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Dying Fetus – Descend into Depravity

October 9, 2009
Dying Fetus - Descend into Depravity

Written By: John Rabb


Label: Relapse – Rating:

Released September 15th by Relapse Records, Dying Fetus’s latest full-length offering Descend into Depravity is an immaculately polished piece of vicious death metal. Despite a series of lineup changes over the years, guitarist/vocalist John Gallagher and company have managed to coalesce into an extremely tight knit threesome on the new record, weaving through complex progressions, sleek tempo shifts, and blasts of staggering capacity.

Gallagher leads the way on the album with blistering ambidextrous riffs that, at times, seem to almost defy the laws of physics. Sean Beasley displays wizardry of his own on bass, particularly on “At What Expense,” which opens with a menacing rolling bass line. The drum work on the album is extremely quick and precise, demonstrating a high level of technical expertise.

The structure and organization of the songs on Depravity play out well with brutal sound and good theme variation. “Shepherd’s Commandment,” which may very well be the strongest track on the record, contains a series of blazing riffs, a mid-paced tempo, and an impressive display of Gallagher’s inhuman dexterity.

The group as a whole is solid, but for all intents and purposes, Dying Fetus is Gallagher’s baby. His vocals range from ultra-low, unintelligible death growls a la Cannibal Corpse, to abrasive upper-throat screams. The arrangement of the music allows for the vocals and guitars to match up perfectly to carry the melody. The orchestration and technique used on Depravity are truly remarkable, as it convincingly outclasses the vast majority of what passes for modern death metal.

While some critics might argue there may not be anything particularly groundbreaking about the new album, maybe that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, maybe that’s the point. Gallagher and company do not try and reinvent the wheel with their latest offering. The album does, however, contain enough variety and nuance to keep things interesting over the course of the entire record. Rather than attempt, like so many bands, to take things to strange new places and reinvent themselves as artists, Dying Fetus has reached a level of rock-solid consistency on par with the biggest icons in death metal.

Descend into Depravity is a record that fans know will be free of gimmicks, trends, and fads – and, in this critic’s mind, there’s a lot to be said for that.

Dying Fetus should be hailed as a band for its ability to continue releasing album after album, despite line-up changes and the fact that they’ve been around just about as long as anyone in the business. Dying Fetus refuses to sell out or succumb to mediocrity, and Descend into Depravity fits perfectly into their discography, cementing another classic work of hardcore death metal for the ages.

Like Dying Fetus? Then check out: Cannibal Corpse and Dismember

Interview with Sean Beasley (Bassist) of Dying Fetus

August 28, 2009

Interview By: Natalie Perez
(Metal Editor)

One of the most brutalizing and intense acts within the death metal pool is Dying Fetus. These three musicians combine death metal with a combo of grind and hardcore to establish a mixture of metal unlike any other out right now. Bassist Sean Beasley spoke to me outside the Glass House in Pomona while the band was out on the last stop in California on The Decimation of the Nation Tour.

NP: Does the whole album creating process simply get more difficult as time goes on? Have you ever felt pressure to top yourselves?

Sean: You always feel pressure to top yourself. Definitely the song-writing process gets easier but the whole process does get harder as each album comes around.

NP: That being said was there an intention to create an album which was a reaction to “War of Attrition?”

Sean: Not really it was what it was and the same goes for this one coming out.

NP: How is the current tour going, getting along with everyone?

Sean: Yeah it’s going great so far. We’ve been playing a lot of smaller places, so it’s a lot different than our usual standards.

NP: What kind of steps does “Descend Into Depravity,” takes in comparison? How do you view the leaps of growth Dying Fetus took between “Purification Through Violence,” to “War of Attrition,” from “Killing on Adrenaline,” and from that to “Descend Into Depravity?”

Sean: I’m not an original member of the band, so as far as that goes, this band has gone through some line-up changes. That makes a difference here and there. Music-wise, it’s gotten a lot more intense in expressing what Dying Fetus Is truly capable of doing.

NP: What’s left at this point? Are there still things left to challenge Dying Fetus?

Sean: Yeah! Getting back on the bus and going out and tour.

NP: What do you have going on this year?

Sean: After this tour is over, our next release comes out in September. Then we’re going off to play with Cannibal Corpse. In the meantime, we’re waiting for the release of our two new music videos to come out; which should be anytime now.

NP: What are the biggest and smallest crowds you’ve played in front of?

Sean: The biggest crowd was probably at Wacken 2002 – about 40,000 or so and the smallest was 11. *Laughs* It was just the other band mates and their girlfriends standing and watching us perform.

NP: Any last words?
Sean: Any last words… check out the new album once it’s released.