Autopsy (band)

Autopsy is an American death metal band founded in 1987 by Chris Reifert and Eric Cutler. The group disbanded in 1995 and reunited in 2009.[1]

Autopsy - Setembro Negro
Autopsy at Setembro Negro 2012
Background information
OriginConcord, California, United States
GenresDeath metal, death-doom
Years active1987–1995
MembersChris Reifert
Eric Cutler
Danny Coralles
Greg Wilkinson
Past membersEric Eigard
Steve Cutler
Ken Sorvari
Josh Barohn
Freeway Migliore
Dan Lilker
Joe Trevisano


Initial careerEdit

Autopsy was formed in August 1987 by Chris Reifert and Eric Cutler, shortly after Reifert's departure from Death.[2] The band recorded a demo that year, Demo '87, before Danny Coralles joined in 1988 immediately prior to the recording of their second demo, Critical Madness, and along with Reifert and Cutler, would be a constant in the band's lineup. The band signed to Peaceville Records and released their debut album, Severed Survival in 1989. These early recordings featured a pioneering death metal style that adopted a slower, doom metal influenced sound. The next full-length, Mental Funeral, continued in this style and has since been cited by many other death metal musicians as particularly influential. Having completed a successful European tour soon after Mental Funeral, the band reentered the studio to record the Fiend for Blood EP, which was followed by their third full-length, Acts of the Unspeakable, which featured shorter songs and a more grindcore influenced sound. A difficult US tour in 1993 led to the decision to disband Autopsy after the recording of a final album.[3] Shitfun, released in early 1995, was heavily influenced by hardcore punk and would prepare fans for Abscess, previously a side project of Danny Coralles and Chris Reifert which would become their main band after Autopsy's demise.

Autopsy was featured in the 2005 music documentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey when the film's narrator and star, Sam Dunn read aloud a verse from the band's song "Charred Remains".


After several years of speculation regarding an Autopsy reunion, and denial of the possibility,[4] the band members briefly reunited in September 2008 to record two new tracks for the special edition of their 1989 debut Severed Survival.[5] They later reconvened to the Maryland Deathfest in 2009.[1] After Abscess broke up in June 2010, Autopsy immediately announced that they had permanently reunited.[6] They released The Tomb Within EP in September 2010, Macabre Eternal in 2011, Born Undead DVD in 2012, The Headless Ritual in 2013 and Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves in 2014. Autopsy released the EP Skullgrinder on November 27, 2015. They released the EP Puncturing the Grotesque on December 15, 2017. The band is currently working on a new album, which is tentatively due for release in 2022.[7]


Along with fellow Bay Area band Possessed and Reifert's previous group Death, Autopsy have been considered a pioneering band in the death metal genre. Early bands such as Entombed, Dismember, Gorefest, Immolation, Cannibal Corpse and Deicide have all credited Autopsy as an influence in their sound.[8][9] In addition, Autopsy have helped to pioneer death-doom.[10]

Band membersEdit

Autopsy at Party.San Metal Open Air 2017

Current membersEdit

  • Chris Reifert – drums, lead vocals (1987–1995, 2009–present), bass (studio, 1988–1990, 2009–2010)
  • Eric Cutler – guitars, backing and lead vocals (1987–1995, 2009–present), bass (live and studio, 1988–1990, 2009–2010)
  • Danny Coralles – guitars (1988–1995, 2009–present), bass (live, 1988–1990, 2009–2010)
  • Greg Wilkinson – bass (2021–present)

Former membersEdit

  • Eric Eigard – bass (1987–1988)
  • Ken Sorvari – bass (1988)
  • Steve Cutler – bass (1990–1991)
  • Josh Barohn – bass (1991–1993)
  • Freeway Migliore – bass (1993–1995)
  • Joe Trevisano – bass (2010–2021)

Session musiciansEdit

Live membersEdit



Studio albumsEdit


Live albumsEdit

  • Tortured Moans Of Agony (1998)
  • Dead As Fuck (2004)
  • Dark Crusades (2010)
  • Live In Chicago (2020)


  • 1987 Demo (1987)
  • Critical Madness (1988)


  • Ridden with Disease (2000)
  • Torn from the Grave (2001)
  • All Tomorrow's Funerals (2012)[11]
  • Introducing Autopsy (2013)


  • Severed Survival/Retribution for the Dead (1994)
  • Acts of the Unspeakable/Fiend for Blood (2003)


  • Dark Crusades (with liner notes and band interview by Joel McIver; Peaceville Records, 2006)
  • Born Undead (produced by Jesse Davis; Peaceville Records, 2012)


  1. ^ a b "Autopsy To Reunite For Next Year's Maryland Deathfest". July 17, 2009. Retrieved July 17, 2009.
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Autopsy Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  3. ^ "Corpses". Archived from the original on September 8, 2012.
  4. ^ "Transcending the Mundane: Interview with The Ravenous". May 26, 2004. Archived from the original on December 2, 2008. Retrieved November 27, 2008.
  5. ^ "Autopsy: 'Severed Survival' Special-Edition Two-Disc Set To Include New Tracks, Rare Material". November 26, 2008. Archived from the original on December 16, 2008. Retrieved November 27, 2008.
  6. ^ "Abscess Calls It Quits, Autopsy Back Full Time".
  7. ^ "Autopsy - Working On New Material". Metal Storm. December 12, 2021. Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  8. ^ Chad Bowar. "Frank Harthoorn Interview". Entertainment.
  9. ^ Mudrian, Albert (2009). Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces (page 146). Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-0-306-81806-6.
  10. ^ "Autopsy's Chris Reifert Comments On First New Material In 15 Years -". BLABBERMOUTH.NET.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 14, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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