Both great autopsy albums...
With Mental Funeral this was musically and artistically the peak for Autopsy, who here evolve their gore metal style into a grindcore-influenced experiment that builds songs like bizarre variants on old metal tunes, normal music sent through the tonal grinder and made into churning plunging trudging stuff that speaks its piece through composite riffs and intense patterning in these slow songs of degradation and breakdown.
The entropic crusade presented here is to provide the shock of life and the fear of death and to present as artistic experience the obsession with the morbid in a simply prurient but scientific way. The gut vomited gutteral trolling echo of the vocal track only reinforces the sagging antiprogress of the rhythms, and the droning of the guitar shifts the song toward hopelessness at every juncture of mood.
Most captivating about
? is the rhythm section. The bass hammering lays a foreboding Doom foundation with a heavy twang that rolls like a sidewinders rodent digesting gut against desert sand. But what gives Autopsy its gore attitude is Chris Reifert?
?s drumming. The kit shimmers and shakes in violent rolls meshed with fills heavy enough to crack concrete. The double bass and snare pummel like a sledgehammer bashing a face, and cymbals crash with the enthusiasm of a hallow point bullet through a hedonistic Virginia Tech students chest. Awesome is that the drum play is done without blast beats, or trigger effects, but its still heavier than most technologically advanced brOOOtal Death Metal. Not to be forgotten amongst the instruments are vocals puking gruesome lyrics. Each track is a monster of mucus slathered gurgles, dry heaving gags, and Death Metal grunts, which have been copied numerous times by other bands in Metal in the last 17 years.
If I had to choose i'd go with MF but not by too far.