Interview: Trey Williams of DYING FETUS – Hall and Oates, Being Br00tal, and the Writing Process

SummerSlaughter-2014DYING FETUS has been touring the globe for the past two years in support of their 7th full-length (5th for Relapse Records), Reign Supreme. Simultaneously pushing the boundaries of brutality and technicality, we caught up with the legendary kings of death metal, specifically drummer Trey Williams, at this years installment of the Summer Slaughter Tour.

Nefarious Realm: So this is the third time DYING FETUS has played Summer Slaughter in the US, fifth time internationally. How’s the tour been treating you this time around?

Trey Williams: This is like the smoothest Summer Slaughter I’ve ever been a part of. It’s mainly because pretty much every band here we all know. It’s like hanging out with friends, again. And every band has been on the road a lot and knows what it’s like to get on and off stage, no egos, no overages on set times… It’s just be super sick. I’m sad to see it end. Like, you know… Everything comes to an end.

I think that really was visible from the crowd. Everything has moved really smoothly and quickly. So, Dying Fetus tours pretty much all the time. How do you cope with constantly being on the road all of the time? How do you deal with all of the terrible aspects that come with touring?

We just deal with it, man. I mean, you quickly find the nicest toilet in the venue, and you always bring your wipes for your butt, because sometimes there’s no toilet paper. And when you’re flying internationally, you never drink the water, you don’t get ice. But sometimes, no matter what you do, you’re gonna get sick. We just did some stuff in India and Russia and Sean caught a little bug while we were in India and he had to suffer it out through Russia. So, we got the wrath of Vishnu, but you know what, Sean’s a tough mother fucker and he just forged his way through it.

Haha, I totally understand what you mean. I went to India a while back and you’re just gonna get sick and shit fire and there’s nothing you can really do about it other than just deal with it. So, have you had any really ridiculous occurrences happen on this tour? Anything that really stands out?

Ummm… No, you know what? Just a lot of really fucking good times, you know? Nothing, like nobody is fighting, like I can’t even say, “these two dudes are hating on each other’s guts!” And the parties are just good fuckin’ parties. I really can’t say anything better about this Summer Slaughter. Literally, I mean, if you’re in a band, and you saw this lineup for Summer Slaughter, and you wished you were on it, then you really do wish you were on this one. This one has been really sick. Actually, some really cool things have happened, like, Morbid Angel has thrown a couple aftershows parties. And the first one was the second night of the tour at The Constellation in Santa Ana, and they threw a free party for all the bands, and you know, that’s a really cool thing to do. They don’t have to do something like that and that really shows the good will and really started the tour off on a good level. I mean, if you need a shitty story, I’ve got ones from other tours, but this one has been sick.


John Gallagher (L), Sean Beasley (M), Trey Williams (R)

Well that’s definitely good to hear. So, this year, there has been a multitude of absolutely mind blowing albums coming out. Do you have any favorites so far? Anything that you’re really looking forward to?

I enjoyed that Gorguts [album]. I’m a big fan of John Longstreth playing, so any Origin album, or something that Longstreth been on I’m interested in checking out. But other than that, I’ve really just been too busy to listen to anything.

Totally understandable. So you are in THE brutal slam death metal band, like THE pioneers of the genre.

I am? Woah!

Yes! What would you say is the least brutal, most totally not metal music that you love?

That I love? Well, I don’t want to be ridiculed for this… You know what? I don’t give a shit. I like Hall and Oates, you know? The 80’s, R&B… rock and r&b. You know? Maneater. Adult Education. As for more modern music… I like some female vocalists, like Florence and the Machine. It’s pretty cool. And the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They’re alright… (and directed at the recorder) And fuck you if you don’t like what I listen to because I’m sure you listen to gay shit, too, motherfucker.

Dying Fetus - Reign Supreme - album cover artHaha, I’ll make sure to include that. What, in your opinion, would you say is the most offensive Dying Fetus song ever written?

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Invert the Idols“, because we poke fun at face paint and people that are… um… you know, gimmicks. Because, our gimmick is we do what we do. We wear the same strange clothes we do on the street. And we get up there and we play- well actually, I wear show clothes, but I mean, we don’t have costumes, and shit like that. And there ain’t nothing wrong with that, you know, if you do that, that’s cool. We know lots of bands and we’re friends with them, but that isn’t our thing. And yeah, just read “Invert the Idols” lyrics and you’ll get what I’m saying.

I know it’s been out for a while now, Reign Supreme, but what would you say were some of the biggest inspirations for that album?

Taco Bell, Starbucks coffee and Steve Wright’s couch because we spent a lot of time there. But, no, the inspiration for that album was older albums. Trying to capture some of the slammy-ness from albums like Killing on Adrenaline and Destroy the Opposition. Where Descend Into Depravity was a more technical album and had a lot more ups and downs, this one we, I mean, don’t get me wrong, there are fast and technical parts, but look at “In The Trenches”. That is a hardcore song. That is not a death metal song, that’s a hardcore song if you really look at it. So that’s what we were trying to capture.

How we write is a little bit of tossing ideas around in a band room, but most of it is done, like any band now-a-days, in ProTools. Lay the rough outline of the tracks and just get the ideas out of our heads, which is what ProTools is great for. You get an idea, you throw it out there, you put a beat to it real quick. Or sometimes our guitar player will just run a beat for two or three minutes and he’ll just kinda fuck around with it, and eventually somewhere in that two or three minutes an idea is formed. And then, maybe, we write a good portion of it in the band room and then put it in ProTools, and sometimes I just get homework projects where they’ll just say, “Hey, here’s a song, can you play it?” And it usually goes along the lines of, “Um, I don’t know, those bass drums are really fucking fast, man, but I will try.”

Well that’s seemed to be working so far. When do you think we should look for the next Dying Fetus album?

Right when you forget about us. It will be out there. We have been writing. It’s slow, we have been taking our time with it, because we want to put something together that’s going to be better than Taco Supreme– I mean Reign Supreme and take us up another notch as far as the respect level within the scene and in the intimidation factor with other bands. We are out here to slay. We’re not here to play, we are here to slay. So, I mean, We’re down to make friends, but when it comes to being on stage and doing what we do, we want to be as intimidating as possible. And put on the best performance for our audience that we can. Have a good time while we do it, make sure they have a great time out there in the crowd, push each other around, bump around, have a little fight here and there. So, you know, YEAH DUDE!

Alright! Well, that’s all I’ve got for you. Thank you so much for your time and I look forward to seeing you play tonight!


~Interview by Matthew Diffley