Fit For An Autopsy released Hellbound in 2013 and quickly proved they were the best that Deathcore as a genre could offer. Often maligned, rarely proven and consistently written off, Deathcore has been the running joke of modern metal. Fit For An Autopsy showed that with a dash of progressive metal, and a whole lot of real emotion, that a truly great Deathcore album could exist. With Nate Johnson’s departure, the future seemed to be in turmoil for the band but with Absolute Hope Absolute Hell, they have shown that the band as a whole is more than capable of writing incredible Deathcore. This album transcends the genre and makes for an amazing piece of music outside of classification or need for stipulation.
Absolute Hope Absolute Hell is more varied than Hellbound, that album being a true sledgehammer compared to the more exacting blade of this record. Where Hellbound pummeled without end, the progressive side of the band has taken over just a little more with Absolute Hope Absolute Hell. Songs like ‘Ghosts In The River’ and ‘Swing The Axe’ represent the best the album has to offer, slowing things down and creating a real atmosphere, something Deathcore is lacking in across the board. The opening title track starts with an ominous guitar riff that leads into one of the albums most heavy handed sections. The Breakdowns across the board are varied, original and abrasive with pick scrapes taking the lead, ‘Saltwound’ being an absolute highlight with some of the best lyrics and the single heaviest moment on the album.
Absolute Hope Absolute Hell is at its weakest when it lets the noise takeover. Between new cleaner (Not totally clean) vocals, the varied instrumentation and backing ambience, some choruses lack staying power, sounding more like a cacophony than a planned attack. Overall these sections are rare, making for no single track that suffers too long, each song is memorable and hard-hitting. Joe Badolato takes over for Nate Johnson, and does a great job filling in, sounding similar enough to give the band the same sonic structure but without trying to hard to copy. He gives enough of his own flavor, but at times he can sound a little more generic in comparison to Nate Johnson’s inhuman capabilities.
Fit For An Autopsy show that they are capable of something truly great, with three albums under their belt and not a single one showing a sign of weakness, the band is consistently growing. If Absolute Hope Absolute Hell is a sign of things to come, the band is going to be at the forefront of people’s mind’s for a long time. Deathcore is a genre that is full of more noise than any other, and finding a gem get the praise and exposure it deserves like Fit For An Autopsy gives hope to a style of music on the verge of being written off entirely. Absolute Hope Absolute Hell is an absolutely amazing testament to the capability of a band that is only just getting started.