Blunt Force Records
Release Date: 2000
I am now realizing that I have never done a review for Grotesque Impalement by DYING FETUS. This is a shame, as this song alone is pretty much responsible for the rise off my interest in extreme music. I had been listening to thrash metal and mainstream punk rock since I was about eleven. When I was twelve or so, my cousin gave me a bag of thrash cassettes. For years I listened to these religiously, but one fateful day, my interests were peaked to an entirely new degree. When I was thirteen or fourteen years old in the eighth grade, a guy who was in my class asked me if I had ever heard of the band DYING FETUS. He told me it was some pretty extreme stuff, his brother had showed it to him. He told me to look up a song called ''Grotesque Impalement.'' He did not like it himself, but he figured that I might enjoy it due to my musical tastes. When I got home, I looked up the song Grotesque Impalement on my computer, an old-school Dell.
What I heard completely blew me away. It was one of them moments like in the movies where your hair flies back due to the violent sound-waves, your teeth chattering as the metal vibrations coursed through your body. I listened to the song on repeat many times, and I soon knew I was hooked. I looked up the whole album, The ''Grotesque Impalement'' EP. This whole EP was mind blowing. My young teen brain could barely handle it! I sent the album to all of my friends. Most of them did not get it, but there were a few who knew this EP was pure gold. It started at thirteen or fourteen, but I still listen to this album to this very day. This is not the only good album they had. I love all of the DYING FETUS albums, new and old.
A fun fact, The song ''Grotesque Impalement'' was originally on an old demo tape that the band had put out in their earlier years. The version that I heard first was actually a remake put out years later. There is so much I could say about DYING FETUS, but I could go blue in the face. My mind would race and explode as all my questions and realizations came to fruition. I guess I have one more story though. When I was seventeen or so, DYING FETUS came to Halifax, a city roughly four and a half hours from my town. It was nineteen plus, but I was determined I was going to sneak in some way. I even grew a beard, to try and seem as if I was older. I didn't end up getting a drive, and to this day I am bummed about the day DYING FETUS came around and I was not there. (Come to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Do it, DYING FETUS!) I guess all I can say now is that the Fetus will forever be one of my favorite bands, their style the reason my musical works are what they are today. DYING FETUS is a great band, and you should really listen to them. -Devin Joseph Meaney
1. Grotesque Impalement
2. Streaks of Blood (Baphomet cover)
3. Bringing Back the Glory (Next Step Up cover)
4. Tearing Inside the Womb
5. Final Scream (Prelude to Evil: Davey's Nightmare)
6. Hail Mighty North/Forest Trolls of Satan (Anno Clitoris 666 Opus II)