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Dying Fetus - Killing on Adrenaline

1998 Morbid Records :: Reviewed by rofreason on 2005-07-02

Hyped as one of the main New Wave of American Death Metal bands, Dying Fetus play a souped up brand a death similar in style to a lot of those Florida bands that were and are so prevalent. Main differences? Dying Fetus write some pretty technical stuff, complete with flashy guitar licks, good use of bass, and lightning speed percussion (yeah, I know, sounds familiar!) but there's something that pushes them to the forefront of the listening stack. It may be the production, which chooses to emphasize the highs, including a nice 'pop' snare attack, kinda similar to what Vader had on Sothis. The fluidity of the guitar lines is damn impressive as well, convincing me that these guys spend a lot of time practicing. There's an air of the band not taking themselves too seriously, most evidenced by the lyrics, most of which encompass some pretty juvenile yet really angry reading material. Not really a problem though, as Gallagher's vocal style only ranges from the sickly grunts to a few interspersed intelligible lines. Sticking to the music, Dying Fetus deliver their magic poison at Mach 3, decimating anything and everything in it's path. You say you like Morbid Angel, Deicide, Suffocation? Then get Killing on Adrenaline, it's all that plus a whole lot more.