Autopsy was formed in San Francisco in 1987 by ex-Death drummer Chris Reifert (who also does vocals). He recruited guitarists Eric Cutler and Danny Coralles and bassist Ken Sorvari. In 1988 they released the demo “Critical Madness” and got signed to Peaceville records. Two years later they released their debut album “Severed Survival”. The album also featured bass tracks from Deaths Steve DiGiorgio.