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Review: Sledgehammer Autopsy - Mortician's Apprentice
Sledgehammer Autopsy
Mortician's Apprentice

Label: Independent
Year released: 2008
Duration: 11:18
Tracks: 7
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 2.75/5

Review online: August 31, 2009
Reviewed by: Tony Augsburg
Readers Rating
Mortician's Apprentice

Rated 2.86/5 (57.14%) (7 Votes)

What is better than Death Metal that is brutal and to the point? Well besides winning the lotto, nothing. Sledgehammer Autopsy is a band that set out to rip off your face with run of the mill old school Death Metal. I can find this similar to earlier works of Cannibal Corpse and Bolt Thrower. What I find it similar to is the slower works of those bands. Sledgehammer Autopsy's sound is comparable to the early 90's scene in which it seems they are influenced by.

The production really isn't all the great. I don't really care too much except that I think it would make each instrument sound better. What we have here is some deep, groovy, grindy Death Metal. The mix of guttural and low-pitched vocals complements the rest of the music by adding more feeling. If this were to be an instrumental demo, I would be left with a lot more heartache. The first three tracks are straight up Death Metal with low vocals, each has more song structure, and of course I like these three are the best. The last four are more of the Grind variety and the song lengths are all less than 1:15 long. This makes best for the guttural style and pounding drums. The guitars don't change all that much but the rest does.

Sledgehammer Autopsy has put out a decent demo. This is nothing to go kill your parents for, but if you like what I have described, by all means you should have a listen. The two styles on here are separated and I wouldn't mind if the band continued on with both, even though I would like the more Death Metal-oriented songs. The short length could be a turn off to some, but it is perfectly fine for a demo of this caliber.

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