Song of the Day: DYING FETUS’ “Pissing in the Mainstream”

Eleven years ago, DYING FETUS released their best album by far, Destroy the Opposition. What a killer album! We highly recommend it.

Let us check out the song, “Pissing in the Mainstream.”

Lyrics:

“The media is a tool designed to mold us into slaves
Drugging us into an empty, apathetic daze.
The trick is that we think that everything is going fine
But the truth to our reality lies buried in the mind

“I don’t give a fuck about the Hollywood elite;
I don’t really care if models can’t fucking eat.
I don’t give a fuck a fuck about which movie is on top.
But what I really know is that the shit has got to stop.

“Consumer appetites are never satisfied in full,
cause the objects that they buy can simply never fill the void.
A constant need for meaning, and accumulating shit,
drives the lust in their obsession just to get another fix.

“I don’t give a fuck about the TV ratings game,
The Real World is not a party, just a place for the insane.
If that reflects reality, then pass another drink
You try to be a millionaire, I’ll vomit in the sink.

“What the fuck is left to try,
on an avaricious nation on an economic high?
If Rome could last 500 years,
who then will throw the wrench inside our gears?

“The bottom line is money on the Western power scene,
where celebrities and porn can let the population dream.
They’re pathetic human living in an advertising glut,
who devour with a passion what the mainstream vomits up”

DYING FETUS – History Repeats…

Maryland based veterans DYING FETUS were heavily influenced by the underground death metal scene in the early 1990’s, so it’s quite fitting that the band pays homage to their influences on History Repeats…

FETUS has covered ground from the most popular bands in death metal, such as with CANNIBAL CORPSE’s “Born in a Casket” or NAPALM DEATH’s “Unchallenged Hate,” but they don’t forget about the underrated bands, either.

Their cover of BOLT THROWER’s “Unleashed Upon Mankind” might even sound better than the original, and the PESTILENCE cover of “Twisted Truth” is up to par as well. Some bands deserved more credit than they received, such as BROKEN HOPE, and FETUS’ rendition of “Gorehog” is brutal and sounds extremely close to the original. The band also covers an obscure but heavily underrated slam/groove/death metal band from New York, called DEHUMANIZED, and they nail “Fade Into Obscurity” to a T. Throw in “Rohypnol,” an original DYING FETUS track exclusive to this EP, and you’ve got yourself another worthy release from this hard working trio.

While some bands try to experiment or change the original songs too much, things can get a bit blurry, but DYING FETUS sticks to the originals as closely as possible. It’s a treat for old school death metal fans to hear these classic tracks updated in DYING FETUS fashion, and at the same time gives the younger generation a feel for how great these original songs were. (Relapse Records)

MISERY INDEX – Heirs to Thievery

As one of the hardest working bands in the metal scene, Maryland’s MISERY INDEX grind out a new album with Heirs to Thievery. Vocalist Jason Netherton’s lyrics have stayed true with his political views and makes the listener actually expand their mind by using their brain to think.

Musically, the band expands on their last output, Traitors, and most of the songs on Heirs to Thievery stay short and sweet, mostly within the 2-3 minute range. This is 35 minutes of in your face, loud, brutal attack on your auditory senses. Tracks like “Embracing Extinction” and the title track tease you with a melodic lick, catchy riff, then the drums and vocals pummel the listener like a ton of bricks. “The Carrion Call” and “Plague of Objects” include some great riffs, double bass, and breaks, but the true highlights are the tracks with some very special guests.

HATE ETERNAL mastermind Erik Rutan lends some backup vocals on “The Illuminaught,” and MISERY INDEX continues their incestuous relationship with DYING FETUS by having current FETUS guitarist/growler John Gallagher do backups on “Sleeping Giants,” and ex-DYING FETUS vocalist Vince Matthews on “You Lose.” The album ends quickly and powerfully with “Day of the Dead,” which is a satisfying end and should prompt the listener to hit play again.

Netherton was always the backbone of the political stance in DYING FETUS, and he continues to write actual lyrics that aren’t just filler. While DYING FETUS continues the one dimensional SUFFOCATION inspired slam riff style, MISERY INDEX have evolved past that with a sound of their own. The chemistry of guitarist Sparky Voyles and drummer Adam Jarvis mesh well, and once again MISERY INDEX deliver a punishing and memorable album. (Relapse Records)

MISERY INDEX Announce North American Tour Dates

MISERY INDEX will join label-mates DYING FETUS for a month-long US tour starting in early May. This tour will also include ARSIS, ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY and CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE and will be making a stop at the California Metalfest on May 15th in Pomona, CA. A complete listing of tour dates and cities can be found below.

MISERY INDEX is currently on tour in Australia with Poland’s DECAPITATED. From there, MISERY INDEX will head to Singapore and Taiwan for the first time. The band has also been confirmed as one of the headliners at this year’s Obscene Extreme Festival held in July in the Czech Republic.

MISERY INDEX is touring in support of their brand new album Heirs To Thievery. The album is set for a May 11th North American release date.

MISERY INDEX Tour Dates:

***All dates from April 2 thru 6 w/ DECAPITATED, PSYCROPTIC, ORIGIN***

April 2 Melbourne, Australia The Esplanade Hotel
April 3 Sydney, Australia The Factory
April 4 Brisbane, Australia The Hifi
April 5 Adelaide, Australia Fowler’s Live
April 6 Perth, Australia Black Betty’s
April 9 Singapore Substation Theatre
April 11 Taipei, Taiwan The WALL Livehouse

***All dates from May 6 thru June 6 w/ DYING FETUS, ARSIS, ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY, CONDUCTING FROM THE GRAVE***

May 6 Baltimore, MD Sonar
May 7 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero
May 8 Tampa, FL Brass Mug
May 9 New Orleans, LA High Ground
May 10 Houston, TX Wired Live
May 11 Austin, TX Emo’s
May 12 Fort Worth, TX Ridglea Theater
May 13 Albuquerque, NM The Compound
May 14 Mesa, AZ U.B.’s
May 15 Pomona, CA The Glass House (as part of California Metalfest)
May 16 Modesto, CA Moesto Virtual
May 17 Bend, OR Bend Event Center
May 18 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
May 19 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater
May 21 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
May 22 Des Moines, IA House of Bricks
May 23 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
May 24 Minneapolis, MN The Rock
May 26 West Dundee, IL Clearwater Theater
May 27 Louisville, KY Phoenix Hill Tavern
May 28 Indianapolis, IN Emerson Theatre
May 29 Detroit, MI Harpo’s
May 30 Windsor, ON Chubby Pickle
May 31 Toronto, ON The Mod Club
June 1 Quebec City, QC L’Imperial
June 2 Montreal, QC FouFounes
June 4 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
June 5 Pittsburgh, PA The Smiling Moose
June 6 Farmingdale, NY Crazy Donkey

July 16 Trutnov, Czech Rep. Obscene Extreme Festival 2010

APESHIT’s Top Albums of 2009

It’s that time where we take a look back on the year as 2009 comes to a close. So we, the APESHIT goons, asked ourselves, what albums moved us, kicked our asses, and reminded us of why we love metal (and music)? Read on for our top albums of 2009…
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Death by Decibels Tour Dates Announced

The latest installment of the Death by Decibels tour has been announced.  This edition will feature KATAKLYSM, DYING FETUS, ELUVEITIE, and KEEP OF KALESSIN.

Chrigel Glanzman of ELUVEITIE commented on their participation: “ELUVEITIE is homesick for America! We are more than just happy to be welcomed for a second time with the mates of KATAKLYSM and KEEP OF KALESSIN. Our clan is so pleased to cheer up with all of you again and we simply can’t wait to be back in the States. See you there!”

Obsidian C. from KEEP OF KALESSIN added:  “KEEP OF KALESSIN is excited about returning to north America for the second time in 2008! After the very successful tour we did with BEHEMOTH and DIMMU BORGIR in April, it will be great to play for the American audience again, now that our new album Kolossus is in the stores!”

Tour dates are as follows:

09/26/08  The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
09/27/08  Harpo’s Concert Theatre – Detroit, MI
09/28/08  Peabody’s Concert Club – Cleveland, OH
09/29/08  Blender Theater at Gramercy – New York, NY
09/30/08  Sonar – Baltimore, MD
10/01/08  The Palladium – Worcester, MA
10/02/08  Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
10/03/08  The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/04/08  Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC
10/05/08  Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
10/07/08  Meridian – Houston, TX
10/08/08  White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
10/09/08  Ridglea Theater – Dallas, TX
10/10/08  Club 101 – El Paso, TX
10/11/08  Soma – San Diego, CA
10/12/08  The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
10/14/08  The Avalon – Santa Clara (San Francisco), CA
10/15/08  Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
10/16/08  Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
10/24/08  Le Medley – Montreal, QC – CANADA
10/25/08  L’Imperial – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
10/26/08  The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA

More CARCASS Reunion Shows and Guests Announced

Reunited melodic-death/grind legends CARCASS have announced additional U.S. shows. In addition to support on the entire tour from SUFFOCATION, 1349, ABORTED and ROTTEN SOUND, additional special guests have been noted below on select shows.

9/05-Worcester, MA @ The Palladium w/ NECROPHAGIST, DYING FETUS
9/06-New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre w/ NECROPHAGIST
9/07-Montreal, QC @ Medley
9/08-Toronto, ON @ Opera House
9/09-Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom w/ NECROPHAGIST, DYING FETUS
9/10-Baltimore, MD @ Sonar w/ PIG DESTROYER, MISERY INDEX
9/11-Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
9/12-Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
9/13-St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
9/15-Austin, TX @ Emo’s
9/18-Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
9/19-San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom
9/21-Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
9/22-Vancouver, WA @ Commodore Ballroom

BENEATH THE MASSACRE Confirmed as Support to NECROPHAGIST, DYING FETUS

Montreal technical death metallers BENEATH THE MASSACRE have been confirmed for a run of dates on the Pillage The Village Tour as support to NECROPHAGIST and DYING FETUS, along with VEIL OF MAYA, including one appearance with legendary British gore-grinders CARCASS. The band is currently completing work on its second full-length release, Dystopia, the follow-up to the band’s Prosthetic debut, Mechanics of Dysfunction.

BENEATH THE MASSACRE on tour:
7/31 St. Catharines, ONT – L3 Nightclub
8/01 Hamilton, ONT – The Assumption Hall
8/02 Newcastle, ONT – Wie Gehts Amigo’s (Newcastle Deathfest)
8/08 Guelph, ONT – The Shadow
8/09 Sudbury, ONT – Jubilee Hall
8/10 North Bay, ONT – The Granet Club

Summer Slaughter Canada with NECROPHAGIST, DYING FETUS, INTO ETERNITY, NEURAXIS, WHITECHAPEL, VEIL OF MAYA, DIVINITY, and COMMON GRAVE
8/14 Quebec City, QC – Imperial
8/15 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
8/16 Toronto, ON – Opera House (featuring BRUTAL TRUTH)
8/18 Thunder Bay, ON – Kilroy’s
8/19 Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Center
8/20 Regina, SK – Riddell Center
8/21 Calgary, AB – Warehouse
8/22 Edmonton, AB – Starlite
8/23 Prince George, BC – Roll-a-dome
8/25 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom (no COMMON GRAVE, DIVINITY)

Pillage The Village TourNECROPHAGIST, DYING FETUS, BENEATH THE MASSACRE, VEIL OF MAYA:
8/26 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
8/27 Portland, OR – Rock N Roll Pizza
8/28 Boise, ID – The Venue
8/29 Ogden, UT – Club Boom Va
8/30 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
8/31 Wichita, KS – Club Oz
9/02 Louisville, KY – Headliners
9/03 Pittsburgh, PA – TBA
9/04 Rochester, NY – The Penny Arcade
9/05 Worcester, MA – The Palladium (with CARCASS, SUFFOCATION, ABORTED, 1349)
9/07 Virginia Beach, VA – Steppin’ Out
9/08 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
9/10 Albany, NY – Northern Lights

CEPHALIC CARNAGE Robbed On Tour

CEPHALIC CARNAGE were recently robbed while on tour with DYING FETUS in Tulsa, OK. Here’s a statement from the band:

“While CEPHALIC CARNAGE were getting their van repaired in Tulsa, OK on Tuesday, November 20, 2007, we were robbed.

“A backpack containing the recent earnings from the tour (close to $4000.00), a laptop computer with over $2000.00 in music software programs loaded, an iPod and various personal items were among the items stolen. We immediately called the police and suspected that an employee grabbed the backpack in the process of getting the work done.

“The police came and took a written statement. The authorities suspected that it was an inside job as well but could not prove anything at that point. It is still under investigation but as of yet they still have not recovered the property or money.

“This could not have come as at a worst time as we were looking to use earnings from this tour to help cover the upcoming holiday expenses for our kids and families. As you might expect we are extremely upset as this tour was doing very well for us (both financially and morale wise).

“Despite this major setback the band is still continuing on with the DYING FETUS tour until the end. Our hopes are that we will be able to break even on this tour and not have to reach into our pockets to cover travel expenses, merch costs etc. We are looking for any type of assistance from our fans to help us through this difficult scenario.

“Any donation of any amount will be absolutely appreciated. If you cannot do anything at this time then please try to make it out to our remaining shows on this tour and support us that way.

“In spite of everything we are having a great time with DYING FETUS and the crowd support and response that we have been getting on each and every show has been astounding.”

Donations to help the band can be made through their MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/cephaliccarnage