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SKULL FUCKED

PREPARING FOR THE RELEASE OF A NEW ALBUM, YOU MIGHT EXPECT DYING FETUS MEMBERS JOHN GALLAGHER AND SEAN BEASLEY TO BE UBER CHATTY, BUT THE PAIR ARE AS STOICALLY ‘NO-NONSENSE’ AS EVER. TERRORIZER PERSEVERES HOWEVER, AND GRILLS THE BAND ON MOVING ON FROM GUTS ’N’ GORE TO SOCIAL COMMENTARY, KEEPING THINGS TRUE ON ‘WRONG ONE TO FUCK WITH’ AND THE FIVE YEAR GESTATION PERIOD THAT BIRTHED IT…

DYING FETUS

“Everybody has to still love what they do,” opines Dying Fetus bassist/co-vocalist Sean Beasley. “All of us still love the music and what we’re doing.” And if you’ve been upfront and manning stage right for a band called Dying Fetus for sixteen of the band’s 26-year history and are still forging forward with a brand of music commonly referred to as death metal, you had better be deeply in love with what you do. Saddle yourself with a moniker like Dying Fetus and there isn’t a lot of wiggle room left for interpretation, projection, second impressions or explaining away that first impression, especially if, as is the case with this Baltimore area underground institution, popularity and profile has ticked upward over the years. No matter where you go, sensitivities will be bristled, offense will be taken and anger will be stoked as overprotective parents groups, self-proclaimed media watchdogs and community leaders, as well the members of the nanny state righteously poke at the band, praying to whatever they pray to that any one of Dying Fetus’ eight forays into the world of brutal death metal will feature highly atop the proverbial smouldering pile of banned books and records with parental advisory warnings stamped on them. But none of that has stopped them from doing what they do.

“It’s all about the music,” adds guitarist/ co-vocalist/lone original member, John Gallagher. “Just getting out there playing shows and bringing quality music.” This, surprisingly, is about as deep as the analysis gets from the man who’s been there since the start. Despite the potential to take advantage of controversy and capitalise on notoriety, the band turns a 180-degree, counter reactive blind eye to the tizzy that their just being causes. They avert their gazes, ignore outside stimuli and operate similarly to how they have since the early days, albeit at a higher and more time consuming level. As Sean and John describe with an astonishing absence of complication, theirs is a simple operation in which the music is the main focus and “management handles everything else”. They present as unconcerned about looking at themselves in the mirror, in turn offering a frustrating lack of insight or analysis – from a journalist’s point of view, at least – about how they’ve survived the past three decades. Maybe it’s simply about not allowing any hubbub, positive or negative, to get under their skin? Maybe their low-key approach – as low-key as you can be playing in a worldwide touring band called Dying Fetus that has releases readily available via a major independent record label – has provided karmic opportunity such that if they don’t make a big deal about themselves, then people, especially the wrong people, won’t make a big deal about them?

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It’s safe to say most of the writing team this month are suffering post-Roadburn blues. It happens every year without a shadow of a doubt. If you want to read up on all the fun you either witnessed yourselves or sadly missed out on, for whatever reason, please turn to the live section of the magazine and bathe in some of the highlights of this year’s event. We also have some killer features in this issue, and as always, it’s a battle to feature every band Team Terrorizer loves. The good news is, what’s inside is a broad spectrum of bands who have long-established relationships with the magazine and with you guys too. Dying Fetus grace the cover, which we are very honoured about, and elsewhere there’s some killer interviews with Oxbow, who have returned after a decade; horror rocker Wednesday 13, Schammasch talk about their new opus, VoiVod get nostalgic with us and Vallenfyre have frankly blown the roof down at Tezza Towers with their album of the year contender. So what are you waiting for – stop reading my notes and get to the real action! See you next month! Adios
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