To lift a page from the Smucker’s marketing department — with a name like Dying Fetus, it has to be good. In the realm of Death Metal and Grindcore, Dying Fetus is more than good; it’s a band that has not only survived and thrived over the past two decades, but has managed to become an enduring influence on subsequent musical generations.
Consider this: Decibel Magazine, the bible of extreme music, cited Dying Fetus’ third album, 2000’s Destroy the Opposition, as one of the decade’s Top 100 albums and this past summer enshrined it in the Decibel Hall of Fame.
It hasn’t been an easy ride for Dying Fetus. Guitarist/vocalist John Gallagher started the band in 1991 in the bustling music metropolis of Upper Marlboro, Md., and somehow managed to keep going despite near constant personnel shifts and small label inexperience and ineptitude.
After nine years, two albums, an EP and a relentless touring schedule, Dying Fetus signed with Relapse Records (where they remain to this day) and recorded the highly political and musically brutal Destroy the Opposition, beginning their reign as one of Death Metal’s most influential and respected bands.Over the past 21 years, Gallagher has kept Dying Fetus together despite a dozen-plus lineup changes (the one-time quintet has been a trio since 2007), maintaining a consistent creative vision throughout the band’s catalog, including on the group’s seventh and latest album, Reign Supreme. Gallagher characterized Reign Supreme as a return to the approach of the band’s older albums; the overwhelmingly positive response to the album supports that contention. And the deluxe version of the album features the bonus track, “Dead Whores Love to Fuck.” With a name like Dying Fetus ...
DYING FETUS performs Tuesday, Dec. 18 with Malignancy, Cerebral Bore, Beverly Hellfire, Fenrir, End It With a Shotgun and Soul Rot at Thompson House in Newport. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.