Fit For an Autopsy Anthology of the Human Experience
After listening to the gut-wrenching tale of annihilation known as: “Still We Destroy,” by Fit For An Autopsy again, I seriously thought of throwing MYSELF under a bus. Usually, the haters and wanna-be-destroyers try to do it for you, but this time, I ingested the lyrics and regurgitated the darkness. This inherent darkness is loudly conveyed in the line of the song that says: “…we are born with death on our backs…” Further, “I am human, I am horror. I am the creator and the destroyer…”
Metal music has many facets to the jewel. The apocalyptic metal mayhem that has surfaced from FFAA is definitely worth standing up and taking notice. Their sound is unmistakably Mozart reads Revelations and writes the soundtrack in 2013. The guitar scales are crisp, sharp as diamonds and easy to discern from any other collective instrument in this symphony. The percussion is hard-hitting, raunchy and evil, like a pissed off ex-girlfriend. The bass is tight, yet easy flowing and gives your head something to bang to. Please and thank you.
Fit For An Autopsy is the name fitting for a band that writes about what they believe and plays some pretty freakin’ fantastic metal music! I had the pleasure of sitting down with the band’s guitarist, Patrick Sheridan on busy 20th Avenue on a Saturday night in Denver, Colorado. FFAA played very loudly at the Marquis Theater, promoting the release of their new album “Hellbound.” New album. New record label, eOne Music. Things are pretty intensely great for the band right now. They will be wrapping up their tour next week and returning home for some much needed R&R. Here are some things Pat and I squawked about:
KJ: “What, as musicians, makes the most sense to you as far as content, image and the overall sound?”
Pat: “One of the hardest things as a band is knowing what to write, what doesn’t work with what you’re writing and what kind of image you want to put out musically. Not necessarily the way you look or the way you perform, because we don’t practice any choreographed moves or anything, we just go with what feels right. You have to know what your music represents, know your crowd and that’s what works.”
KJ: “With regard to your new record label, eOne Music, this is obviously a great move career-wise. How will this partnership affect the music that FFAA releases, henceforth?”
Pat: “You know what’s crazy about eOne? Carl from Good Fight is the one who brought us in. I’ve known Carl for a long time and we’ve frequented the same shows and we have tons of the same friends. Carl is one of those guys who wouldn’t bring us on if he didn’t believe in what we do. We’ve been in different bands and gained a wealth of experience, so they trust us. They trust us as a band and the picture we want to paint with our music and it is working out very well, mutually.”
KJ: “In the cut-throat music industry, how does this band plan to avoid ending up in the metal graveyard as others before you have done?”
Pat: “I will say that with our last release, [Process of Human Extermination], it was a hard-hitting record and it was fast and really angry. With this release we have stepped up everything. We’ve worked really hard on lyrical content, guitar work, drummer’s delivery; a little bit of everything. I love that people love our music and we just want to keep that going. It’s not always about the money. Money is to take care of our families, add value to our label and continue to do what we do best. But if I tell you how much we actually made a night to do what we love, you’d slap me and tell me to go home and get a regular job! But there’s nothing like playing for the friends, not fans, who come out to see us. The gratification from spit flying from the mouths of kids who are singing along to our songs is so awesome. We just want to keep making them scream along. We also want them to gain some knowledge about the world around them through the music we play.”
One of the things I found most notable about Patrick is how much he gives props to his team. We all know the prima donna complex some band members have, once they reach a certain point in their careers. I dug deep to try to find it, just because I’m a realist and I expect people to get on my damn nerves, with their senseless failures. My expedition was unsuccessful, so that means Pat and the rest of FFAA are pretty genuine to the core. With these guys, it’s like that old spreadsheet program that Programmers used before Microsoft Excel called WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get). No prima donnas here, just guys who have been blessed with the talent and opportunities to do what they love and do it very, very well. There was little mention of “me, me, my, I, look at me, me, and enough about you, back to me.” Pat was all about doting over Will Putney, fellow Guitarist and dear friend. He bragged about his Drummer, Josean Orta, Nate Johnson’s Vocals, and Shane Slade’s bangin’ bass. Tim, the one and only 3rd guitarist, was high on the list of awesomeness, drawing a smile from Pat (which might not be easy to do). He mentioned the complexity in Tim’s delivery and how he absolutely augments the sound!
Getting back to the music, which I listen to often, I’m uber-impressed with “Still We Destroy.” I don’t know whether to get lost in the sounds or pay closer attention to the message. My advice is simply to find the balance and make it happen! Get your burning buns online and even to the record store, if you still live in Jurassic Park (as do I, on occasion)! And don’t look at the album title and turn up your nose, with preconceived judgment! This band is “awake” to the world around them and the destruction being perpetuated on a grand scale. The music these guys write and play for the world is meant to entertain and inform. If you can’t look at the world around you and see that things are hellbound, then you should probably get new glasses. Government corruption, warmongering dictators, economic collapse, corporate takeover of the medical industry and every other industry known to man are very real issues. Don’t shoot the messengers! Or as we used to say in the hood: “don’t hate the player, hate the game…”
Pick up Fit For An Autopsy’s latest artistic release “Hellbound.” Listen to the entire album, often, and you will easily appreciate the music and the message. No judgment.
"Still We Destroy" (Official Lyric Video) - http://bit.ly/12jh0Dj
"Tremors" (Official Song Stream) - http://bit.ly/17dHBTE