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Dying Fetus, live in Cardiff

Live Review

Venue: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

Support: Goatwhore, Malevolence

After reaching unexpected celebrity status following the daft but brilliant #whynotdyingfetus social media campaign and their subsequent Download main stage appearance, Maryland's finest purveyors of grinding death metal are enjoying a mammoth European tour with rammed rooms every night. In fact, it's debatable whether this same bill 12 months ago would have attracted anywhere near as many punters.

Sheffield's Malevolence [7] may be a little too 'core' for tonight's metallic feast, but they more than show they're equalling the headliner's brutality with their iron-plated hardcore attack. Tracks from last year's Reign Of Suffering sound even more vibrant in the live setting, with each juggernaut breakdown and slashing riff shaking the walls of the tiny venue. Gradually more interest is shown down the front as spinning arms and legs collide and the words of Serpents Chokehold are shouted back. Expect these guys in bigger venues soon.

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