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DYING FETUS THROW A BOLT“Yep, that’s what Dying Fetus covering Bolt Thrower would sound like.”

That was the thought that ran through my mind as I listened to Dying Fetus’ new cover of Bolt Thrower’s “Unleashed Upon Mankind,” which is now streaming here.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — nine times outta ten, covers are pretty much the most pointless thing ever. Of course there are exceptions, but usually, the band doesn’t really add any of their own flourishes to the material, and so the song fails to have any real reason to exist.

I have nothing but love and respect for Dying Fetus, but, alas, this is one of those covers that is the rule, not the exception. I just have no idea why anyone wouldn’t break out their copy (or mp3 files or whatever) of War Master and listen to the original. Even if you’re  a kid and you’re not familiar with War Master, well… it’s 2011, there is almost no recorded piece of music on the planet that you can’t hear in a millisecond, so you have no excuse not to GET familiar with the original. In fact:

So, there. Pretty cool, right?

Of course, maybe that’s really the whole point of a covers album — maybe Dying Fetus want nothing more than to try and introduce younger fans to older material. That’s admirable, but it would still just make their cover a history lesson that took a particularly long time and great amount of effort to create, no?

Headbang here, then let me know if I’m crazy or what in the comments section. Dying Fetus’ new covers EP, History Repeats…, comes out July 19 on Relapse, and is limited to 5,000 copies. You can get it a f.y.e. stores, or just pre-order it directly from Relapse. It also features covers of Napalm Death, Cannibal Corpse, Pestilence, Dehumanized, and Broken Hope, plus a new, original Dying Fetus song called “Rohypnol” (now THAT’S the song I wanna hear.)

The band will also be part of the MetalSucks-sponsored Summer Slaughter tour, along with The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Darkest Hour, Six Feet Under, Oceano, Fleshgod Apocalypse, As Blood Runs Black, Powerglove, and Within the Ruins. Here are dates:

Jul. 22 – Los Angeles, CA – House Of Blues
Jul. 23 – Anaheim, CA – The Grove
Jul. 25 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
Jul. 26 – Seattle, WA – King Cat Theatre
Jul. 28 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
Jul. 29 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Jul. 30 – San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
Jul. 31 – Scottsdale, AZ – The Venue Scottsdale
Aug. 02 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Aug. 04 – Louisville, KY – Expo Five
Aug. 05 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
Aug. 06 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Aug. 07 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
Aug. 08 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
Aug. 09 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
Aug. 10 – Montreal, QC – Olympia
Aug. 11 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Aug. 12 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Aug. 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
Aug. 14 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Aug. 16 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
Aug. 17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Aug. 19 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
Aug. 20 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
Aug. 21 – Dallas, TX – House Of Blues



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