REVIEW: FIT FOR AN AUTOPSY – “Absolute Hope, Absolute Hell”
There seems to be an ever-growing list of bands putting out what they call “soundtracks to the apocalypse”. Only a few bands can really measure up to the raw intensity that is really vital to making a claim like that, and Fit For an Autopsy not only measure up, but are one of the few bands to raise the bar. ‘Absolute Hope, Absolute Hell’ would be a fantastic album to watch the end of the world with. As far as their standing in regards to relatively similar music, the band really stands out as one of the strongest and most cohesive bands in their genre.
I’m generally not a big fan of the “deathcore” sound, but that’s the beauty of Fit For an Autopsy; their sound is so eclectic that fans from all over the metal spectrum can appreciate the sheer brutality and savagely heavy sound that they so eloquently deliver. Coming off the success of their last record ‘Hellbound’, the bar had been raised substantially, but that doesn’t seem to have fazed the band, seeing as ‘Absolute Hope, Absolute Hell’ far surpasses that previously-set standard.
The album starts off with the title track and doesn’t look back. Right out the gate, you get a good sense of what this album really has to offer. The track bounces back and forth between dissonance and chaos, blending the two seamlessly. Amidst the chaos are some aggressive grooves that bring out the headbanging need in you, whether you want it to or not. “False Positive” really hits more on the aggressive dissonant sound mixed in with hardcore grooves to accumulate this atmospheric sense of chaos and darkness.
My favorite track would have to be “Ghosts in The River”. It opens with this really cool, softer, groovy riff with chanting-like screams over the top to combine into an intricate atmospheric effect that drops into gear and takes off in the brutal direction you’d imagine it would take. The track falls back into the same vibe as the intro riff and again gives me chills; with such a strange and unique sound, the track really takes the album to a new level by adding in newer and interesting elements. Also, “Murder in the First” has some interesting and complex breakdowns that normally would be a turn-off for me, but the way it’s all brought together really makes breakdowns not only palatable but also enjoyable to those not usually into them.
All in all, this record is absolutely fantastic. I feel comfortable in adding ‘Absolute Hope, Absolute Hell’ to my mix for the end of the world. The band has really matured and stepped up their game, putting out what I feel safe in calling their best work yet. I can’t wait to get a chance to see them play this live; with the aggressive grooves and brutal riff work, you know for a fact that the crowd would absolutely eat every bit of it up. Even if you don’t consider yourself a fan of deathcore, give this album a listen and be astonished at the brutality and exquisite composition of it all.