Dying Fetus + Goatwhore + Malevolence + Fallujah
Self-reliance and musical integrity are the two principles to which DYING FETUS have always lived by. Formed in 1991, during the height of the death metal explosion, DYING FETUS have matured into one of the premiere extreme death metal/grindcore acts to emerge from the massive global metal underground. The band is recognized worldwide as a prime example of songwriting perfection, combining an innovative mix of technical virtuosity and catchy song structures to create the ultimate blend of death metal, hardcore and grind.
In 1995, DYING FETUS self-released, promoted and distributed their first album, ‘Infatuation With Malevolence.’ In support of the album, the band toured the Eastern U.S., including a high-profile performance at the CMJ Music Convention at New York’s Lincoln Center. DYING FETUS also represented death metal as a genre on a panel at the convention.
In 1996, DYING FETUS’ second album, ‘Purification Through Violence’ was released simultaneously in America on Pulverized Records and in Europe on Diehard Music Worldwide. The band immediately embarked on their first full North American tour, hitting 25 cities with Canada’s KATAKLYSM and Florida’s MONSTROSITY. The response to the band’s unreal live show was astounding and the DYING FETUS name began to take residence in the minds of metal heads everywhere.
1998 saw the release of DYING FETUS’ third album, ‘Killing on Adrenaline’ on both Germany’s Morbid Records and in the U.S. through the band’s own label, Blunt Force Records. DYING FETUS embarked on unprecedented 52-date North American/European tour, hitting 12 countries in the process- from Denmark to Spain and Belgium to Poland. The band performed at dozens of festivals, including co-headlining shows on the Morbid Metalfest, as well as the Superbowl of Hardcore. During this time, DYING FETUS continued to make a name for themselves, appearing in national and international magazines, placing tracks on dozens of compilation CDs, and consistently doing radio and internet promotional activities. All on their own accord.
In 1999, DYING FETUS reissued the out of print ‘Infatuation with Malevolence’ CD (their 93-94 demo collection) with extra tracks via their own label, Blunt Force Records. The new version contained three live songs recorded on the 1998 European tour, as well as one demo track not included on the previous edition of the disc.
Looking to expand their scope even further, DYING FETUS signed to Relapse Records in early 2000 and immediately hit the road for a U.S. tour with DESTRUCTION and KATAKLYSM. The band re-issued their ‘Grotesque Impalement’ EP, a collection of old material and covers before completing work on their first Relapse album ‘Destroy The Opposition’. A musical mugging aimed at corporate “rock,” ‘Destroy The Opposition’ was a brutal response to the everyday stress and pressures of reality in today’s age, providing a natural outlet for the alienation and frustration that such a pathetically consumer-oriented and greed-dominated society creates. The record was an immediate success and the band hit the road, touring internationally in support of the album for the next 16 months. In 2012, the album went on to receive Decibel Magazine’s prestigious Hall of Fame honor.
After almost three years DYING FETUS returned with ‘Stop At Nothing’ in 2003. Symbolically representative of the greater alliance of anti-mainstream death metal/grindcore/hardcore-punk scenes, DYING FETUS stand in direct opposition to what is considered “normal” in the overwhelmingly conformist American musical arena. The band quickly hit the road in support of Stop At Nothing completing numerous North American and European headlining tours as well as delivering stand-out performances at international metal festivals.
Since then, Dying Fetus has been on a path toward supremacy, destroying everything in their path while attracting more loyal followers with every step. 2007 saw the release of War of Attrition, which found the band touring with CANNIBAL CORPSE and label-mates NECROPHAGIST. This release was followed by Descend Into Depravity, the 2009 masterpiece which led to numerous headlining tours in North America and abroad, including the band’s first ever appearances in China and Southeast Asia.
On June 19th 2012, the band took their biggest leap yet, with their earth-shattering album Reign Supreme. Long-term fans rejoiced at the band’s consistency and critics lauded the band’s unparalleled musicianship, with Heavymetal.about.com raving that “Dying Fetus are at the top of their game with this record, which is sure to thrill old fans and gain them even more new ones.” Dying Fetus will be touring behind Reign Supreme nonstop. Having already completed a full U.S. tour with Six Feet Under and being a featured act on the 2nd Annual Metalliance Tour, as well as a headlining European tour in the fall with JOB FOR A COWBOY and REVOCATION. Almost twenty years into their career, Dying Fetus shows no signs of slowing down or softening up. With Reign Supreme, arguably their heaviest release yet, it is clear why the band has been hailed as “one of the most dominating forces in death metal,” and why they were booked to play the UK’s infamous Download Festival almost purely on a fan campaign via Facebook and Twitter. Anything less than total supremacy is simply not an option for this band.