favorite at the time that I wrote the review, but there are still only two death metal EPs that I like more than this one.

Thanks for the feedback!
InfinityZero - 27 Enero 2013: Still, though, it's worth taking the time out to make the reader understand why you gave it the rating you did. Give that you had little to say bad about the EP, 15/20 seems out of place.

You're very welcome!
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