Fit for an Autopsy
The Sea of Tragic Beasts


4.5
superb

Review

by brettgoespunk USER (19 Reviews)
October 27th, 2019 | 133 replies


Release Date: 10/25/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The world is cold and empty.

About two and a half years ago I sat down to review what would become my 2017 album of the year. Fit for an Autopsy’s The Great Collapse was a beautifully tragic deathcore album that became a breath of fresh air into a scene that was starting to fall to stagnancy. Redundant as it may sound, over the years deathcore continuously has been in need of that exact fresh breath. In the year 2019, what Fit for an Autopsy did in the deathcore scene has not gone unnoticed. Bands have been taking a page out of their book by incorporating more clean sounds whether that is in the guitar or the vocals and adding a sad atmosphere to their records. This is all well and good but where does this leave Fit for an Autopsy?

The Sea of Tragic Beasts shares so many of the characteristics that made The Great Collapse amazing. Will Putney, the band’s guitarist, and in-house genius producer, once again knocked it out of the park. Putney’s hand in creating some of the most hard-hitting heavy music in the metalcore/deathcore scene is very impressive. He knows exactly how to make every inherent element of -core music sound unapologetically incredible. Chunky and full guitar tones and earth-shattering drum hits fill the majority of The Sea of Tragic Beasts. Each instrument stands out perfectly and sounds are easily discernible in the mix. The low tones on the album rumble the listener’s ears in a way that doesn’t overshadow the crisp and clean higher tones. Josean Orta’s hard-hitting drumming is one of the highlights of the record. His fills add a flare to every section of the record, as he is constantly switching up the drum beats to keep it interesting. Every beat and hit feels meticulously placed making it obvious that Josean knows what he’s doing in every situation. The hardcore-esque beat leading into the verse of “Shepherd” is just one of the small touches that are strewn throughout the tracklist that prove Mr. Orta won’t fall into the generic territory of incessant blast beating.

The guitar work has improved in a lot of places on The Sea of Tragic Beasts. There is an increase in technical riffing throughout this record that replaces a lot of the omnipresent atmospheric grooves throughout The Great Collapse (“Shepherd,” “Bird of Prey”). It is one of the things that set this album apart from their previous effort, as The Great Collapse was very atmosphere focused. Not that there is a lack of any of that atmosphere with this album. Lead single, “Mirrors,” opens with almost 2 minutes of slow and trudging riffs with Joe Badolato’s haunting pitched screams taking the lead. The following track, “Unloved,” is a slow and menacing song that climaxes with a crushing and to the point breakdown. This is something that Fit for an Autopsy does incredibly well and has for a good while now. Breakdowns can become massively redundant, but the band perfectly places them, demonstrating their impeccable songwriting talent. They aren’t just thrown in for the hell of it. They are accompanied by great lyrics and emotional deliveries that justify the angry nature of a breakdown.

The star of the show here (besides Putney on the production, that man is unmatched) is Joe Badolato. Joe has brought a dynamic to this band that helped further their career in ways that weren’t imaginable a few years ago and helping immensely with their evolution of sound. Joe’s pitched screams, which are all over this album, are hauntingly beautiful as they were on the last record (hi, Black Mammoth). That being said, this has not taken the focus off of his harsh vocal ability whatsoever. He sprinkles a lot more high screams into this record than have been utilized in previous efforts, most notably paired with the blisteringly driving riff in the verse of “Shepherd.” And his mid to low range growl is as powerful as ever. Joe’s ability to convey his passion and emotion for what he is singing through not only his vocal melodies but his scream is something that baffles me as to why he isn’t in the same conversation as the likes of Sam Carter. The frankly sad and angry lyrics about the state of the world, whether that be politically or physically, pair perfectly with every aspect of Badolato’s gut-wrenching delivery.

It is always hard for a band to follow up on what most consider to be their magnum opus, but I believe that the guys in Fit for an Autopsy absolutely crushed the expectations. It has been hard for me to separate myself from the masterpiece that was The Great Collapse, and to see this album with fresh eyes, but with each new listen, it becomes more and more apparent that The Sea of Tragic Beasts is just as amazing as The Great Collapse. Everything that was done right on that album is done just as well here and more: The atypical but gripping drum work, the technical riffage, the perfectly executed breakdowns, the standout vocal ability, the unmistakably heavy production, the brooding atmosphere... Even the emotion that was present on The Great Collapse is perfectly matched with each lyric and every vocal delivery. If their previous album didn’t, The Sea of Tragic Beasts will solidify Fit for an Autopsy as a staple in the realm of extreme metal for years to come.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MacMillanCoD4
October 27th 2019


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Excellent review for an excellent album

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2019


10625 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Found the mix on this a little flat, but golly there's some nice grooves on here. Unfortunately, it doesn't breach the "this is better than good" appeal to mindless rif-fuckery.

bloodshy
October 27th 2019


50 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love this review, love the album.

Deathconscious
October 27th 2019


23050 Comments


i hope this murders.

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NonApplicable
October 27th 2019


2738 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Deathcore scene is really interesting and engaging right now. Fit for an Autopsy are an example of how far music in that realm has progressed since the genre's inception.

Confessed2005
October 27th 2019


5035 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Fantastic review for a great, rewarding experience.

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Toondude10
October 27th 2019


14119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn it has been a good year for Deathcore this year. Whitechapel, Shadow of Intent, and now this.

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2019


10625 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Oof

Pikazilla
October 27th 2019


6489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

FFAA never disappoint. Best deathcore of the year.

ExhaleTheLight
October 27th 2019


1077 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I wouldn’t even call this deathcore anymore

Deathconscious
October 27th 2019


23050 Comments


"I wouldn’t even call this deathcore anymore"

Why? It definitely is.

ian b
October 27th 2019


568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

need to check this asap, pos

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twlichty
October 27th 2019


4183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Album is amazing. Nice review

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2019


10625 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I always get these guys mixed up with Annotations of an...

TooLateToGoBack
October 28th 2019


1979 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Napalm Dreams is such a beautiful closer.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2019


15810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

solid album, great review. pos.

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Ray91
October 28th 2019


301 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great record. Still need to spin this a few more times.

Faves so far: Unloved and Mourn

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Moge
October 28th 2019


476 Comments


I feel like death core is fundamentally redundant to begin with.

So I'm glad these guys at least bring creativity to the table.

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Deathconscious
October 28th 2019


23050 Comments


They are one of the few good ones, yes.

RobGRobG
October 28th 2019


21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album. Will need many more listening hours, but I like it a lot already. Best deathcore band by far.



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