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Dying Fetus: Killing on Adrenaline (2011 Reissue)
Death Metal, Grindcore, Hardcore
Morbid Records, Relapse Records (2011)
July 27th, 1998 / March 1st, 2011
Release length: 34:14
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While Purification Through Violence was a strong debut album for Dying Fetus, it wasn’t until Killing on Adrenaline that the band really broke out into the Metal world, and for good reason. This release houses Dying Fetus at their strongest, as some of the later releases would find the band going in different directions that just didn’t feel right or work out well in the long run for some. But, it’s also because most of the band’s more memorable tracks are found here. This Groove-laden Metal and Hardcore/Grindcore beast is a fan favorite, but does it really stand the test of time?

There is no denying that Killing on Adrenaline is one of the strongest release by Dying Fetus. The material here blends the -core styles and Death Metal practically seemlessly, and it does a good job at creating a very intimidating vibe to all the trracks. Just about each song on here is crushing due to the distortions used, as some of the more complex compositions that adorn it, such as the opening of the track “Procreate the Malformed”. Coupled with the slower groovey pace of the songs and deep gutterals mixed with occassional higher screams that add great diversity and extra layers to the mix, and the song just sounds like a monster, much like many other tracks on this recording.

This track also has the longest run time of the entire album, with the title track, “Fornication Terrorists” and “Intentional Manslaughter” being a little longer then some might expect as well. Luckily these tracks all maintain a level of enjoyment through some of the varying changes in music and jumping between styles that feel natural. The drumming also plays a huge role in it, as they constantly change to a suitable approach for every little change that happens in these songs, jumping from blistering machine gun double bass kicks to blast beats to a slower controlled pace. While the shorter songs seem to be more memorable for many reasons, such as the obvious “Kill Your Mother/Rape Your Dog” with it’s over the top lyrics that are just hysterical to any sane person, as well as the insanely catchy Grindcore approach to the song, these longer tracks will never fail the listener, and their more serious nature will have you coming back for more even when the novelty of some of the shorter tracks may wear off.

The only problem with this release is “Judgement Day”. The song itself is less then two minutes, but it just doesn’t work well. The music itself is rather bland, not being catchy, nor that intense at all. Sadly, the track just feels like it’s going on and won’t stop, even though it’s such a short song in the first place. “Intentional Manslaughter” is a bit rocky too, leading one to think maybe these last two tracks were simply filler, but the song does eventually pick up again. Other then that, the CD is a fantastic assault full of intense music.


The fourth reissue from Relapse Records of the early releases by Dying Fetus brings us the same few things we’ve had in the past three reissues. The artwork is expanded to fit onto a digipack [I assume, as this review is based on a digital promo and not the physical release] which contains liner notes instead of a booklet [again, assuming by following formula from the physical reissues I purchased], as well as various photos and descriptions of who played what on what tracks. This edition also comes with another unreleased rehearsal demo track from 1997, “Fornication Terrorists”, which is simply the music to the song taken from a cassette recording, but it sounds just as tight as the professionally recorded version on this release, just of a much more raw quality.

Also included is another Live in Herbolzheim, Germany track from 1998, “Judgement Day”, which really felt like the weakest song off this album to begin with. This wouldn’t be so bad had they cut the closing speach out from the track. The live version of this is good, definitely better then the studio version, but the talking not only sounds bland and boring, like the band didn’t want to be there, which was a minor gripe about the live bonus tracks on the other reissues, but the band also goes on to say there is one more track and asks the crowd if they want to hear it, but that track never plays. What song is it? Is it on another reissue? It’s frustrating because who knows if the live tracks are in chronological order, and you don’t know if it’s the full performance or not, which should have just been issued as a full live CD to begin with.


Either way, Killing on Adrenaline is a fantastic album, and defintiely shows the band at their strongest. The songs are memorable, catchy, and often quite intense. Sometimes the material isn’t so serious and becomes a bit of a novelty element for the band, which is good, and typically kept at a minimum. But, through it all, there’s only a few rocky sections near the end, and the rest is intense groovey mixture of Death Metal, Hardcore and Grindcore. If you call yourself a fan, or just like some intense and intimidating material, there’s no excuse to not own this release, or at least have heard it. With the 2011 reissue, it’s easier to add to your collection now, and is definitely worth looking into for the demo and live track, though the live track leaves a little more to be wanted. Of course, if you have it, really those two tracks don’t do much to make you replace the original, and could probably satisy any fan as MP3 downloads for much less the cost of this reissue if owning a physical copy of the material doesn’t matter.

Initial Pressing:
01. Killing on Adrenaline – 5:39
02. Procreate the Malformed – 7:07
03. Fornication Terrorists – 5:29
04. We Are Your Enemy – 3:46
05. Kill Your Mother/Rape Your Dog – 1:16
06. Absolute Defiance – 3:53
07. Judgement Day – 1:51
08. Intentional Manslaughter – 5:30

2011 Reissue:
09. Fornication Terrorists (Rehearsal Demo, 1997) – 5:40
10. Judgement Day (Live in Herbolzheim, Germany, 1998) – 2:18

Initial Pressing Score: 9/10

2011 Reissue Score: 9/10

Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.

2011 Reissue digital review copy of this release provided by Relapse Records.