Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Full Length Review: Dying Fetus "Make Them Beg for Death" (Relapse Records) by Devin J. Meaney

Band: Dying Fetus
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Country: USA
Genre: Brutal death metal, grindcore
Format: LP, cassette, CD, digital
Label: Relapse Records
Release date: September 8, 2023
While browsing Facebook I noticed that Matt Canova (the vocalist of Athymia, early Unbidden and various other local extreme music bands/projects from Cape Breton) posted his list of favorite albums for the year. Due to that post I realized that Dying Fetus (my favorite band when I was like 12) released a new album a few months back! The album is called “Make Them Beg for Death” and it is pretty friggin’ rad!
Sound wise it is very similar to their more recent albums (most notably Descend into Depravity and War of Attrition) but the snare sound at times reminds me of some of their earlier work. The same deep (arguably the deepest I’ve heard aside from bands using a pitch shifter) gutturals are featured, alongside their signature heavy groove oriented guitar work. After listening to the album in full I can state that this is entirely a solid album, but I still view the Grotesque Impalement EP as my favorite DF release. With that said, DF has never released an album I did not like, and now that they are 9 albums deep into their career it is obvious that they utterly refuse to pale their unique and signature sound.
Fans of grind, death metal and hardcore can all hold hands with this one. It is a culmination of various sub genres, and as always, it is something I’d happily add to my personal collection. -Devin J. Meaney

John Gallagher: Vocals, guitars, lyrics, songwriting
Sean Beasley: Vocals, bass, lyrics
Trey Williams: Drums, songwriting

Track list:
1. Enlighten Through Agony
2. Compulsion For Cruelty
3. Feast Of Ashes
4. Throw Them in the Van
5. Unbridled Fury
6. When The Trend Ends
7. Undulating Carnage
8. Raised In Victory/Razed In Defeat
9. Hero's Grave
10. Subterfuge

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