By Dan Perretta
So, anyone who is familiar with Fear Before the March of Flames might know the name Adam Fisher. He plays guitar and does quite a bit of vocal work for the aforementioned group. Adam also has two other projects, one of which is All Human, and the other, Orbs, is one I will be writing about some time in the near future. All Human is Adam’s solo project. He put out his first record under that moniker in in 2012, “Catholic Guilt Or The Queerest Of Thoughts,” which is a fantastic album that I am certain I will also talk about another time. In 2014, Adam teamed up with Brian Ferrara (Trophy Scars) to create a second release dubbed, “Teenagers, You Don’t Have To Die,” and let me tell you, this record was completely worth the long wait.
Let us start by talking about Adam’s lyrics. He manages to write some of the most true and creepy songs I have had the pleasure of putting in my ears. Adam’s lyrics make you feel like you are gaining insight into his own subconscious and hearing the thoughts no one else would be brave enough to put to paper. Imagine your strangest dream or nightmare that struck a little too close to home or was too revealing or was just too weird to comprehend. Now imagine you told the world about it. Everything about the lyrics feel cathartic and the music matches that catharsis.
You should know before I continue, this project is weird with a capital “W”, but in all the best ways. The music blends electronic style with more organic guitar, drums, and bass. Adam’s vocals are, frankly, one of my favorite things about any of his projects, but extremely unique and might be a challenge for some to get over. I encourage anyone listening to this record to give it a couple spins before writing off his vocal style as “too weird”. With that being said, this record is another without any throw aways. Every track is unique and well orchestrated. I cannot emphasize enough the waves of emotion that come off these songs. For instance, “Desert Fox Cubs Play Under a Sky Full of Stars” is full of such eloquent sadness and beauty, which immediately precedes one of the creepiest songs in the line up, “Night Swimmer (Camp Ohio),” but it transitions so seamlessly. So much about the music is subtle. It sneaks up on you. It truly takes a few listens to really appreciate everything happening, all the nuances and his musical, vocal and instrument choices.
If you are into the strange, genre bending and deep, this record is for you. “Teenagers, You Don’t Have to Die” is heavy, light, sad, joyous and creepy wrapped in one amazing album. You can find a copy via the All Human Bandcamp page.