Tech Death Thursday: Deformatory

Deformatory are here, and they’re pissed. It’s Tech Death Thursday.

First, for some news:

  • The Immortalis, Pt. 2 – Momentum, the second album from Alberta-based Divinity, is now streaming over at Bandcamp. Check it out for some spacey weedles and deedles.
  • Arkaik’s Lucid Dawn came out last October, but the video for “The Temple Aflame” came out last Friday. If you haven’t heard this monster of an album yet, this is a good place to start.
  • Speaking of videos, here’s one for “Cold As Perfection” from Fleshgod’s newest. Not for those averse to boobs and/or blood.
  • Georgia trio Proliferation have a track from their forthcoming Rebirth: The Journey Through Soil (tentatively due on February 27th) available for your listening pleasure here. I’m assuming it’s a demo as the production quality is kind of low, but the song is sick nonetheless. Also, pretty sure that alien on the cover has dong fingers.
  • Imperium have unveiled the cover art for their upcoming album Titanomachy. No word of a release date or new song as of yet, but I imagine we’ll be getting steamrolled by titanic goodness pretty soon.
  • The flush will prevail once more. Fallujah have revealed the cover art for Dreamless, due out on April 29th.

I know I’m not the only person here who prefers their metal fast and angry, and tech death is no exception. There’s an art to making technical music that actually conveys a sense of rage as opposed to simply mimicking it. There are plenty of artists in the tech sphere who have the tools to do the latter; they know all the chord progressions that sound sinister, they know when to use accidentals, they have powerful screams, and so on. Precious few seem to actually be able to grab the spirit of that malice, though, and channel it into their music in a tangible way. Deformatory are one of those bands.

Malediction is the first in a series of concept albums about a devil named “Saväel,” following the story of his awakening and subsequent turning of everything to shit. The music certainly sounds the part; it’s played fast and loose, with less of an emphasis on being perfectly accurate and more on purveying the story through the music. You can hear mistakes and inconsistencies despite the razor-sharp production, but it’s not egregious. It gives the music a human element that is lacking in so many tech death releases. It’s akin to Colored Sands (Gorguts) in that sense; it’s well-performed and well-produced, but not driven to mechanical perfection.

At their core, Deformatory are a technical death metal band, but they’re wrapped tightly in a shell of OSDM. For every gravity blast and immaculately swept arpeggio, there is a sudden upswing in tempo or ravaging tremolo riff. They kind of remind me of Origin in that respect; they’re a band that takes both the “tech” and the “death” parts to heart in their songwriting. It’s music that can set a backdrop for thrashing your living room to pieces, but you’ll find surprising depth to it if you sit down and pick it apart.

Deformatory may not be unique in the world of death metal, but they are a rare gem indeed. Their blend of crushing brutality and technical aptitude is a force to be reckoned with, and I look forward to the continuing saga of Saväel. Malediction should not be missed by fans of any realm of death metal, technical or otherwise. Check them out at the Bandcamp link above and on Facebook, and tell them the Toilet says hi.

That’s all for this week, and until we meet again:

Stay Tech

  • I like the new Fleshgod Apocalypse and don’t know how I feel about it

    • Spear

      It’s the first one in awhile that hasn’t sounded like shit in a blender, so that probably has something to do with it.

    • ME GORAK B.C.™

      WISH ME COULD GO SEE MONDAY!!!!!!!!!! BUT CHICAGO LITTLE TOO FAR FOR THIS NOMAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I need to listen to it. I haven’t and I’m not sure why. Oh wait, Chthe’Ilist

      • twitter’s little #metalbandcampgiftclub has kept me very full of random power metal bands

      • Spear

        Chthe’ilist has been my go to jam for the past few days. So good.

        • It’s got a reserved spot in my top ten at this point.

          • Scrimm

            Pretty sure it’s going to be near the top for me.

    • who are you

    • Wash your mouth with Listerine and press play.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcRNypKzU44

    • Waynecro

      EMBRACE IT!!!

  • I’ve seen two bands mentioned in this post. Both killed it live.

    • I bet Fallujah was one of them

      • Wrong.

        • Owlswald

          Fleshgod and Imperium?

          • Nope.

          • Dubs

            Deez and Nuts

          • That sounds like something Joe would go see.

          • You wouldn’t?

          • It’s an actual band right? I remember him writing something about them once.

          • A presidential candidate at one point too iirc

          • Dubs

            It is, but there’s also a whole “Deez Nuts” joke routine.

          • Shrimp in a Pizza Box
          • Dubs

            Got ‘im!

          • Origin and Gorguts

          • Yup.

          • I win

          • Congratulations, you’ve won 2 minutes of Tyree practicing blast beats

          • Can he be in his trailer pants while doing it?

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Such a god damn good movie.

          • Correct! Have you seen Hunger by chance?

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Absolutely, it’s also god damn good.

          • It’s on Criterion. I should pick that up next time they have a sale.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I’ve seen Shame a couple of times but Hunger only once. I should watch it again. I have several Fassbender flicks I need to catch up, maybe make a day of it soon.

          • best day evar

          • Stanley

            I thought Gorguts were pretty dull. Granted I don’t know any of their tunes properly but Luc just stands there are plays. Not a lot to see.

          • Well, he is doing vocals over the most difficult guitar parts. It was just amazing to see them basically pull off their shit live.

          • Stanley

            Ah, ok.

  • Owlswald

    Divinity is the jam. Their metal faces in the Bandcamp banner are choice as well.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    You had me at Gorguts.

    • Spear

      Word of warning: it doesn’t actually sound like Gorguts. Just kind of the same principle in recording.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Listening to Deformatory right now. Sounds pretty good.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        You had me at Spear.

  • Deformatory are pretty cool. Been listening to that album on and off lately.

  • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

    Music is pretty good, but those vocals are an huge turn off, and I haven’t even heard cleans yet. God forbid they are actually there.

  • Yeah this Deformatory is pretty nice actually

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    I’m about to hang out with my tech out, or something.

  • Boss the Ross

    Agonia Records(Poland) have a sale on their bandcamp page. All albums are $3 each.
    https://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com/

    • I’ve only gotten about 50 emails from agonia this week. Must be a slow week.

      • Boss the Ross

        Haha, really? Just got the one today about the sale.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        A plague on Agonia PR’s house.

    • Serious records over here. Aosoth, Blaze of Perdition…

      That Blaze of Perdition record is great. Molenaar recommended it to me last year and I approved two songs I’ve heard.

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

      • Lacertilian

        Don’t forget VI and Temple Of Baal!

        • Haven’t heard those.

          • Lacertilian

            Rectify!
            I think you’ll like ToB

  • Scrimm

    Got the album before this. Pretty good

  • WHAT IF I TOLD YOU THAT TWO NEW WORMED SONGS JUST PREMIERED?!!?1/

      • Saw these guys probably 5 or 6 years ago with Defeated Sanity. It was pretty wild.

        • Capra Hircus Hubertus

          They had an amazingly crunchy guitar tone when I saw them, some of the best I’ve heard in metal.

      • Capra Hircus Hubertus

        I need this.

    • Scrimm

      So far this is sounding like this album is gonna smoke the rest of their stuff.

      • Which is crazy when you think about it cause the rest of their stuff smokes most other stuff.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Good, now I don’t have to keep flipping back and forth between tabs on my internet.

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      I would downvote your comment.

  • Maelstrom

    Killer album; got it off BC.
    There are far better songs on the record than the ones they posted.
    Probably too busy being filled with hatred than thinking about best promotional practices.

    Check their bigcartel page. goddamn, these guys went all out with the evil shit.

    Jokes aside, this band kills it.

  • tech death seriously needs to stay angry like that. it usually lacks aggression

    • ULTRA RARE BLACKBEARD

      i would like to go, hopefully they come to AVL, and i dont have to go all the way to ATL.

      CC is awesome live, and ive never seen Cryptopsy live

    • oh yeah, ticket already purchased. probably going to sell out in St. Louis (mind = blown)

  • Dubs

    My butt has been maledicted and deformatoried.

    • Maelstrom

      lol

  • i’m not saying this to be a dick, but merely to assist fans of Divinity… they do have two full-lengths under their belt.
    they’re a noice combination of Meshuggah & SYL, if that sounds like your thing!

    • Boss the Ross

      I’ve heard a few tracks, pretty solid.

    • ME GORAK B.C.™

      LIKE!!!!!! BUT NOT HEAR MESHUGGAH OR SYL COMPARE!!!!!!!! SOME CONTROL DENIED STYLE RIFF THOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      You had me at Meshuggah and SYL.

      • Gorak brings up a good point, so i want to disclaim:
        they certainly used to sound like M&S combined, but i wasn’t aware they had new music in a long time. so my description might just apply to their older schtuff

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          Gorak is pretty smart for a caveman.

          • i noticed on another site, somebody thinks it’s a schtick. poor Gorak!

          • ME GORAK B.C.™

            GORAK HIT SOMEBODY ON HEAD WITH SCHTICK!!!!!!! GRAAAAAGGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

          • i’m sure it’s tough being a caveman in today’s world!

          • ME GORAK B.C.™

            FUTURE SHOCK CAUSE MANY CAVEMAN RAMPAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • ME GORAK B.C.™

            UGG UGG!!!!!!!!

  • This is angry tech-death, thanks Spear. I didn’t liked the drums sound, but the guitar is a-good.

    The Fallujah and Imperium cover arts are amazing.

  • Dubs

    I think the “they are your friends” or whatever it is sample in “Eviscerated Requiem” is also used by Artificial Brain in “Brain Transplant.”

    • Wow I want a new Artificial Brain album.

      • They were pretty rad when I saw them live. Good drummer.

    • Maelstrom

      pretty sure that original quote is from apocalypse now.

      • Dubs

        Thanks! Haven’t seen the movie in a long time and couldn’t place it.

  • Stanley

    I’m about to have one of these. Funny things, time zones.

    • Dubs

      I saw that picture of you with your folks. Are you in the old country?

      • Stanley

        Yep, just for a week. It’s the annual trip.

        • Dubs

          Fun!

    • Boss the Ross

      I want one.

      • Stanley

        It’s not that good.

        • Boss the Ross

          Was just about to ask how it tastes.

          That’s a cool bottle though.

          • Stanley

            It’s fizzy, dry and grassy. Most proper beer over here is weak. I’m kind of used to crazy strong American beers now. Here, they are much more subtle.

          • Boss the Ross

            Hmm, yeah American IPAs and Stouts are taste bud wreckers.

          • Stanley

            So true. It would be like feeding chicken noodle soup an Indian and expecting them to taste the delicious flavor of the broth.

          • Boss the Ross

            Haha, yeah, exactly

          • can’t tell what you’re trying to say about IPA’s.
            i’m surrounded by people who ask for the most hopp-y beer possible. in my mind i’m thinking *gross!*

          • Boss the Ross

            I enjoy both, thoroughly.

          • ah, then my brain went in the wrong direction. sorry bby!

          • Boss the Ross

            No problem, I guess i should’ve clarified. After drinking nothing but IPAs for month or two, your tastes buds will treat a delicious Kolsch like water, instead of the flavorful beer it is.
            And 9-12% abv will take its toll as well.

          • that makes purr-fect sense, my turbid friend!

    • National Ale of Wales

      So it’s a Wale Ale?

      • A whale of a Wale Ale. Wonder if it comes in pale.

        • Dubs

          That will give Stanley quite a tale.

          • Don’t stop now, do tell

          • Boss the Ross

            He had to stop rhyming, because he knew he would fail.

          • I can’t believe that! What the hell!?

          • Boss the Ross

            I asked him for more, but he wouldn’t tell.

          • I already used tell 🙁

        • Boss the Ross

          Hopefully it’s not stale.

        • Lacertilian

          Coming in a day late here but I had to sa that my friend regularly drinks these..

  • Óðinn

    I’m watching the first episode of Black Mirror right now. It’s pretty funny. 😂

  • Waynecro

    Awesome work as usual, Spear! Thanks! Proliferation’s alien is very odd. Those creepy dong fingers have put Giorgio Tsoukalos on high alert.

  • Eliza

    This is one of those cases where I like the instrumentation alone better than the vocals plus the music.

  • Lacertilian

    This Imperium is working @disqus_4cmy05mgrZ:disqus, have you covered them before?
    If so, I must have missed that one.

    • Spear

      Nope! Just had their thing pop up in my facebook feed. I think their last one came out before the Toilet existed, and I generally try to save older stuff for slow weeks.