Releasing everywhere this afternoon, we took an early peek at Fit For An Autopsy‘s new single, “Fear Tomorrow”. The newcomer chases the swishing tail of the New Jersey band’s The Sea of Tragic Beasts album, and is as sombre as the collective global mood at the moment.
The song serves as a sonic capture of gratitude for fans. Guitarist Will Putney describes how fans purchased Fear For An Autopsy merch after the cancellation of the tour with Thy Art Is Murder, and how this helped the band get back on their feet. He says “As a way of saying thank you, we wrapped up a new one for you.”
The song’s inspiration is specific to what caused tour cancellations too. Will explains that “Fear Tomorrow” is a reaction to the current climate we’re all (literally) stuck in. The track asks for reflection, with Will asking “What have we done that’s brought us to this point, and what does the future hold if we keep repeating the same mistakes? It’s time to take a hard look at our systems and the value we place on a human life. Stay informed, and think about what you can do to ensure things don’t get worse. We’ll get off the podium now. Thanks for listening.”
Beginning with a quote from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, this concept of reflection is bleakly captured from the start in “Fear Tomorrow”:
“And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!”
The track is bombarding from multiple angles, creating a scene of confusion and fear. This is amplified by the rapidfire imagery of illness, isolation, death, destruction, faith, and control in the Eric Richter music video. Searching guitar drifts through, and the ducking and weaving and being confronted by waves is palpable, even before the vocals have joined in. Unrelenting and heavy, “Fear Tomorrow” captures the experience of trying to reach for air and for some kind of saviour, while continuing to be bombarded.
Darkly mesmerising and eerie, throaty cries and brick walls created by relentless rhythms imply a state of control. Tossed around in the metaphorical ocean of manipulation and fear orchestration, a hefty breakdown again reflects control by authority. And yet a searching undercurrent persists.
Seeming ever more futile, “Fear Tomorrow” doubles down on its intense observations of what we’re enduring. It then meshes doomy heaviness with a vibrant guitar solo, adding to the sense of crushing insanity. Opening gloriously toward the track’s end, it’s incredibly satisfying to be with this multi-faceted experience of music, and let it stomp its point brilliantly home.
Watch/listen when it goes live, via YouTube below, and find it via streaming services here: https://humanwarfare.lnk.to/FearTomorrow