|Dying Fetus will be releasing their 7th studio album this year. To be more precise: on June 19th. They will be promoting this album by touring everywhere around the globe. Take a look at the chat that SOM did with the drummer Trey Williams about this new album, plans for 2012 and much more!|You guys are doing the Metal Alliance tour with 6 other bands (Devil Driver, The Faceless, Job for a Cowboy, 3 Inches of Blood, Impending Doom and Wretched). How has it been so far?
It’s been a lot of fun, the shows have been real good, great turnouts. There’s a great variety of styles on the package so I think it is beneficial to all the bands because everybody gets to play for an audience that probably would have never listen to them before.How long are you guys playing on average per night?
We got like, 35 minutes. So, we really try to crimp all the good stuff in there and a couple of new ones too.Is that sufficient to the fans?
Ahhhhh… you will have to ask them that question. We’ve gotten [this question] a couple of times: “why aren’t you guys playing more”, “why aren’t you guys headlining”. I have to tell them, you know, it’s because we are not the biggest band on this tour. We might be the oldest, but we are not the biggest.Which has been the craziest concert so far (on this tour)?
I think the largest show is Edmonton, Alberta [Canada]. They had 800 pre-sales and there were a lot of people at that show. But Baltimore was a good time because it is kind of our home base. So, we had a great reaction in Baltimore to our set.You guys will be releasing a new album this year. What is the date for this release?
June 19th.Can you tell us a little bit about this new album?
The new album is called “Reign Supreme”, on Relapse Records, releasing on June 19th. It’s a little bit of a throw back to what we used to do with like, a lot more hardcore slam riffs but, we are not neglecting the technical parts or the speed. Where it needs to be technical it is still very technical and where it’s got to be fast it is faster, at times. I think it is our most polished work yet so I’m really excited to see how the public views it and to see how everybody likes it.Are the lyrics going to be following the same type of topics as your past albums?
Yeah, you know… a little bit more brutal lyrics. Just straight up brutality, general angst for the world and of course, social-political kind of stuff sprinkled in there also.What are the plans for promoting this new record?
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ideo for a song called “Subjected to a Beating”. So, check out our Facebook page if you’d be interested in hearing what the new album is going to be like. I think that song gives you a good idea as to slam riffage, what kind of technical parts and speed are going to be present on the album.
Other than that, we are going to be doing a “shit ton” of touring. We just did South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile). After this tour (Metal Alliance) is over we are going to Central America. [After that:] touring in Europe, touring in the States, hopefully touring in Asia and Australia also.A lot of people are suggesting Dying Fetus at the Barge to Hell Facebook page. Do you guys have any invitations for that event?
Nobody has confirmed anything: 70000 tons of metal, Barge to Hell or anything like that. I’m not aware of it. We would like to do something like that. As far as I know we are not confirmed for any such “water based” show.Talking about dying Fetus now: this will be the second album done by the same lineup… is there a growth in this new album because of this stable lineup?
You know… consistency never hurts anything; it only improved aspects of the band. Will having a stable lineup provide a better sound for the band overall? I can agree there, yeah, absolutely.
We all love playing metal, you know? Right now everybody [in the band] seems to be on the same page.
This is what we want to do: we want to play metal, we want to get out there, play death metal songs for people that love to hear it... or people who don’t love to hear it. Because on a mixed package like this [Metal Alliance] maybe they [public] don’t know about Dying Fetus, maybe they might not like it, maybe they will… hopefully they do. But, we are all about playing music right now.Talking about metal bands in general: many bands seem to have to tour throughout the year(s) to be able to make a living out of it. Is this your case also?
Yeah. We are not Metallica, you know? We are not the biggest band out there. We are not even the biggest band in Death Metal.
You got to stay active; you got to be selling shirts. Nobody makes money off of CDs. It’s funny, I’ve been talking to guys on this tour and I tell them: we are not even musicians really. We are apparel companies, we sell clothes, we sell logo shirts that say our band’s name. In order for bands to survive nowadays they gotta have merch sales. And that’s what gets you to the next shows; that’s what puts mone
So, if there’s any band anybody likes, buy their shirt. Don’t buy the bootleg shirt. Go to the show, support that band, buy the shirt, buy the album. Even though album sales don’t really matter so much anymore, well… they do matter to the industry but, nobody sees money from album sales unless you’re selling millions of units. We make money off our shirts. When we are not on tour I have to go back to work.
So you do have another job…?
I’m a working man. I’m a blue collar guy. I work in the Audio/visual construction industry. I install American football stadium sound systems, theme parks sound systems, government facilities and video teleconferencing systems and stuff like that. But, you know, my passion is playing metal and I work so I can live.
Talking about the future: how do you see Dying fetus in a few years from now?
We don’t have any 6 year or 10 year plan. We kind of take it album by album. We just finish up our obligation towards Relapse Records, for albums we owe them. So, if anybody wants to sign Dying Fetus, start throwing the offers around.
We will keep doing this for as long as we have a passion within the band to do it and as long as people want to see it. We are not going to do it if we are playing for 5 people every night, you know? It doesn’t make any sense, you are not going to make any money and you are going to get bankrupt. There’s a point when you got to realize it’s time to hang it up or it’s time to push on.
Right now things are great! If you’d view the band as a “stock”, it seems that our “stock” is going up. We’ll see how high the “stock” goes when the album comes out. But right now, things are alright.
Any messages to our readers?
If you are a fan of Dying Fetus and if you’ve come to a show, we really appreciate it. Please come out and see us when we are around your area. We are going to be doing a European tour in the fall. It’s not all finalized but it should be a pretty brutal tour, it will be a very death metal package. Come out, have a beer after the show, say “what’s up”, say “hello”. Come to the show and have a good time.
Support extreme music. Support your local bands, because every band starts as a local band. Support your small scene, support the big scene. And if you’ve come out to a Dying Fetus show, like I said earlier, thank you very much, thank you for supporting the band. [I] hope you’ll still continue supporting us in the future.