Fuck You and Die: Elements of Instability – Reviewed

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I know, I know,  Fuck You and Die is an absolutely ridiculous band name and the music that comes along with it should be pretty crappy too right? Not at all. Their new album is actually really good and if I somehow manage to make a top ten list for the year, this will most likely be a part of it.

If I had to use one word to describe this album, it would be Necrophagist. Since that band has seen fit to make us wait for a new record until Half-Life 3 drops or the Philadelphia Eagles win a championship or something else equally improbable, Fuck You and Die has risen from the depths of hell to fill the void left in Necrophagist’s absence. Let me tell you, they do a damn good job of it. From the guitar tone to the vocals and the production, this album sounds a lot like it could be the Necrophagist’s successor.  Here is the first song I heard by them:

Crisp riffs that are distinguishable from one another permeate the entire album with the vocalist’s growls and occasional shrieks following in tow. The drumming is top notch as well; it’s not super fast melt your face off drumming like a lot of tech death bands have, but that’s OK because it isn’t necessary.  FYAD realize what a lot of tech death bands do not: you don’t need to have pummeling machine gun drumming and guitars that are all over the place for people to enjoy your music.  While bands like Hour of Pennance are very good at doing just that, it can become repetitive at times and leave one wishing for a bit more substance. FYAD recognizes the need for variety and that’s one of the first things that caught my attention when I started listening to their new album Elements of Instability.  I’m going to use the first track, “Security Through Obscurity” as an example.  The song starts off with a very catchy riff that does an excellent job of hooking the listener in before the vocalist’s growls come into play.  Normally with this genre, the song would pick up to blistering fast speed but instead, around 50 seconds in, we get a slower more melodic section. This then leads into a brand new riff that eventually evolves into blast beats and the song moving to warp speed again.  Following that, the riff that started the song shows up again and leads into a very nice solo which serves as a great transition to the end of the song. It’s this variety in song structure that for me, really makes it one of the stand outs in the sea of otherwise generic tech death releases that drop each year.

Don’t get me wrong, I love insane drumming and weedily deedily solos just as much as the next tech death fan, but every now and then it’s nice to have a fresh breath of air.  FYAD are just that.  These guys excel at writing songs that are technical without sacrificing song structure and I highly recommend taking a look at their new album. I will also point out that the production on this album is tight. It doesn’t suffer from being too loud or too quiet and each instrument, vocals included, can be heard clearly.  While I think there could have been more variety in the songs, that is really only a small gripe about an album that I otherwise found extremely enjoyable.  I don’t think it is going to earn any album of the year awards competing with the likes of Fallujah, Archspire, Artificial Brain and Beyond Creation among others, but it is still a very solid album and I’m excited to see what these dudes do next.

Packed to the brim with excellent riffs, top tier drumming and fantastic guitar work, this is an album that any fan of technical death metal should enjoy listening to and is a great start to what is sure to be a successful career for these guys. So, if you are one of those metalheads getting increasingly impatient waiting for the new Necrophagist album to drop (who isnt?), take a look at Elements of Instability and let it fill that void for you.  Do you agree that these guys are a spiritual successor to Necrophagist or are they something else? Let me know in the comments.  I’ll leave you with another song by these dudes.

 

Mr. Jack Bauer gives Elements of Instability by Fuck You and Die 1/5 Flushes.

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  • Scrimm

    Nice soundtrack to start the week.

  • Edward Meehan

    Solid review, nice JB.

  • Guacamole Jim

    The Necrophagist comparison is spot on. It’s interesting to note that a band like this can get away with being an almost identical band, but because Necrophagist isn’t doing shit and hasn’t done shit in forever, FUAD can get away with it.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    1. I thought the world had already sropped wiating for necroohagist (I know I did) 2. This name deserves to be flushed so bad it will never be found again 3. I’m buying this right now

    • Beunhaas

      It is a godawful name. I’d like to see the conversation these guys were having when they thought of that.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        It was propably a fight that ended when the drummer shouted FYAD to the guitarist who then realised this was a (less than) stellar name for the band

    • Howard Dean

      This band name should never exist outside of a middle schooler’s notebook doodles.

      Kid 1: Dood! I thought of the coolest, most badass name for our band today during second period!

      Kid 2: Melting Skull Fuck Spanish Panther?

      Kid 1: Wot? No! Fuck You and Die! Howaboutthat?

      Kid 2: [drops juicebox] Dood! Fucking sweet!

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        I’d listen to MSFSP though

        • Howard Dean

          Me too. Hahaha. I bet they’d make killer war metal.

          • Death

            I’m gonna start a brutal death metal band named Mister Cuddlesworth And The Hugging Company.

          • Edward Meehan

            There is a band Tony Danza and the Tapdance Extravaganza, and people who are not into metal have gone to their concerts thinking it had to do with 1) Tony Danza or 2) tapdancing. Imagine that, lol.

            Maggie I think we are in the wrong place, what is this god awful man yelling about?

          • Death

            I have heard of the band. I like misleading band names.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Please do!

          • crazytaco_12

            Around where I live, there’s a death metal/deathcore band called “Super Happy Story Time Land”

      • Mother Shabubu III

        Nothing is worse than The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid To Die.

        The world is not a beautiful place and everyone is afraid to die. The world is horrible place and I want to curl up and die. Plus if it wasn’t for the length of the name, no one would remember it.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          But the world has so much beauty in it’s bleak hopelessness and death’s not THAT scary. The bands, I guess, however are utter shite

    • Death

      Hasn’t one of the guys said that they’re trying to make an album?

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        They might have, but I’ve propably missed/ignored it

  • Beunhaas

    I don’t really want to listen to a band called Funk you And Die But that first song sounds pretty tasty. Good review Jack

    • Thanks

    • Guacamole Jim

      I don’t think there are many names as bad as Necromancing the Stone.

  • Stockhausen

    I miss you Necrophagist. I’ll check these guys out later.

  • Howard Dean
  • Based on the band name, I was expecting angry teen metalcore. Like that band on Friday Night Lights.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgIxixJjyHU

    • They really should change the name to something else.

      • Although, looking at their bandcamp, seems they started as a grindcore band.

        • Beunhaas

          Still awful.

      • Howard Dean

        Seriously. It’s one of the worst names I’ve ever seen. If I were perusing a record store or website and saw the band name “Fuck You and Die” without any frame of reference, I would totally pass and not even give them a chance. This coming from a guy who owns records by Goatpenis and Anal Blasphemy.

        • Xan

          I’ve got an album by Anal Stench and Anal Blast. Goatwhore and Goatpenis are such terrible names too.

    • Howard Dean

      To be fair, Landry was pretty trve kvlt. He did kill a man.

  • happy pig

    great band name—-people gotta deal with “suspension of disbelief”—–

    people that would gripe about this name—are the same types that would gripe about the name “the sex pistols”—-

    • When you’re dealing with very specific audiences for very specific genres, I think it makes sense to try to match your name somewhat with your sound. FYAD doesn’t jibe with intensely technical metal. We did like the album, regardless.

    • Beunhaas

      How dare you disagree with me, LEAVE THE HALL. Seriously though, I don’t see what this has to do with suspension of disbelief, it’s just a really silly name.

  • Gurp

    F.O.A.D., meet F.Y.A.D.

    • IronLawnmower

      Meet FIYAH

  • Unrelated, but I did a semi-big music shopping spree, picked up pretty much every Gojira album, the new The Contortionist album, the newest He Is Legend, and Expire’s newest. Mmmmmmmm.

    • Howard Dean

      Nice. I’ve been on a tear myself, though most of what I’ve ordered recently has already come in. Got the Megatomb EP Louder Than a Thousand Deaths in the mail on Saturday. That’s a sweet little black/thrash ripper! Byah!

      • Nice! I’m also stoked for my Decapitated and BCI preorders to come in this week. From those two songs I’ve already heard, BCI is real AOTY material for me.

        • W.

          I just got the Meshuggah live album in the mail, and I’m thinking of buying Cloak of Altering soon.

    • very nice, I’m planning on going this week.

    • Beunhaas

      Is the new contortionist good?

      • If you liked their first album better, you probably won’t like it.

      • I enjoy it, it’s like a very soft, jazzy type of metal for the vast majority of it. Mostly clean vocals and soft melodies, but I really like it.

        • Beunhaas

          Sounds good, I’ll give it a try.

        • Death

          I liked it as well, my flaccid buddy.

    • Xan

      I just picked up the new Nunslaughter, Massacre, Vanhelgd, Death Vomit, The Haunted, Legion of the Damned, Mars Red Sky, Pyrrhon, and Origin. I am about to get blasted with metal.

    • Hail and Kill

      I just got the new Cannibal Corpse and replaced my Morbid Angel
      Domination.

    • Cock ov Steele

      I’m preparing my mind and body for The Blue Record and Every Kylesa album I can get my grubby mitts on. Also I bought Abzu on Amazon and am currently awaiting its arrival.

    • crazytaco_12

      Only shit I’ve really got recently is free downloads from bandcamp and Depeche Mode’s “Some Great Reward” and a CD I bought of a band I saw the other day called Dead Asylum. Throwing in a link for DA cuz I figure they’d appreciate the promo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjADxdc_k4Q

  • Gurp

    Also, ISHITROBOTS is my favorite goofy name + brutal music combination.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKY-bUvYd8I

  • Mother Shabubu III

    These boys will be disappointed when they don’t get any radio play because of their name! Radio doesn’t care for all that salty language.

  • Xan

    I like it all right. The more melodic parts in Security Through Obscurity got me headbanging pretty hard. On on off note, I made some delicious hot chocolate, the most metal of drinks.

  • Simon Phoenix

    Good review there, Jacky. Terrible band name, but the music is certainly decent.

    On another note, I still say Lykathea Aflame will release a new album before Necrophagist does. As it is, I stopped caring whether Mohammed releases it or not a long time ago.

    • Simon Phoenix

      Wait a minute. This article is currently at 260 views.

      6÷2+0 = 3

      HALF-LIFE 3 CONFIRMED!!!

    • Howard Dean

      I’d certainly be more excited for a new Lykathea Aflame than new Necrophagist. Hoping it happens sometime before the Apocalypse!

  • MikeHawke

    These guys also do Black Metal, check out Der Weg Einer Freiheit.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eTDQsLAzl0