The Sea of Tragic Beasts is the fifth full-length album from New Jersey deathcore band Fit for an Autopsy. Chugging away for over ten years now, The Sea of Tragic Beasts is another solid entry into the band’s catalogue, and a fitting follow-up to 2017’s The Great Collapse. Fit for an Autopsy has a solid album under their belts, though it’s a bit run-of-the-mill. But, if you’re a diehard fan of the band or the genre as a whole, this album is one that should be on your radar.
Fit for an Autopsy doesn’t waste any time jumping into things; this album starts off with just a nasty ass guitar bend. The titular opening track has all the grunts and dissonant chords you’d expect in a deathcore track with a fair amount of clean singing to mix things up a bit. The brutality continues through songs like “Your Pain Is Mine” and “Warfare.” “Unloved” was the standout track for me. Compared to the majority of The Sea of Tragic Beasts, “Unloved” is a slow build, chugging and chugging away over some gloomy guitar lines. It’s not the most technical song in the world, or on the album for that matter, but the vibe just can’t be denied.
The Sea of Tragic Beasts is a solid release from Fit for an Autopsy, but I wouldn’t call it mind-blowing. Songs like “Your Pain Is Mine” or “Birds of Prey” are interesting enough for the first couple minutes, but neither did enough to keep my attention for their five-plus minute runtimes. The clean vocals are a nice touch as well, but the samey melodies throughout made me lose interest pretty quick. All in all, The Sea of Tragic Beasts is good, but not great.
Written by Justin Bruce
*edited by Danielle Kenedy