• Sammie Starr

Album Review: Fight The Fade - 'APOPHYSITIS'

Five-piece midwest rockers Fight The Fade release their much-anticipated emotionally heavy-hitting debut album release, APOPHYSITIS via FiXT.


Mid-west rockers Fight The Fade are no strangers when it comes to effortlessly mixing music genres to drive a point home with their music. Deriving influences from rock, metal, and electronic music genres, Fight The Fade have fearlessly forged their path forward in a genre that holds its own opinions on what rock music should be. Having formed their own sonic identity in 2018 with their release Masks, they have succeeded by taking those risks. Signing to independent electronic rock label FiXT in late 2020, their career has since blossomed, with their creative zeal and lyrical dissonance only scratching the surface of what they can accomplish in the next few years.

"Small atmospheric gems such as "Metaphysical" are worth mentioning as it dances their way into pulverizing moment, "Buried." With emotionally challenging lyricism juxtaposed with brutal breakdowns and technical guitar play, it's a highly stylized moment that shines on the album."

Now Fight The Fade has further developed their lyrical depth and instrumental ingenuity with their new full-release APOPHYSITIS via FiXT. From the beginning, there is an instant heavier, technical, and atmospheric maturation from 2020's album release In Love. in Hope. in Peace. APOPHYSITIS opens with atomic heavy-hitter, "Not Enough." With towering guitar riffs and vocal work that gorgeously mixes in its ethereal nuances, Fight The Fade proves they have arrived this year and have already made an impressive introduction.

Fight the Fade continues to mold their unique sound with another standout track, "Old Wounds." A massively epic listening experience that meshes metal soundscapes, gritty lyrical realism, and EDM influences, it's one that many fans of both genres will appreciate.

Small atmospheric gems such as "Metaphysical" are worth mentioning as it dances their way into pulverizing moment, "Buried." With emotionally challenging lyricism juxtaposed with brutal breakdowns and technical guitar play, it's a highly stylized moment that shines on the album.

Softer junctures such as "Lost It All" bring a sonorous but heavy presence to the album. It prepares for other delicate celestial numbers that will soon follow such as "Letting Go" (Feat. Massie). While very stripped down in nature, it doesn't derail from the whole framework of what Fight The Fade is trying to accomplish here.

The album beautifully ends with their album closer, "Composure." Rounding off all of the best instrumental traits Fight The Fade has introduced thus far with multilayered vocals and a richly heavy experience, the band ends things on a confident note for APOPHYSITIS.

APOPHYSITIS does a lot of things successfully instrumentally when it comes to blending genres for many of its tracks. Combined with raw and clean vocals, many of the heavier tracks are where the band shines the most. Moments where Fight The Fade breaks away from the heaviness and shows a more tender side to their creative process show there is room for growth to create something more denuded in nature. Overall, this was a solid effort by the Mid-western electro-metal heavyweights. If Fight The Fade continues to create more authentic releases like this, the future seemingly looks bright for them.



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