So, this one isn’t going to offend anyone. Not really sure how they got this album title and album cover by the censors, but I guess when your name is Dying Fetus people just tend to let you do what you’re going to do and try not to make eye contact.
Once you get past the grisly imagery, you’ll find a very competent trio of musicians at work here. Dying Fetus combines the über technical death metal with some really tasty hooks and catchy riffs. This distinguishes them from the run of the mill technical death metal group that tend to churn out one indistinguishable song after another. This new album has a lot of extremely strong songs on it. Sadly, the vocals aren’t more clearly presented because these guys are one of the more intellectual death metal bands going. Lyrically, it doesn’t present a very happy picture of how things are going in the world today and this plays right into what I love about metal. Seriously, anyone who knows me will know that a song like “Seething With Disdain” is going to be my feel good hit of the summer. I’m adding that title to the multitude of things that I really need embroidered on a pillow.
I have a feeling that the band’s name and the title of this album are going to keep this one from receiving the recognition it deserves. This is unfortunate because this feels like an important record. Get past your squeamishness and give this thing a listen.
4 flip flops out of 5