Weekly Wretched: Fit For An Autopsy - The Great Collapse
Fit For An Autopsy released their fourth studio album since forming in 2008 just over a week ago, and this record has been catching the attention of what seems to be everyone on the internet since the band first announced it. The New Jersey/New York based deathcore band are clearly here to make a statement, and make it a bold one at that - The Great Collapse appears to take on the modern day world, and just where the band sees it heading. FFAA teased the album over the past two months with music videos for the songs "Heads Will Hang" and "Black Mammoth" and people in metal communities throughout the 'net have been talking non-stop about the force to be reckoned with: Fit For An Autopsy.
The Great Collapse is the bands second release with vocalist Joe Badolato, and Joe "Bad" has quickly made a name for himself and a fan base who are all in agreement that Joe brings something to the table that is just a little bit more refreshing, unique, and note-worthy than a lot of vocalists out there today. In a genre where sometimes vocal styles all just sound the same, Joe does a sick job utilizing his vocal range to blend with the instrumental portions of the band. The guitars - played by Will Putney, Pat Sheridan and Tim Howley - are fucking nasty on The Great Collapse; they are intimating, relentless, and heavily addicting. The bass guitar and drums are held down by Peter Spinoza and Josean Orta, and they are the perfect partners to join the other elements of the band. The talent FFAA brings to the table through these six individuals is shown well throughout The Great Collapse, and from beginning to end the album delivers.
"Hydra" - my personal favorite off the album - kicks off The Great Collapse in a devastating fashion with parts that I can only imagine will translate amazingly live. Tracks like "Too Late," "Iron Moon," and of course "Heads Will Hang" are just pure fucking metal. It's got a little bit of something for fans of any and every genre of metal - and of course, if you love breakdowns as much as I do, The Great Collapse delivers time and time again. But beyond the breakdowns, to sum up this album up, it can only be described as real. Real in the sense that it isn't a light-hearted, cheesy metal album. It's real, and it's raw, and it's perfect. The lyrical content brings the album to a whole with its themes that are just fucking real. Check out the lyrics to all of The Great Collapse here, and you'll quickly pick up on the tone and nature of this record even if you haven't heard an actual track from it yet.
The Great Collapse is one of the realest albums to come out from some of the realest dudes in the genre right now, and it's one that you don't want to miss out on. 2017 has been delivering some phenomenal heavy metal so far, but Fit For An Autopsy raise the bar in ways you can only understand through listening.