Dying Fetus – Wrong One to Fuck With
Label: Relapse Records
Release Date: June 23, 2017
With albums of the Death Metal variety, the casual listener may lose sight of a band’s purpose behind the music. Lyricists and vocalists such as Dying Fetus‘ John Gallagher and Sean Beasley may be poets on paper, but to the ear and due to lack of comprehension, it’s just balls to the wall metal (which this album is) and that suffices for some. I just don’t believe it’s fair to artists for listeners to discount their lyrics or write them off as being merely subliminal. With thought-provoking lines such as “folklore tells of clans remaining dormant, revisited dilemma, call on your allies” (“Seething with Disdain”) there is a much bigger picture colored within the lines that is Wrong One to Fuck With than grotesque and nefarious verses.
Even though this record clocks in at about 50 minutes, this album feels like a breeze overall due to its sheer fluidity, speed, and technicality.
Right out of the gate, the trio showcases their adept grasp on the definition of technicality with their first single and first track “Fixated on Devastation”. The track is laced with unforgiving brutality and pure fucking skill that will leave your fingers aching just from listening. And who could forget the badass guitar riff bass repeat about two-thirds through the track?
A cut on this record that surprised me was “Ideological Subjugation”. Dying Fetus takes a half step from technicality for a minute and has more of a thrash composition, which I think added substance to it overall.
Another highlight of this album (as should be for the rest of the trio’s discography) is the relentless onslaught that Trey Williams humbly calls drumming. There are enough blast beats and china cymbal crashes to make your brain bleed from blunt force trauma.
The best part about this album is the idiosyncrasy that is every lick and run. Each are like a snowflake. That’s right, I just compared to Dying Fetus to snowflakes. Deal with it.
In synopsis, Wrong One to Fuck With was pissed. After listening to over 100 albums of 2017 alone, this one should be towards the top of any enthusiast’s list of musts. It also holds its own against its predecessors in the Dying Fetus discography.