Fit for an Autopsy
Oh What the Future Holds


4.5
superb

Review

by Zach USER (123 Reviews)
January 21st, 2022 | 178 replies


Release Date: 01/14/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The future is bright.

Progressive is a limiting phrase. Well, that is, at least within metal spheres, it can be. This comes with a tincture of irony, because it is the preconceived notions that are stirred about with such labels that completely defeat such a label's purpose. What is it about the fascination with labels, anyway? What is it about attaching "xyz band-isms" at the end of every newfound release that is so utterly misused and overused? Why is Fit For An Autopsy Gojira-core now? Why does Gengar have levitate in spite of two clear albeit stubby ghastly legs? I will answer all of this and more in my upcoming stated matter-of-facts (the first among them being that: this album is the best deathcore (?) release ever).

OK, so Oh What the Future Holds being Gojira-core is something of a drastic overstatement, but I think it illustrates just how fast people (myself included) grab for familiarity to explain something, especially something as gripping and elusive as a beautiful sound (beautiful in this context being guttural, meaty, crushing, etc.). I think what this album does is something far more expansive than a single, admittedly flattering comparison. Not one unwarranted by any stretch-tracks such as "Far From Heaven" could be placed alongside the best of L'Enfant Sauvage, thanks in part to low-end smooth arpeggios and what ~appear~ to be something akin to vocoder vocals being the mainframe of the track. This is also present in an even crunchier form on "A Higher Level of Hate", although one could argue that darker and more oppressive chaotic overtone brings it closer to Meshuggah territory, however that is a splitting of hairs that would destroy my few remaining neurons, of which are desperately racing throughout my body like a Mario kart racetrack to the speed-demon riff savagery of the aptly titled "Savages".

If ever one had forgotten that Fit For An Autopsy are, beneath the ever-evolving intricacies of each record, a deathcore band, then this track is the ultimate hammer to the gosh darn knees that will make your heart elate and your grandmother seize up in her wheelchair. There are riffs and blast beats that race at speeds incomprehensible to the meager human brain. There are chugs that could liquefy your organs and turn bones into brownie brittle. There are vocals that shred the skin like an infuriated lion. Now, this is not to say this is a hidden moment of recovered fury, for it is among a multitude of tracks that fit into this somewhat more traditional spectrum (Conditional Healing, In Shadows), however it is certainly among the much more immediately punishing (even if the golden gurgle of "swellREEE with agony" off of the aforementioned "In Shadows" is totally freakin' fierce).

On the topic of vocals, there is something incredibly gratifying in hearing truly fantastic clean singing within a soundscape often maligned for their shoehorned inclusion. It's a brief note, but I'd be damned not to mention just how well the tranquil and subdued beginnings of "The Man That I Was Not" juxtapose with the gargantuan screams and gutturals that aid in the momentous catharsis of this track. This, in spite of being something small, brings me back to the concept of "progressive". FFAA aren't chasing grandiose higher concepts, but what they are doing is a subtle and masterful refinement upon their own sound. By focusing on the forlorn and even misanthropic atmosphere of prior releases (i.e, The Sea of Tragic Beasts) and funneling it into something both dynamic, groovy, and distinctly goddamn heavy, they've managed to make something that stirs excitement for a luminous future. Oh, what the future holds...



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Dedes
January 21st 2022


8789 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is so goddamn good and so are you dear reader

Any criticism is appreciated!

Get Low
January 21st 2022


12586 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pos'd, album slaps

JeetJeet
January 21st 2022


11318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is harrrrrrrrddddd

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JayEnder
January 21st 2022


14672 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Higher Level of Hate owns so unbelievably ahrd. m/



Nice review dude, we desperately needed one. Great read!

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JakeStallion
January 21st 2022


615 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Far From Heaven is a ridiculous banger but the rest of the album hasn't clicked quite yet. their last 2 were pretty instant for me so i'm hoping this one ends up growing

JeetJeet
January 21st 2022


11318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Higher Level of Hate owns so unbelievably ahrd. m/"

Maaaannnn that song got me ready to run through brick walls

Tundra
January 21st 2022


7356 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

The future consists of retreading the past dope 👌

Toondude10
January 21st 2022


14879 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wow Jeet actually liking a metal album in 2022?

Ray91
January 21st 2022


817 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally this got a review. However I think this is still a grower despite listening to it a few times now. Seems like a mix between their two predecessors and a way more direct than sea. Best deathcore band around still

MyColdShoulder
January 21st 2022


316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've been listening to this non stop since it dropped



Nice review brother

AaroN911
January 21st 2022


3791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

great album for a great review... wait I said that wrong

bloc
January 21st 2022


68627 Comments


Yep, this is damn good. Only listened once and I would not say it is better than TSoTB, but time will tell

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SaveBandit
January 21st 2022


2598 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Yep, this is damn good" [2]



Front to back bangers, no filler.

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AaroN911
January 21st 2022


3791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

It is close for me, I listened to this quite a bit now and went back from The Great Collapse to this and TSoTB I feel has more highlights but this one seems cohesively better.

SaveBandit
January 21st 2022


2598 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's about on par for me as well. In Shadows into Two Towers into Higher Level of Hate man... so good.

bloc
January 21st 2022


68627 Comments


"Front to back bangers, no filler."

Agreed, and that's surprising given the album is 45 min long. I tend to have gripes with that. They're adding clean and dirty parts, slow and fast parts, so it helps a lot.

AaroN911
January 21st 2022


3791 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yeah with this genre 45 minutes is bout as long as it needs to go before I start losing interest.

Brett W
January 21st 2022


368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review. love this band

JayEnder
January 21st 2022


14672 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Those cleans in Two Towers man... so good

Orb
Contributing Reviewer
January 21st 2022


8956 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

some of the albums that get mad love around here, man I'll never get it. Stellar review though and THAT is what counts the most. Hard 'pos bredren!

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