It should be no surprise at this point that I have a strong affinity for the band Dying Fetus. My ‘Tech-Death Classic’ article for ‘Killing On Adrenaline’ is testament enough. What I briefly touched on in the article that has troubled certain Dying Fetus fans (myself included to an extent) is the quality of their modern work. I will always maintain that ‘Descend Into Depravity’ was a major step forward in plenty of areas I had always wanted to see Dying Fetus develop, including a more cohesive merge of increased technicality with their trademark face grinding brutality but when it comes to ‘War Of Attrition’ or ‘Stop At Nothing’, things get more muddled. The album that introduced me to Dying Fetus was ‘War Of Attrition’ but having thoroughly researched and enjoyed their past work, I can safely say it stands as their weakest offering. Certain fans have wondered if ‘Descend Into Depravity’ was a quality fluke amongst a new series of increasingly mediocre offerings and while their fears were not unfounded, they certainly no longer apply.
The first single from ‘Reign Supreme’ was just leaked yesterday and is already making great strides towards my intial hopes for this album; ‘Descend Into Depravity’s technicality colliding with ‘Killing On Adrenaline’s raw fury and unmatched brutality. As more tracks leak in the coming months, I’m sure ‘Subjected To A Beating’ will be among the lower end of the album, but don’t take that to mean it’s a let down in any sense. I simply think Dying Fetus is playing their cards very close to the chest, which is exactly what I’d do. There’s a lot more world annihilating brutality in store with this album and ‘Subjected To A Beating’ is simply the tip of the iceberg…and what a tip it is.
At only 36 seconds in, Sean Beasley delivers a vocal assault on par with the very best in Dying Fetus’ history, accentuated even more by the masterful blasts of Trey Williams and devastating guitar grooves only John Gallagher can deliver. The rest of the song perfectly balances elements of both classic and modern Dying Fetus, creating a deadly synthesis that no fan can ignore or diminish. Although more nitpicky individuals may cite this as a negative, Trey Williams’ drumming has a certain lo-fi quality to it here that I think only adds to this track’s already massive success. Any reservations someone may have had can be utterly annihilated in only the five minute running time of this track. There’s no possibility of ‘Reign Supreme’ being mediocre or awful and this single only serves to demonstrate that Dying Fetus is still one of the most brutal bands around after all eighteen years of releasing material. Well done gentlemen. I look forward to destroying myself June 20th at Studio Seven.