I don’t give a god-damn if DYING FETUS are well known enough for some to think they are not worthy of the “underground” moniker they have had (and some think so!); DF fucking own everyone and the scab infested horses they rode in on. Yeah I’m on edge, and that is because once again these Grinding masters from Maryland have put down a sublime cut of Metal that has me energized and ready to crush those who dare stand in the path of all that is Metal.
It’s never easy for DYING FETUS to live up to the standard they have set for themselves before, which is being probably the finest Grindcore band playing today. I mean “Killing On Adrenaline”, “Purification Through Violence” and one of my top 2005 albums “Stop At Nothing” are easily for me some of the best DM/Grind you can find. Period! “War Of Attrition”, the band’s sixth full length album and easily on par with their sensational output so far in their career. From the start you get a prime example of DF’s brilliance in “Homicidal Retribution” which comes at you hard and fast, a crushing wall of Metal which then has a cool as fuck chunky chord dispatch that would have the lads (and lassies) in the pit slowing down to sway their arms. “Fate Of The Condemned” is as good, merging mid-paced and hasty bars of music, likely to be banned in some countries, seamlessly into a fusion that rises on its own as a solid monolith of fury. I love this shit, and it removes what small eloquence I have as the album is playing while I write this review. Cheesy it might be, but I just want to batter my fist through the wall and bang my head like a lunatic. (Okay, I took the time to do the previous and get my aggression out). As with all DYING FETUS albums “War Of Attrition” is relentless, but being able to shift gears within that ruthless blitz by way of chord and time changes keeps this album fresh all the way through.
No question that "WOA" is not going to appeal to those who have already heard serious Death and Grind bands and have no attraction to them. But if you are only a casual but interested listener to DM and or Grind, I humbly suggest you pick this gem up. Definitely an album which will be around come time to make my top albums of the year.
(Online May 6, 2007)