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Good Debut - 94%

hexen, September 8th, 2007

Whilst most people ignore this album due to the lesser technical drumming, mediocre production levels and the groove stature which Dying Fetus have undertaken for the earlier portion of their career, this album is indubitable proof that a bands' "will" to compose such violent and cerebral, destructive music outstrips the "negativities" of the factors which the music is to be judged upon i.e. production and technique.

With prominent and dominant influences from Suffocation, Dying Fetus might appear to be one of the Suffocations' clones such as Pyrexia at some parts. Yet the song structures rely more on antagonistic, straightforward implications in order to give the listener a clear view of what the band aims for, with songs continuously changing riffs, rather than the intricate, riffing repetitiveness of Suffocation. Such Dying Fetus tactics can be seen on songs such as "Eviscerated Offspring", "Wretched Flesh Consumption" & "Vomiting the Fetal Embryo".

The most interesting sections in this album however, are the syncopations, also heavy influence of Suffocation, which allow the listener to capture the band at their most intense levels. The drums usually shine here since the riffs provide an easy opening for a break or fill, which is common. The percussions aren't a key part to this material, but they emphasis on the relentlessness of the band and if the kick drum stood out more, the album would probably have gained more attention.

The vocals here get mixed feelings from me. John is an extremely powerful voice and the less you get of him, the better it gets. The screeching vocals provided by the not so prominent bassist are a downfall in this album; they simply have no real feeling.

This brings me to another negative impact here, the general atmosphere of the music. It seems obvious that when a band has no philosophical, religious or political perspectives, they speak about gore even though it has been hundreds of times. While this band has later proved to be against religion and capitalism, this album doesn't capture any of that whatsoever, so when you read the lyrics, they feel empty and pointless with no real direction.

To conclude this, Dying Fetus have given a rather powerful debut that was only matched by "Purification Through Violence" later on, and never again regained their superior songwriting abilities and started writing more generic material for the crowds. This work is powerful and worthy of a listen, although is has achieved nothing special in particular, it is much better than what loads of other bands have been able to churn up afterwards.