"At seven tracks Vermin Prolificus is an album that manages to make you stagger under its weight. The guitars are heavy as hell, with distortion that would crush an Olympic lifter. Tracks are baked and hazy and the whole package is just tortuously ugly. Yet the whole thing goes out on the second wind “Goat Brothel.” Instead of bleeding on the floor, Fistula packs it all in for one final, pissed off punch straight in the vein of hardcore-punk. It gets strung out, it falls back onto the couch. It's a seething cycle that never lets go. Even when the music slows down, it never lets go. If you haven't heard of Fistula (medical condition aside) after all these years and enjoy bands like Grief, Noothgrush, or the almighty Dystopia, this is a slice of sludge you should pick up immediately."
"You want some real grimy sludge? The kind where it’ll take five showers—minimum—to get the funk out? Cleveland scumbags Fistula are the band you want, need, and deserve. Vermin Prolificus is their new full-length through TO LIVE A LIE, and it’s as dirty as their Dirty South influences and contemporaries. They hate cops, sobriety, and good taste, and they’re willing to bare all of their contempt for you with you. Fistula operate on punky fast (“Harmful Situation”), slow (“Smoke Cat Hair and Toe Nails), and really goddamn slow (“Pig Funeral”), and Corey Bing’s diseased riffs penetrate in all modes. Best listened to while day drinking on a Tuesday, because this is not the album you’ll turn your life around to."
"Each song embodies Fistula. No new territory here. Thank Christ. Belligerent, jaded lyrics are growled over dark and heavy rhythmic sludge metal that infuses crust and hardcore elements. Raw production of this heavy, heavy music allocates listeners’ attention spans to each instrument getting down to business. The music reflects the anger and disgust we (most likely) all feel towards bosses and general public and politicians and religion and cops- Whoever happens to be in our way that the time. And while some is aggressive, some is reclusive escapism. Either way, the enmity ad self-destruction is carried out through awesome music."
"Perhaps it is because of the highly publicized pollution of Lake Cuyahoga where Akron, Ohio’s Fistula have emerged from, which results in this contaminated, disease-ridden release labeled Vermin Prolificus. On the altar for review this time around is a 7 song release; or more aptly, a late night, intoxicated walk through a bourbon and vomit-filled bog. A caustic mix of fuzzed guitars and bass, interrupted with ear-splitting moments of feedback, that calls forth comparisons to Suppression and some of the now defunct record label Sound Pollution releases. Vermin Prolificus works through a shifting, sludge/crust punk-filled sound, keeping it simple yet addictive enough to continue exploring the album after an initial listen. Fistula have dug out and exposed violent, downtrodden moments of frustration and a sense of hopelessness with this release. The band itself has brought forth songs that range from one and half minute explosions of the pained, nightmarish screams of a Krokodil addict to moments of hyper-slowed-down, lung-crushing bong hits of doom."
"Not content to ride the slow and low sound like many others in the sludge game, Fistula show that they can pick up the pace on tracks like "Harmful Situation", breaking you out of the dope-daze hypnosis their slower tracks induce. Being able to switch so effortlessly between dirty sludge and more hardcore styles show that Fistula are something akin to underground masters of their craft. Throughout all of this, vocalist Dan Harrington uses his raw vocals to command the attention of the listener and provide a point of focus lest you get sucked into the sludgy abyss. As well, the choice of audio samples that play overtop of instrumental section of some songs really act to tie the album together thematically – that theme being drugs, distrust of authority and nihilism."
"Vermin is all about punishment and turning heads to mush. Dial up the volume and tone and just wait for their cabinets and your speakers to explode. Corrosive and addicting, Vermin plays it thick and sick. Whether getting low with doomy sludge or tweakin' hard with dirtcore rage, Fistula fill you full of an intoxicating essence for which the unrestrained portions of your mind will steal, swindle and kill for. Get fucked up"
"Shoulder to shoulder with 2008’s Burdened by Your Existence, Vermin Prolificus is Fistula’s best and strongest effort, which may sound a bit distracted in a few levels because of its short length but it seems it’s nothing too serious for Fistula who knows how to wrap up a short but thick album with a maximum degree of choking violence and depravity. “Fistula is more important than many other Sludge/Doom Metal bands” these days and they have to know it and surely they do."