DYING FETUS – REIGN SUPREME
Label: Relapse Records
Release Date: June 19, 2012
“It’s not my fault that I’m pregnant and I love drugs. Who cares. Fuck the baby. Let it die”
2012! We have not even lived through half of this infamous year and we have been gifted with a number of ground-breaking heavy metal records. Ardent metalheads have experienced total turbulent music from eminent bands like Lamb Of God, Kryptos, Meshuggah, Cannibal Corpse, Overkill, High on Fire, Kreator; And now we get a fierce album from the brutal lords, Dying Fetus. People say the world’s going to end by the conclusion of this year. I know why; because even God will be caught in a mosh!
Dying Fetus is a three-piece band from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, formed back in 1991 by John Gallagher. The band is known for its ear-bleeding, brutal and absolute heavy music; the lyrical themes of most tracks being either vulgar and relentless or rage against the political system. One must really appreciate the consistency the band has maintained through all the albums. The last album, Descend into Depravity, filled with catchy riffs, mind-blowing blast beats and dense progressions, was well received by fans and critics. With John Gallagher on guitars and vocals, Sean Beasley on bass and vocals and Trey Williams on drums, the band releases its seventh studio album, Reign Supreme, through Relapse records.
Just like the album artwork, in my personal opinion, the album is also Dying Fetus’ best grind to date. The moment you plunge into the record, you feel like rising from your seat and moshing around. The fierce and reckless riffs which, most often, turn into blood-rushing grooves take you down to the netherworld of viciousness. The deadly sweeps in the very first track, “Invert The Idols” tell us how simply mind-boggling the record is. John Gallagher is the man responsible for the guitar parts throughout the album. We can hear some lightning fast solos in the tracks “Subjected To Beating” and “Second Skin” and some melodic ones in “Revisionist Past” and “The Blood Of Power”, which sound a bit different from usual Gallagher solos, but are still brilliant.
Dying Fetus decided to go back to the past through the song “From Womb To Waste” which reminds me of “Raped At The Alter”, from their very first album Purification Through Violence. Right before the crushing guitar riff, we can hear a woman’s voice saying some really frightening lines. It indeed sets the chaotic mood for the entire track.
Another summoning highlight of the album is the presence of really assailing grooves in all the tracks, especially in the songs “In The Trenches” and “Devout Atrocity”. The work on drums has been truly exceptional. Williams does a full assault on us with his super-fast work on bass drums. He is a beast behind the kit. The bass-lines by Sean Beasley on the all the tracks have an equally massive ear-splitting effect on the listener.
Summing it all in a nutshell, the album is frigging fantastic; one of the best records in the history of death metal in my opinion. If you are a heavy listener, then there should be nothing keeping you from buying that album.