Tech Death Thursday: Ara


I hope you have a backup face, ’cause you’re about to lose the current one!

I’ve got a good amount of news for you guys today so let’s get to it:

First off, Gorguts have announced they will be re-releasing Obscura and From Wisdom to Hate in April, so those of you who don’t feel like spending 100 bucks for a copy on Amazon can get yourselves one for a decent price. Pre-orders will be available starting March 9th via Century Media.

Psycroptic have released a music video for another new track off of their upcoming album. The song is called “Cold” and you can check that out here.

Irreversible Mechanism are gearing up to release one of the best tech-death albums ever via Blood Music. Pre-orders for that are now available here. Check out the single “The Betrayer of Time” here.

Archspire (I like Archspire) have released another video explaining how to weedilee with the best of them. Check that out here.

Sarpanitum have released two songs from their upcoming album “Blessed Be My Brothers” and you can stream both of those via their bandcamp here.

Allegaeon have announced a headlining tour with The Agonist and Product of Hate called the “Get Rekt Tour”. You can check out the dates for that over at their Facebook.

That’s it for news. If I forgot to cover something be sure to let me know in the comments (Note that this does not include Bolt Thrower <3).


Today we’re talking about a band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin called Ara. So far, this is my favorite new music of 2015. They play a style of tech death that bears a lot of similarity to Artificial Brain, who won the honor of TOH’s favorite album of 2014. More specifically, if you took the somewhat muffled prouduction of Hadal Maw have, mixed it with the spastic riffs and time signatures of Gorguts, and added a bit of Artificial Brain for good measure, Ara is what you might get. Devourer of Worlds has a sort of twisted technicality that you aren’t going to find in many other bands. Yes, Gorguts and Gigan do the same kind of thing, but something about the way Ara’s music is composed makes it feel unique. If you’re looking for weedilies and deedilies you aren’t gonna find any here. Ara play straight up, in-your-face tech death that’ll run you over like stampede. The pummeling drums are sure to make your speakers quake and the swirling serpentine riffs will dazzle your eardrums time and time again. It may take a few listens for things to actually click, but once they do, I think you will find yourselves really enjoying this record. Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook and give them some money on Bandcamp.


That’s it for today. Until next time, stay tech.

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  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    For some reason I feel like it has been very easy for me to listen to Obscura and From Wisdom To Hate.

    Good stuff JB. Short but sweet, like many members of our community.

    • Guacamole Jim


      My manhood is ov a size to be reckoned with!

    • Tyree
    • JJM

      well of course… skronkrodamus

      • Edward/Breegrodamus


      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        James Jimmy McSkronky

        • done. i’m approved for training in your neck of the woods August 16-21. so that’s probably going to happen. you better not be out of town that week!!!

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I will be out of town in the beginning of June, and if I get laid off I wouldn’t mind driving down to Texas to meet our creators if they can manage another ToH Texan roundup (srs), but I have no plans to be out of town in August and I will not make any now!

          • Tyree

            I need to meet at least one of you goobers.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Early June, APEX VI!

          • Tyree

            What’s dat?

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Music festival in Queens, NY. The Body, Burial Hex, Gnaw Their Tongues, Menace Ruine (who I’m not up on but people seem to dig ’em). I already bought a two day pass and I still need to book my flight and hotel / hostel / room whatever


          • Tyree

            Very tempting. Who all is going?

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Right now me, and I am trying to rope in the Deputy as well. I don’t know if Simon Phoenix has interest in this sort of thing but he is in that area I think. I should ask.

          • Tyree

            It’s about a 4 hour drive for me. I may be able to do one of the three days.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            365 told me that he guessed the Gnaw Their Tongues day would sell out…

          • Herr Schmitty

            Maryland DeathFest is your best bet. Although if you’re ever plodding around New England, I’ll come see you and buy you a beer or three.

            Just met KJM last night! Spoiler alert: KJM is a very nice dude and an admirable example of metalhead brotherhood!

          • Tyree

            Hell yeah brotha!!!

          • whoa, tell me more about this ToH Texan round up… i can start saving my bitcoins now!

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            At this point it is only an idea. A very good idea.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            For the record I still need to meet up with the homey Hessian Hunter. We had plans to meet up and I was almost dead for one day from probably food poisoning. I’m gonna stay on that grind though it needs to happen ASAP.

          • Tyree

            I’m seeing them in May so I might skip that day. What is the other day you are going?

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I’m going both Saturday and Sunday.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I may also try to catch that Full of Hell & The Body tour when it hits Minneapolis…

        • NefariousDude

          one day i will pass from this realm unto the void but i will return as the NEFARIOUSKRONK

  • If you want to listen to Ara, you have to go on a…

    …Wisconsin Death Trip.


    • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

      I love that pun. Static X is my jam.

  • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

    Yay, my favorite day of the week has arrived! This day just keeps getting better and better.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      Ether and better? Sounds like a winning combo, lol

      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        I spelled better wrong. Damn autocorrect.

  • This is the best birthday present ever! Thank you Uncle Jack!

  • JJM

    here’s a cool guitar solo from Psycroptic’s Joe Haley (discovered by our TovH Google+ friends):

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    I saw the Allegaeon tour news! The Chicago venue is super easy for me to get to, but are the other two bands worth it?

    • I know the Agonist used to be good but what I’ve heard from their new stuff sans- Alissa White Glutz is less than impressive. Still it’s worth it just for Allegaeon. They are fun as fuck live.

      • YourLogicIsFlushed

        Nice, that would be one that no one I know would go to. Chicago Toilet Meet-up anyone?

        • I’ll go if I can. Not sure what my work schedule will be like in April but I’ll try and request that day off. I usually work 3-11 but I may have a different job by that point.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          You guys should all travel to NY in the beginning of June for APEX VI, lol

          • Everyone come to Austin for SXSW. We can stand in lines with hundreds of thousands of assholes and not see any bands we wanna see.

          • Toilet ov Hell: The SXSW Showcase
            Satanic Necroboner
            Chainsaw Penis
            Penis Leech
            Hades Archer
            Satan’s Almighty Penis
            My Dick
            My Stapled Dick (ex-Scab)

          • okay i lost it at My Stapled Dick…

          • You forgot goat penis!

          • Tyree

            I made it through it. Going to sit on the toilet for a bit now.

          • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal
          • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

            Don’t they normally have decent bands playing all the time there in Austin?

          • Yep. SXSW is just when we’re hopelessly overrun with every shitty fucking band on Earth and, ugh, “fashion bloggers”.

          • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

            They have some good ones here and there. Eatliz and Resplandor played there a few years back.


          • yeah but @joethrashnkill:disqus wants to start a circle pit for Veil of Maya….

          • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

            I heard he was left Team Tay Tay and was caught moshing to Katy Perry.

          • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

            June is bad for me, work wise, but I could possibly do that Saturday. I just hate the drive to NYC.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            How far of a drive is it for you?

          • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

            About 2.5 hours.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Pretty far but not a terrible drive. If you think it’s worth the drive and attending the festival we’ll have to get up / hang out / catch some noizzz I’m going to be there both days for sure!

        • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

          If I were still there, I definitely would! And show you around town afterwards. Aaaaaaagh, I miss home!

    • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

      Which venue? Without looking, I’m gonna guess Schuba’s or The Abby Pub.

      • YourLogicIsFlushed

        It is actually at Mojoes in Joliet, which cuts out a lot of angry traffic time, and parking isn’t hell on earth.

        • Kim Jong Un’s Turkish Snowcone

          Be careful, though. that’s the heroin capital of America. I’ve heard horror stories about that area.

  • I could get $100 bucks for those Gorguts CDs? Tempting.

  • Celtic Frosty

    This shit is dope ARA YOU KIDDING ME?

    *drops mic* *immediately trips over mic*

  • Oh hey, I forgot to include this other Irreversible Mechanism song in the news section

    • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

      The stuff I’ve heard of them so far is fucking amazing!

    • Lacertilian

      *hits play…is pounded by instant sweeps*
      Cheers Jack

  • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

    And A Forest Of Stars has a whole new brand spankin’ new willy dilly of a video out! It’s pretty goddamn good!

    • that’s a dilly of a pickle!
      -Ned Flanders

    • Väinämöinen

      Dimmadoodleydarn digging it!

    • LOL @ the video, looks like The Bestest Tapir made this in AudoCAD 2000

      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        I’m so happy Jimmy! My favorite dad rock band is coming to my area this summer!

        • well i’m happy FOR you, ETJ, FT! but..
          *Grandpa rock band. FTFY

        • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal


          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            No. They’re not dad rock. It’s Styx, Def Leppard and Tesla!

          • i’ve seen Styx before! once you hear the siren intro to “Riding the Storm Out”, go ahead and head towards your car to avoid the rush!
            whoa, somehow i fvcked this one up…
            “Renegade”… when you hear that one, head to de parking lot

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            I love Styx though. I wouldn’t miss their performance for anything.

      • Serious PS1 cutscene vibes here.

        • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

          Thats what makes it good!

        • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

          Kinda. Reminded me of some of the CGI parts from Star Ocean 2 at first.

    • Nordling Writes ov Karhu

      This band is a good band. This song is a song I dig.

  • Dagon

    I’m digging this Ara release. MINDSCAR is my favorite tech-death feature so far, though.

  • Kim Jong Un’s Axis Of Anal

    On a side note………. quick question: is there a way to see if I have new comments on Disqus without having to refresh my page?

  • tertius_decimus

    Good to see that Gorguts gets so much recognition these days.

  • Stockhausen

    I’m digging that Psycroptic track. I check those guys out every now and then and I seem to always enjoy it.

    • Lacertilian

      That’s because your taste is impeccable Stocky.
      They played this track live last time I saw them and it ripped even without the clean intro section.

  • JWG

    I thought the plan was for Obscura to be perpetually rare and impossible to find, as that carried some sort of status associated with being totally underground or something.

    Not that I wouldn’t rush out to buy it, but I really would like a “Considered Dead” re-(re-)release as well. Those aren’t quite as impossible to find (especially if I want to buy Erosion of Sanity twice, once in the “Vault” collection). But might as well be…

  • CT-12

    Don’t have a shitload of time to comment and such, but this sounds fucking awesome Jack, thanks for sharing (and thank you for posting that news about Gorguts)! All the other articles looked sick as well, I will have to check them out later, but a big thumbs up go out to everybody who posted today!

  • BobLoblaw

    It’s just as tech, though a lot less death, but everyone should check out the guitarists other band Concentric. Wonderfully weird and unique acoustic instrumental group. Verdiend would be a food start.

  • BobLoblaw

    It’s just as tech, though a lot less death, but everyone should check out the guitarists other band Concentric. Wonderfully weird and unique acoustic instrumental group. Verdiend would be a good start.