Dying Fetus has a reputation of great music that hits hard with some slams as well as drive you insane with wicked technical riffing. They also seem to improve their game the longer they are around, with “Reign Supreme” being one of my favorite albums by them. “Wrong One To Fuck With” at first may seem like a straight edge hardcore band album title but the music that bleeds from this album, as well as the menacing lyrics, really makes this release one to be taken seriously. It’s been a long time since this band has released anything and it’s business as usual.
Let’s discuss overall sound and writing first shall we? The song writing is the best they have ever done. The chunky palm muted power chords blends ever so perfectly with the shredding and the technicality of their writing has also improved into something more evil than ever. Dying Fetus‘ attack on this album is some of the heaviest music to be written, period. Production on “Wrong One To Fuck With” is actually stellar. I was worried when there was a huge buzz surrounding the initial release of the first single, which seemed a little thin on the bass. I’ve discovered that it isn’t necessarily the bass that is low but that the treble is a little up. Having a good set of cans or speakers in your home or car really brings out the bass and rhythmic onslaught this band has to offer.
Vocal remedies are nothing different from past Dying Fetus albums. Gallagher offers lower end grunting and growling as Beasley just gets straight beastly on his own growling. Beasley’s bass work also contributes to what makes this band special, as his technical thunder laying self can keep up with the guitars in many ways. Throwing us in a loop of heavy hitting rhythms and mind blowing shred and speed on the bass guitar. Williams’ punishment on the drum kit delivers on all fronts. Want speed? Want well placed fills and just overall satisfying drumming? Well here you go. Dying Fetus proves that they are definitely the wrong trio of musicians to fuck wit, that is for sure.
Just like “Reign Supreme”, “WOTFW” is just a massacre of great songs. From the first track to the last, I am left in awe and excitement. This album just opens with a fire packed riff on the song “Fixated on Devastation” and they set the bar up high almost immediately. You know what you’re getting, even if you didn’t manage to pick that up when you read the album title and band name. “Panic Amongst the Herd” features some slower riffing and neck snapping moments that will be familiar to long time Dying Fetus fans. “Die with Integrity” will be a fan favorite in a live setting, as the band seems to go at an insane speed and just keeps the music tight and heavy.
“Reveling in the Abyss” churns out some great slow death for the first minute of the track before they decide they want to wake you up with pure speed and crushing riffs. The song goes even faster and faster and then begins to get slower and heavier and the song progresses. “Seething with Disdain” opens with a great riff and proceeds to groove into the main verse, which is a massive headbanger of a riff. “Ideological Subjugation” wants to get you headbanging immediately with what sounds like a death thrash riff for about 20 seconds before turning into a classic Dying Fetus riff. The drum/guitar mesh on this song is rather interesting too.
“Weaken the Structure” sounds like something Misery Index would do at the opening of the song, then it evolves into a monster of riffs and growling. “Fallacy” is a nice showcase of guitar wizardry placed flawlessly within the ruthlessness that is their signature slamming sound. “Unmitigated Detestation” offers up more crushing riffing and excellent drumming and then we get the finale title track “Wrong One To Fuck With”, which is way better than I expected and even sounds tough.
After listening to this over and over and over, I still just cannot get enough of this album. It’s a lot better than what I was expecting and my expectations were quite unrealistically high for “Wrong One To Fuck With“. Dying Fetus really brings it with high quality song writing, smart production values and high intensity music for the entire listen of the album. This is a must listen, must have album and will definitely be on some end of the year lists! This album is simply awesome.
Release Date: June 23rd, 2017
Label: Relapse Records
Favorite Tracks: “Fixated on Devastation”, “Die with Integrity”, “Seething with Disdain” & “Weaken the Structure”
For Fans of: Nile, Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation and Misery Index