Fit For An Autopsy
The Great Collapse
Just a few years into the 2000s is when we saw the emergence of deathcore. The term would come to help bring in a new wave of sound and bands for a new generation. Of the bands that came with its beginning, few have stood the test of time in keeping alive in the industry. Most noticeably we have giants such as Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, and Carnifex who continue to not only create heavy as hell music, but continue to push boundaries of their genre. While these three remain at the top as the recognizable mascots of deathcore, there has been another band with a unique approach to their music. One act that with each release has slowly but surely built upon innovating themselves as a whole. From all the other deathcore groups that came from that 2000s emergence, New Jersey outfit Fit For An Autopsy has come to be one of its best gems.
In their new album The Great Collapse, they not only prove how they have stood the test of time, but have proven how they will go down as one of metal’s most memorable groups. Through their career Fit For An Autopsy has continued to push their sound, tackle major real world issues through lyrics, and act as one powerful force. Will Putney is one of metal’s top producers, and an incredible writer. It must be clear however that Putney alone isn’t responsible for making The Great Collapse a terrific record, but that everyone pulls their weight. Bass and drum work provides for solid thrills, while the latter has some terrific uses of playing with tempos and patterns. Having three guitarists allow that one layer of crunchy heaviness, and the multiple layers of melody that are sprinkled throughout. Joe Badolato continues to be a demanding and powerful voice as he takes command on each track.
It was in the band’s 2015 release Absolute Hope Absolute Hell where they took a bigger move away from constant deathcore pounding. Melodic moments that met more calming and atmospheric pieces made introductions, but became elements the band would surely build on. The Great Collapse has a few straight forward deathcore moments. Opener “Hydra” has standard chugging to accompany the brief bits of blast beats. These songs don’t make up the majority of the record however, leaving all the room to be taken up by unique tracks that embody a variety of sounds. It should be clear that while they maintain a basic structure, this sort of music still makes for enjoyable head bangers. “Iron Moon” is similar to “Hydra”, but throws in some brief thrash sections that eventually lead to an awesome solo. “Heads Will Hang” has a strong Gojira vibe as it plays with slick guitar slides, strong drum use that keeps pace, and beautiful pieces of melody in guitar and vocals. The track balances the use of deep tones that rise into brighter sounds, making for chugging verses and airy choruses.
Where the use of hammering guitar work makes its way throughout the album, it in some way is always backed by atmosphere and melody. The record never becomes repetitive deathcore, but a work that knows where the foundation is, and how to spread out. “Black Mammoth” is actually proggy for its solid tempo shifts and use of instrumental aura. The song is all over the place to match speed with emotional depth and raging anger. “When The Bulbs Burn Out” and “Empty Still” are songs that should be recognized for their opposite approach in structure. Both take somber walks into their progression, allowing a sincere ring of desperateness and sadness. The entire album makes for an emotional ride as the lyricism tackles many of today’s major issues, including such topics as environmental fears, war, and the North Dakota pipeline.
Among so much of the same music being created today from this particular scene, it is great to have a band like Fit For An Autopsy changing things up. They deserve so much more attention for how they’ve grown as artist, taking on major themes and balancing them through their given craft. The Great Collapse is a terrific sign that modern day deathcore always has the ability to innovate and grow.