The Gospel of Tech Death: I

I suppose that if I’m going to go around preaching a “Gospel of Tech Death”, I should probably start at the beginning. But do I really need to yap on about how pinnacle bands like Death, Cynic, Atheist, Pestilence and Gorguts are? Nah, didn’t think so.  So, perhaps, you’ll allow me to introduce you to the bands that really pushed me towards the more technical stuff when I was in my late teens. Sure, they won’t all be death metal. Deal with it and join me in basking in the nostalgia.

In the beginning, while searching for my niche, I’d find myself up super late on Sundays so I could catch the local underground radio show. Edge Underground introduced me to a ton of music, but none of what I heard on there stuck with me as long as The Human Abstract has.  I lusted for edginess that was satisfied with Nate Ells’ screams, breakdowns and double kick drums. But it wasn’t so obnoxiously far away from any of the other stuff I was jamming at the time.  Nocturne, released in 2006, was and is such an incredible underground metalcore staple. Significantly more progressive than its predecessor, their sophomore LP, Midheaven (which I can find literally nowhere on the web) didn’t receive the same acclaim. It’s certainly the unsung hero among THA’s discog. When it looked like the project was over, The Human Abstract came back to their roots with Digital Veil.

The Human Abstract played my first metal show, accompanied by 36 Crazyfists, All That Remains and Trivium. Naturally, I was late and arrived during THA’s second to last song. But luck would have it and I was offered another chance to see them within a couple months with As I Lay Dying, Protest the Hero and MyChildren MyBride. Little did I know that one of those bands would become one of my ultimate favorites a decade later.

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RIP former potential metal gods. I mourn your premature death every day. 

Protest the Hero are one of those bands that I was fortunate enough to get into early in their careers so I could have the opportunity to watch them grow and evolve. Fortress had just come out the year prior, and I was hooked on the first listen. Their first LP, Kezia, pulled me in even further. Though a vastly different sound than its successors, punk inspired A Calculated Use of Sound was amazing in its own right. It dawned on me after Volition dropped in 2013 that without question, Protest was my favourite band. It seemed impossible for them to release anything that I wouldn’t like. 2015’s Pacific Myth further drove that point home. Four years later and they’re planning on releasing one of my most anticipated albums of 2019, and I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am.

I don’t even remember how I stumbled onto the Beneath the Massacre dudes. I can kind of remember getting into them right before they toured with Despised Icon, Carnifex and The Plasmarifle. The breakdowns were what attracted me ten years ago, their technicality is what keeps me around now. I took a long break from their discography for a while as I grew apart from the deathcore scene, but then I rediscovered how incredible every single one of their releases was. Mechanics of Dysfunction and Evidence of Inequity are without question my favoutites. I only got to see them once, and my heart longs to catch them live at least one more time.

Born of Osiris were the first band off the Sumerian records roster that I stumbled onto, and they were direct support on my second metal show, headlined by Darkest Hour. Significantly heavier than everything else I listened to, there were no cleans, no soft guitars, just breakdowns, blast beats, dope solos and some sick gutturals. Admittedly, these guys pushed me towards being the deathcore kid I was for a few years. But The New Reign was so solid (the rerelease kinda blows, though). And they also helped open that Pandora’s box that was Sumerian Records, and thus more technical bands like The Faceless, The HAARP Machine, Periphery and The Dillinger Escape Plan.

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Pictured: br00tal kid. Not pictured: shame. 

 

So I suppose that brings me to The Faceless, doesn’t it? Late last year I blabbed on about how I FINALLY got to see Planetary Duality live in its entirety. And even though Michael Keene was previously the epicenter for disaster, it was still fucking magical to see him get up there with three other incredible musicians and play oh so perfectly such a pinnacle album. Sure, I could yap on forever about them, but you COULD just click that link right up there and read what I’ve already yapped about.

And lastly, I played an album today that I haven’t even thought about in close to ten years. Circle of Contempt‘s Artifacts in Motion was breakbeat in it’s purest form, evermore pure than what Born of Osiris, After the Burial and Veil of Maya were putting out. I remember it being so near impossible to get my hands on (via limewire and frostwire) that I busted a proverbial nut when I finally did. They released an EP in 2012, but it didn’t have the same feel. They came back in 2016 with some new faces and a new LP, but that didn’t have the original feel either. But I’ve rediscovered this diamond among the Sumerian shit, and I still have a positive outlook for Circle of Contempt’s future.

Hopefully you’ve gotten through this. And I hope this gives a solid idea of where my musical tastes have evolved from.  So behold, our journey through techdeath has begun. A winding road awaits.

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The tech be with you. 

Ceremony Of Silence- Oútis

Ceremony Of Silence is releasing their debut album “Oútis” on April 5th, and have a great  band for you metalheads to check out.  If you’re into blackened death metal with some occasional technical flare you’ll love this band.  The drumming is absolutely bizarre and intense, probably one of my favorite things of this project.  It’s so tight and consistent….gotta love it.  If you wanna check out one song from the upcoming debut, you can right here and start to get a vision of what the band is going for.

This two man band seems to have that energy the younger Behemoth and Belphegor had…..lots of black and death metal mixed in here, not one metal genre necessarily is more prevalent a rather stellar mix.  The vocals are a great mix of both styles, with a consistent guttural but not a true black metal shriek or yelp you tend to hear in black metal.  I gotta say, this band was a KILLER find by Willowtip Records and give them all the credit in the world for this one.  Ceremony Of Silence will go under the radar, but have a great label to promote them for sure.  The guitar work is beyond stellar, with a great variety of speeds that won’t leave you bored or the band’s sound too predictable.

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See, the guys even have a similar haunting aura Helmuth of Belphegor does in their promo photos! 

CEREMONY OF SILENCE:

Vilozof – Guitars, Bass & Vocals
Svjatogor – Drums

You can check out the duo’s merch and preorder this fantastic album in different varieties here.  After listening to “Oútis” I’m extra curious on the band’s direction, and of course any more music they’ll eventually release after this smashingly brutal debut.  Will  it just be a studio project? Will they tour and find touring musicians? Will the guys recruit band members? Hopefully we get the full monte, and see this brutal band evolve into something extreme metal needs.

Spiritual Deception release “Malum”

Spiritual Deception unleashed a new track “Malum” through Slam Worldwide from their upcoming EP “Etemenanki” due out in March.  I have never heard of this brutally awesome band until well I checked out this song.  They’re a more technical Aborted, but the Italian version.  The vocalist is SO GOOD. Yep, I really dig Spiritual Deception.  It’s not over technical, and yeah it grooves really hard.  Give it a listen! Stay brutal!

Deathmyth- Petaka Dosa

Death Myth is a technical death metal band from Indonesia (AGAIN WITH THE SOLID BANDS FROM THIS COUNTRY).  The track “Petaka Dosa” is their first released as a band, and it’s pretty good.  There’s some sweet guitar leads, it’s pretty fast and there’s some sitar, classical guitar or harp (I think that’s what I heard?) in it as well! The vocalist has a pretty wide range, so be prepared for some high and low gutturals.  All in all it’s a solid song that should jump start a decent musical career for DeathMyth.  Check out the track below!

Accursed Spawn- Bhopal ’84

Accursed Spawn has released a single “Bhopal ’84” from their upcoming album “The Virulent Host” that will be released on March 30th through PRC Music.  These days, the internet gets darker and darker.  In my internet travels today though, I found something on the deep dark web that was awesome and something worthy to promote.  These Canadian headbangers bring the heat, and some pretty killer guitar solos.  They’re not a stereotypical old school death metal band, or a brutal death metal band with a predictable style.  Accursed Spawn brings a little more creativity to the table, to say the least.  The vocalist is pretty awesome (annunciation and understanding the vocalist! rare in death metal!) as is the rhythm, and stoked for this newish (they have an EP out, so this will be their first full length) band.  If you want to enjoy a slightly modernized take on death metal with some technicality, some sweet guitar work and some melody check out these dudes! Hope ya dig the new song! I’ll have to check out the rest of their tunes now! Cheers!

Crypteria Self Titled Album

Crypteria released their debut self titled album and I’m just getting around to it right now.  Dang, did I slack.  These guys pump out mind blowing, groovy and very heavy death metal.  They have creating neck breaking guitar riffs, killer vocals and drums staying true to their Florida roots when it comes to death metal.  It’s a quick record at just over 31 minutes, but you can keep it on repeat and go wild just like I did! I never got sick of it, and am extremely interested in their follow up.  “Crypteria” is a great debut for a new band and put the guys off to an absolutely blazing start to their music careers.

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CRYPTERIA:

Austin Burleigh – Guitar
Rex Kirkland – Drums
Kevin McCombs – Bass
Bobby Warner – Vocals

Warner’s voice is a great combination of a classic and modern take on death metal making Crypteria a brutal choice for old and new school death metal headbangers.  Kevin and Rex’s rhythm work are the driving force behind this heavy band, no doubt.  I am extremely surprised with this band and glad I gave the guys a shot.  You never know with new bands, especially with a debut…..it can be really good, or really bad.  I’m proud to say its anything BUT bad, and would suggest this to anyone into extreme metal.  Grab the album here or on any digital platform.

https://crypteria.bandcamp.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4nQ-oBEl2jXUMTPD2UcveQ

 

Check out this killer playthrough of “Immersed In Emptiness”!

Inferi release “Condemned Assailant” Music Video

Inferi have released a music video for “Condemned Assailant” which is one of many great songs from their latest groundbreaking album “Revenant”.  Steve Bosier has been recruited recently to front the band on vocals and officially keeping bass master Andrew Kim.  The band are working on a rerelease of one of their first albums “End Of An Era” with their current lineup which will be pretty awesome if you’re a fiend for reworked albums.  Check out their video below, which I think is one of the tech band’s more melodic songs from “Revenant”.

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Unmerciful signs to Willowtip Records!

Willowtip Records is still showing they’re one of the best record labels in metal right now outside of young, up & coming labels like The Artisan Era.    Willowtip JUST announced they have signed brutal death metal group Unmerciful.  The band previously announced they’re going to be on the wild lineup Chicago Domination Festival, which you can peek at right here….if you can make out most of those bands!  I can make out….like a handful? Good luck!

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These guys are a relentless death metal train and the Willowtip Machine keeps on a rollin’.  Check out the bands latest album right here, and let’s hope they’re gonna be putting out some new music in the next year or so.  For now, catch the band at that awesome looking festival if you live close to Chicago.  And the rest of the bands on that bill…..like Narcotic Wasteland, Pathology, and Malignancy.  Stay Brutal and enjoy UNMERCIFUL!

AD PATRES- A Brief Introduction To Human Experiments

AD PATRES is a brutal death metal band who is releasing an absolutely slamming record this Friday February 8th titled “A Brief Introduction To Human Experiments”.  If you wanna check out one stellar track from it, you can do so by listening right here.  These guys are brutal, heavy, sickening and right to the point.  You won’t be introduced to complex, overdone and mind blowing technlaity these guys straight up groove and groove HARD.  That’s what I dig about AD PATRES, they also derive a classic old school death metal sound into their music.  The drumming is absolutely awesome on this record, and keeps the rhythm flowing very nicely.  I love the fills, they’re very tasteful!

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AD PATRES:

Axel Doussaud – Vocals
Pierre-Yves Marani- Guitars
Olivier Bousquet- Guitars
Arnaud Pecoste-  Bass
Alsvid-  Drums

The riffs and leads between Pierre and Olivier are absolutely stellar.  These guys understand and bring the heavy qualities of old school death metal, mixed in with their melodic guitar solos. Ad Patres has this death metal game down to a science, and you peoples of the internet need to listen to their upcoming album! Axel’s voice is so awesome! Yeah…..not only is it consistent, heavy and very stellar YOU CAN UNDERSTAND HIM! I love death metal of all forms, and you just get used to so many different vocal styles…..but on a rare occasion such as this, you can understand the vocalist (or most of the words anyways!)  Cheers to that! Arnaud’s bass is absolutely pummeling, and make this brutal band even heavier.  Check out the band on social media everywhere and preorder this album through their label Xenokorp.

http://adpatres.net

https://www.instagram.com/adpatresband/

https://twitter.com/adpatresband?lang=fr

https://www.youtube.com/user/adpatresdeathmetal

Crypteria release “Corrupted Text” Lyric Video

Crypteria have released a lyric video for their brutally devastating song “Corrupted Text”.  The track is from the self titled debut album which is available right now on all major streaming platforms, digitally and physically on their band camp.  You can also grab a t shirt and support the Jacksonville 4 piece! Crypteria is a relentlessly heavy band that hits you in the face with their intense sound, especially on drums.  The vocals are up front, in your face and straight up heavy.  If you wanna try a death metal band that’s simple and to the point, they will suit your needs.  Give ’em a shot!