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Nearly every night, when I'm on the bus home, I'm surrounded by imbeciles. Loud, noisy pricks who carelessly shove me, the obviously pissed-off long haired guy listening to his iPod. I sit there silently, contemplating how nice it would be to jump up, throw one of the bastards to the floor and stamp on their head till I hear a crunch. However, I have a lovely blend of brutal death metal that I can immerse myself in while I sit there, to help satisfy my blood thirst. In most situations, I turn to this band, and in particular, this album.
Killing On Adrenaline. I was introduced to this album by a friend who told me about a band called "Dying Fetus" who have this "fucking funny" song called "Kill Your Mother, Rape Your Dog”. I instantly imagined some sort of gore-grind band whose song names include genitalia and various forms of butchery. Well, that night I listened to the song, and it seemed that my initial presumption was correct. I noted that the songs were short-length and had standard grind vocals, fast tempo, and shredding guitar. It sounded like a generic grind-core band. I purchased the album, “Killing on Adrenaline" and pressed play on the opening track, “Killing on Adrenaline". From there, I was assaulted, violated, and let’s face it - molested, by a barrage of absolute brutal-death-grind bliss, with strong vocals, brilliant drumming and great recording, capturing the savage-ness that is Dying Fetus.
Something that surprised me about this album however, was how different Dying Fetus sounded from other death metal acts. The first few tracks on the album had a lot more to offer than mere speed and brutality. Songs such as "Procreate the Malformed" and "Fornication Terrorist" (brilliant song title by the way), surprised me as I listened them. The diversity of the guitar riffs, the tempo changes, the solid drumming by Kevin Talley, and the various vocal styles (courtesy of front-man John Gallagher and bassist Jason Netherton), all came together to form some sort of crazed technical-brutal-death-grind sound that sounded incredible.
As the album progressed, there was a great variety of song structures. It was great going from the speed driven track "Kill Your Mother, Rape Your Dog" straight to the slow, heavy "Absolute Defiance" for some much enjoyable head banging.
I’ve never had much of an opinion of the lyrics, mainly because song themes are not a major thing I judge in a band. But I do find it surprising, and mildly funny, that a band called "Dying Fetus" write songs that have political themes. Surprisingly, the song "Kill Your Mother, Rape Your Dog" is not a mediocre porn/gore-grind song, but a song with lyrics detailing the bands hatred for music corporations and mainstream bands. Unexpected, but still a valid expression from a bunch of metal-heads.
Since falling in love with this album, I have built my Fetus collection, managing to get my hands on every major release. They continue to impress me with their trademark sound; especially in their later release "Destroy the Opposition" with the track “Praise the Lord (Opium of the Masses)”. "Killing on Adrenaline" still remains my favourite album, because I believe it entirely captures the ferocity that is Dying Fetus.