Fit For An Autopsy
The Great Collapse
17th March – eOne Music
02. Heads Will Hang
03. Black Mammoth
05. Iron Moon
06. When The Bulbs Burn Out
07. Too Late
08. Empty Still
Fit For An Autopsy, as we saw with their last release Absolute Hope Absolute Hell, have been honing their forward-thinking take on deathcore since their inception and newest outing The Great Collapse is no exception. Like before, the album is produced by their multi-talented guitarist Will Putney, whose production credits include the likes of Every Time I Die, Northlane, Stray From The Path, Thy Art Is Murder and a raft of similar big name core projects, and also boasts the amazing artwork of Adam Burke.
Sitting just under the 40-minute mark, the band manage, yet again, to capture an array of elements and mould them into a powerful and coherent album – which can be difficult to do in this genre. Having taken influences from bands in the deathcore scene as well as the likes of Gojira, their mature approach to the now diversifying deathcore sound is evident – slower, groove based atmospheric sections take precedence over sheer speed and intensity, but in turn this allows the heavy parts much more effective.
“Hydra” opens the album with a pounding build up topped with the bellowing roars from Joe Badolato; introducing the lyrical themes of human suffering and environmental decline before dropping into their signature crushing sound. FFAA manage to balance the slower melodic groovy passages with the intense death metal blast beasts and riffs in such a way that, regardless of the feel of the song it remains heavy.
This sort of song writing is evident in songs like “Terraform” that move towards more progressive elements and prove that FFAA can blend melodic elements effectively with their brutality. As with their previous release, the influence of bands like Gojira and The Faceless is evident in these sections as they focus more on the overall atmosphere and feel of the songs, rather than relying on brute force to build tension.
While Fit For An Autopsy have managed to maintain the original sound, as their last release did, The Great Collapse feels even darker than Absolute Hope, Absolute Hell, but without falling into the standard traps of deathcore heaviness. This tact is what really sets Fit For An Autopsy apart from their peers, and is exactly why they rightly front this new, progressive deathcore movement. A worthy release.