INTERVIEW WITH DRUMMER/SINGER CHRIS REIFERT OF AUTOPSY.
With their sixth full-length “The Headless Ritual” released on the 24th of June on Peaceville Autopsy return to continue their brutal assault on the metal scene. Vocalist and drummer Chris Reifert gives us the lowdown on the album, talks art, gore and the “underground resistance”.
HMA: “The Headless Ritual”... what a bloodfeast!
Autopsy: That's what we were going for, musically and visually. I'm going to call it mission accomplished!
HMA: What kind of work went into conceiving this new act of the unspeakable?
Autopsy: The usual stuff. Writing, driving, rehearsing, organizing, phone calls, emails, recording, drinking, smoking, etc. There's a lot of stuff that goes into making a record besides the musical part, but I love it all from the little details to the big day when the album actually comes out. It's a crazy game, but we're crazy people so it works out in the end.
HMA: “Macabre Eternal” was released in 2011. Two year gap rather than sixteen. Is Autopsy now fully active?
Autopsy: Fuckin' hell, we've been working together since 2009 and are still going, so I don't know what else to call it.
HMA: Is “Abscess” now no longer in operation?
Autopsy: Right you are. Abscess is disbanded but the music lives on through the albums we made. There's plenty out there for anyone interested in bombarding their earholes with further filth.
HMA: What kind of benchmark do you set as a filthy and gore obsessed Death Metal band?
Autopsy: We simply do what we know how to best, which is to play horrifying metal and that's good enough for us. Gotta stick with what you know, eh?
HMA: “Shitfun” must have been the epitome of depravity in Autopsy creativity?
Autopsy: Call it what you want, but I stand behind that slab of sleaze 100%. It's dark, disturbing and unsettling. Not to mention heavy as fuck if I do say so myself. Which I do!
HMA: The lyrical theme is always an infuse of “Gore, Death, Horror and Zombies” how is the imagination fed without loosing interest and becoming boring?
Autopsy: That's the eternal challenge. It's all been done before so you better be on your game to come up with something different. It's good to stay on your decayed toes and think of things that are at least unique, twisted or hallucination inducing. For me, I just reach back into the depths of my warped brain, pick up a pen, drop it onto a piece of paper and let it guide me where it wants to go.
HMA: Your choice for artwork on most of your releases has a different approach. A visual and musical autopsy that deconstructs the human body. The ultimate insult and blasphemy on God’s creation?
Autopsy: We pretty much like to have art that fits with the music it's attached to, simply put. Any other meanings are up to the viewer and listener. At that point, it's out of our heads and hands and into your ears and eyes. Stare deeply into the painting and let it take you wherever you want to go.
HMA: Autopsy discography has many classics, especially your early work. For me the one that really has great significance both musically and visually is “Acts of the Unspeakable”. Do you get involved in the conception of the artwork?
Autopsy: Yeah, we worked closely with Kent Mathieu on that. He definitely got some inspiration from Bosch if you didn't pick up on that. (HMA: Oh yes we have) It was great to go to his house, hang out and watch it come to reality. We were blown away with the end result and it's still over the top and striking to this day.
HMA: That cover art you wish you had on one of your record (apart from “Rain in Blood”)?
Autopsy: The Headless Ritual comes to mind. Oh wait, we already got that one. Problem solved!
HMA: You must have a share of persecution from the Christian and other religious groups. Do share any strange or unusual experiences?
Autopsy: Nah, not really. The closest thing to that in recent times is the German BPjM writing us letters informing us that we are on their 'list' of things that are corrupting the minds of the German youth. Pretty strange, but ultimately we get a laugh out of things like that. It's nice to know you can still offend people without even trying, ya know?
HMA: Thanks for this interview and your interest in Heavy Metal Artwork.
Autopsy: Fuck yeah! Thanks a bunch and keep supporting the Underground Resistance...