Fit for an Autopsy - CollapseFit for an Autopsy rolled through my friendly neighborhood metal venue sometime in — it must have been November with Lorna Shore, and since it was a Tuesday night in Chicago in November, the place was less than packed. I had shit to do, so I showed up to see Lorna Shore and decided to head out before Fit for an Autopsy took the stage. I’d listened to Absolute Hope, Absolute Hell, when it came out a few years back, and though I definitely liked it, the album was a bit too unfocused to stick around in my rotation. I figured the band wasn’t going to play anything I really enjoyed. I fucked up.

Much like WretchedFit for an Autopsy are a band whose first three albums fell a bit short for me. All of the components were there, good songs, well-utilized breakdowns, but the potential the band had never felt realized, and what could have been great albums seemed merely good. Well, The Great Collapse is this band’s Cannibal, an album that’s finally firing on all cylinders and indicative of a band that’s realized themselves. If only I had stuck around back in November, I would have known this already. If the band had any sense then, I imagine they would have opened with The Great Collapse‘s first cut, “Hydra,” a song so pit-ready you actually know the call and response before ever hearing it. Don’t believe me? After an atmospheric, drum-led chorus that roars of societal decay, the band poses to you a question; what happens when you cut off the head of the Hydra?


Here’s how you respond to “Hydra:” Find an object. Break it. Repeat. You will know this chorus after a single spin, and you’ll go right back and repeat the song two or three times before you even think about listening to “Heads Will Hang,” shattered furniture surrounding you. When you do move on, you won’t be disappointed. “Heads Will Hang” and “Black Mammoth” are just as memorable, fantastic songs that showcase the band’s diversity while completely avoiding any hint of self-indulgence. “Black Mammoth” rears up with a Gojira-meets-Katalepsy groove that cruises across rapid tom beats that are just exquisitely performed.

Fit for an Autopsy 2017

This is a deathcore album1, and a breakdown is never far off, but Fit for an Autopsy have never just strung the things together and called it heavy. “Iron Moon” rockets through some Job for a Cowboy-esque tech death before it gets to the big breakdown, and the riffing across the whole song is worth far more than any half-time chug section it could pull out. Every part of The Great Collapse falls into place naturally, and the album never feels overwrought or poorly-thought-out. Even “When the Bulbs Burn Out,” the album’s arguable centerpiece, which deals with overpopulation, climate change, and environmental doom — even opening with a sample from Before the Flood — handles its themes with intelligence and matches lyrical intensity with sonic mastery.

The Great Collapse is not just a great deathcore album; it is the deathcore album for people who find deathcore stale and simplistic. It’s out to prove that Fit for an Autopsy are a headliner not to miss. It’s progressive, heavy, catchy, and at times even beautiful; “Empty Still” is emotionally raw and fragile even past its harmonic-laden introduction. The songwriting is phenomenal, the vocal delivery completely on point, and the drumming is fantastic. This album feels like every best moment of the late aughts progressive deathcore movement crunched together and stripped of pretense and noodly solos. If Dodecahedron is too terrifying for you, if Replacire is too weird, Vangough and Without Waves too prog, don’t worry. March 17th still has a truly killer album for you to get wrecked by.

Rating: 4.0/5.0
DR: 5 | Format Reviewed: 320kbps mp3
Label: Long Branch Records | eOne Music
Releases Worldwide: March 17th, 2017

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  1. And that means it’s loud and it’s crushed.
  • AndySynn

    Ha, I just published my review of this today too. Kismet!

    • Schmitzel

      I agree with yours more, but nobody reads the comments at NCS :). Even though Kronos’ points are valid, there’s too much Gojira ripping-off (sp?) going on here. Still glad to see these guys this summer, I guess it’s gonna kick ass live.

      • AndySynn

        We have had a WEIRD drop-off in comments going into 2017. Which is odd, as our page view numbers just keep going up!

        Clearly we appeal more to the shy and retiring sort these days…

        Anyway, I think Kronos and I are pretty much on the same page, we just focussed on different things. Mine definitely wasn’t intended to be negative (I’m still really enjoying this album, as there’s not actually a weak song on it), it’s just that, as much as I enjoy it (“Black Mammoth” is still kicking my ass) I just can’t turn off that part of my brain that goes “well, that’s pretty much just a Gojira song…”

        • Matt Vogt

          Is that drop-off different to previous years? I would imagine that the massive overload of Listmania and Most Infectious Songs would be sapping a lot of your readership’s cognitive capacity around that time…

          • AndySynn

            Ha, you might have a point actually.

            I’ve told Islander, in no uncertain terms, that next year we need more lists from actual musicians/bands, and less from just random readers… and everyone (except me) needs to be limited to just ONE list, and probably no more than 20 entries at a push… cos some of the ones from last year, well, there was VERY little to distinguish them from one another.

          • Matt Vogt

            Well, maybe I’m a sucker for punishment – I work through all of the lists, by early Feb or thereabouts… I’m ok with lots of lists, though by the end, I’m kind of hoping they don’t have too much new stuff in them!

            What gets to me, though, are the lists of ‘All the year’s black metal albums that made my cut’ which run to 75 entries, supported by honorable mentions. Have you really put in the effort to ensure that the albums you’re recommending are among the best of the year?

          • AndySynn

            You sir are most DEFINITELY a sucker for punishment, and yet I applaud your commitment.

            And truthfully, I feel like quite a lot of the lists are just there for people to show off ALL the albums they’ve listened to over the year, rather than putting the effort in to whittle them down to a coherent number. It’s all very “performative”.

            At least when I do my Great/Good/Disappointing lists I am LITERALLY just listing everything I heard that came out over the year, and owning up to it, so people can hopefully spot a few things they’ve missed.

            But when someone posts “The 75 Best Black Metal Albums of [Year]” what they’re really doing is saying “hey everybody, look how much Black Metal I listen to!”

          • Matt Vogt

            Well, it’s certainly a kind of performance. But the actual fact of post-millenial metal is that the 74th album on somebody’s 75 album list could easily be my favourite of the year, and noone else might have mentioned it yet! You have to try them all :-)

  • Danny

    Well, I’ve been known to spin me some Whitechapel every now and again, so I should put this on the list of things to check out. RIP furniture.

    • manimal

      Trigger alert! Referring to the prostitutes in the district as furniture.

      You don’t have some Masonic kind of bent, do you?

    • Aesir

      Pretty doggy.

  • Reese Burns

    I didn’t know this was coming out until like, yesterday. Can’t wait to grab it!

  • Jason

    That video is pretty disturbing. I want to hear “Hydra” (and maybe smash my work furniture).

    • Tofu muncher

      love the video though (made me shed some manly tears). BTW, there’s something about that second guitar in the background which ires me to no end.

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    I’m currently listening to Yngwie Malmsteen. Should I stop that and listen to this instead?

    • Name’s Dalton

      This sounds like a Dear Kronos advice column waiting to happen.

    • Dagoth_RAC

      How can less Yngwie Malmsteen be more? That’s impossible!


      What happens when you cut off the head of Yngwie Malmsteen’s guitar?


      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        That “FUCKING. TWO. GROW. BACK.” line is certainly in the running for lamest lyric of 2017. It might even be in the running for lamest lyric ever, right up there with that “Fuck you Fucker” line by Slaves On Dope.

        • Apple Tree

          i know this is super late, but the line “fuck you fucker” just made me laugh painfully hard. holy shit, the amount of money i would pay to see what sort of thinking goes around in that guys head is ridiculous

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      I shouldn’t be answering myself, but let it be known that one should NEVER stop listening to Yngwie Malmsteen to listen to this.

  • Mark Z

    Damn dude, great review. Other than All Shall Perish I’ve never really enjoyed a deathcore band before, but this definitely makes me want to check this out.

    • Ferrous Beuller

      I was thinking the same thing. I fear the core!

  • Death_Black_Metal_Fanatic

    This is pretty damn solid for 2017 deathcore, considering most people thought it would be totally dead by now. I wouldn’t necessarily buy this album because I probably wouldn’t listen to it more than a couple of times, but kudos to them for sticking with this style if that’s their passion. They’re obviously good at it. It’s just not really in my wheelhouse anymore. Anyone know whatever happened to their original vocalist, Nate Johnson? He was in Premonitions Of War, Through the Eyes Of the Dead, Since the Flood, Fit For an Autopsy, among others. He was a fuckin’ killer vocalist. Is he still in a band?

  • Did they really plug that awful Nazis in the moon movie? Did you really just plug your own reviews? Is there no end to plugging in this review?

  • Ein Sophistry

    I’m not much of an anything-core fan, but this certainly sounds promising.

  • DrewMusic

    What is going on with my earballs? Deathcore that’s… good? Like, really good?
    I think I’m having a stroke, someone start spinning some Ulcerate and tell me that everything is going to be alright.

  • André Snyde Lopes

    This sounds so weak, holy hell. I heartily disagree with the review. This may be slightly better than the typical deathcore album but it’s not turning my head, certainly. I’m amazed (more like baffled, really) that you gave this almost the same score as Dodec.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      I thought I was the only one who didn’t find this to be much good. Maybe I can’t tell the difference between awesome Deathcore and regular ass Deathcore because this sounds just like regular ass Deathcore to me.

  • lagerbottoms

    I definitely enjoy The Great Collapse, but Dodecahedron, Replacire and Venenum took the stage this March :P

  • Handy Donut Hole

    I have been singing the praises of this band for a long time. It’s great to see them finally getting recognition. Excellent review, Kronos.

  • strychnin

    The linked song is a good song and is disturbing.

  • Wilhelm

    I was going to start a deathcore band, but I couldn’t think of a catchy phrase.

    • John Mosley

      “Starting the Band” best band name ever. So meta.

      • Hulksteraus


  • Dodecahedron IS too terrifying for me, yet I still bought it and have been listening to it for the last week…

    • herrschobel

      sissy ;-) … but i know what you mean..i was vaporising some sweet hashish the other day and THEN put Dodecahedron on my new Headphones…oh boy ! not a good idea ! sweet parnanoia .. but it´s the most amazing thing i have heard in a long time

      • As a longtime fan of Strapping Young Lad, it’s rare that I find something that blows my mind in quite the same way…

      • Drew Music

        ‘Not a good idea!’
        Read: ‘The best idea!’
        I sticks to plain ole herb, meself, but otherwise I just wrapped up doing the same thing, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be a chipper young lad for the rest of today because of it. AotM, no questions here.

  • herrschobel

    fit for an autopsy ? thats how i feel these days when i have a few drinks too many …. i HATE the chorus ! back to Dodecahedron.

  • Viktor Svensson

    I love it when an album with neat cover art gets a nice review. Good cover art on bad/mediocre albums (High Strangeness for example) feels like such a waste.

  • Artander

    Praising an album with bad arguments is an elegant and effective way to tell readers that it is appalling beyond belief, without offending anyone. Well done Kronos. I have to admit that for a few seconds I did wonder what had gotten into you.

  • You wot m8?

    This may be one of the most beautiful album covers of all time.

    Seriously, I need a print.

  • Sean Sky

    Enjoying this album and, like many others here, this isn’t a genre I tend to fucks wit.