FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY “Oh, What the Future Holds!”
By Dr. Abner Mality
It’s not much of a secret that I’m not a fan of the deathcore genre. Most of it comes across as exhausting, poorly written juvenalia. But I must admit I’m intrigued by FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY. Their latest “Oh, What the Future Holds” still has some of the cliches that riddle deathcore but it also has a lot more than that. There are melodic moments here that are almost beautiful along with prog, thrash, melo-death and nu-metal touches. When these are cleverly mixed with the usual “core” sounds, it results in something definitely different than the usual racket.
Take the song “Two Towers”, for instance. This is a shockingly well written number, mixing pure melodic death metal and almost ethereal tones with the breakdowns and “bump-bump-ba-dump” riffs we expect. The vocals have a ton of range and the guitar work is stellar. “Far From Heaven” starts with some cool twisting riffs that have an almost MAIDEN feel and then turns into another mixture of melo-death and gooey, ultra down tuned chugging. I like it!
OK, there are still elements here that I don’t like...”Collateral Damage” and “Conditional Healing” are just super typical deathcore rippers that deliver the usual...but overall, I get the impression that FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY are really trying to stretch and improve. “A Higher Form of Hate” features some almost SEPULTURA-style tribal drumming while “Savages” combines a thrash metal assault with core elements to pleasing effect. Some of the experimentation doesn’t quite work; last song “The Man I Was Not” has KORN-like whining vocals and soft parts mixed in, which leaves a sour taste in my mouth. But even so, they are trying to switch things up and liven up their genre.
It’s also worth mentioning that this is a superbly produced album, with everything sounding full and rich, with those down tuned breakdowns being particularly punishing. I have got to admit that FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY is a deathcore band that is really worth a look, especially for adventurous listeners.