Memorial Day Metal

Dying Fetus headlines Metal Alliance Tour at Oddbody’s

By Allyson B. Crawford

If there’s any doubt of just how rabid some Dying Fetus fans are, consider Nick, a recently deceased metalhead from Illinois. His dream was to have his ashes scattered on stage during a Dying Fetus show. The band helped fulfill this wish, scattering his ashes in the pit for Nick’s favorite song “Homicidal Retribution.”

There’s a joke among metal fans. Anything that seems a little underground or beyond the mainstream is “so metal.” In fact, the phrase “so metal” is thrown around so often it ends up not meaning much anymore. The goal among the most diehard metal fans is to be as metal as possible, flashing the famous devil horn salute while screaming into the sky, preferably while at the barrier of a show and angling for a guitar pick.

If you’re looking for something brutal—or, so metal—to do this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, you might consider grabbing a ticket to the sixth annual edition of the Metal Alliance Tour. The package rolls in to Oddbody’s Music Room in Dayton on Saturday, May 28.

With Dying Fetus, The Acacia Strain, Jungle Rot, Black Crown Initiate and Reaping Asmodeia on the bill, the bands encompass various metal subgenres including grindcore, metalcore, death metal, progressive death metal and deathcore, meaning there is a little something for every metalhead.

“I honestly can’t remember the last time we played Dayton, so it’s definitely been a while,” Trey Williams, drummer of Dying Fetus, tells The Dayton City Paper. “But Ohio in general is a great scene for us. There are a lot of extreme metal fans throughout the state.”

Dying Fetus will headline the tour, something the band members say is “a dream.” The Maryland-based death metal band has been around since the early ’90s. In the passing decades, band members have come and gone, labels have changed, but the constant has been creating music. In fact, Williams admits that the band was offered the headline slot on the Metal Alliance Tour in the middle of writing a new album. The new album is forthcoming, via Relapse Records. It will be the band’s eighth studio release.

“We are very happy to be the headliner on this tour,” Williams continues. “Being tasked with leading this tour is an honor. Hopefully this year’s lineup provides the fans with a great show.”

Part of the great show will no doubt include a pit and some serious head banging. Like Dying Fetus, Jungle Rot has been slugging it out since the early 1990s as well. The Wisconsin death-metal band shares some similar history with Dying Fetus, including stints with various labels and several lineup changes. The true constant for both bands has always been the road, sharing tours with other hardcore bands throughout the years.
“If you have seen Dying Fetus before you know what to expect,” Williams adds. “If you haven’t seen us before, you will see three men playing brutal, straight to the point, death metal!”

Of course, being a true headliner means helping sell tickets while also being respectful of the other acts on the bill. The metal community is very D.I.Y.—the rules of honor say you don’t tear down another band, but instead help raise them up. It’s no surprise then that Williams goes right in to complimenting all the bands he’s sharing the Metal Alliance stage with this spring.

“The Acacia Strain has been killer on this tour so far, super heavy! Jungle Rot brings a great show also. Black Crown Initiate and Reaping Asmodeia have been very impressive as the openers!”
After Metal Alliance wraps up, the members of Dying Fetus will grab their passports and head across the pond in August to tour with Black Dahlia Murder, Goatwhore and Ghost Bath. Dying Fetus will also play several European festivals including Summer Breeze, MetalDays and Brutal Assault.

The Metal Alliance Tour stops in Dayton Saturday, May 28 at Oddbody’s Music Room, 5418 Burkardt Road in Dayton. Doors for this 18+ show open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance. For more information, please visit or
Allyson B. Crawford lives in Kettering and writes about ’80s metal bands on her daily blog You can usually find her at all sorts of metal shows around Ohio and across the country. Allyson can be reached at

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Allyson B. Crawford lives in Kettering and writes about ’80s metal bands on her daily blog You can usually find her at all sorts of metal shows around Ohio and across the country. Allyson can be reached at

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