Tech Death Thursday 2.0!

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I decided that tech death Thursday needed to evolve a bit, so now there are three bands to melt your face off instead of one!

First on today’s agenda is Allegaeon. I know that a lot of you probably know them, but on the off-chance that some of you don’t, I’m here to help. Each of their three releases show a further refinement of their sound, and they’ve never sounded as good as they do on their latest offering, Elements of the Infinite. The first track has become one of my favorite intros ever:

Aside from making great music, they’re a hilarious bunch of dudes who post funny stuff on their Facebook and mosh with dudes dressed as crabs onstage. They also make hilarious music videos.

 


 

Now that that’s out of the way, we can move on to Archsp- err, Inferi. This band does a fucking phenomenal job of blending tech-death and melodeath and making it sound sexy. I just love the guitars. They have a sound that I haven’t heard in many other bands.  The Path of Apotheosis is most definitely somewhere in my top 50 albums of 2014 (lets be honest, top ten just won’t work this year).

 


 

Last but certainly not least is Phylogeny, a band I discovered while procrastinating on Youtube. Here‘s what I found. This band just oozes talent. Everything is top notch and precise. They’re really small time, so let’s give these dudes some support and help them live their dream. Right now they’re releasing songs as they write them and there doesn’t seem to be a plan for an official full-length any time soon, but spread the word. I think they can go places if they have the means to do so. Check them out on Facebook, and follow their Youtube to see when new songs go up. Also, their entire catalog is up for free on Bandcamp. I’ll leave you with their most recent song. It rips:

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  • Negrodamus

    Archsp-err

    Ha!

    I think part of the fun (and by fun I mean making ourselves loony / sick) will be narrowing down our end of the year lists to ten.

    • archspirearchspirearchspirearchspirearchspirearchspirearchspirearchspirearchspirearchspirearchspirearchspire

      • mmmmmmm Archspire argghghghghghhghg (in homer simpson voice)

        • MoshOff

          I’d never heard of them, then put on their new album and was like “Oh, just another tech-dea-WHAT THE SHIT THIS IS AWESOME”

          • Yea the first song I heard was rapid elemental dissolve, i was fucked from then on out.

          • Scrimm

            Somehow with all the praise heaped on them here I have still managed to never hear them, but you’ve talked me into it. Picking the album up today.

          • I will probably put them in tech death thursday next week lol.

          • Scrimm

            I’m too impatient. I would have likely already blind purchased by now but there’s just too much I want and I am a lot more picky about tech stuff, but you haven’t steered me wrong yet. I’m sure I’ll dig it.

          • lol fair enough.

        • i have hit “play” on Archspire once again. thanks jack!!

        • Cock of Steele

          I wanna say it, but at the same time it’s GL’s thing. where is that sonbitch?

        • crazytaco_12

          I’m seeing Archspire in about 2 weeks or so, pretty stok-ed

    • Fromwisdomtohate29

      It’s going to be impossible is what it is.

      • Negrodamus

        I will definitely have hurt feelings about leaving a couple off the list.

    • Stockhausen

      That was hilarious.

      • Negrodamus

        I smirked!

  • MoshOff

    Love Inferi, they remind me of Wintersun. Only interesting.

    • Randall Thor

      So boring, uninspired, and not dynamic right? http://youtu.be/1TokCV4W_CU

      • Further Down the Metal Hole

        I admit, before I heard anything I thought they were goofy, however, there is a lot going on in this song. A lot of good stuff. I shall investigate further.

        Which album would you recommend as a first listen?

        • Randall Thor

          Their self-titled is exquisite. I don’t listen to anything else, TIme 1 has one great song and 4 interludes/intro songs.

          • Further Down the Metal Hole

            Thanks for the recommendation, I will certainly check it out.

  • Scrimm

    Good morning flushers. More good stuff, just what I need before a trip to the record store.

  • Bözlinger©

    Tech-death always looked like more work than fun for me

    • Spear

      Putting together a song that doesn’t suck is harder than actually playing it.

      • Bözlinger©

        As I said, Tech-death always looked like more work than fun for me

    • Stockhausen

      As a tech death fan, I would agree that some bands make it feel that way.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Woooo!!! I’m in rather good cheer this afternoon having just gotten a job offer, armchair moshing voyaging into the tech death-sphere (it is blue and contains tentacles and lightning) is just perfect right now.

    • Randall Thor

      Congratulations on the job offer, warrior

      • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

        Thanks man! It’s been a long road, but at last I’m in the best place I’ve been for a few years.

        • W.

          Congrats!

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            Thanks man!

    • Stockhausen

      Congrats dude!

      • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

        Cheers man!

  • Guppusmaximus

    Off Topic: If you live in or nearby Seattle, WA, on Oct. 7th you need to check out -3° (three below) @ The Triple Door (216 Union St)

  • >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    I have in the past really disliked most tech-death. However after being forced to go through bands such as Beyond Creation, Ouroboros and Inferi, I am now ready to convert. Also picked up picked up The Lucid Collective today.

  • What does Guy Inferi look like?

  • Xan

    Inferi rips face! Such a great band.

  • #techdeathmasterrace

    • Death

      #nazimasterrace. Wait what?

      • Have you been talking to hitler again?

        • Death

          I try not to, but that bastard keeps interupting me and my pal Nietzsche.

          • Cock of Steele

            you musta needed a break after those six years.

          • Death

            The 30s and the 40s were busy decades for me.

  • ALSO, very disappointed you didn’t choose this paragon of songwriting and filmmaking for thsi week’s feature.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQYWC9ezebw

    • I found out why it looks so awful. It is apparently 3-d. It also has 79 upvotes on reddit…..

    • Kevin Nash and Friends

      I watched this and it was hilarious. They put no effort into it.

      • Actually I think they did put effort into it, which makes it even funnier.

        • Kevin Nash and Friends

          That’s amazing that any effort was put into it.

        • Randall Thor

          At the end of the day, a group of people sat down and watched this and said “yes, this is good, we should publish this.” and no one questioned it.

    • KJM

      “This is a joke, right?”(said in Brock Samson voice)

      • W.

        Move like an animal to feel the kill!

    • GhostFlusher

      Trololololol

    • RuIN?

      The link again? Please stop.

    • Stockhausen

      I briefly considered making a Lucas Mann account to respond to this, but I don’t wanna do stuff.

    • crazytaco_12

      *Shrugs* I thought it sounded fine, different strokes I suppose

    • Sounds like a really sloppy version of Origin. Basically, I think they cut and edited a bunch of parts and just threw them together with no sense of rhythm or flow.

  • Randall Thor

    Inferi lyrical themes: Epic Battles, Dark Fantasy Themes. Tell me why you don’t like power metal again?

    • Because the vocals. Ever power metal song I hear I like at first and then the vocals come and I’m like omg shut the fuck up already.

      • Randall Thor

        TRAINED VOCALISTS MASTER RACE. EMBRACE IT WARRIOR, IT’S THE DRAGONFLAME

      • Randall Thor

        OOC: All these bands are good, they can actually write riffs, which is a skill that too many tech-death bands are sorely lacking.

      • Even Grave Digger?

    • Cock of Steele

      Epic dark battle fantasies are cool

  • Death

    Linkin Park is the best tech death band ever.

    • Vince Neilstein

      Babymetal is the best tech death band ever.

      • Stupid duck.

        • Death

          If u dont laik babymetal your not a tr00 metal fan.

          • Et tu death?

          • Death

            Fuck no, I don’t like that shit.

          • Phew. I was gonna have to find a replacement for you….

          • Death

            A replacement? Who do you have in mind, you son of a bitch?!

          • Dunno yet, I would have to find someone.

          • Death

            You can’t replace me! Not after all that I’ve done for you!

          • I would have no choice if you had liked pedometal man. We can’t have the grim reaper dancing to j-pop.

          • Death

            I don’t even like dancing.

          • Me neither, i have like 50 left feet.

          • Death

            Were you near Chernobyl?

          • Yea but I survived because the nuclear radiation went into hiding when it saw me coming.

          • Death

            And just one thing I’m wondering. What is my job with you?

          • No job with me. If I die, unlikely, but if I die i will have to kick your ass and then return to the living. Nothing personal.

          • Death

            But what were you going to replace me from?

          • Don’t know, I’m sure I could find someone.

          • Death

            I have to have a position that can be taken by someone else.

          • Cock of Steele

            Perhaps I may as well accept this humble mantle.

          • Death

            There are two problems:
            1. We don’t know what the position is.
            2. I’m still in that position.

          • Stockhausen

            You should really get that checked out.

          • Any way you can give us back Robin Williams and take Ted Nugent and Gene Simmons instead?

          • As the floppy phallus of the devil in transvestite’s clothing, I humbly accept your offer to replace Death as the Taker of All Life, Amen.

            Hail Satan.

          • Death

            Hey! I’m not into pedometal so no replacement needed.

      • FeelTheDarkness

        King 810,yo

        • DAVID GUNN

          DID SOMEONE SAY KING??!!

          • DAVID GUNN

            -DAVID GUNN – FLINT, MI

          • numetalclowns

            No, no one said juggalo.

      • Kevin Nash and Friends

        Korn, Mushroomhead, Insane Clown Posse, Emmure and King 810 are the best tech death bands ever. Also, Megadeth is the best thrash metal band and Ted Nugent is the best guitarist ever.

        • Cock of Steele

          Dave Mustaine is just so wise.

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          remember when malmsteen, vai, and satriani were considered soul-less shredders. Times sure have changed. Those guys played with taste and melody, no one could appreciate that at the time. Now these new guys are are writing songs using mathematics for christ sakes. It’s not my bag, i am too old to change my ways. By the way what do you think of billy idol, i have been re discovering his stuff, steve stevens was a pretty overlooked shredder.

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            Do you remember Tony Macalpine? He was a great shredder. When it comes to underrated shredders, Vito Bratta of White Lion is the most underrated hair metal shredder ever. His stuff was truly incendiary.

          • Nuno Bittencourt is overlooked as far as his shredding, especially ‘Pornograffiti’.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxrhRitq_zU

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            I couldn’t agree more. His work on the song Rest In Peace off the third album by Extreme is amazing. I feel bad that to make a living he has to be Rihanna’s touring guitarist. Even though I like Rihanna, he deserves better.

          • Steve Stevens was also great with Sisters Of Mercy. No shredding there, but love it still.

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            Conan, you’re not going to believe who I had sex with yesterday. I had sex with Torrie Wilson while extremely drunk! My girlfriend left me on Wednesday and I went to a bar yesterday and when I woke up I had no memory of what happened the night before and there was a woman in my bed. I didn’t have time to look at her or ask her who she was because I had to get ready for work. She walked into my job and then I got a call from my boss saying someone would like to speak to me. Imagine my amazement when Torrie Wilson walks in and asks me if I remember her. I didn’t because I had no memory of that night, but she said she knew who I was and that I was amazing in bed. We’re going out to eat tomorrow at at a restaurant I frequent called Plataforma, which is a Brazilian BBQ!

      • Limp Bizkit are the lords of tech/death/grind/pirate metal, along with Taproot, Nickelback, Shania Twain and Avril Lavigne.

  • Fromwisdomtohate29

    Not bad.

    I hope you’re going to do Boreworm next.

    • I recently discovered them and they will definitely be up soon.

    • Mr. Bojangles

      I’ll bore my worm in you.

      -Mr. Bojangles

      • Fromwisdomtohate29

        You better buy me dinner first, kitty.

        • Mr. Bojangles

          Feed me tuna, I’ll regurgitate it for you.

          -Mr. Bojangles

      • Death

        No, that’s unhygienic!

  • Gorgasm

    Wow, Phylogeny are better at Shredding than William Fichtner.

    • Owlswald

      They get my vote for shredding in camping chairs on the edge of an epic cliff.

  • Sponge Of Mystery

    i hate tech death thursday. It’s a day that reminds me of how much good music i’m still missing and don’t even know about

    • First world problems.

      • JWG

        If Matt Good got royalties every time someone used the term ‘First World Problems’ he’d be a multimillionaire, but he doesn’t, so he isn’t.

        That in itself is a definite First World Problem.

        It’s a meta-FWoP.

  • Owlswald

    After hearing the beginning of the Allegaeon song, I’m convinced that metal needs more acoustic guitar.

    • Acoustic guitar can be amazing if used correctly.

  • Cock of Steele

    On the subject of tech death, this has been a question roiling my mind, what did you guys think of Nile’s latest album? I thought it was alright but if my favorite track on there is an ambient/instrumental sorta part somethings gotta be off.

    • Death

      I kind of liked it. It had some good songs. I’ve never been that big of a Nile fan.

      • Cock of Steele

        At first they were meh, but, they grew on me. In their Darkened Shrines and Annihilation of the Wicked are two of my favorite albums ever. I just thought the production of Gates of Sethu was a little odd for their sound.

        • Death

          I get bored by their blast beat style really fast and I don’t really like their slow songs.

      • Pretty good live show. Saw them way back when with SYL (interviewed Devin after his set), Berserker, Dark Tranquility and Napalm Death.

    • Couldn’t really say, I’m not the biggest Nile fan.

    • W.

      The production took a noise dive, and Nile are a band that need crisp production.

  • Scrimm

    I’m off to the record store, I shall return soon with tales of conquest.

    • I await the results of your expedition.

      • Scrimm

        Better take than I expected! I really made out today.
        Archspire – The Lucid Collective
        Asphyx – The Rack
        Artificial Brain Labrynth Constellation
        Becoming the Archetype – Celestial Completion
        Corpsessed – Abysmal Thresholds

        • Damn that is a good haul!

        • What record store do u go to?

          • Scrimm

            Zia records in Phoenix. I didn’t plan on getting so much, but lucky for me there I used cd’s and trade credit there.

        • W.

          Aritifical Brain >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

          • Scrimm

            I know. I was replacing the copy I gave to a friend who did me a huge favor a few weeks ago.

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          The rack is awesome, i just bought a big bunch of asphyx, incantation and immolation cd’s to shore up my collection from amazon canada and they ending up being argentinian pressings ! and almost all the cases were crushed to shit too. What a dissapointment and no where did it say they weren’t being mailed from canada so i assumed they were. Pretty dissapointing, they sound good though, i don’t know if there is a difference in quality from country to country with cd pressings.

          • Scrimm

            Oh man I hate getting crushed cases. I really like both of the newer Asphyx albums too, especially the most recent one. BOW DOWN TO THE DEATHHAMMER!!

          • Might just be the sheer amount of distance and the possibilities that can happen between point A and point B. I ordered a Galneryus CD from Japan years ago, and got to my place just fine. Took forever and cost an arm and a leg, but got there just fine.

        • Asphyx! There’s a name I haven’t heard in ages!

          • Scrimm

            It was an unexpected but welcome find! Martin VanDrunen is the man.

  • JWG

    Tech Death Thursday is definitely a great way to make use of a day that exists solely to remind me that it’s not Friday yet.

    I approve, even without Archspire.

  • RuIN?

    Recently got into Allegaeon, they are right on the edge of what is acceptable. Heavy and shit but still right amount of groove to keep me interested. Others are new to me. thanks Jack

  • Stockhausen

    Guise I’m spr srs sry, but I can’t get into Allegaeon.

    • As punishment you need to clean the interrogation room. Mcnulty had a party with himself in there and it is just covered in alcohol. I would tell mr bojangles to do it but he is currently occupied by the vacuum.

      • Stockhausen

        I accept. Is my death in 2007 going to be a problem.

        • Nah it shouldnt be I’m friends with the doctor. I’ll just borrow his tardis.

          • Stockhausen

            Done. When we’re back there, I’ll write some Allegaeon references into my music. It’ll really throw people off, or make everything Allegaeon ripped me off.

          • Lol

    • W.

      You’re dead to me. Again.

      • Stockhausen

        What if I said I was spr srs, rly sry

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    What’s that? Your list of bands you want to add to your collection is already quite long? Suck it up, cause here comes Allegaeon. Added to the infamous “must buy when money becomes available” list.

    • I can’t even keep track of the shit i bought/still have to buy. And let’s not even get into pre orders lol.

  • NefariousDude

    Diggin Phylogeny. Pretty awesome lyrics and nice humorous vid

  • Jointsalot

    Really looking forward to these articles every week. Keep up the good work!

  • Loving Inferi! Reminds me a bit of Omnium Gatherum. And also loving the power metal artwork, lol.

  • Rod

    Hey Jack, Rod from phylogeny, we just wanted to thank you for your words and for posting our music into your blog, seems very active. Keep spreading the words of ish’kar! and defo theres not a plan for a full-lenght, at least , for now. CHEERS!