Relapse Records (2012)
Dying Fetus is one of those bands I have never bought a CD from. I do think that "Destroy the Opposition" is one hell of an album (maybe because it is really a Dying Fetus/Misery Index album?) and I might actually pick it up one day. "War of Attrition" has some good guitarwork but not enough to get me hooked. And I heard "Descent Into Depravity" once and didn't quite get the hype, either. So maybe this one will hook me on?
Not really. Slow-fast mish-mash of good riffs and an occasional decent solo, but Dying Fetus is not moving forward from where they have been for years. It's good enough, I guess, if you like death metal for the sake of the genre. Yes, I think this is a perfect description for this album: death metal for the sake of the genre.
These guys are hard workers and good musicians but in this day and age, it is simply not enough. I used to buy albums if I merely liked them, but these days the CD I choose to purchase must be outstanding. And perhaps Dying Fetus are but "Reign Supreme" is not.
Fear Factory, Dying Fetus, I think bands need to stop serving what we expect and take some risks. I'm not talking "Risk" or "St. Anger" (which I actually LIKE) but there must be a happy medium.
Maybe musicians need to start listening to their old albums before going into the studio for pointers how NOT to sound on their next effort? I don't know about you but I'm getting tired of hearing the same album but with a different cover every couple of years.
Metal used to be about breaking the rules but it is, with some exceptions, largely becoming a rule on its own. I say go ahead, surprise me, your records aren't selling anyway so what have you got to lose?
Rating: 3 / 6
Composed by Dethster4life