Dying Fetus - _Purification through Violence_
(Pulverizer Records, 1997)
by: Adam Wasylyk (
Having seen these guys play at last year's Deathstock in NYC, they were one of the highlights of the show. Very heavy and fast, they never let up intensity-wise. The big question for me was if they could bring that energy into the recording studio. The answer is yes, as _Purification through Violence_ does a good job in utilizing vocal styles and musical structures so there is never a dull moment. Songs like "Skull Fucked", "Nothing to Pray For", and "Nocturnal Crucifixion" take no prisoners when it comes to no-nonsense, brutal death metal. Included is a cover of Napalm Death's "Scum", entitled "Skum (Fuck the Weak)". Eight songs at just under 30 minutes, it's a little short but then again, I (along with others I'm sure) can't take a full hour of this at a time. Well produced and well played brutal death metal, yours for the asking.
(article published 5/13/1997)
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