DYING FETUS

Brutal Death Metal • United States
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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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DYING FETUS albums / top albums

DYING FETUS Purification Through Violence album cover 3.42 | 5 ratings
Purification Through Violence
Brutal Death Metal 1996
DYING FETUS Killing on Adrenaline album cover 3.80 | 7 ratings
Killing on Adrenaline
Brutal Death Metal 1998
DYING FETUS Destroy the Opposition album cover 4.08 | 13 ratings
Destroy the Opposition
Brutal Death Metal 2000
DYING FETUS Stop at Nothing album cover 4.05 | 6 ratings
Stop at Nothing
Brutal Death Metal 2003
DYING FETUS War of Attrition album cover 4.00 | 8 ratings
War of Attrition
Brutal Death Metal 2007
DYING FETUS Descend Into Depravity album cover 4.17 | 11 ratings
Descend Into Depravity
Brutal Death Metal 2009
DYING FETUS Reign Supreme album cover 4.23 | 9 ratings
Reign Supreme
Brutal Death Metal 2012
DYING FETUS Wrong One to Fuck With album cover 4.00 | 8 ratings
Wrong One to Fuck With
Brutal Death Metal 2017

DYING FETUS EPs & splits

DYING FETUS Grotesque Impalement album cover 3.53 | 7 ratings
Grotesque Impalement
Brutal Death Metal 2000
DYING FETUS Vengeance Unleashed / The Beating Goes On album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vengeance Unleashed / The Beating Goes On
Brutal Death Metal 2002
DYING FETUS History Repeats... album cover 3.43 | 6 ratings
History Repeats...
Brutal Death Metal 2011
DYING FETUS Contamination Tour 2018 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Contamination Tour 2018
Brutal Death Metal 2018

DYING FETUS live albums

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

DYING FETUS Bathe in Entrails album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Bathe in Entrails
Brutal Death Metal 1993
DYING FETUS Infatuation with Malevolence album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Infatuation with Malevolence
Brutal Death Metal 1994

DYING FETUS re-issues & compilations

DYING FETUS Infatuation With Malevolence album cover 3.14 | 3 ratings
Infatuation With Malevolence
Brutal Death Metal 1995

DYING FETUS singles (1)

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Induce Terror
Brutal Death Metal 2016

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DYING FETUS Reviews

DYING FETUS Descend Into Depravity

Album · 2009 · Brutal Death Metal
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"Descend Into Depravity" is the 6th full-length studio album by US, Maryland based death metal act Dying Fetus. The album was released through Relapse Records in September 2009. Dying Fetus have been through several lineup changes in the last couple of releases, and there´s been a couple of changes to the lineup since "War of Attrition (2007)" too. Second guitarist Mike Kimball has jumped ship leaving guitarits/vocalist (and only remaining original member) John Gallagher as the band´s sole guitarist. Drummer Duane Timlin has also left, and is replaced here by Trey Williams. The new three-piece lineup is completed by bassist/vocalist Sean Beasley.

From the first notes of the opening track "Your Treachery Will Die With You", it will be abundantly clear to most listeners that Dying Fetus have changed their brutal technical death metal formula almost none, and that they continue down the exact same path as they tread on "War of Attrition (2007)". The shift between unintelligble deep growling vocals and slightly more intelligible aggressive growling vocals, the tempo changes, the fast arpeggios (and even the rare neo-classical influenced moment), the ultra heavy breakdowns, it´s all in place. As is the top notch musicianship and the technically challenging performances. It´s Dying Fetus as they´ve pretty much sounded since day one. So it´s not drastic stylistic changes you´re looking for, when reviewing a Dying Fetus release, but rather the quality and catchiness of the songwriting...

...and in that department "Descend Into Depravity" belongs in the better part of the band´s output. The material on the 8 track, 33:47 minutes long album is most effective and crushingly heavy and brutal. You may not be able to tell the tracks apart upon initial listens, but given a few spins the tracks become more recognisable and memorable. It´s the immediate impact of the violent sonic assault which is the real winner here though, and you´re a real badass if you come away from listening to this album without a sandblasted face. The brutality and aggression of the material is scorching. "Descend Into Depravity" features a powerful, raw, and detailed sound production too, so upon conclusion it´s a high quality release by Dying Fetus. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

DYING FETUS War of Attrition

Album · 2007 · Brutal Death Metal
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"War of Attrition" is the 5th full-length studio album by US, Maryland based death metal act Dying Fetus. The album was released through Relapse Records in March 2007. It´s the successor to "Stop at Nothing" from 2003 and features a couple of lineup changes compared to the predecessor. Lead vocalist Vince Matthews has jumped ship, and the vocal duties are now shared by guitarist John Gallagher and bassist Sean Beasley. Gallagher has always performed the unintelligible deep growling vocals in the band´s music, and continues to do so here, while Beasley takes up the more aggressive yet still brutal growling vocal style. Drummer Erik Sayenga has also left Dying Fetus and is replaced here by Duane Timlin. With guitarist Mike Kimball making his second appearance on a Dying Fetus album, the lineup has gone from a five-piece to a four-piece.

Stylistically the material on the 8 track, 36:50 minutes long album pretty much continues the brutal technical death metal style of "Stop at Nothing (2003)". In fact there are very few surprises here if you are familiar with the band´s releases all the way back from their inception in the early 90s. Dying Fetus are a technically skilled band and they deliver their music with great passion and conviction. Their trademark heavy grooves are here in abundance as well as the fast arpeggio sweeping and the two types of growling vocals, as mentioned above. So don´t expect much development of sound. What you get is high quality playing, powerful compositions which will force your head to bang and your body to move, and a brutal and raw yet clear sounding production.

So if you can forgive Dying Fetus that they have by now found a trademark style which they stick to and don´t deviate much from, "War of Attrition" is yet another high quality release in a long line of high quality releases by the band. I´d rank it with "Stop at Nothing (2003)" in the band´s discography but below "Killing on Adrenaline (1998)" and "Destroy the Opposition (2000)", which to my ears are still the band´s most accomplished releases. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

DYING FETUS Stop at Nothing

Album · 2003 · Brutal Death Metal
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"Stop at Nothing" is the 4th full-length studio album by US, Maryland based death metal act Dying Fetus. The album was released through Relapse Records in May 2003. There´s been a massive personnel change since the release of "Destroy the Opposition (2000)", and it´s only band founder/guitarist/vocalist John Gallagher, who remains from the lineup who recorded the predecessor. Drummer Kevin Talley, guitarist John Voyles, and bassist/vocalist Jason Netherton left Dying Fetus to form Misery Index in 2001. Especially the loss of the latter had some impact as Netherton was one of the main composers of the band and one of the two lead vocalists. New in the lineup are Sean Beasley (bass), Vince Matthews (vocals), Mike Kimball (guitars), Erik Sayenga (drums).

While there was a special magic to the previous lineup and their skills were generally through the roof, the new lineup are very well playing too. As far as the vocals go you won´t even notice that there is a new vocalist, and we´re still treated to one deep growling unintelligible vocalist and one slightly more intelligible and aggressive growling vocalist. Stylistically there have been very few changes too...actually I hear none, and Dying Fetus continue to play their brand of brutal technical death metal with the trademark focus on brutal grooves. The band as usual varies pace quite a few times during the tracks though, so while they often play really brutal grooves, there are also plenty of blasting deathgrind parts featured on the album.

The material on the 8 track, 35:39 minutes long album is well written for the style, but to my ears the tracks are generally not as memorable as the case were on the last couple of albums. Dying Fetus releases were never easily accessible material though, and the more spins you give it, the more memorable the material gets. "Stop at Nothing" features a powerful, raw, and detailed sound production, which suits the material well, and upon conclusion it´s another high quality release by Dying Fetus, although it doesn´t quite reach the heights of the two albums which preceded it. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

DYING FETUS Grotesque Impalement

EP · 2000 · Brutal Death Metal
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"Grotesque Impalement" is an EP release by US, Maryland based death metal act Dying Fetus. The EP was released through Blunt Force Records in early 2000. The material was recorded at Hit and Run Studios in November 1999. "Grotesque Impalement" bridges the gap between the band´s second and third full-length studio albums "Killing on Adrenaline (1998)" and "Destroy the Opposition (2000)", and features the same lineup as the latter mentioned.

The original version of "Grotesque Impalement" features 6 tracks and a full playing time of 21:51 minutes. Relapse Records reissued the EP in 2010 and added 3 bonus tracks. The original version features 2 re-recordings of "Grotesque Impalement" and "Tearing Inside the Womb" from the "Bathe In Entrails (1993)" demo, a cover of "Streaks of Blood" by Baphomet, a cover of "Bringing Back the Glory" by Next Step Up, and two "comic" heavy metal tracks in "Final Scream (Prelude to Evil: Davey's Nightmare)" and "Hail Mighty North / Forest Trolls of Satan (Anno Clitoris 666)".

The 2010 Relapse Records reissue version (in addition to the above) features "Reduced To Slavery", which is an original composition from 2000, which was used as a Japanese bonus track on "Destroy the Opposition (2000)". "Purged Of My Worldly Being" is a live recording from 1999. It was a track which in it´s original form appeared on the "Infatuation with Malevolence (1994)" demo. "Dumpster Love" is a track recorded in 2010, which follows the "comic" heavy metal tradition of the two closing tracks of the origial version of the EP.

The re-recordings of the demo tracks, the Baphomet cover, and "Reduced To Slavery" all sound more or less like Dying Fetus did in those days. Brutal and techncially well played death metal with a strong focus on groove. So it´s the hardcore punk cover of "Bringing Back the Glory" and the "comic" heavy metal tracks on the EP, which make "Grotesque Impalement" quite different from the regular releases by the band. There´s a lot of melodic guitar playing and clean and semi-raw vocals on those tracks, which are quite new when dealing with Dying Fetus. A band which usually stands for unrelenting brutality. It´s nice to hear they also have a humourous side and it works pretty well.

Upon conclusion "Grotesque Impalement" probably isn´t the most important release in the band´s discography, but on the other hand the content is really entertaining and generally of high quality too. The sound production is slightly more rough around the edges compared to the two studio albums which bookend it, but it´s still well produced. So a 3.5 star (70%) rating isn´t all wrong.

DYING FETUS Destroy the Opposition

Album · 2000 · Brutal Death Metal
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"Destroy the Opposition" is the 3rd full-length studio album by US, Maryland based death metal act Dying Fetus. The album was released through Relapse Records in October 2000. It´s the successor to "Killing on Adrenaline" from 1998. There´s been one lineup change since the predecessor as guitarist Brian Latta has been replaced by John Voyles. The remaining members of the lineup are Kevin Talley (drums), John Gallagher (guitars, vocals), and Jason Netherton (bass, vocals).

Stylistically the music on "Destroy the Opposition" continues the brutal and technically well played death metal style of "Killing on Adrenaline (1998)", albeit with more politically charged lyrics. The tracks feature multible tempo changes (including death grinding blast beat sections and crushingly brutal groove oriented breakdowns), two growling vocalists who compliment each other with one unintelligible guttural growling style and a slightly more intelligible and more aggressive growling vocal style, high level precision playing (Kevin Talley deserves a special mention for his incredible drumwork on the album), and short lightning fast sweep picks, which by now have become a trademark of the band´s style. After listening to "Killing on Adrenaline (1998)" I didn´t think Dying Fetus would be able to take their sound to a higher level of brutality, but "Destroy the Opposition" proves me wrong.

It´s not unusual for bands in the brutal technical part of the death metal genre to reach high levels of brutality. That´s more or less a given. But Dying Fetus stand out from the crowd, because they write material which is hook laden and memorable. Not necessarily instantly catchy, but given a few spins it becomes apparent how well composed "Destroy the Opposition" really is. It´s not easily accessible music and there are no melodic hooks or anything like that featured on the album, so the memorable moments are typically a riff section, a certain rhythm pattern, or maybe a vocal phrase. The band master all of the various tempos and rhythm changes, but it´s the ultra brutal grooves, which take the prize as the greatest asset of the music. It´s impossible to sit still while listening to the album. It´s music which demands a physical reaction.

The 8 track, 36:25 minutes long album features quality material throughout. From the opening notes of "Praise the Lord (Opium of the Masses)" to the closing notes of "Justifiable Homicide", we´re treated to one crushingly brutal high quality track after another. The album features a raw, powerful, and detailed sound production, which further enhances the feeling that you´re listening to one badass brutal death metal release. So upon conclusion "Destroy the Opposition" is a high quality album by Dying Fetus and a 4.5 star (90%) rating is deserved.

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