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Dying Fetus is a brutal death metal band formed in 1991 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, United States. The line-up consists of John Gallagher (guitar, vocals), Sean Beasley (bass) and Trey Williams (drums).

Dying Fetus's music is a hybrid of death metal and grindcore, characterized by extremely fast blast beats, complex riffing and slow breakdowns. Lyrics-wise, the band dabbled in the usual gory death metal subject matter on their early albums, and respectfully covered "Born in a Casket," a song originally written by famous death metal band Cannibal Corpse. By 2000’s Destroy the Opposition, however, they shifted towards politically driven lyrics. Their lyrics are often left-wing, mostly consisting of aggressive critique addressed towards things such as religion, corporations, consumerism and war. Their fusion of death and grind is called Slam.
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Reign SupremeReign Supreme
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Descend Into DepravityDescend Into Depravity
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Stop at NothingStop at Nothing
Relapse 2003
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Killing on AdrenalineKilling on Adrenaline
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Purification Through ViolencePurification Through Violence
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Grotesque ImpalementGrotesque Impalement
Relapse 2011
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War of AttritionWar of Attrition
Relapse 2007
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History RepeatsHistory Repeats
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Destroy the OppositionDestroy the Opposition
Relapse 2000
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Infatuation With MalevolenceInfatuation With Malevolence
Relapse 2011
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.. Album Cover 3.07 | 3 ratings
Purification Through Violence
Death Metal 1996
.. Album Cover 3.06 | 5 ratings
Killing on Adrenaline
Death Metal 1998
.. Album Cover 3.59 | 8 ratings
Destroy the Opposition
Death Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
Stop at Nothing
Death Metal 2003
.. Album Cover 3.80 | 5 ratings
War of Attrition
Death Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 4.44 | 6 ratings
Descend Into Depravity
Death Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 3.54 | 4 ratings
Reign Supreme
Death Metal 2012

DYING FETUS EPs & splits

.. Album Cover 3.39 | 4 ratings
Grotesque Impalement
Death Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vengeance Unleashed / The Beating Goes On
Death Metal 2002
.. Album Cover 2.99 | 4 ratings
History Repeats...
Death Metal 2011

DYING FETUS live albums

DYING FETUS demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

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Bathe in Entrails
Death Metal 1993
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Infatuation with Malevolence
Death Metal 1994

DYING FETUS boxset & compilations

.. Album Cover 2.60 | 2 ratings
Infatuation With Malevolence
Death Metal 1995

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Killing on Live
Death Metal 2002


DYING FETUS History Repeats...

EP · 2011 · Death Metal
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"History Repeats..." is an EP release by US death metal act Dying Fetus. The EP was released through Relapse Records in July 2011. "History Repeats..." is a cover release featuring six cover tracks by artits such as Napalm Death, Bolt Thrower, Cannibal Corpse and Pestilence and one unreleased orignal Dying Fetus track titled "Rohypnol".

The band are as usual very well playing and deliver their music with great conviction and fierce brutality. "Rohypnol" is a pretty standard Dying Fetus track, but I greatly enjoy most of the cover tracks. Especially their version of "Twisted Truth" by Pestilence, that has been given a more brutal twist, is a pure joy to listen to. Dying Fetus stay fairly true to the originals though, but still with a slight Dying Fetus twist that makes the EP worthwhile.

I usually don´t find cover releases that interesting, but this one actually sounds pretty inspired to my ears. The sound production is powerful and the musicianship is strong, which aren´t negatives either. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is warranted.

DYING FETUS Reign Supreme

Album · 2012 · Death Metal
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"Reign Supreme" is the 7th full-length studio album by US death metal act Dying Fetus. The album was released through Relapse Records in June 2012. Dying Fetus are widely considered to be among the elite when it comes to brutal technical death metal and "Reign Supreme" is yet another example why that is.

If you count technical playing as an asset Dying Fetus have always been among the top acts in extreme metal. Lightning fast riffing/shredding and even faster played drumming have always been trademarks in the band´s sound. The completely unintelligeble processed growling vocals paired with some slightly more intelligible growling vocals are also in place, so the sound on "Reign Supreme" doesn´t differ terribly much from what we´re used to from the band. With that said we´re of course still treated to high quality brutal technical death metal. Tempo changes, breaks, slammin´ parts, grinding parts and just general brutal mayhem. All delivered with precision sharp playing.

The band can maybe be criticized sligthly for being a bit one-dimensional (but that´s no surprise if you are familiar with the earlier material by the band) and the tracks aren´t easy to tell apart before you´ve listened to the album many times, but while "Reign Supreme" is playing my neck muscles work overtime. Damn those those breakdowns are heavy as fuck and groovy too. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

DYING FETUS History Repeats...

EP · 2011 · Death Metal
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I was never a really big fan of Dying Fetus, but after Relapse re-issued their entire discography earlier in the year I decided to look into them more and see if they are the death metal masters everyone has made them out to be. To be honest, I personally don’t like them that much, but it’s hard to say they don’t have skill because they obviously have a lot of it. “History Repeats…” is their newest EP which features cover songs of other bands that have influenced them in the past. These bands include Dehumanized, Napalm Death, Broken Hope, Bolt Thrower, Pestilence, and Cannibal Corpse. While they are covering these bands, Dying Fetus puts their own unique spin on every song, but they never stray too far away from the original song. To go along with the six cover songs, Dying Fetus also put an original, grindcore type song on “History Repeats…” called “Rohypnol”, which I’m not a huge fan of.

This release is a good collector’s item for fans of Dying Fetus who are already pretty established with the band. I’m glad I got some of the Relapse re-issues earlier in the year because this isn’t the ideal place to start for new fans of the band. Overall it’s not a bad album and it should provide some enjoyment from hardcore fans, but for me it was kind of bland and uninspiring.

DYING FETUS History Repeats...

EP · 2011 · Death Metal
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With History Repeats..., brutal death metal veterans Dying Fetus have decided to pay homage to their influences through an EP of cover songs. Covering such prolific and influential acts such as Dehumanized, Napalm Death, Broken Hope, Bolt Thrower, Pestilence, and Cannibal Corpse, this mini-album should provide plenty of enjoyment for old school death metal fans and Dying Fetus followers alike. Dying Fetus does put their own spin on all of the tracks here, without distancing themselves too much from the originals. The band's brutal death metal sound shines as brightly as ever here, with the trio dishing out some excellent and tight musicianship. The production on History Repeats... is also extremely professional and I think it suits the music perfectly.

In addition to the cover songs, History Repeats... also features a short grindcore-influenced original song with "Rohypnol". This EP is mainly a collector's item for established fans of Dying Fetus, but it's still a very enjoyable listen that's recommendable to brutal death metal fans. History Repeats... shouldn't be your introduction to these American veterans, but it does make for a few fun spins for any seasoned fan. 3 stars are deserved here.

DYING FETUS Infatuation With Malevolence

Boxset / Compilation · 1995 · Death Metal
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After releasing two demos in the first half of the nineties, Dying Fetus made their first proper CD release with Infatuation With Malevolence in 1995. This compilation originally contained both of their demos, but the latest reissue on Relapse Records contains a handful of tracks not contained on the original release. Infatuation With Malevolence is a pretty underdeveloped album from most perspectives, but it does hint towards the promise that Dying Fetus would show on their consecutive releases. This isn't a must-own by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a good purchase for any Dying Fetus fan.

The music here is very primitive death metal with plenty of technical touches. The grindcore influences that dominated Dying Fetus' debut full-length aren't as prevalent here, but they are still present. Compositionally, this album is pretty mediocre and largely unremarkable - Dying Fetus improved in this department over time. One of the best things about Infatuation With Malevolence is the great musicianship, and, even though Dying Fetus would grow as musicians over time, it's amazing how skillful they were this early in their career. The production is raw and of demo-quality, but I honestly would take this over the first two Dying Fetus full-length albums any day. The production on those albums is almost unbearable.

Infatuation With Malevolence is a decent compilation album from Dying Fetus that most fans of the band should definitely take a look into. It's lacking in the composition department, but it's a promising start for a band that would end up becoming a crucial part in the U.S. death metal revival. With a new reissue containing boatloads of bonus material on the horizon, any fan of the band who missed out on this may want to finally give it a spin. 2.5 stars is a fair rating, seeing that this is mainly a "fan-only" release. Infatuation With Malevolence doesn't come highly recommended from me, but it's not a bad purchase either.

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