Fir For An Autopsy

The Process Of Human Extermination

01. The Conquerer
02. The Colonist
03. The Desecrator
04. The Juggernaut
05. The Wolf
06. The Consumer
07. The Locust
08. The False Prophet
09. The Jackal
10. The Executioner

[06/21/11]
[Black Market Activities/Good Fight]

I’m usually picky about the deathcore bands I listen to. Though I do appreciate it more than my peers at times, most likely because I was there for the birth of the genre. You see if I hadn’t mentioned it prior, I’m from Arizona and I was able to witness the evolution of a band by the name of Job For A Cowboy. I actually saw their CD release party for Doom which featured them as the headlining act with a supporting cast of Suicide Silence (who was touring on their very gritty sounding self-titled EP) and The Faceless (who hadn’t even released Akeldama yet).  I’m one of those guys who hated to see JFAC evolve from deathcore to death metal. As a result, I have a soft spot for the genre.

Though don’t misunderstand me, I still remain critical. I’m not a fan of bands like Atilla or Chelsea Grin. I’m sure most can agree, the genre is over-saturated with terrible acts like the aforementioned bands and Oceano.  When I first heard of Fit For An Autopsy’s debut release I was intrigued as to whether or not this would be one of those terrible acts, or something much better. What I discovered was something in between.

FFAA are a deathcore act, and if the genre hasn’t impressed you this far I can already tell you to move on. The Process of Human Extermination does not establish anything ground-breaking, and isn’t comparable to The Contortionist’s Exoplanet where there are many more elements to take note of. From here, I’ll start with what’s wrong with the album and it shouldn’t come as a surprise if you’ve read this far: there are too many damn breakdowns.

I know, a deathcore act with too many breakdowns. I’m sure you’d of never guessed. When I was first hearing this album, I realized I was having a hard time enjoying the song direction as all I could do was anticipate another section of chugging. And this is unfortunate. because if you’ve listened to a great deathcore act, they strike that perfect balance of being able to enjoy mostly all of the chugging as it stands out and remains heavy listen after listen due to the contrast with the rest of the written material. I still bang my head just as hard as the first listen to Whitechapel’s This Is Exile album.

Fortunately, the breakdowns are my biggest complaint with this album. To discuss what’s good about it, I’ll start with the lyrics. The album is chock-full with prominent lyrics that continue to seep into your head after your done listening. Take for example the opening track “The Conquerer” (featuring The Human Abstract‘s Travis Richter doing guest vocals), which opens with the words “We’ll tear this whole fucking world apart!” from which point all hell breaks loose, and you quickly know what type of album you’ve gotten yourself into. Or the third track, “The Desecrator”, which features the catchy chorus of “Justify fucking bloodshed!”

What I also found most enjoyable about this album was the song structures. Sure it certainly isn’t the most complicated piece work I’ve heard, but FFAA knew what type of album they wanted write, and they executed it very nicely. Track six, “The Consumer”,  stands out in particular. The ending of the track sounds like its about to come to a sudden close, and with each listen I appreciate that they instead decided to close it with a breakdown. With a consistent sense of direction, each song definitely moves very fluidly and carries a certain groove. Whitechapel definitely comes to mind as a band of comparison, as Nate Johnson’s vocal style is certainly comparable. I found This Is Exile to move from track to track, riff to riff, and breakdown to breakdown quite seamlessly, which is similar to how The Process of Human Extermination operates.

Lastly, track three features two ideas I would love to hear more of in a next release. More high screams, and more guitar work with solos and leads. These two ideas combined with less breakdowns could really help the band stand out in such a convoluted genre. All in all, I have to say I enjoyed this album. It remained catchy listen after listen, and the groove and pace stuck with me despite my complaints. I will be looking out for their next release, and this album will make its way into my occasional deathcore listen in my regular rotation of albums I listen to. The Process of Human Extermination isn’t ground-breaking but it is certainly an above average release, and with less breakdowns and more guitar work this deathcore act could stand toe to toe with their peers in Whitechapel.

Fit For An Autopsy – The Process Of Human Extermination gets…

3.5/5

-PC

 

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