Late last year, Thy Art Is Murder, Fit For An Autopsy and The Acacia Strain teamed up to create The Depression Sessions; a collective piece of work containing three original tracks by each band and three covers. The split EP was produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by notable producer and Fit For An Autopsy guitarist Will Putney and, well, the results speak for themselves.
Put together by three bands at the top of their game within the deathcore genre, this incredible piece of work is centred upon themes of loss, despair, hopelessness and death. While the idea was for the tracks to be of a similar vein sonically, there are deliberate subtle differences within each as each band brings their own individual approach into the material. The camaraderie within the bands is evident within the documentary and the way that they are able to bounce off one another is probably why this EP works so well.
First up is Thy Art Is Murder with the single “They Will Know Another.” Perhaps the most memorable track on the release, the killer single is packed with atmosphere and unrelenting aggression. Whether it’s because the song was one of the last pieces that CJ McMahon worked on with the band or because of the depressive nature of the EP, there’s something haunting and otherworldly about the opener that sets the bar for the rest of the EP.
McMahon commented in the official documentary that for their cover, the band chose “Du Hast” by Rammstein because they wanted to go for a track that is “iconic within the metal world” and something that would push them. Needless to say, the Thy Art clan make it their own and McMahon‘s vocals on the track are nothing less than monstrous. Fit For An Autopsy‘s “Flatlining” only brings more darkness into the mix, and it has been hinted that, sonically, it reflects the path which the band intend on going down with their next release. Note the Gojira-esque opening riff! Fit For An Autopsy‘s rendition of “The Perfect Drug” by Nine Inch Nails most definitely comes in at number one in the covers section of the EP and they way in which the band have put their stamp on it is impressive. As for The Acacia Strain‘s take on Soundgarden‘s “Black Hole Sun,” you’re in for something brutal. Although it doesn’t deviate too far from the original in terms of guitar tone, the band’s heavy take on it is impressive whilst their track “Sensory Deprivation” will get you circle headbanging from the get-go.
If you’re a fan of any of these bands, there is plenty within this three-way split for you to get your teeth into. I just hope more bands with hook up and give this kind of thing a go. Personally, I hope they tour this record.
The Depression Sessions is out now on Nuclear Blast Records. Buy it here!
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