Maryland death-heads Dying Fetus are bringing their extreme style to Australia in April for their first headline tour Down Under. Drummer Trey Williams gives fans an idea of what to expect.
Dying Fetus have taken their sound to even greater heights with 2012 release Reign Supreme, which serves up the band’s usual flare with an even higher degree of technicality. The decision to go more technical could have been detrimental for the band but Reign Supreme was definitely done in a way that has impressed both old and new fans alike.
“Every time a new album is composed, we want to evolve the sound,” Trey Williams says. “On a technical level, this sometimes requires a new approach, but we have all grown as musicians.”
Amidst the obvious gore of tracks like Dead Whores Love To F**k and From Womb To Waste, the band continues to weave a wide range of political aspects, something that has been a staple technique for the group since inception, according to Williams. “While Jason Netherton was in the band, he steered the lyrics in a social and political direction,” he says. “Ever since then, a social and political agenda has been how we were identified; it’s what made us stand out.” Strong political and social themes are what sets Dying Fetus apart from other bands in the death metal scene, providing valuable insight into the band’s personal opinions and interests, which avid fans definitely appreciate.
With the success of their most recent album, Dying Fetus is one of the bands currently influencing a plethora of new talent, even within the mainstream metal community. It’s no surprise that such a diverse band would have diverse influences, and Williams says, “The whole band can call bands like Suffocation and Napalm Death influences, as well as hardcore bands like Agnostic Front and Madball .”
As death metal continues to flourish globally, new bands are drawing from the bands of yesterday as influences, and then adding their own twists. Williams sees this as a “natural progression”, as bands can “take the foundations laid before them and build upon the original frame work”.
Even his own work as a drummer is influenced by those who came before him but Williams insists he has no intentions trying to copy or replicate what previous drummers have done when he appears on stage.
“I just want to be the best drummer I can possibly be for my band,” he says, adding that he takes his own approach when playing older songs live. “While the parts are close at times, it still has some of my own flavour, because every drummer is different.”
Catch Dying Fetus with Putrid Pile as part of the Supreme Slaughterhouse tour from April 19th to 23rd.
April 19th – The Factory Theatre, Sydney
April 20th – The Evelyn, Melbourne
April 21st – Beetle Bar, Brisbane
April 23rd – Amplifier Bar, Perth
By Christian Doherty and Paul Hammond.
Photo courtesy of Soundworks