Autopsy – Severed Survival (1989)

Clanking, barking mad death metal for the entire family. I remember constantly seeing this record sleeve at a local HMV whilst growing up. I never really got into death metal until I was like 17 or older so I often wonder how different the trajectory of my musical fandom would have gone if I’d bought this when I was 13 or something.

They, quite simply, in boomer talk, just don’t make death metal records like this anymore. Instead of an over-compressed polished turd, Severed Survival breathes. Sure, the tracks groan along with the nuance of a pneumatic drill, but the production is authentic and gory. Heavily recommended, not that anyone in the death metal world needs to be recommended an Autopsy record.