You absolutely love "Scream Bloody Gore" by DEATH, but would wish for it more deeply rooted in the underground, yes? Then you, if you have not done it yet, should definitely get "Severed Survival" by AUTOPSY. Best known member of this band had been Chris Reifert, who already had made the drums glow on "Scream Bloody Gore" and on AUTOPSY also has taken on the "vocals". And the bass has been recorded by Steve DiGiorgio (a.o. SADUS, TESTAMENT, ICED EARTH etc.).
"Severed Survival" came to some stardom, because the original cover was set on the index because of too much brutality. But then again the second artwork looks a lot more hefty and better. But the music also was far from bad. Uncomplicated Death Metal with a few, but well placed breaks is the metier of the combo. All the way through gripping songs with high memorability.
More than once the old DEATH shine through, but who cares? Classics such as "Gasping For Air" and "Ridden With Disease" have even been covered by ILLDISPOSED and NECROPHOBIC respectively. Altogether the songs are mid-paced, loosened up by a few slow, ploughing parts. Only in very few occasions they speed ahead, though and you can also argue about the production, either you like it or you don't. It's all a matter of taste said the monkey and bit into the soap! (Online January 28, 2004)