Genre: Death Metal
Label: Comatose Music
I had high hopes for this Russian “brutal death metal” (WHY?!) outfit. I was hoping that Aborted Fetus was an amalgamation of Dying Fetus and Aborted like the name might suggest if you’re really high like I was when I got it in the mail. Unfortunately, you can easily tell someone that they’re listening to Pathology’s Age Of Onset and they’ll never guess that it’s actually Fatal Dogmatic Damage.
At first I was gonna say that Aborted Fetus takes every song from the death metal jam-by-numbers playbook… but after a full listen through, I’m gonna change that to Aborted Fetus takes every song from THE SAME PAGE the death metal jam-by-numbers playbook. Seriously, there is zero difference between songs except for a sound-byte at the beginning of every other track. And even then, it just somebody screaming in a monster flick from the 50′s.
Some silver lines in Fatal Dogmatic Damage are the every once in a while, but not nearly often enough riffs that aren’t simple chugs or sloppy grind thefts. Total Sodomization is the best song on the album, mainly because it has the least amount of everything that makes me want to bang my head against the wall. Also, there is some bitchin’ bass work in there too. Come to think of it, the bass is the only thing in this album that doesn’t feel like banal deja vu.
Most annoyingly of all, these Kermit-The-Pig-Squealer vocals ain’t cutting it for me. They aren’t the worst vocals I’ve ever heard, but they’re resting comfortably in my least favorite style of death metal growl/squeals. Blech!
But to be fair, I’ve heard far worse bands in this genre than Aborted Fetus that get much more notoriety. You can hear the passion in the way they play and that means something to me. I can recommend this album to you, but only if you dig death metal with heart and not something that was shit out by a couple of guys that do it for the fame (because let’s be honest, who can really do this for the money?).
Overall: If all you care about when it comes to death metal is whether or not it’s brutal and you could never understand the lyrics in a billion years, then Fatal Dogmatic Damage would be a perfect addition to your collection of other sub-par death metal.
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