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Review: Dying Fetus - Destroy the Oppositon
Dying Fetus
Destroy the Oppositon

Label: Relapse Records
Year released: 2000
Duration: 36:23
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death/Grind

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: August 17, 2009
Reviewed by: Tony Augsburg
Readers Rating
Destroy the Oppositon

Rated 3.16/5 (63.16%) (38 Votes)

Dying Fetus is one of those bands that you either love or hate. I don't seem to know anyone who can say that they are middle of the road. I am one of those that love the band, so I decided to review their best album. Destroy the Opposition does what the title says to do; it completely annihilates everything else around it. From the opening track to the last, every song is filled with ridiculously groovy, heavy, and brutal music that will of course destroy the opposition. Dying Fetus has been a target of criticism for allowing the current slam scene to grow and expand the horizons on Deathcore. Frankly I don't give a shit because they are fucking awesome. To some this is a gateway band and to others it is the wrong direction for metal to go.

I can see all viewpoints but it doesn't matter to me because I go absolutely insane whenever I hear anything from this album. The first track on Destroy the Opposition is by far their best one in their catalogue – it is what makes the band who they are. It opens with one of the catchiest riffs I have ever heard and continues to be really brutal. Everything from blast beats to breakdowns, to slower breakdowns, to even slower heavier breakdowns; it is the one song that when I see them live makes me go completely apeshit and destroy everyone in my path. Unfortunately the rest of the album isn't as good as this song, but it follows basically the same pattern. The slamming riffs are so catchy I honestly don't know how everybody doesn't find some pleasure in the songs. There is some sweeping on the album and it is crazy; Gallagher may do the same type of sweep in a lot of songs but I must say it is awesome. The production is top notch – thick sounding drums and chunky guitars add to the overall feel. The only major flaw I can find on the album is the main riff in Praise the Lord (Opium of the Masses) is also used in the song In Times of War, just slowed down – it is nearly the exact same.

If you can't tell already, this is one of my favorite albums, probably in my top 20. I just wish every time I hear the first track they were playing it in front of me so I could go on my slayage rampage and rip apart everyone in front of me like I usually do.

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