Dying Fetus
Stop at Nothing


4.0
excellent

Review

by UnbornAgain USER (1 Reviews)
August 29th, 2006 | 19 replies | 7,887 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Dying Fetus is a controversial Deathgrind band with politically charged lyrics and a tight, technical, and still heavy-as-hell sound. This is my first review, and also one of my favorite Death Metal bands, so I hope you enjoy.

The CD begins with Schematics. Eight seconds of an ominous whirring sound slides back and forth from left to right speaker. A screaming, fast-paced riff kicks off the aggressive start to an album that’s even more so. Then, at around the 30-second mark, the tempo slows down slightly, introducing lower, grinding guitars and double-bass drumming. The singer comes growling in not long after on the subject of humanity's overwhelming greed and vanity, and man’s relentless desire to become God. Meanwhile, choppy riffs and thundering percussion slice through the air. Around 2:45, the song almost comes to a stop with only the lead guitar and cymbals keeping a slow pace. This leads back into yet another great riff, and a brutal blast-beat continues until the final verse of the song.

Now that you’ve gotten a taste of their music, let me explain to you a little more about Dying Fetus’ style of Death Metal. It is a mix of Death and Grindcore, with unbelievably quick, thrashy riffs and drumming, along with alternating low, guttural growling and higher, throaty screaming. Their lyrics are far left-wing, dealing with issues like war, consumerism, and religion.

This album is well produced, and the songs are also well balanced, consisting of many different tempos and riffs, and also consists of different subject matter from track to track. The line-up for this 2003 album is as follows: John Gallagher on rhythm guitars and vocals, Mike Kimball on lead guitars, Sean Beasley on bass and backing vox, and Duane Timlin on drums.

One of the best tracks on the record is Forced Elimination. This song starts out slow, then builds up to a powerful blast-beat. The chorus is most definitely one to remember, employing both Gallagher and Beasley, alternating vocals. The bassist’s angry scream complements the lead singer’s low, almost bullfrog-like growl.
I particularly like the lyrics to the aforementioned chorus:
“Sleep, submit, obey, accept it
Nature rejected, culture forgotten
Dwell in their complacency
Drop your defenses, swallow their bull***
Close down all your doubtful dreams
They will not happen, you don't have it in you
Their emotions stripped away
The depth of man measured, proudly dismissed”

This album is an accurate representation of the band as a whole: An aggressive and even more abrasive hybrid of Death Metal and Grindcore. Although this album isn’t really breaking new ground within the genre, it’s still a record I’d recommend to a fan of any style of extreme metal, especially those familiar with either Death Metal or Grindcore.

Pros:
- Ultra-fast, blast-beats galore
- Varying song structure and tempos
- Above-average production quality
- Vocals that alternate from lower, croaking growls to higher-throat screams

Cons:
- Overall abrasiveness and absence of any clean vocals may deter listeners who are not Death Metal fans
- Relatively short album, containing only eight tracks and clocking in at just over 35 minutes
- Not for those who dislike blast-beats
- Band’s name likely to offend some people

Once again, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my first review. I encourage those who have to please comment and point out any errors, and to also give me any pointers that I might be able to use for my next.

- UnbornAgain


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Dying Fetus' attempt at survival! Good but definitely NOT the best!...


Comments:Add a Comment 
ChrisAdlerisGod
August 29th 2006



474 Comments


Greatest metal band name ever.

DarkLordCheesy
August 29th 2006



16 Comments


that and dead baby landslide...yes, that's a real band

UnbornAgain
August 29th 2006



11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thats hilarious...

gigi666
August 29th 2006



257 Comments


i think there pretty boring and i can't stand the growls

UnbornAgain
August 30th 2006



11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ehh, I think Gallagher's growling is better than Blythe's...

diefamous
August 30th 2006



281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dying Fetus kicks ass. This album isn't as good as Destroy the Opposition though.

diefamous
August 30th 2006



281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh yeah, and just a comment on the vocals. They kick fuckin ass. These guys sound like orcs and goblins and shit, and that's exactly how it should sound.

UnbornAgain
September 1st 2006



11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yeah, they sound absolutely evil. I like these guys' vocals even better than Cannibal Corpse's. And I'll have to check out Destroy The Opposition, this is currently my only Dying Fetus album.

Pete
September 4th 2006



189 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I think this album is pretty boring.

diefamous
September 10th 2006



281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I upped my rating to a 4, this album is waaaay good

diefamous
November 25th 2006



281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

When are these guys ganna release a new album?

CheckersOnMyShoesYo
January 17th 2007



215 Comments


Anal Cunt is sooo much better than these guys.


CaptainSuck
January 19th 2007



9 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This album sucks pretty hard. It sounds like they just started rewriting their earlier works with a lot less enthusiasm.
Their worst to date, and I'm not a big fan of slammy, pit death metal anyway.

Human2point0
July 10th 2007



7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Another good release from Dying Fetus. Get's a little boring after awhile but usually I just listen for the blast beats half the time. Good review too.

lightningmetal666
January 10th 2009



27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One Shot, One Kill has some very kick *** riffs in it. It gives me tendonitis just thinking about attempting to play them.


gutturalmaster
January 27th 2010



170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well written review. This is one of Dying Fetus' best albums; the entire album is put together nicely; from the songwriting to the mastering. Even though the songs are somewhat basic in their writing, they have a very good flow. The song "One Shot, One Kill" is worth listening to. Recommended album for any fan of Death Metal.

brutebeard
August 13th 2010



1655 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

seriously the heaviest out there. not sure why they aren't praised more

DeafMetal
August 14th 2010



8584 Comments


This is an excellent album. One of Fetus' heaviest hitting.

Digging: Satan's Satyrs - Wild Beyond Belief

TheNotrap
July 16th 2012



7818 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

One Shot, One Kill ftw.



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