"Grotesque Creation"

By Derelikt Waugh

 Fetid Zombie's "Grotesque Creation" is without a doubt, one of the most horrific, nasty, festering and just plain FUN death metal albums that I've had the (dis)pleasure of dissecting since...well, since the good ol' Gory days of the beloved nineties, really. That's no surprise, seeing as how Mark Riddick (amazing underground metal artiste extrodinaire) is in charge of this rotten outfit that appears to be totally Hellbent on exhuming sounds that seem to be virtually forgotten outside the realms of the true DIEhards and deadheads (fans and bands alike, ya fuckin' WHIMPS!). Yes, this is THE SHIT, my fiends! Packed to the gills with uber addictive riffs, razorsharp shredding and surgically-precise solos that carve a giant "FUCK YOU" in the ribs of those retro-death ( and usually retrograde) bands that are simply regurgitating the gibblets without the fuckin' passion, pus and the much-needed buckets o' blood, maaan! Oh, and the bass...sweet fuck, the bass! You have to hear it to believe it! I'm not sure if I've ever heard a death metal album with a bass sound that's even remotely similar to this. It's almost "proggy"...if I may utter such a silly term in a review about an album that is so...well...anti-proggy. Anyway, enough about the damn bass, damn it! What about the rest of this massive, poser-devouring leviathan?!?

Well, the drumming is ridiculously tight and groovy and there's the occasional snippet of creepy B movie keyboard slashes to keep the whole thing (SHOCKINGLY!) melodic (along with the acoustic interludes, etc).Then there are the totally sickening voKILLS! Iknow, I know...the whole "zombies forming a band, this is the sound" thing's been done to DEATH, but these lyrics literally sound as if they were torn from the throats of the recently re-animated (until something surprisingly operatic or King Diamond-esque gobsmacks you in the face from straight outta left field!). If I was forced at knife-point to draw some sorta comparison in regard to Fetid Zombie's overall sound, I'd say that they remind me of bands like Frightmare or Ghoul with an even BIGGER deathcrush on the 80s, early and later Carcass (!!!), a nutty Greek metal fetish, and an even SICKER adoration of good ol'  horror and goblets of limitless gore! Notice that I didn't say word one about the insane guest list on this album. That's 'cause every other reviewer is gonna devote limitless paragraphs to how awesome it is. I could do the same, but I'm gonna cut it short and quite simply tell you that this is one of the best death metal albums ever made. I'm not kidding, I'm not exaggerating. This rules in every possible way (just like Riddick's other art)! It's  a total splatterpiece of epic proportions. BUY OR DIE!!!