Tech Death Thursday: Abhorrent Decimation


All is dust in the wake of Abhorrent Decimation. Prepare yourselves for Tech Death Thursday.

A few quick news items first:

    • Perennial douchebag Michael Keene The Faceless have a new song out, presumably with an album to follow. They’ll also be hitting the road with After the Burial, Rings of Saturn, and Toothgrinder starting in November. Check out “The Spiraling Void,” and look for tour dates in the description.
    • Weedly-wizards Arkaik dropped a new single from their upcoming album last week. Look for Lucid Dawn at the end of the month on Unique Leader.
    • Prog-death newcomers Lurid Memory have a new EP out on Funeral Noise entitled Dematerializing. Check them out at Bandcamp for some sweet tunes and equally sweet album art.
    • Deformatory have a new album on the way, due out December 12th. Turn your ears to “Infernal Gateway” and maybe find something to hide under. The vocalist sounds like he wants to eat your head.

Sometimes, it’s best to lay off the fretboard acrobatics a little and just write some killer riffs. In the world of tech death, this usually just comes in spurts. Sometimes, it’ll just be a bridge or an intro. Other times, it might last a whole song. Every now and then, however, a band will do this for an entire album. This phenomenon is known as death metal. “But Spear,” you whine, “isn’t this Tech Death Thursday? What’s a non-tech band doing here?” First off, shut your face hole. This is my column and I’ll do what I want with it. Second, it’s not that Abhorrent Decimation aren’t technical; they’re just not “tech death,” despite what the giant purple space monster on the cover may have led you to believe. Hit play and you’ll see what I mean.

Miasmic Mutation’s greatest strength is the songwriting. They strike a perfect balance between brutality and catchiness on each hook-laden song, with riffs that will plow their way into your brain with a force of a bulldozer before settling in for awhile. Even when the guitars and drums are trading blasts and spiraling chromatic bursts, they stick with you. That’s where the tech aspect comes in, too. Besides the sheer speed at which the music is delivered (maybe not Archspire-fast, but still really fucking fast), there are a few complex parts that show up when appropriate. The solos, though infrequent, are also pretty wild. Better than that, though, is that they fit. There’s no mindless shredding here, even over non-melodic riffs. In that way, they’re reflections of the album as a whole. Nothing is wasted; there is no fluff, no padding, no filler.

Miasmic Mutation is available now in all its poser-crushing glory. The digital version is available on Bandcamp, and CD’s can be purchased through the band’s website.

That’s all for this week. Tune in next week, when I’ll be posting nothing but Par Olofsson artwork!

Stay Tech

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  • CyberneticOrganism

    Gotta have that blue & purple. That bandcamp track rips though.

    • JWEG

      I would think blue and purple is supposed to trigger a subconscious association with bruising – so that listeners and reviewers use that adjective somewhere in the description.

      Though this doesn’t quite explain why they’re usually lighter blues and purples (compared to my usual after-tech-death-gig bruises anyway)…

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Blue & purple looks like space.

        • KJM, Doom Hunter General

          Space, nebulas, and sci-fi techy stuff. #JustTechThings

        • JWEG

          When I think of space I see colours more on the R-G part of the spectrum. Also black. Lots of black.


    Ab Dec is good band for someone looking to experiment with TD(like me) to listen to.

  • Guacamole Jim

    After looking at the cover, I didn’t figure I’d like this as much as I do. This shit is ripping!

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  • My only problem is that everyone always says, “It’s not mindless shred, it actually has riffs.” about fucking EVERYTHING now

  • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

    It’s nice that After The Burial is continuing without Justin Lowe. I just wish that tour would have come here.

  • Vote for Jeb

    All aboard the spaceskulltrainthundercougarfalconbirddieselcruiser.

  • Vote for Jeb

    That first track isn’t bad, Shining One.

    • DCLXVI

      it gets better

      • Spear

        Agreed. I thought the first track was pretty vanilla, but it got better quickly.

    • I want to hear Purple Rain with an ungodly wank-y tech solo at the end now.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        We all have wants and dreams, Joseph. That doesn’t mean it’s always going to work out.

      • Spear

        brb, making this happen

  • Arkaik dropped another new one last night

    • Spear


      • This is much better than the other one they dropped for some reason. At least in my opinion.

        • Spear

          I dug ’em both, but the part around 2:40 on this just kills.

  • This is cool, too, Spear. You are killing it lately.

    I still think Corpse Garden adn Alustrium are the bands you have shared that I liked the most, but this is good and well written too.

    Great job, Shining Longinus.

  • These riffs are good, Spear! The production is kinda loud – but it all fits together OK.

    Fine work!


  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    I’m feeling uncomfortable with the amount of tech death I’m beginning to feel. Uncool man, uncool.

    • Spear

      If it makes you feel any better this is only tech-ish death.

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        A little.

  • Question: Should I listen to the new Trivium album stream today? Or wait until tomorrow? The anticipation is killing me and I do not want to be a cheater….. Thoughts?

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      It’s streaming, ain’t no cheatin’

      • This seems a valid point.

    • Spear

      Listened to it a few days ago (through slightly less than, uh, ethical means), and all I’ll say is that it’s decent. Not what I expected, but it’s more than solid for what they’re going for and certainly better than the last one.

      • Solid. Nice.

        I am hoping it is amazewow. The other tracks were top notch!

    • Based Pingu

      If you’re ok with wasting 43 minutes of your time, then go ahead.

    • KJM, Doom Hunter General

      I have no issues with “try before you buy”. You should be able to listen to at least a few songs before you spend your money.

    • Prepare to be disappointed.

      • Seems pgood so far. I am listening to all the tracks that have not been released yet

  • i wonder if @disqus_0114sSlbKH:disqus would dig this band

  • RJA

    If I could highlight one major music publication’s metal coverage it would be “the black market” on stereogum. They posted a new one yesterday that’s worth checking out – A list of 15 songs and then some really nice sub lists in the comments. Doug Moore of Phyrron helps create the column. I would assume a lot of you are familiar with it but those who are not should not be scared away. good day.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      I love The Black Market. I’m a long time consistent reader!

      Did you catch the Doug Moore interview on this site?

      • RJA

        Yes, you did that interview correct? I believed I linked to it in the comments of The Black Market at the time.

  • Mvthvr Shvbvbv 8

    I like that Abhorrent Decimation writes within their abilities instead of trying to impress with wankery and “Look at me! I can play this riff”-itude. It allows them to have a memorability to their songs that other techdeath bands do not.

  • Mmm, Souls of Sedation (track 4) slays! I might have to take a few patches off my vest to make room for this band…

  • OldMetalHead

    Digging the Abhorrent Decimation.

  • Waynecro

    I love that Abhorrent Decimation CD–definitely a good one for the gym. I’m super psyched about Arkaik, and I’m now thoroughly pumped about the new Deformatory. Thanks!

  • Lacertilian

    This is working Spear, I’m trying to put my toes back in the tech-pool again after being immersed for a few years, it was nice to dry off but this Abhorrent Decimation is making me a little wet again.

    • Spear

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