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.