This is another terrific CD from Dying Fetus, who IMO made a near-perfect album several years ago with “War of Attrition,” and they certainly had their work cut out for them if they wanted to top it. Did they? Not quite, but “Descend into Depravity” is nearly as good as its predecessor, and with repeated listenings may get there.
“Descend into Depravity” is definitely comparable to the previous CD, with several subtle differences, such as more variation in tempo within and between tracks, and less widdly-diddly guitar licks breaking up the sledgehammer riffs. The playing, of course, is top-notch as always, the vocals are brutal, and the production is clear, distinct, and pummeling (listen to – and feel – that kick drum!).
The only possible weak point: I’ve been listening to it nonstop since getting it from the label a week ago, and none of the songs have caught on with me yet, unlike “War of Attrition,” most of the songs on which I found instantly memorable. But that is not necessarily a bad thing – sometimes the best albums are the ones that take a while to sink it. (Case in point: Cattle Decapitation’s “The Harvest Floor,” Emperor’s “Prometheus,” etc.)