With the departure of lead screamer with Fata 'holding a wold by the ears' could've been a complete shambles. old FATA fans like myself will be relieved to learn then that this is singularly the most sparkling return to form I have witnessed in a band of their disposition. The songs are much more mature, and the previous lyrics of despair and isolation replaced with a more embraced sense of inner positivity and drive. The songs literally oozing confidencing, and weave themselves deep into the subconsciousness with the contrast of heavy to mellow, Fran Mark goes from coarse scream to silky voiced singer in a single breath. The riffs themselves seem to have been stepped up a pace, and it's refreshing to hear and see a band of their position finally producing an album that emphasises what they are truly capable of, as when the power hits home it comes with the force of a claw hammer to the temple. An awe-inspiring release, which shows FATA to have branched away from the cringe-worthy mess of ideas shown in the predessor 'Abandon your friends'. Well done to the boys in fata, for delivering such a breath of fresh air in a conserably stangant scene.
Call it a comeback. Call it a rebirth. Call it a renewal. Whatever name you put on From Autumn To Ashes' return here, the New York band have done it in some style. Because, for a group who many considered dead and done after a lacklustre last album and the loss of a lead singer, the first track here roars in with more fire and ire than FATA have shown in years. The howling success of this is simple; dig up the lyrical depth, twisting, turning musical maelstrom and emotional intensity that FATA burst alive with almost ten years ago (helping to kick-start hardcore's scene success in the progress), and you'll always be on to a winner. But give a drummer some singing lessons and free reign to mess with the screamo template and you get `Holding A Wolf By The Ears' and an album that roars too loud and too large to ever pass away quietly. A welcome return.
FATA looked dead on their feet when pretty much all of the band members started leaving. After their debut album 'Too Bad You're Beautiful', this band looked set for greatness, along side Poison The Well's 'The Opposite of December' that was one of the most impressive hardcore albums. Then something happened and FATA released 'The Fiction We Live', it lacked all of that aggression and power from the debut. It was too polished and too emo. 'Abandon Your Friends' showed some promise but it was miles away from their best.
But now they have somehow overcome all the member changes and created the 2nd best album of their career. If this had been the follow up to 'Too Bad You're Beautiful' FATA would have become massive in the hardcore scene, rather than appealing to all the emo kids, and losing the early fans.
This album is huge! it's so powerfull and really starts fast, and never really looses its pace. It's like being kicked in the face by a pair of size 12 DrMartin's. 'Death Kult Social Club' is the brutal opening number and the perfect start to FATA's come back. Stand out track is clearly 'Love It Or Left It'...it's catchy but still hard as nails, and will be the song everyone sings along to in the crowd!
If you loved FATA back in the day then you just have to buy this album, it may not be so raw and un-polished but it has got back all of the aggression and passion that 'TBYB' had.
Let's hope this is a sign of what is to come, and let's ignore some of what come before. Not to say the last 2 CD''s didn't have any good moments but I'm sure even the band would admit that they were not using their full potential.
If you wanna preview this album you can do so on their myspace page. FATA ARE BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!