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AUTOPSY's Seminal 1989 Debut Of Highly Influential Death Metal 'Severed Survival' Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Death metal pioneers Autopsy celebrate the 35-year anniversary of their legendary debut album ‘Severed Survival’ this year.  To mark the occasion, Peaceville will be re-issuing the album on Limited Edition Red/Black Gore Marble vinyl with two variations available; one featuring the original controversial "Hooks" cover artwork (Kent Mathieu) which was initially banned, and a version containing the replacement "Surgeons" cover (Kev Walker). Both editions include a four-page booklet with a new in-depth interview with the band conducted by Dennis Dread.

“What can you say about Severed Survival? It’s got heavy, it’s got guts, it’s got blood…LOTS of blood, it’s got a band of freaks trying their best to make their mark and those freaks still stand by this slab of slime 100%.”

Chris Reifert

One of the early death metal acts, & no stranger to controversy over the years, Autopsy formed in 1987 in San Francisco, & released 4 albums on Peaceville Records before disbanding in 1995. Autopsy subsequently re-emerged after an almost 15-year hiatus with the ‘The Tomb Within’ EP, leading to a string of high-calibre releases, showing none of the fire had been extinguished, & continuing a longstanding and lasting legacy.

 The band features legendary drummer Chris Reifert, who began his recording career with US metal greats, Death, before taking on the unusual duty of handling drums & vocals for Autopsy, alongside longstanding riff-masters Eric Cutler & Danny Coralles.


A.1. Charred Remains [03:40]

A.2. Service For A Vacant Coffin [02:50]

A.3. Disembowel [04:04]

A.4. Gasping For Air [03:19]

A.5. Ridden With Disease [04:44]

A.6. Pagan Saviour [04:10]

B.1. Impending Dread [04:46]

B.2. Severed Survival [03:28]

B.3. Critical Madness [04:32]

B.4. Embalmed [03:02]

B.5. Stillborn [02:50]

‘Severed Survival’ will be released on 28th June on Peaceville on Red/Black Gore Marble vinyl LP.


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