Tech Death Thursday!

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It’s face melting time!

I’m starting today with a band that many people may not refer to as tech death initially, but that has the technicality and the brutality that come with it. That band is The Seer. This group out of Newcastle, Australia released an album called “The Prologue” in April of this year and it seems to have flown under the radar. I almost missed it myself. After hearing bits and pieces I took some time to sit down, listen to their album in it’s entirety, and allow myself to be blown away by their musical prowess. They classify themselves as a symphonic death metal band on their Bandcamp, but they touch on so many more genres. Check out “Eternal Cataclysm” as an example:

The intro to the song screams symphonic death metal until the blast beats kick in and their technicality begins to bleed through. Soon there is a small section with a tiny solo that could comfortably fit into the tech death mold, followed by a little melodic section and an even more badass solo later. Heck, you could probably classify these guys as melodeath too. They have a little bit of everything in their songs. The Prologue is definitely a contender on my album of the year list. Show these dudes some love by buying their album and liking them on Facebook. 

 


Onward to Killitorous (yes it is pronounced exactly how you would expect). Think of this band as what would happen if Origin and Cattle Decapitation had a baby that developed a sick sense of humor and went slightly insane. These Canadians dropped their album “Party, Grind” earlier this year and it’s a doozy. Insane technicality, machine gun drumming, monstrous vocals, awesome guitars AND a sense of humor! I mean come on, what’s not to like? Here’s the first song I heard by them:

I just love this song, the thunderous drumming, the searing guitars, maniacal vocals, just everything about them makes me smile. They do an excellent job of incorporating the sound of deathgrind and mixing it with elements of technical death metal to create something truly unique.  This band produces some great eargasm material.  They don’t take themselves too seriously and they aren’t afraid to show it, as evidenced by the makeshift Stan Lee in that vid.  If you ask me, that’s something we need more of in metal (bands not taking themselves seriously, not makeshift Stan Lees, one is probably enough). The band has been dropping hints about a new song on their Facebook. Some of you may be thinking, “ok, one song, so what?” Did I mention it will be a vocal collaboration with the vocalist from Unhuman, who were featured in an earlier TDT post? Get hyped! If you can honestly tell me beyond a shadow of a doubt that this band isn’t awesome (inb4 Masterlord), then you are doing it wrong and should join me in the interrogation room for a lesson on staying tech.

 


Our next entry is a submission from reader crazytaco_12. Lets chat about Polish metallers, Redemptor. This band is pretty new to me but I can already say several things about them with total certainty.  Number 1: these guys need to tour with Gorod.  Number 2: I absolutely love the progressive edge that these guys have.  It fits in perfectly with the music and I really can’t imagine this particular song without it. The way the prog bits meld into the technical bits to form something greater pleases me.  Number 3:  I gave them money and you should too.  Number 4: these guys need to tour with Gorod.  Lastly, these guys need to tour with Gorod. Here is “4th Density”, from their EP 4th Density which came out in 2011:

Don’t forget to support them on Bandcamp and Facebook because you will inevitably dig the shit out of their music. Thanks for staying tech crazytaco_12(Joe Note: God, I hate you Jack Bauer)

 


Lastly, we have a guest submission from GhostFlusher.  I’ll let him take it away:

Not long ago (pun intended), a majority of the metal community thought that Son of Aurelius had come and gone with their sole release, The Farthest Reaches, a monumental statement of a debut album. However, just this year, they independently released their sophomore album, Under a Western Sun, and shocked some fans with their newer sound. While many fans were open to the change after a 4 year wait, some fans were hesitant. While I have to disagree with those fans, there is a little something for those who wanted more of the same. Original vocalist Josh Miller released this track that was cut from the first album on his personal Bandcamp, and like any song from The Farthest Reaches, it’s a total face-melter. With dizzying leads, masterful bass work, and sick drumming, this gives the fans a dose of some serious tech madness.

That’s some good stuff!  Thanks GhostFlusher! If you would like to submit a guest submission just let me know. That’s it for this week’s edition of Tech Death Thursday, have a great rest of the week and STAY TECH.

    • Howard Dean

      Trvth

  • Edward Meehan

    “bands not taking themselves seriously, not makeshift Stan Lees, one is probably enough”

    Ha!

    This is an excellent write up Jack, these Tech Death Thursday pieces keep getting better and better. I always see them at the office, sadly.

    Son of Aurelius? I initially loved Under A Western Sun cause it’s fun and a lot different than a lot of what I have been playing this year. I quickly said it was Best of 2014 material but the length has kept me from revisiting it as often as a few more accessible albums. I also really dug Psychostimulant Malfunction though. I should finally get around to checking out their first album.

    • Yes you should, that things rips lol.

    • W.

      I’ll agree with you. That album was good, but the length was a bit unwieldy.

    • Negr— Edward, did you ever listen to the Farthest Reaches? if so, what are your thoughts on the shift of direction?

      • Edward Meehan

        Ha, no I have not. I will make it a point to in the very immediate future. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy Under A Western Sun but as you and JB have pointed out I don’t have a sense of what they were doing before other than this new song.

  • Weedily deedily
    urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
    Deedily weedily
    gurrr rurrrr gurrr
    WEEEEEEEEEWUNNNNNUNUN

    THANK YOU GOODNIGHT!

    • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

      Not tech enough. Needz moar weedilies and deedilies.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        I agree. For it to be tech or prog it has to be all weedilies and deedilies.

    • *artwork by Par Olofsson

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    I liked the song by The Seer. I’m not usually a fan of technical music that isn’t prog but that song was amazing.

    • i made a joke for @disqus_4E0xQtrX2p:disqus to LOL at, but it really is a sweet tech death song

      • Metaphysical Anus

        I love Swans as well!

  • Tyree

    Damn it Jack! All of your posts make me want to quit drumming. Favorite band on the list is Killitorous. Digging that Severed Savior shirt too.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      That is a clever band name that makes me laugh.

    • 🙂

    • stay grind

      • Tyree

        Always.

        • W.

          Tyree has the right idea. Every day I’m grindin’.

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            Baby, there ain’t nuthin’ wrong with a little bump and GRIND!!

    • Scrimm

      Severed savior is very technically talented but their bass player has a hugely inflated ego. I was partying with Deeds of Flesh and the rest of the unique leader crew about 10 years ago after a fest and the guy was sitting there telling everyone how bad Iron Maiden always sucked. I wanted to wrap his bass around his neck.

      • Tyree

        Any one that disrespects Iron Maiden deserves to be castrated.

        • Scrimm

          Agreed. I regret not calling him out on it but I was a guest and didn’t want to disrespect the people I was there with. I just sat there with my Maiden shirt on and laughed at him. All the other guys were great.

        • Xan

          I’m bringing out the whips and chains on anyone who disrespects the Maiden.

      • Lol a bassist with an ego.

        • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

          Lulz

        • This. As a semi-bassist (i suck) my ego is always checked by the guitarists and drummer. And vocalist. And everyone else. I hate myself.

          • Scrimm

            That’s one of the reasons I’m not the bassist anymore.

          • W.

            To quote Metalocalypse, “What do you throw a drowning bassist? His amp.”

          • crazytaco_12

            “Make like a bass and be inaudible!”

          • Randall Thor

            Best insult I’ve ever heard towards bassists. Context: two bassists are talking about something on FB. Guitarist comes in:

            “So would you two guys do that via a series of grunts at one another, or through a pre-rehearsed script provided by your guitarists?”

      • Randall Thor

        When Exmortus/Lich King stayed at my house, Iron Maiden was also brought up. And by brought up, I mean without a word they came into my house and (acoustically) jammed all the Maiden songs they knew for 2 HOURS.

        • Scrimm

          That’s so badass.

          • Randall Thor

            Respect the irons or feel the steel

    • Metaphysical Anus

      You just got more points. A lot more points.

      • Edward Meehan

        So many points.

        • Metaphysical Anus

          Why can’t I hold all these points?

    • Edward Meehan

      MCNULTY IS THE WINNER TODAY GUISE!

    • Leif Bearikson

      I want to listen to Swans, but every album is 47 days long.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        That’s they way it’s supposed to be!

      • A) that’s funny
        B) how come i’m just meeting you now?!?!?!?!

        • Leif Bearikson

          Leif Bearikson is an ancient creature that has gone by many names, most recently Occam’s Razor Ramon.

    • Simon Phoenix

      I still haven’t gotten around to listening to this release cause Children of God is my Swans album of choice. Especially when I’m bludgeoning a cop to death in the view of the public.

      That and i keep forgetting that all of their discography is on Spotify.

  • oh shit, it’s a g..g..g…g…ghostflusher!

  • Guacamole Jim

    And I stay tech for one more week.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Least favorite day.

    • Christian Molenaar

      New slogan: Stay Tech, Lifelovers!

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Valid.

      • Tyree

        Oh this reminds me. Joe asked me to start designing shit for shirts and what not. What would you guys like to see design wise?

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          The void.

          • Designing the Void
            Dibs on that band name.

          • Christian Molenaar

            Can’t wait to grab your shirt at Hot Topic!

            *flush*

            Period!

          • Tyree

            When that day comes I will saw my head off with a butter knife.

          • But wouldn’t you be all rich and stuffs?

          • Tyree

            Trve. I’d spend all the cash on beer.

          • Verb the Noun LEAVE THE HALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

          • hall of the void

          • Xan

            Dibs on Designing the Void A.D. and B.C.

        • Toilets, hells, ovs, etc.

        • I like dead birds.

          • Tyree

            I like lamp.

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            I like turtles.

          • Mr Poturdlehead

            What about turdles?

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            Even better.

        • W.

          Just put a belt-sander on one for me.

          • Tyree

            Hahaha! I’ll make it super brutal.

          • W.

            Even better, have Howard Dean ride a giant belt sander through Vermont, leaving a swath of destruction in his wake.

          • Scrimm

            I was thinking something with Dean on it too.

        • Y’all are gonna shit your pants when you see his design for an NFL post later today.

          • What is NFL? We don’t have that in Finland.

          • What is Finland?

          • Metaphysical Anus

            It’s an imaginary utopia. I already told you this one, Jack!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            You don’t fucking live in Finland yet!

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Mushroom cloud coming from the shitter.

          • Scrimm

            I was just gonna say boobs but this is better.

          • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

            …………..

          • coal roll coming from the shitter?

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Forgot about that.

          • Coal roal from the toilet bowl?

          • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

            <3

          • Scrimm

            A shitter with wheels and coal rollers on the back, Driven by Howard Dean.

          • one million points for Scrimm!

        • Scrimm

          I would definitely buy one. Also, I use customink.com to design my band shirts. Whether or not you order from them it lets you upload artwork and place it on a shirt so you can size it and see what it will look like before you commit. It’s a great tool. Here’s a simple logo one I just did.

        • Keegan Lavern Still

          A toilet and shit. Not just bits and pieces of fecal matter strewn about an otherwise mildly unpleasant restroom, I’m talking heaps and piles of rancid SHIT EVERYWHERE. So much so that you can barely see the fucking toilet. Either that or a simple “Toilet ov Hell” logo with phrases like “Flush all of the posers” and others to that effect.

        • Xan

          I like my design pretty well:

          • Gluteus_Maximus_Rage

            “I’d buy that for a dollar!”

          • Gluteus_Maximus_Rage

            Actually, something that is offensive but at the same time something that I could also wear to a family BBQ that my elderly grandparents will be attending.
            Riddle me that Xanman.

          • Xan

            I shall ponder this and reply if I think of something.

        • Cock of Steele

          Parody of band font? Like “Toilet ov Hell” in Iron Maiden font, with Eddie on the loo. Or better yet, Eddie coming out of the loo, which also happens to be on fire.

        • Gluteus_Maximus_Rage

          Massive impact font on the back of the shirt:

          T.O.H.
          FOR LIFELOVERS WHO HATE THEMSELVES
          *FLUSH*
          PERIOD

      • Edward Meehan

        Since KSOFM coined livelovers, can I be the one to coin lifefuckers?

    • SAME.

    • Tyree

      I hate everyday. Fuck everything.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Now you’re talking.

      • Christian Molenaar
        • Tyree

          This exists.

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            It makes me sad.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            There is worse than this. Listen to their song Miracles if you want to give.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Fucking magnets.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            How do they work? I don’t want to talk to a scientist about magnets as those motherfuckers are lying and getting me pissed.

    • Metaphysical Anus

      This is true. Let’s listen to boring wankery!

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
    • Tyree

      Can’t argue with this.

    • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

      I love this band. KSoFM for the win!

  • Randall Thor

    I’m listening to Windir, but I’ll check these bands out after I finish listening to Windir.

    • Stainless steel advice: don’t stop listening to Windir.

      • Randall Thor

        You should make a new dating column called “Steel Advice”

        • Guacamole Jim

          Oh shit we actually need this.

      • Scrimm

        That is solid advice.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    Got that Abigor CD today. Really enjoying it. Suddenly I feel like praising Lucifer.

    • Guacamole Jim

      LET THE POWER OF THE LORD COMPEL YOU

      • Metaphysical Anus

        The Lord is Lucifer!

    • Howard Dean

      Mine should be in the mail within the next few days, too. Can’t wait. Having not even heard the album in its entirety yet, I feel confident in saying they might win packaging of the year. Look at that shit! Is it as awesome in person?

      http://www.abigor.at/site/images/Leytmotif_Luzifer_CD_book.jpg

      • Metaphysical Anus

        I know! And the booklet is not just some shitty paper, it’s thick textured paper. It really is amazing in person. I have listened to this three times now and I have enjoyed it every time.

        • Howard Dean

          Damn. I can’t wait to listen to it. Hoping delivery doesn’t take too long on it. Oh well. There’s always something that one can revisit. For me today it’s the new Bolzer EP on repeat a few times (that fucking riff in “Steppes” – Byah!) and Katharsis.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        Neglect makes me moist every time I hear it.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    Maybe a bit more weedily deedily?

  • Your weedily to deedily ratio is a bit off, might wanna get that checked out.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Now if we could just fit a few good BREE BREEEEs in there somewhere, we got ourselves a hit!

  • Mr. Bojangles

    This made me buy their album.

    • W.

      Greetings, cat.

      • Mr. Bojangles

        *hiss*
        *poops on doorstep*

    • Leif Bearikson

      Jangles Bo! You return!

    • Which album lol.

      • Mr. Bojangles

        Your mom’s album, you fucking halfwit.

        -Mr. Bojangles

        (The Seer)

        • Wtf I told her not to leak it. Damnit. Now where did I put the Hoover….

          • Mr. Bojangles

            Your mom is very leak-y

          • So is the hole I’m gonna put in your face if you don’t stop leaving dead owls in the middle of the room

          • Mr. Bojangles

            *sperm filled dead owls

  • Leif Bearikson

    I really dig that track by The Seer. Also, when you say the word “seer” a lot, it starts to sound like its nonsense

    • Can confirm, made a fool of myself at work.

  • Simon Phoenix

    Killitorous are good and humorous, but let’s be real Jack. You only like them cause the guitarist is wearing a certain shirt.

    • Ha, I was actually aware of killitorous before I had heard archspire.

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    I feel such a nerd! For once I already have a band (Redemptor) on my must-delve-deeper-list that is named in an article.

  • TrickleDownTacoRiff

    Its so easy for me, wait till Thursday, read the TD post, find all the music reviewed and listen to that shit all day until my ears bleed.

  • J.R.

    That Seer track is gold. Many thanks, Toilet. Stay Tech!