Tech Death Thursday: Corpse Garden


Walk with me in the garden. This is Tech Death Thursday.

But first, check out these newsly bits:

  • Yes, it’s a Toilet Tuesday repost, but Abhorrent Decmiation has a new album out tomorrow and it’s got me frothing at the loins. Check it out here.
  • Prog-death outfit/seekers of spiritual enlightenment Inverted Serenity have a new album coming on October 9th. Listen to “Breath of Life” and “Elemental Abyss” at their Bandcamp.
  • Techgrind is apparently a thing, and I guess Vaulting do it pretty well. Check out “Deine Hässlichkeit” and hang onto your butts.
  • This week on bands named by mashing two unrelated words together: Hedonistic Exility. I’m not sure how one can be excessive in their smallness, but at least “Overshadowed” brings us some prime weedlies.
  • Killitorous has a guitar playthrough video of a new song. Hope you’re ready for a hoedown.

Poor Jack Bauer. I stole his thunder back in May when I covered Corpse Garden on Toilet Tuesday, and here I’m about to do it again on the column that used to be his. I guess that’s what you get for NOT STAYING TECH! SHAME HIM!

…*ahem* Uh, anyway, Corpse Garden. I feel like Entheogen has been a shamefully overlooked album amidst the vast seas of new music this year, and it’s one of my favorites. It’s one of those albums that’s hard to pigeonhole into a specific genre; it’s too refined to sound like OSDM, too chaotic for melodeath, and not noodly enough to be pure tech death. This is in no way a bad thing, though; they certainly stand out from the rest. From the guitar tone to that distinctive fretless bass sound to the flow of the songs, Corpse Garden are their own entity.

The lyrics seem to follow the story of a man seeking power through occult knowledge, and the music carries this theme forward as much as the words themselves. Guitars spiral and wind through alien passages, occasionally slowing down for punishing headbanging riffs and ghostly static/noise segments. The bassist takes full advantage of his instrument, incorporating slides and quarter-steps in ways that couldn’t be achieved on a standard bass. This eldritch sound is purveyed through the melodies themselves, with songs often starting off in a more straightforward manner and gradually getting stranger. “Portal to the Oneiric” is one of the best examples of this evolution, opening with an absolutely crushing groove and finishing in a haunting mist of thick guitar noise. Some songs veer more towards one extreme or the other, but they’re all damned brilliant.

If you like what you heard, then show these guys some love on their Facebook page. Entheogen is available digitally from the band themselves, on CD through Sevared and Satanath, and will be on cassette through Third Eye Temple and Godz of War.

That’s all for this week. Until next time,

Stay Tech

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  • Listening to The Quantum Rapture and surprisingly not hating the mix at all. Sounds decent enough.

    • The final part on that song is pretty cool! Now I’m checking the second track. Sadly, I’m looking the track list and it have 13 songs, so it must be pretty long. They would probably get helped by a more short cohesive list, because they have good songwriting, based on The Quantum Rapture.

      • Yeah, I’m usually not feeling this type of metal anymore but The Quantum Rapture sounded better-than-average at least. I liked it.

      • Spear

        Yeah, I should have mentioned that. It’s about 62 minutes long, but I think it works with the way it’s written. I listened to it all the way through a couple times last night and it certainly didn’t feel that long.

        • Well, like you said it has a lot of interludes with noise and sound effects, too.

  • I’ll have you know that I am staying quite tech. I just don’t want to/have the time to write about it anymore. Also, no mention of Human Improvement Process? tsk tsk!

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Writing about anything fucking sucks.

      • I always hated writing, then I liked it for a while when writing TDT but then I hated it again. “Cool story bro” Here, have a video.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          This is pretty rad so far. Thanks.

        • 365chaosriddendays

          Look, a band who knows what Black Metal is!

        • Waynecro

          This CD kicks fucking ass.

    • Spear

      Didn’t bring it up because it’s not exactly news. Not new news, anyway. I’ll do a mini review or something.

    • KJM, Doom Hunter General

      (triggering intensifies)

  • CyberneticOrganism

    An Abundance of Squeedlies

    • JJD Misses Witch Ripper

      So many weedlies and deedlies.

  • I am liking this. The bass reminds me of Steve Di Giorgio’s tone, which is a good thing because I love Di Giorgio’s bass tone. Great finding and good write up as usual, Lanza Apuesta.

  • I sent this to Randall Thor for record swap before I decided to stop writing actually.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Where did all of these ads appear all of a sudden? Joe sold out?

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Ey! Finally something I’ve been digging.

  • Guppusmaximus

    Inverted Serenity has some cool ideas but the recording was terrible. It’s like, let’s template the drums and just record the inexperienced guitarist straight. Yea, don’t worry, our vocalist is like 15.

  • 365chaosriddendays

    Corpses and a moment for Zen seems a diehard habit:

  • JWEG

    Well, the name at least reminded me both of Corpse Flower Records and Torture Garden – Naked City, not the anthology film (though now I can’t unthank that either).
    That warranted a listen. Am not disappointed.

  • Waynecro

    I will be blasting Abhorrent Decimation’s new CD in the gym tomorrow. Perhaps today I will cardio to Vaulting–anything to hide the sound of my midsprint retching.

  • Vladimir Poutine

    Hmm. In the same day I start watching Hannibal (the TV show) and the Toilet blesses me with a band called Corpse Garden. Coincidence, coincidence.