Review Summary: Dying Fetus releases another album that is sure to make you bang your head3 of 4 thought this review was well written
It doesn't take much to be impressed with the trio, Dying Fetus who has John Gallagher as their central figure, they are back with their sixth full-length, sustaining the discography's uniformity with another consistent release in terms of Death Metal, Hardcore and Grindcore.
Like many of the famous previous releases, both artwork and lyrics present violence and anarchist chaos, raging anthems against corruption in government and media, the same old baloney that has been successfully applied from Killing On Adrenaline to on. Still, the usual huge texts of lyrics on each track allow us to constantly hear Gallagher's voice, and that is a good thing for most people.
With bassist Sean Beasley in the vocal department since the 2000's, Gallagher's voice is one of the few aspects of Dying Fetus never to be victim of a downfall moment throughout the entire discography. We hear nothing but pleasant grunts and growls from this guy, who also invests in puzzled guitar work, full of speed and groove, subtly presenting more solos. As for the other two, they are highly responsible for this album's brutal heaviness even with the absence of a second guitarist. Beasley's bass work on "At What Expense" and Williams’s participation on "Shepherd's Commandment" deserves an outstanding recognition.
Sure, the album is not perfect, there are boring kill-time moments, especially on "Hopeless Insurrection," but considering their previous effort, Descend Into Depravity was a huge relief. Fortunately the exaggerated hardcore elements no longer remain and Dying Fetus once again sounds brutal enough to recover their fan base's confidence.