It’s Tech Death Thursday: Vale of Pnath Edition

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We need to talk about Vale of Pnath, a badass band from Denver, Colorado. But before we get into it, let’s listen to this track from their Debut, The Prodigal Empire,  which came out in 2011 on Willowtip.

I chose this song  because it’s a great example of what I love about this band: their music is extremely technical yet melodic.  Perhaps most importantly, they write songs, not just riffs and solos.  They write really fucking good songs too.  I mean look at the first words of Legacy of Loss:  “I am the messenger of the ages, brought forth to sow the seeds of despair, I am the wolf to lead your flock astray.  And those who follow me shall be met by death.”.  I’m not normally one to listen to lyrics, but those are pretty cool, and one hell of a way to start an album if you ask me.  The band have hinted about a new album dropping this year on their facebook, but there hasn’t been any official announcement yet.  You can get The Prodigal Empire in the the usual places, but if you’re like me and hopelessly obsessed with bandcamp, you should grab it here.  I leave you with my favorite song from the album.

  • Ann Coulter’s Flaccid Penis

    I think Tech Death Thursday is my favorite of these recurring themed posts. This is great stuff!

    • Glad you like it 🙂

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Thank you for sharing bands that are actually interesting to newcomers of the genre, instead of sharing the fastest gravity-blasting sweep-picking wankers on youtube.

        • Its my pleasure

          • CyberneticOrganism
          • I watched this video and then didn’t touch my guitar for weeks.

          • Tyree

            Don’t you hate that!? I’m like that when I watch a really great drummer play. For example Derek Roddy.

          • Gurp

            Or watching Jeff Loomis.

          • Or adam jarvis. Or the dude from hideous divinity that makes it looks so easy.

          • Tyree

            Just saw Misery Index play in May and watched Adam the whole time. I was just shaking my head and thinking to my self, HOW!!!?

          • Ikr the guy is a machine

          • Steve Smithwick

            I am legit upset that neither you nor Bauer has fellated Danny Carey yet here. He is the drum god. DRUM GOD!

          • Tyree

            He is fucking so good! Saw Tool twice live and that motherfucker is tight as shit.

          • Steve Smithwick

            I’ve also seen them twice! The first and second 10,000 Days tour cycles, like three years apart (in Tool tradition, everything has to have a huge gap!).

            Isis opened the first show in Pittsburgh, Melt-Banana the second in Jacksonville.

          • Tyree

            I’m pretty sure I was at that Pittsburgh show.

          • Steve Smithwick

            No shit! Small world! It was in ’06. My best friend from high school and I vowed, sometime way back in like ’03 or ’04, that we’d go see them at the nearest available tour date the next time they toured. That happened to be the first 10,000 days tour. We flew up from Florida to be there (the show was on his birthday) and stayed in Pitt for 2 1/2 days. It was fucking awesome.

            It was at the University of Pittsburgh’s basketball arena, and they crowded the court/floor area with folding chairs (which is where we sat.) We went in thinking ‘Don’t let Isis play, we want Tool to play a longer set!” We left with my buddy saying “Isis is the band that I would want to be in if I made a career in music. That’s who I want to sound like.” We didn’t know shit about Isis before, and we both left as big fans. There’s my show anecdote!

          • Tyree

            Hahaha! I went with friends from high school too. We were not on the floor, we were up high stage left. I remember thinking to my self, shit! Danny Carey’s arms are as big as my thighs. Lol

          • Steve Smithwick

            Yes. That dude is a huge fucker from Kansas.

            We also had huge
            problems scoring weed, for god knows what reason. We were asking random
            kids around the UPitt campus where we could score some bud, and they
            all looked at/treated us like cops. I mean, we weren’t just asking
            anybody either- we were finding the kids with dreads. We were asking
            the dirty nerds. We were asking everybody who had a stereotypical
            stoner look. Nothing. I’ve never had as difficult a time scoring pot
            as I did in Pittsburgh. We never found any.

          • Gurp

            After I saw the bit at 3:30 I started to like his music.

          • crazytaco_12

            Yeah, ROS can be a little too goofy at times or lacking in good hooks and whatnot, but I definitely jam out to some of their stuff and think they’ve got potential to grow into a better band.

    • Mr. Bojangles

      Fuck you.

      -Mr. Bojangles, Flush Friday

      • We missed you yesterday, pussy.

        GL

        • Mr. Bojangles

          I was busy masturbating furiously.

          -Mr. Bojangles

          • Not violating dead owls then?

          • Mr. Bojangles

            I’m fresh out.

            -Mr. Bojangles

          • ah

          • Mr. Bojangles

            W. just gave me a stuffed monkey though.
            Brb tomorrow.

            -Mr. Bojangles.

          • Owlswald

            As president of the strigiform party, I take offense to this question.

          • Mr. Bojangles

            I was humping your dead cousin last week, for like 7 days.

            -Mr. Bojangles

          • Owlswald

            Owlexander was a good owl but never bathed. I foresee worms in your future.

          • Mr. Bojangles

            Add it to my list of other diseases and ailments.

            -Mr. Bojangles

    • TrickleDownTacoRiff

      Agreed TD Thursday is by far the best blog day! Thanks Jack.

      (o and flush Friday is fun too)

  • Mr. Bojangles

    *walks in to room*
    *sees no vaccum*
    *pisses on rug*
    *shits on couch*

    FLUSH FRIDAY 4 EVAH!!!

    -Mr. Bojangles

    • *Brings hoover out from corner closet*
      *locks doors, windows*
      *stares at bad cat*

      • Mr. Bojangles

        *hiss*

        *runs away yelping*

        -Mr. Bojangles

        • actiondonkey

          As soon as this bleach spray bottle is empty I’m refilling it with bad-cat water spray and writing ‘water’ on the bottle in thick black marker as to not get it confused with the replacement bleach spray. That should take care of this.

  • Tyree

    Willowtip records. Yaaaay!!! Some sweet band on that label.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Oh yes. This is delicious. Nip approved.

  • YourLogicSucks

    Yet another genre where I am under informed. Good stuff.

  • Mental Crucifixion:
    m/

  • Xan

    This was great. Several years ago I despised tech death because I never listened to any good bands but from this website and the comments in the website that shall not be named, I discovered about 50 tech death bands that are great. Thanks for the new band. I shall inhale their essence into my darkened heart.

    • Further Down the Metal Hole

      I feel exactly the same about it, never thought there’d be any tech death I could get into. Then all these wonderful, wonderful people started showing wonderful, wonderful (brutal) music.

    • Keegan Lavern Still

      This column hasn’t helped me with that, unfortunately. Tech death does absolutely nothing for me at best and makes me irrationally butthurt at worst. I can’t even listen to Necrophagist anymore since I all can ever hear is “tech-tech-wank.”

      • Xan

        Everyone has their own tastes. I can’t stand brutal death metal. I hate that style of guitar playing and obnoxious drumming. What I can’t stand most of all is the grunting and pig squealing. I despise pig squeal vocals.

  • KJM

    They’re partying their asses off at Wacken right about now. I don’t even know most of the bands and I still wish I was there.

    http://concert.arte.tv/de/wacken-livestream-vom-310714

    • FeelTheDarkness

      Wacken is on my bucket list. I promised my nephew that we would go when I turn 50. I got 5 years left

      • KJM

        Take me with you! I’ll start saving up now. ^_^

        • Guest

          We might have to arrange a senior citizen trip to Wacken in 2020

        • FeelTheDarkness

          We might have to arrange a senior citizens trip to Wacken in 2021

        • Owlswald

          Let’s all go on a ToiletOvHell field trip to Wacken.

          • KJM

            Best idea ever.

          • can we get matching t-shirts?

          • Owlswald

            Vests with patches of everything we’ve flushed

          • right in the center will be the biggest patch of all: MS!!!

    • Owlswald

      Thanks for the reminder! I’m going to be streaming this all day at work. Hammerfall is on stage at the moment and the drummer needs more roto-toms.

  • Gurp

    WHATEVER, I LIKE WANKNICAL DEATH METAL ANYWAY! *SOB*

  • Cockypock Aioli

    Good stuff, love it! I feel tech death has become overly saturated and a little stale, but I constantly listen nonetheless.

  • Mother Shabubu III

    I don’t get tech death sometimes. It’s like these bands try to make riffs that sound cool instead of playing what comes naturally. Plus the way a lot of these band mix their albums, the drums sound like drum machines.

    • crazytaco_12

      Fully agree there, I’m sick of the drum sound with so many tech bands. I couldn’t really get into the Harvest Wombs because of that (“what the hell is that I’m hearing, bass drum or snare?”)

  • Ayreonaut

    It’s strange because I love death metal, and i have a thing for super complicated evil sounding riffs. But tech death bores the shit out of me, aside from necrophagist and spawn of possession and origin. Is the genre just too saturated with bands?

    • Bucket ‘o Blood

      Most of it’s really just wankery. Many people leave out the whole “song” part. I suggest you check out Beyond Creation; they have the same kind of atmospheric vibe that Origin and SpoP have.

  • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

    this tech stuff, in my day malmsteen was considered an asshole because he overplayed. Times have changed, i wish i could.

    • Techdeath isn’t really my thing either but to be fair, Malmsteen is still considered an asshole.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        he is considered to be an asshole now mostly because of his pompous attitude but his first 4 albums have legit. good songs on them.

  • crazytaco_12

    Wish there was more tech stuff outside the realm of death metal. I fucking love Coroner, Believer, Obliveon, Watchtower, and for my money, I sort of consider Voivod tech, or just insanely progressive. Revocation are the only tech band I can currently think of that at least throw some thrash in there.