[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Severed_Survival_1959.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:300:Believe it or not, this is ''less violent version'' of [[ContemptibleCover the album cover.]]]]

->''Burning from the inside out\\
Bloody foam spews from your mouth\\
Smell the putrid stench of flesh\\
As it burns you to your death''\\
- '''Charred Remains'''

One of the pioneering bands in DeathMetal, Autopsy was formed by [[IAmTheBand Chris Reifert]], the former drummer for Music/{{Death}}. They're known for being [[TropeCodifier co-Trope Codifiers]] for several facets of DeathMetal alongside bands like Possessed and Music/{{Death}} such as [[ContemptibleCover gruesome album art]], HarshVocals, and lyrics relating to [[{{Gorn}} death and gore]]. They're also notorious for changing sounds [[OnceASeason once an album]] and founder Reifert's [[AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder numerous side projects]]. They've been [[FollowTheLeader noted as an influence]] in many death metal bands, including Music/CannibalCorpse and {{Music/Deicide}}. They broke up in 1995 for some of the members to start a new band called [[HardcorePunk Abscess]] but reformed for live shows in 2009, and are back to recording as of 2011.
* ''[[ThrashMetal Severed Survival]]'' - 1989
* ''[[DoomMetal Mental Funeral]]'' - 1991
* ''[[{{Grindcore}} Acts of the Unspeakable]]'' - 1992
* ''[[HardcorePunk Shitfun]]'' - 1995
* ''Macabre Eternal'' - 2011
* ''The Headless Ritual'' - 2013
* ''Tourniquets, Hacksaws, & Graves'' - 2014
* ''Skull Grinder'' - 2015
* Chris Reifert - Drums and Vocals (1987 - Present)
* Danny Coralles - Guitar (1987 - Present)
* Eric Cutler - Guitar (1987 - Present)
* Joe Trevisano - Bass (2010 - Present)
Autopsy provides examples of the following tropes:
* ContemptibleCover: All of them, to an extent. Shitfun is notable in that it shows [[NauseaFuel coprophilia]] rather than the {{Gorn}} album art of the others
* EpicRocking: Their 2011 album, Macabre Eternal, has Sadistic Gratification, which lasts 11 minutes long.
* HarshVocals: Reifert's vocals have always been mix between a scream and a guttural howl.
* IAmTheBand: While three quarters of the band have been present since the inception of Autopsy, Reifert is both [[FaceOfTheBand the face]] and main creative force in the band.
* LongRunnerLineup: Even counting the break from 1995-2009, everybody but the bassist has remained constant for the entire life of the band.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Hovers around 10.
* NewSoundAlbum: Constantly. The debut ''Severed Survival'' was [[ThrashMetal fast and thrashy]], while ''Mental Funeral'' was much more [[DoomMetal slow and doomy]], and has had the largest lasting impact on the genre. Third album ''Acts of the Unspeakable'' moved more in the direction of {{Grindcore}} and Shitfun was basically HardcorePunk. This move caused the formation of Abscess, which was a continuation of the same sound.
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: All of the former members of Autopsy have been bassists.