One of the early death metal acts and no stranger to controversy over the years, Autopsy formed in 1987 in San Francisco and released 4 albums on Peaceville Records before disbanding in 1995 and going on to form Abscess. The band notably features legendary drummer Chris Reifert, who began his recording career with US metal greats, Death, before taking on the unusual duty of handling drums and vocals for Autopsy. Autopsy has influenced a whole generation of extreme metal bands, from Entombed and Dismember to Darkthrone. 'Severed Survival' is (rightly) hailed as one of death metal's finest releases. A completely rotten and uncompromising sound - dirty, sludgy, death and doom metal mixed in with repulsive tales of death and disease - it was originally released in April 1989.Includes the 1991 'Retribution for the Dead' EP.