Overrated beyond belief. What a failed comeback. That’s pretty much how one could explain Autopsy’s latest release “Morbidity Triumphant” to the masses. Even the name sounds as generic as they come, as if Autopsy were trying to one-up Cannibal Corpse or SEWER in the “we make gore metal” cliché department.
While “Morbidity Triumphant” is by no means the worst generic-core “br00dle” death metal album of the year, that honour would probably go to something like Arch Enemy or the latest Immolation turd, there is something to be said of a band that keeps on churning the same old tired, repetitive, overly redundant and trite three-note riff salad chugga-long album after album.
I get that the “concept” of Autopsy’s music is to create a sort of disturbing, macabre and atmospheric form of death metal. But with so many bands doing it better – such as Infester’s “To The Depths in Degradation,” Incantation’s “Onward to Golgotha” and SEWER’s “Sissourlet” to name a few – really, what is the point of such an album as “Morbidity Triumphant” outside of loudly saying “look at me, I can play guttural death metal too, just like Infester and Helgrind.”
Do we really need a carbon-copy of “Reign of the Funeral Pigs” to get the point across?
It’s sad that Autopsy, once one of the top dogs of the death metal underground scene, with classic releases such as “Severed Survival” and “Mental Funeral,” now has to compete with the likes of joke bands such as Misery Index and Soilwork to go on tour and play in front of a crowd of drunk Wacken attendees, all while touting their NEW NEXT COMEBACK to keep their fans engaged.
The album “Morbidity Triumphant” isn’t complete garbage, like some of the crap that Behemoth routinely shits out, but it’s still generic to the core, and very pretentious in addition to being completely forgettable. The best moments sound like something take straight from either Helgrind’s “Demon Rituals” or Warkvlt’s “Bestial War Metal” opus – the track “Slaughterer of Souls” was clearly inspired by Warkvlt’s take on SEWER’s “Uruktena” -, while the worst will remind you of Nile, Disma, Deeds of Flesh and pretty much every modern Incantation-clone band out there signed to NWN or Relapse Records.
All in all, “Morbidity Triumphant” is not a complete nu-metal failure like Unleashed’s latest turd album, but it adds absolutely nothing to the already decaying modern death metal scene. Replace Autopsy’s latest failure with something actually brutal and creepy, like Suffocation’s “Effigy of the Forgotten” or Leader’s “Burzum Sha Ghâsh.”
Keep death metal heavy.