"Wrong One To Fuck With" By Dying Fetus
Death Metal/Released June 23, 2017
Since its inception the name of the game with death metal has been extremity. And Maryland trio Dying Fetus has exemplified that aesthetic faithfully. From the "eye catching" band moniker to the intensity of their music the group has made no sacrifice for the sake of accessibility. That tradition continues in the title of their eight studio long player Wrong One To Fuck With, which is more blunt in name than the usually poetic titles of previous albums. With so brazen a title however, that brings a certain level of expectation, and excitement, to the work and calls for an upping of the ante that the band must meet to not let down their fans.
Dying Fetus has long been an underground force that has consistently been growing since its inception in 1991. Despite the band's longevity the group has gone under numerous line up changes over their career with vocalist/guitarist John Gallagher being the only original member. With the band's three most recent releases however the line up has remained steady with the trio of Gallagher, bassist/vocalist Sean Beasley, and drummer Trey Williams. This consistency of personnel has been a plus for the band with both 2009's Descend Into Depravity and 2012's Reign Supreme garnering some of the highest praise of the band's career.
Dying Fetus is known for their balancing act of tech-death instrumentation with hardcore influenced slams and breakdowns which had a heavy impact on today's deathcore movement. That tradition continues on Wrong One To Fuck With bringing more than enough pit fuel breakdowns for the hardcore crowd. There's no slouching on the technical elements either with opening track "Fixated On Devastation" using a technical guitar progression as the song's opening hook. The hook's continue on "Panic Amongst The Herd" which is flush with catchy slam riffs. Throughout most of this album there's a focus on grooves more so than previous releases for Dying Fetus with the technical elements being used in place of where guitar solos usually would be found in most songs.
The unique personnel set up of Dying Fetus is something that helps them stand out in the extreme metal world. Being a trio with a single guitarist forces the band to focus more on groove than their counterparts and the dual vocal set up from Gallagher and Beasley provides an extra dynamic to the band's sound. Gallagher's guttural rumbles compliment well against Beasley's more discernible rasps and the title track displays this best with a vocal call and response pattern that's sure to be enjoyable in the live setting. Breakdowns come in spades as well with one being featured in nearly every track both mid song and at many song's end.
With Wrong One To Fuck With Dying Fetus isn't exactly reinventing the wheel. The slams, breakdowns, techniques and song structures used are expected with the band's history. However what is different with this album compared to many of the band's previous works is that the riffs and grooves are polished to such a high quality that they don't have to change much style wise. This album, in my eyes, is amongst one of the band's highest accomplishments and surpasses this line up's previous albums together. The rapport that this consistent line up has been able to build together is noticeable with this most recent work having nary a weak song on the list. Even my choice for weakest track, "Fallacy", is still a solid song that only seems weak in a pack of quality compositions. Most any fan of death metal and certainly any fan of Dying Fetus' previous work will want this album in their collection. The trio proves once again that they're worthy of the title "Wrong One To Fuck With".