FETUS STENCH (Sweden) “Stillbirth” CD review by www.hailsandhorns.com

FETUS STENCH (Sweden) “Stillbirth” CD review

by www.hailsandhorns.com

By Tony Shrum

At first glance, the name FETUS STENCH may come off as absurd but I implore any lover of brutal, unforgiving death metal to give these guy’s a close listen. Featuring a lineup consisting in part of former Blood Red Throne members; Stillbirth, the band’s first album, position these Swede’s as a force to be reckoned with. Combining sterling production with unbridled skill from each musician, this thirty-seven minute juggernaut blasts, bludgeons and thrashes from start to finish. Guitar player Christoffer “Illern” Ilberg and axe slinger/front man Andreas “Björte” Björnson, are channeling the tones of Gothenburg pioneers like AT THE GATES or early IN FLAMES and combining them with a much more in your face/traditional death metal approach to their playing. The solo’s are refreshingly original sounding and are executed beautifully with my only gripe being that for once there are not enough of them. But these guys don’t focus on the typical wankery of some current trends in death metal, mindlessly showing off for endless amounts of time with no substance to the music. Instead they opt for a more straightforward sound, making it about crafting a good song. Tracks that showcase this dynamic duo the best include ‘The Outer Island’, ‘Severe Suffering’ and ‘Descending Into the Realm of the Dead’. All this is paired with Björnson’s viscous vocals, which croon so soothingly over the strings and always maintain their consistency and power. The rhythm section is just as tight as the guitars and vocals. Bassist Kristian “Bullen” Karlsson holds it all together with brilliant tone and a solid performance throughout the entirety of the record. And drummer Emil Wiksten can only be described as a beast on the set. He smashes his drum skins mercilessly into submission with unbridled speed, doing so without the assistance of drum trigger’s or digital double bass. All these things combined together make for an extremely solid album that never drags or gets boring. And when an album is this good hearing is believing, so do yourself a favor and pick this album up on the Abyss Records website for a whopping nine bucks! Or better yet, visit FETUS STENCH’S Facebook and snag a copy from the band. Put some money in the pockets of the artists and support true underground metal. For me, this is definitely one of the biggest surprises of 2012 and an album I will be bumping for a long time to come.

Review link: www.hailsandhorns.com/reviews/record-review-fetus-stench-stillbirth/

Fetus Stench links:

Myspace: www.myspace.com/fetusstench

Facebook: www.facebook.com/fetusstench

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/fetusstenchsweden

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Fetus+Stench

Abyss Records links:

Online Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

To purchase FETUS STENCH “Stillbirth” CD go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/product_info.php?products_id=12296

 

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