Fit for an Autopsy is an American deathcore/groove metal band. While initially just a small regional name, a few lucky breaks and a whole lot of hard work have made them one of the few modern rising stars in an otherwise-dying genre.
Formed in Jersey City, New Jersey in 2008 by guitarists Will Putney and Patrick Sheridan, vocalist Nate Johnson, drummer Brian Mathis, and bassist Seth Coleman, they quickly got a demo recorded, but Coleman was already out of the band less than a year in; in his place came Charlie Busacca in 2009. The Hell on Earth EP dropped that same year, and various regional shows quickly followed, including a short tour with fellow New Jersey residents Abacinate in 2010. They also signed to Guy Kozowyk's Black Market Activities label within this general timeframe as well; The Process of Human Extermination, their full-length debut, was released in June of 2011 and was followed by a tour with Molotov Solution and The Devastated several months later. A short tour supporting Dying Fetus, Job for a Cowboy, Volumes, and Last Chance to Reason followed around the very beginning of 2012, but the increased touring did not sit well with everyone, and by the end of the year, Busacca and Mathis were both gone. In their place came Shane Slade (freshly out of onetime tourmates Molotov Solution) and Josean Orta, respectively, and a deal was also inked with Entertainment One music; Tim Howley (The World We Knew) also joined as a third guitarist. Hellbound, their sophomore album, dropped in September of 2013, and with it came several other high profile tours. Alas, this lineup was not to last, and in what is a common theme with bands that he has been a member of, Nate Johnson left in April of 2014. Greg Wilburn (The Devastated) was welcomed in as a temporary replacement, and after a series of tours, Joe Badolato was brought on as their new full-time vocalist in early 2015. After a run with Aborted, Archspire, and Dark Sermon, they put out Absolute Hope Absolute Hell in October of 2015. More touring followed as usual, and in what was becoming a relatively consistent theme, Slade left (having been fired this time) sometime in the middle of 2016, with longtime friend Peter "Blue" Spinazola joining on what started as a live basis before being made full-time sometime around either the end of the year or the very beginning of 2017. The Great Collapse, their fourth full-length, will drop on March 17, 2017.
- Will Putney - guitars (2008-present)
- Pat Sheridan - guitars, backing vocals (2008-present)
- Josean Orta - drums (2012-present)
- Tim Howley - guitars (2013-present)
- Joe Badolato - lead vocals (2015-present)
- Peter "Blue" Spinazola - bass (2017-present)
- Demo (2008)
- Hell on Earth (2009) (EP)
- The Process of Human Extermination (2011)
- Hellbound (2013)
- Absolute Hope Absolute Hell (2015)
- The Depression Sessions (2016) (split with Thy Art Is Murder and The Acacia Strain)
- The Great Collapse (2017)
The band contains examples of the following tropes:
- Absentee Actor: Will Putney is still an active writer and recording musician with the band, but his tight schedule as a big-name record producer makes it virtually impossible for him to tour.
- All Drummers Are Animals: Josean Orta is known for his extremely hard-hitting and aggressive playing style.
- Ascended Extra: Josean Orta and Blue were both live fill-ins (and, in Blue's case, a longtime friend of the band) before being made full-time.
- Audience Participation Song: "Do You See Him": "DO YOU SEE HIM? HE WALKS AS ONE WITH YOU! DO YOU SEE? THE DEVIL? INSIDE OF YOU?"
- "Hydra": "'CAUSE WHEN YOU CUT OFF THE HEAD, FUCKING TWO GROW BACK!"
- "Black Mammoth": "Rise from the ashes! Oh, foul black mammoth!"
- Bald of Awesome: Nate Johnson, Pat Sheridan, and Blue.
- Badass Beard: Joe Badolato, Tim Howley, and Blue.
- Big Fun: Pat used to be this before losing a fairly significant amount of weight. Despite this, he is still occasionally referred to as "Fat Pat" by people who have known him since his old Jersey hardcore days. Tim Howley is a straighter example.
- Cover Version: "The Perfect Drug".
- Deathcore: Started out as something of a split between the earliest bands in the genre and the more hardcore-oriented side before taking a more groove metal-oriented turn on Absolute Hope Absolute Hell. They have largely abandoned the genre circa The Great Collapse.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The Process of Human Extermination was far more stripped-down and more grindy and breakdown-laden than anything that followed, as well as having more prominent mathcore elements and none of the prog elements that started to infiltrate their sound on Hellbound. In short, it was fairly close to the sound of Nate Johnson's previous bands (particularly Deadwater Drowning, which Seth Coleman was also in), albeit with certain more modern (for the time) sensibilities.
- Gaia's Lament/Humans Are Bastards: The core lyrical themes on The Great Collapse.
- Groove Metal: Absolute Hope Absolute Hell onward.
- Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Blue.
- Hollywood New England: Blue lives in Massachusetts and is a major figure in the New England metal and hardcore scenes, while Nate Johnson and Seth Coleman are from New Hampshire; furthermore, New England was where much of their early fame was cultivated (primarily through their regular appearances at the Palladium, Rocko's, and the Waterfront Tavern). In general, they are as much a New England band as they are a New Jersey band.
- Lyrical Cold Open:
- "I WATCHED A MAN DIE IN THE COLD!"note
- "DO YOU FEEL NUMB?"
- Metal Scream: Nate Johnson was somewhere between a Type 1 and a Type 2, Greg Wilburn was a Type 3 with extremely distinctive Type 2 lows, and Joe Badolato is a solid Type 1.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: The first two albums were a solid 10, whereas Absolute Hope Absolute Hell is a soft 10 with occasional dips into a hard 9 (namely "Ghosts in the River").
- New Sound Album:
- Hellbound was significantly more technical and featured more varied compositions.
- Absolute Hope Absolute Hell was a Genre Shift to a more groove metal-influenced style.
- The Great Collapse took the progressive and post-metal influences present on Absolute Hope Absolute Hell and placed them up front and center for a more melodic and atmospheric album with little of the chugging of their earlier works.
- Record Producer: Will Putney is a fairly famous one, but his stacked schedule is the reason why he does not play shows with the band.
- Revolving Door Band: They have gone through a fairly large amount of lineup changes in the eleven years that they've been around, though one of them (Nate Johnson) could have been seen a mile away by anyone familiar with his tendency to abruptly leave bands.
- Soprano and Gravel: Badolato uses cleans intermittently, though they became more frequent on The Great Collapse.
- Special Guest: CJ McMahon, Vincent Bennett, Brook Reeves (Impending Doom), Danny Leal (Upon a Burning Body), Nate Rebolledo (Xibalba), Brendan Murphy (Counterparts), and Kevin McCaughey (Ion Dissonance) have all done guest vocal spots, and this was also most likely Greg Wilburn's role (they may have originally been eyeing a full-time spot for him but wanted to test the waters, or they may have just been waiting until a vocalist who was more suitable for the band came along; either way, he didn't work out).
- Start My Own: They started out as Will Putney taking a crack at starting a band instead of just producing them. Subverted with Nate Johnson's involvement; while he was fresh out of Since the Flood and still had Buckhunter (which played a few shows a year, never went further than Rhode Island, and barely ever left New Hampshire to begin with, so they barely count), his involvement in their formation was relatively minimal.