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  • 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.)

    Posted on January 18, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Dying Fetus have created a fantastic new and brutal cd. This new affair is more streamlined with songs only from 3-4 min, except for the title track which is 5min. It’s all about quality and not quantity. I am fine with short songs that are killer and that is what DF has done. I like this better than the last few releases, probably because it’s more straightforward brutality. John does the majority of the singing on this, this time around, and his low ends sounds killer. The bassist Sean lends some vocals that are the higher pitched raspier vocals that have always been a part of DF. Guitarwork is amazing and technical. I noticed some parts that seemed a little like Origin-that were super fast drumming, faster than DF is known for. The breakdowns will pummel everyone, as usual, no one does it better than DF. They have even added a few 808 sonic boom bass parts that add to the brutality. Anyway this is more straightforward brutal in your face smash mouth death metal that is more similiar to their earlier works. One of this yr’s best!!!

    Posted on January 18, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album is just plain brutal. The whole thing screams technicality with the riffage and the gnar-kill drumming. Even the bassist sticks out as amazing where with a lot of death bands it gets lost in the mix. Must buy for metal heads!

    Posted on January 18, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This is in my opinion the best Dying Fetus record to date. If you are a Dying Fetus fan this is a must you will not regret it. It is brutal, catchy and simply gut wrenching. I have not stopped listening to it since it was released.Some of the riffs and double bass in this album are so kick ass I have had extreme adrenaline rushes and have had to calm myself down.The best song on the album is Descend Into Depravity. This is a must have for any death metal head.

    Posted on January 17, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • For the first couple of tracks, I was grinning from ear to ear: The tracks are seemingly modeled on that riff-based, pit-friendly death metal that got us all hooked over a decade ago. …and I had to remind myself that they’re back to a three-piece, despite that “wall of sound” vibe that they’ve always delivered. As the album goes on, the more recent complexity gradually builds, until the final masterpiece — a killing blow, indeed — is delivered. My recent worries that they might get “stuck in a rut” with this album have been soundly squashed.

    More time will tell, but this just might be their master work… a summation of all the sounds, riffs, and styles that came before.

    Old Dying Fetus fans: BUY THIS.
    Prospective DF fans: BUY THIS.
    Just need something to blow off steam? BUY THIS.

    Posted on January 17, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now