New Jersey Deathcore five piece Fit For An Autopsy address the dirty, gritty and grimy reality of modern day life to find the inspiration that is behind 'Hellbound', their second full length and follow up to 2011s debut release, 'The Process Of Human Extermination'.
Their sound is a brutal blend of Hardcore grooves and attitude with a strong base of technically excellent and experimental Death Metal, combining to a give a very modern and interesting twist to their musical approach without being over flashy.
The vocals from Nate Johnson are excellent; a very powerful, roaring scream with a wide range, from deep to mid range, a good harsh edge and holding a dominating position on the tracks, given the highly technical and intense nature of the compositions, anything less would be lost and as a bonus you can also understand the lyrics.
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Fit For An Autopsy ease you in gently, but there's no denying the bleakness that awaits, strongly hinted at, in the haunting opener on, 'The Great Gift Of The World', opening out to become an impressively brutal and technical track.
Intense yet haunting 'Still We Destroy' has a noteworthy solo towards the later part which breaks the track up beautifully before the crushing riffs return while 'Thank You Budd Dwyer' comes at you in surging waves; it was at this point I also became aware of the superb drum work, there is so much going on with this album, I can be forgiven for not noticing everything at once.
I love the soaring riff pattern that lies in the background across the majority of the track on 'Do You See Him', with powerful lyrical content also.
There's plenty of variety on the slightly slower tempo 'Tremors', with it's haunting opener, taking a darker more sinister approach, intense blasts to the latter part and still maintaining the strong technical edge; a deceptively powerful track.
'Dead In The Dirt' has a brutal groove and very thought provoking lyrics. The spiraling riff patterns and drum work combination that opens 'There Is Nothing Here Worth Keeping' is nothing short of stunning, I kept replaying it over and over, the rest of the track excellent also, having a lot of facets, one minute technical and punchy, the next a powerfully melodic edge, even the fade out at the end has a moving quality to it.
A great solo just before the two minute mark on 'Mother Of The Year', a chunk of brutally technical excellence. 'Children Of The Corn Syrup', features guest vocals from Vincent Bennett (Acacia Strain), giving an extra edge to the sound and on the final track 'The Travelers' after a solo, again at the one minute mark, the pace drops away becoming, for a while, drum led and the pounding rhythms are followed by darkened riffs, the slower pace having a darkly evocative feel, a superb and powerful album ender.
This is an excellent album, consistent in quality across all the tracks, I also like that the lyrics are not about gore and corpse hacking, not that I have a problem with that; it's just nice to have a change now and then.
If you like Whitechapel, Gojira or All Shall Perish, you should find this an interesting listen.