Interview with Chris of AUTOPSY

Interview with Chris of AUTOPSY

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(c) Nancy Reifert

Hi! Congratulations on your upcoming album, ‘Ashes, Organs, Blood And Crypts’. How does this album differ from your previous release, ‘Morbidity Triumphant’, in terms of themes and musical approach?The album title suggests a dark and visceral imagery. Can you share the inspiration behind the title and how it ties into the overall concept of the album?
Howdy and thank you! Name an Autopsy album that isn’t full to gut bursting point with dark and visceral imagery… yes, that’s a dare! Haha! Hey, it’s what we do, ya know? I’ll let you puzzle out similarites and/or differences to the previous album. Our job was to crank this fucker out! As for the title, it covers a good amount of ground regarding what death metal is all about without overthinking anything. And it seemed to do the trick!

You’ve described the album as featuring brutal bouts of riffery, feral attacks, soul-crushing doom, and skull-splitting heaviness. Can you delve deeper into the musical elements and influences that shaped this album.
That was a tagline co-written by Peaceville and us. Gotta lure the impressionable kiddies in so we can rot their brains somehow, right? As for elements and such, hey, it’s an Autopsy album so you’ll probably know what you’re in for for the most part.

Having worked with long-time collaborator Wes Benscoter for the album artwork, how closely did you work together in translating the album’s themes into visual art?
Mostly we just let Wes run wild and his imagination does the rest. Wes rules!

Autopsy has been a prominent figure in the death metal scene for decades. How do you feel the band’s sound has evolved over the years, and what aspects of your signature style do you think remain consistent in ‘Ashes, Organs, Blood And Crypts’?
Yeah, you haven’t gotten rid of us yet. Haha! We don’t really evolve though, we prefer to stay consistant while still not recycling or repeating ourselves. It’s worked for us so far.

The album was recorded at Sharkbite Studios and Earhammer Studios. How did the choice of recording locations contribute to the overall sound and atmosphere of the album?
We decided to try something new and it worked out great. The atmosphere was relaxed to some extent but we also had no extra time for fucking around. It already kind of a blur but we’re really stoked with the sound for sure.

With the album being mixed and mastered by experienced professionals like Greg Wilkinson and Ken Lee, can you elaborate on the importance of their contributions to the final sound quality of ‘Ashes, Organs, Blood And Crypts’?
I don’t know what to say besides having those guys on our side makes all the difference in the world. Sure, we’re a gross, filthy death metal band but we also want to sound as best as we can without sounding TOO good. What I mean by that is we want to crush, kill and destroy while still sounding like humans rather than robots.

Autopsy officially returned after a fifteen-year hiatus in 2010. How has the band’s creative process and dynamics changed since your return, and how does it reflect in your latest album?
Nothing has changed creatively which is exactly how it should be in our case. We just keep truckin’ on!

Autopsy has inspired generations of metal enthusiasts. Are there any newer bands or artists in the death metal scene that have caught your attention and influenced your recent work?
There’s plenty of new-ish bands I like but honestly, even those one have been around for some years. Besides those, nothing has really knocked by block off recently.

Your previous album, ‘Morbidity Triumphant’, received widespread acclaim. Did the positive reception impact the way you approached the creation of ‘Ashes, Organs, Blood And Crypts’?
No, we’re just continuing to do what we do. Not much else I can say about that.

The album is set to be released via Peaceville Records. How has your partnership with the label influenced the making of this album, and what kind of support have you received from them?
Peaceville is fantastic. We’ve with them since 1988 which is pretty wild. They’re great in the support department too but they don’t try to influence us in any way, shape or form. We are our own band with our own ideas.

Considering the album’s title and themes, are there any specific real-life events, literature, or movies that inspired the lyrical content of ‘Ashes, Organs, Blood And Crypts’?

Autopsy has always been known for its raw and intense live performances. How do you plan to translate the energy from the album into your live shows, especially considering the album’s diverse musical elements?
Thanks, we do our best! And we haven’t played any of this stuff live yet, so your guess is as good as mine. All I can say is anything we play live is given 100%.

In your long musical journey, is there a particular moment or achievement related to ‘Ashes, Organs, Blood And Crypts’ that holds a special place in your heart?
Fuckin’ hell, it’s not even out yet! Haha!

Lastly, what message or emotions do you hope listeners will take away after experiencing ‘Ashes, Organs, Blood And Crypts’ in its entirety? Thank you for your time!
We hope to make every speaker puke!
And thank you too.

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