Dying Fetus
Make Them Beg for Death


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fernando Alves STAFF
September 11th, 2023 | 214 replies


Release Date: 09/08/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Never mind the knife, mate… that's it, just breathe and embrace the groove.

"Let’s make it moshy, let’s make it slammy.”

This was the premise upon which John Gallagher and the boys embarked on their death metal journey more than three decades ago, blending influences such as Obituary, Suffocation, Carcass, Deicide or Cannibal Corpse into a brutal yet catchy and memorable formula, steeped in groove and blast beat carnage. A recipe that remained essentially unchanged throughout Dying Fetus' eight studio albums and countless lineup changes. Although there has undeniably been an increasing stylistic focus and technical refinement over the years, culminating in the now classic Reign Supreme, the band has never strayed from the original course, remaining consistent every step of the way. A strategy that paid off, as it has placed the boys firmly at the top of the food chain alongside the likes of Cryptopsy and Cattle Decapitation, nearly matching Cannibal Corpse's popularity. The aforementioned Reign Supreme and genre classic Destroy the Opposition represent the pinnacle of Dying Fetus' destructive path; two milestones that, each in their own way, encapsulate the very best of what the band has to offer and upon which all their work is measured. I'd say that Dying Fetus' ninth studio album, Make Them Beg for Death, is halfway between these two, somehow gathering the collective’s many faces and their most relevant attributes. The overlapping of the band's logos on the album cover unveils this sense of aggregation while creating a first level of discomfort through visual shock.

The menu has been prepared to feed and entertain old, new, and casual fans, always up for a good dose of catchy brutality. Intricate riffing and overwhelming blast beats coexist with infectious grooves in a dynamic synergy designed for the mosh pit from day one. However, unlike its predecessor Wrong One to *** With, which felt like a step down, Make Them Beg for Death is a triumphant offering that brings together all the collective’s strengths. I would go so far as to say that it goes straight onto the shelf of the band's classics, with songs like 'Enlighten Through Agony', 'Compulsion For Cruelty' or 'When The Trend Ends' being on par with the best the lads have ever produced. The album's forte, nonetheless, doesn't lie in the intrinsic quality of each track or in the sum of its parts, but in its whole, as a thirty-seven-minute listening experience that never slows down or disappoints. There's a sense of accomplishment throughout Make Them Beg for Death that never dissipates, even when the tracks drag on a little longer than necessary or in the more predictable moments that bring neither novelty nor extra excitement to the mix. It's all about the vibe, baby, and there's no shortage of that around here. Much like a never-ending stream that never runs dry, fueled by the synergy of a trio that has been together for over a decade, each a master of their craft and a cornerstone of the sound structure. The dual gutturals provided by Gallagher and Sean and the way they interact within the sonic dynamics are probably the most symbolic feature of this complementarity. The lead single, 'Compulsion For Cruelty', and 'Unbridled Fury' both mirror this two-way formula splendidly, with the former promising to be one of the highlights of the band's upcoming tours, along with 'When The Trend Ends', which is the grooviest track on the album and a personal favorite. The multiple slow-paced sections and slam(ish) breakdowns are also part of Make Them Beg for Death's backbone, not only by forging contrasts with the fast tempo segments, thus energizing the musical structure, but also by enhancing the band's groove, something that has always separated them from the rest of the pack. Distinctive traits, underlined by proper recording and mixing, courtesy of long-time producer Steve Wright and Mark Lewis, respectively.

Times and circumstances may change, bands can come and go, styles do evolve and yet, thirty years on, nobody blends groove with brutality quite like Dying Fetus. It's a fact of life, whether you choose to embrace it or not. Make Them Beg for Death doesn't aim for innovation or throw any curveballs; rather, it roams familiar territory, compiling the trio's greatest strengths into a deadly package that somehow synthesizes both the band's legacy and stylistic spectrum. It is the sound of inevitability, as the wise man once said; that overwhelming might that pushes you into the mosh pit and makes you headbang. And that, my friends, is all I want from these lads.




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3.9
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Comments:Add a Comment 
TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2023


18997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wish I could have published it a couple of days ago, but it is what it is.

A step up from its predecessor. Great stuff 🤘



YouTube stream:

http://youtu.be/j7nGWazKLoI?si=zjmNdu3bPMPpQed9



Bandcamp stream:

http://dyingfetus.bandcamp.com/album/make-them-beg-for-death

Goodolboy
September 11th 2023


1049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Superb album.

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
September 11th 2023


26501 Comments


yeah this one kills. great review as always.

Frost15
September 11th 2023


3421 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Is this better than Destroy the Opposition? I don't care about any other album they have made tbh. Some good tracks here and there but...

Pikazilla
September 11th 2023


30465 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

no it isn't



it's better than reign supreme and the recent one though

JayEnder
September 11th 2023


20450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They should have named this StinkFace: The Album bc I had the dumbest look plastered on my face listening to these riffs n grooves. Absolutely fuckin crushes and is definitely a strong contender for metal AOTY. m/

Ryus
September 11th 2023


37497 Comments


never heard dis band will check Destroy the Opposition

Pikazilla
September 11th 2023


30465 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nice one ryus that's their best

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
September 11th 2023


26501 Comments


killing on adrenaline also rules, especially since their best tune is on there

grotesque impalement ep kills too.

Frost15
September 11th 2023


3421 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review btw. Really appreciated. I never comment on the reviews themselves but they are truly appreciated. This one reads like this will end up being a 3'8 score

bloc
September 11th 2023


70400 Comments


I always get this band confused with Despised Icon

DarkSideOfLucca
September 11th 2023


18339 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pika, their most recent 3 are actually my favorites by them lol



But Destroy the Opposition is also god tier



This band's entire discography fucking slaps, zero bad albums

Ryus
September 11th 2023


37497 Comments


"I always get this band confused with Despised Icon"

i thought these guys were japanese for some reason

Frost15
September 11th 2023


3421 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I used to get them mixed with Misery Index lol

bloc
September 11th 2023


70400 Comments


"I used to get them mixed with Misery Index lol"

Omg them too lol

Goodolboy
September 11th 2023


1049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty crazy average the new cryptopsy has almost the same amount of votes and has like a 3.4 lol. This sitting at a 4.1 of course. Deserves it prob the best dm album I've heard this year tbh. Will Prob will bump my rating

mindleviticus
September 11th 2023


10538 Comments


Don't take sputnik ratings too seriously

Pikazilla
September 11th 2023


30465 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Misery index are better

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
September 11th 2023


18997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Misery Index's Jason Netherton was part of the original Dying Fetus lineup ;)

Goodolboy
September 11th 2023


1049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Their alright



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