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Though forever doomed, commercially speaking, by their controversial name, Maryland's Dying Fetus has endured beyond most observers' wildest expectations, and to do so, they've weathered a slew of hardships that would have felled (and did fell) most other bands. Formed in the waning days of death metal's glorious heyday (1991, to be exact) by John Gallagher (guitar/vocals), Nick Speleos (guitar), Brian Latta (guitar), Jason Netherton (bass), and Kevin Talley (drums), Dying Fetus combined their death metal with hardcore influences in order to develop their own form of American grindcore. But while pioneering bands like Napalm Death and Carcass had taken the U.K. and Europe by storm, this subgenre never really caught on in America, and had been utterly buried by grunge by the time Dying Fetus released their 1995 debut, Infatuation with Malevolence, which, admittedly did little more than collect their old demos into a single package. After downsizing to a quartet with Speleos' departure, the band truly began to hit their stride with a slew of increasingly confident and inspired releases, including 1996's Purification Through Violence, 1998's Killing on Adrenaline, and 2000's Destroy the Opposition. All the while, their notoriety continued to grow steadily within the extreme metal underground, as did their audience, thanks to a ferocious live presence and incessant touring at home and abroad with similarly aggressive bands like Kataklysm, the Crown, and Behemoth. Between road jaunts, the band kept itself busy by re-releasing an expanded version of their debut in 1999 and the Grotesque Impalement EP in 2000, but trouble was just around the corner. Midway through 2001, Gallagher was handed resignation letters from the other members of the group, who proceeded to join forces in a new project called Misery Index, and thus left the future of Dying Fetus very much in doubt. But to everyone's surprise, Gallagher wasted no time hiring an entirely new lineup consisting of vocalist Vince Matthews, guitarist Mike Kimball, bassist Sean Beasely, and drummer Erik Sayenga. A new single entitled "Vengeance Unleashed" was recorded to support the band's touring commitments, which included that year's Wacken Open Air Festival, after which Dying Fetus entered the studio to prepare their fifth album, 2003's eagerly awaited Stop at Nothing. The blistering War of Attrition appeared in 2007, followed three years later by Descend Into Depravity -- both of them on Relapse. 2012's Reign Supreme became their first to reach the main Billboard album charts. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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Stations Featuring
Dying Fetus

    Death Metal

    Death Metal
    13 songs

Albums by
Dying Fetus

Top Songs by
Dying Fetus

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  2.   Your Treachery Will Die with You
  3.   Killing On Adrenaline
  4.   Raping the System
  5.   Destroy the Opposition
  6.   Homicidal Retribution
  7.   Schematics
  8.   Parasites of Catastrophe
  9.   Fate of the Condemned
  10.   Shepherd's Commandment
  11.   We Are Your Enemy
  12.   Stop at Nothing
  13.   One Shot, One Kill
  14.   Fornication Terrorists
  15.   Epidemic of Hate
  16.   In the Trenches
  17.   Second Skin
  18.   Gorehog
  19.   Dissidence
  20.   Induce Terror
  21.   Praise the Lord (Opium of the Masses)
  22.   The Blood of Power
  23.   From Womb to Waste
  24.   Subjected to a Beating
  25.   Fade into Obscurity
  26.   Descend into Depravity
  27.   At What Expense?
  28.   Unadultered Hatred
  29.   Skull Fucked
  30.   Intentional Manslaughter
  31.   Judgement Day
  32.   In Times of War
  33.   Forgotten Scriptures by Disgorge
  34.   Panic Amongst the Herd
  35.   Revisionist Past
  36.   Devout Atrocity
  37.   Invert the Idols
  38.   Unleashed upon Mankind
  39.   Rohypnol
  40.   Born in a Casket
  41.   Hopeless Insurrection
  42.   Ethos of Coercion
  43.   Conceived into Enslavement
  44.   Atrocious by Nature
  45.   Twisted Truth
  46.   Insidious Repression
  47.   The Weak Shall Be Cruched
  48.   Forced Elimination
  49.   Abandon All Hope
  50.   Skum (Fuck the Weak)
  51.   Nothing Left to Pray For
  52.   Raped on the Altar
  53.   Permanently Disfigured
  54.   Absolute Defiance
  55.   Kill Your Mother/Rape Your Dog
  56.   Procreate The Malformed
  57.   Justifiable Homicide
  58.   For Us or Against Us
  59.   Pissing in the Mainstream
  60.   Vengeance Unleashed
  61.   Obsolete Deterrence
  62.   Onslaught of Malice
  63.   Born in Sodom
  64.   Grotesque Impalement
  65.   Blunt Force Trauma
  66.   Institutions of Deceit
  67.   The Ancient Rivalry
  68.   Unchallenged Hate
  69.   Nocturnal Crucifixion
  70.   Fixated on Devastation
  71.   Beaten into Submission

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