Dying Fetus - Purification Through Violence

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"Global Domination: We at Global Domination saw fit to add your release, “Purification through Violence”, to our esteemed Class (666) hall of fame. Do you feel this album is worthy of such an honor?

Jason: Well, I feel it’s ok, it’s primitive and the first album whereby Dying Fetus sort of “formulated” its sound, meaning the technical riffing interspersed with the mosh-riffs, yet all in a structure that was catchy and somewhat traditional. I actually feel it’s significant as a first step in that sound, but I feel we really came into our own when Kevin Talley joined the band and we recorded “Killing on Adrenaline”. We just took it to another level with his drumming, but “PTV” was the first stab at it for sure.

What was the ultimate goal for you while recording this album?

We were heavily influenced by Suffocation, Broken Hope, and Baphomet, yet we were so much more into their breakdowns than the speedy parts, so we wanted to make it extremely brutal yet catchy and groove driven in some parts. I guess we just wanted to build on those songwriting aspects of the bands that influenced us, and at the same time make the lyrics hyper offensive and take it all to another level if we could.

Name something of interest that you remember from the recording sessions.

I remember our friend Casey was in the studio hanging out when we were doing the mixing, and he all of a sudden got really sick and ran to the bathroom, which was out near the studio room, we could hear him in there through the vocal microphones, so we asked the engineer (Steve Carr) to start recording it, the result is the ‘vomit and gagging’ intro to the Napalm Death cover at the end of the album (“Scum”).

If you could change any one thing about this album, what would you change?

In retrospect the lyrics are pretty silly, they were primitive for me, but in reality it was reflective of who we were at the time and what we were into, so I guess that’s where they stand.

Why do you think this album means so much to those who consider it a classic?

I dunno, I guess cause at the time in 1994 to 1996 people were saying that death metal was dead and its boundaries explored, but we were to have none of that, we just kept writing songs we wanted to hear, along with numerous other truly underground bands (remember no MySpace, no internet, no CDRs, it was VERY underground and self-sustaining) and so we went with what we felt was the next step in the development of death metal’s sound."

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