Tech Death Thursday: Deivos, The End of All Reason, Hideous Divinity, Status Abnormis

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It’s that time again, ladies and gents. Prepare to have your faces melted off!

I’d be willing to bet that when you think of metal, cowbell is the last thing on your mind. A cowbell can’t possibly be brutal, right? WRONG. Enter Deivos. These guys hail from Poland and are fucking awesome. Aside from the unrelenting drums and the searing guitars they manage to incorporate a little bit of groove into their songs and make the cowbell sound brootal. Check out their song “Wretched Idolatry” from their album Gospel of Maggots which dropped back in 2010 on the mighty Unique Leader Records:

Their most recent album, Demiurge of the Void, came out way back in 2011, so here’s hoping we get some new shit from them this year!  Check them out on their Facebook here.

 

Next up we are gonna take a look at The End of All Reason from Belgium. I discovered this band while surfing Archsp-uhh… Youtube videos and I honestly wasn’t expecting much due to their silly name. The thing about my expectations is that they are usually wrong, and this was no different. I was enjoying the intro to this song well enough, but when it picked up the pace at about 40 seconds in, I was hooked. I really dig that riff. There’s some real talent in this band and their debut, Artifiacts, is pretty damn impressive considering the fact that they’re unsigned. 1:22 makes me want to run through walls. Check it out!

You can follow these dudes on their Facebook here.

 

Prepare to be blown away by yet another monstrosity from Unique Leader’s ever expanding roster. Hideous Divinity’s drums are a category 5 tornado of precision fury and they sound fucking good [Editor note: It’s actually hurricanes that are ranked in categories 1-5. These categories are based on wind speed and storm surge. Since it’s usually impossible or impractical to measure the wind speed inside a tornado without being ripped to shreds, tornadoes are ranked on system known as the “EF-scale” or the “Enhanced Fujita Tornado Intensity Scale” after the fact, based on the damage caused. — Meteorologylord SteelDragon] The guitarists are great and, like the previous bands, they manage to incorporate some groove into the songs. Their debut album, Obeisance Rising, came out in 2012, and they will be releasing their second album of face-melting fury, Cobra Verde, October 28th (I’m seriously going to go broke in October). This is one of my favorite tracks from the debut:

Right? Check them out on their Facebook over here.

 


Do you feel like this post was over too soon? Do you crave more technicality? You’re in luck! Our good friend Detective Mcnulty managed to get his ass out of the interrogation room long enough to give us a guest submission!  Check it out!

Detective McNulty here, and I must say it’s a pleasure to be working with Agent Jack Bauer.  Occasionally we argue about who gets to use the interrogation room, but most of the time we are in agreement upon Technical Death Metal being far superior to Power Metal.

Please say hello to my little friend, Status Abnormis. Metaphysical Anus probably knows a thing or two about this Finnish band. They don’t intrinsically sound like tech death to me, but upon each listen I manage to hear more and more technicality in each of the players: guitar, drums, bass, and VOCALS. What I am about to tell you is as serious as Conan’s love for Italian horror films — their 2013 album Call of the Void contains THE most impressive vocal performances I’ve heard on an album since Strapping Young Lad‘s City. I’m just going to do a one-track analysis of my favorite song of theirs, “The Glass Coffin”:

Keyboards set the tone for the song, masterfully played and without over-indulgence.

At the 0:32 mark there’s a hint of desperation in the vocals, which we shall return to. The consistent harshly-spoken lines are effective in evoking the essential brutality.

1:20 starts the “chorus,” if you will, and the desperate vocals return, like the death rattle of a nerd shoved into a locker. What a catchy chorus, amirite? It’s the kind of thing that can make a technical death metal band stand out.

Then, we’re treated to a little instrumental dog-and-pony show; nothing too wankery, just a nice display of masterfully-crafted bridging and a tasty melodic guitar solo.

At 3:35 we return to the chorus, and whoa, it hasn’t been copy-pasta’d, as evidenced by an increased desperation in the high vocals and increased brutality in the lows. Afterwards, Status Abnormis give us a moment or two to breathe, which is welcome.

4:30 — Can you hold my beer? Because it’s time to mosh… but just for a few seconds! At the five-minute mark we are treated to some moody, black-metal-esque spoken-word. “The song must be over,” you’re saying to yourselves… and incorrect you would be. They throw a short section of beautiful, technical, stylish riffing and then a gorgeous solo right at your face.

To provide the calm after the storm: 20 seconds of keyboards. Head over to their Bandcamp and grab the album!


Thank you Detective Mcnulty!  If you are interested in doing a guest submission for Tech Death Thursday, feel free to hit me up in the comments section. I feel like I’m forgetting something, it’s just, it’s on the tip of my tongue… Hmmm… Ah, yes:  STAY TECH!

  • Tyree

    Deivos is so goddamn crushing. They are making a new album now, I just saw a studio drum video a little while back. It’s on their facebook page I believe.

    • They are?! OMG YES WEEEEEE!

      • Tyree

        I’d share that video but it’s on their facebook page.

        • I will check it out when I get home for sure!

    • Hey do you have their album emanation from below? I can’t find it anywhere.

      • Tyree

        I have it digitally but not physically. Are you trying to find the actual cd/album?

        • I just want to put it on my playlist. Doesn’t have to be phsycial.

  • Randall Thor

    “most of the time we are in agreement upon Technical Death Metal being far superior to Power Metal”

    https://warosu.org/data/ic/img/0017/37/1401187190903.png

    • Metaphysical Anus

      Poser detected!

      • Stop detecting yourself, weirdo!

        • Metaphysical Anus

          That’s mean. My dad’s a lawyer, so stop this now.

          • Tyree

            My dad totally owns a dealership bro. High five!

          • KJM

            “Dude, he floated the whole keg!!”

          • CyberneticOrganism

            You want a custom F-150 bro? I can hook you up! Free trucknutz!

          • Tyree

            Look what you have turned me into!

          • He helped you grow, the potential was there from the beginning!

            GL

          • Throw in a truck schlong and you’ve got yourself a deal. Just make sure the schlong is extremely long and drags on the ground behind the F-150, so that everyone knows it reflects the size of my own.

          • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

            I roll all over and obliterate those stupid nuts with my F350 King Ranch Crew Cab with Fox Racing rear window sticker.

          • “What do you need a truck that size for?”

            “Oh, you know, twice a year I haul my dirtbikes a couple miles out of the city and shred the gnar.”

          • Metaphysical Anus

            What does “shred the gnar” mean?

          • CyberneticOrganism

            ..

          • shots fired

          • QUIT STROKIN’ AND START CUMMIN’!

          • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

            I can’t because I’ve got a duramax on that cuts down on the sensations

          • hey Ann, you wanna go to The Riot Room on Fri Oct. 17th for Decide, Septicflesh, and Abysmal Dawn??

          • I’d be down for that

          • Lord Ov Kapsko

            We don’t have those here in central evrope, but I would love to install this shit on the hook ov my volvo. Btv, volvo is a cvlt name.

          • lord ov volvo
            it’s got a ring to it.

          • “what is this? we do not have these in Finland”
            -Metaphysical Anus

          • Lord Ov Kapsko

            Metaphysical Anus will burn your savna for this act ov dishonor.

        • Scrimm

          Damn you for getting to that before me!

        • Metaphysical Anus

          Unlike you guys, I admit that I’m a poser. At least I don’t try to hide it like you do.

        • KJM
    • Anybody play the PC game Ceasar 2?

      It would shout “MORE PLEBS ARE NEEDED!! ” all the frickin’ time.

      Good memories… STAY PLEB!

      GL

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7UxRoJmCvY

      • Randall Thor

        My dad was WAY into this game after he got bored of wasting me in Warcraft 2

    • KJM

      Occult Doom Stoner Metal will rule all of you.

      • Randall Thor

        You can only choose one Blood Ceremony album. Go. I choose Living with the Ancients

        • The newest is the best.

        • KJM

          Eldritch Dark

        • KJM

          Either Sean or Lucas has said they would re-record the 1st album if they could. I agree. Alia sounds great but the rest is a bit weak sounding. Michael is also the best drummer they’ve had thus far.

          • Randall Thor

            I love the way it sounds, it’s perfect IMO.

            I just think the second album has better riffs

        • KJM

          And, oddly enough, I’m wearing my ‘Eldritch Dark’ shirt right now.

          • Randall Thor

            I’m Coming with You is my favorite song, that first verse, GUHHHHH

            They say these rites are dangerous
            They say we are insane
            I’m only here to help you
            Fraternize with Cain
            It’s a black mass and i’m ready to go
            The dagger has been stained
            We’ll call the demons you’ve dreamed about
            And soar the cosmic plane

          • KJM

            It’s even better live.

          • Randall Thor

            Still haven’t had a chance to see them, but I DID get to see Royal Thunder a few weeks ago. After this Helloween discography binge I’m on, I’m definitely digging back into some RT

          • KJM

            Lucky enough to have seen them twice. Unfortunately, both were supporting slots so they only played about 40 minutes each time.

          • Randall Thor

            They headlined for us in Charlotte B)

            I also got to give them all hugs and buy their latest on vinyl.

          • KJM
          • Randall Thor

            I lied, they didn’t headline, but my friend and I didn’t like the last band so we left

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Entombedcore 4 lyfe

      • Howard Dean

        Correction: OSDM and trve black metal darkness! 🙂

    • Accurate fact is accurate

    • Power ‘Metal’ is SHITE!

      • Randall Thor

        I love how you posers identify yourselves for us

        • Says the PM fanboi.

          • Randall Thor
          • I think you used the wrong URL for the PM fan:
            http://orgtheory.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/geek.jpg

          • Randall Thor

            Would you rather wear vnecks or +8 cloaks of perception?

          • My vnecks all add +12 charisma and +8 Perception.

          • Not to mention +20 resistance to power metal.

          • i’d rather wear my vneck of -20% off boneless wings at BDUBS!!

          • Xan

            I’m full ironclad today. Power metal is majestic.

          • Christian Molenaar

            Both add +50 resistance to vagina 🙁

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            V necks. The women love v necks and when I wear one the love me more than usual.

          • Lord Ov Kapsko

            3/4 ov you dvdes was doing the same thing back in a day.

          • KJM

            Yeah sure, but my D&D parties had booze, pot, and actual WOMEN. My GM/DM(who actually turned down a job at TSR) would refuse to game unless he was supplied with beer and smokes.

          • Lord Ov Kapsko

            I can believe in booze and weed…

          • Tyree

            That is Jack Bauer!?!

          • BELIEVE IT.

          • Randall Thor

            *average fan. Jack is a bit bigger

          • Cmon that is clearly an asking alexandria fan, not a tech death fan.

          • Looks like an adult to me. Pretty sure there are no grown up AA fans, homey. Time to do some reflection.

          • You think it looks like an adult? Really? Looks like angsty teen to me.

          • KJM

            AA are one of the worst “bands” I’ve ever sat through(Mayhem Fest 2012).

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            They do suck. They headlined a festival near me with Sevendust, All That Remains and ton of crap. When Emmure and Attila are highlight performances your festival sucks. Sevendust was awesome though.

          • KJM

            It was such a relief when Motorhead & Slayer played after AA. It was like a breath of fresh air after being stuck in a septic tank for 40 minutes.

          • Randall Thor
          • Tyree

            Fucking Gross!

          • That is the dumbest thing ever. People who do that are not worthy of Archspire.

          • Elite Extremophile

            looks like someone forgot to stay tech

          • There aren’t enough lockers in the world for this…thing.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            His hat’s not far back enough on his head, it needs to be like on the complete back of the skull only, for maximum douchey cuntness.

          • looks like one of @metaphysicalanus:disqus’s students

          • Lord Ov Kapsko

            Here in central evrope we bash those posers.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Where is his earlobe?

          • Wut. Let us disregard the fantasy images in Randy’s head and examine the real Randall Thor…

            Here he is about to jam some Dragonforce:

          • Randall Thor

            Dragonforce is more technical than tech death, why don’t you like them?

          • Technicality alone does not good music make.

          • Randall Thor

            Agreed, new Dragonforce would like to show you what greatness sounds like http://youtu.be/Ug8omPcIrpc

          • This would be pretty fucking awesome. Only problem is, it’s not opposite day today.

          • I do not like bands based off of their ‘technicality’.

          • dragonforce is more lolzmetal

          • KJM

            lolbuttzmetal

          • And here are Randy’s friends (notice the ginger is the only one that has a clue)…

          • Randall Thor
          • I’m afraid to ask why you even know of this photo’s existence….

          • Randall Thor

            One must wield the Google with precise and lethal ability should they wish to be a true warrior.

          • Tyree

            Is that the guy from Lincoln Park?

          • Lord Ov Kapsko

            It’s like something is crawling in his skin.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            *barfs*

          • Lord Ov Kapsko

            Hahaha, it’s sad to say, but my god, it is so accurate on a certain level.

      • Lord Ov Kapsko

        HAMMERFALL! WE WILL PREVAIL!

      • Randall Thor

        EPM is a micro-genre, at best

    • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

      I’ll be honest here, prog black metal> OSDM> power metal> Tech Death> Nu.

      • where’s sumeriancore on your chart?

        • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

          Flushed.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I am offended by your placement of nu metal. I love nu metal and it offends me even more that pure prog rock and metal is not on there.

        • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

          I can’t fit everything in a short chain, but a long one…

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      You’re forgetting what’s at the level of tech death in my opinion. Progressive metal and rock are at that level. In case you are wondering Queensryche is not included in this description due to turning into third rate alternative metal. Fates Warning is included though.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    Christopher Walken must love Deivos! Their debut albums is great.

  • Staying Tech so damn hard right now.

    • Metaphysical Anus

      If I’ll ever get kids, I’ll say “stay tech” to them every night.

      • i think we have metals next new inside joke. “stay tech”. bands will be using it in interviews and to close shows

        • Metaphysical Anus

          Job interview:
          – “What are your strengths?”
          – “I stay tech all the time.”

          • Elite Extremophile

            Stay tech in the streets, stay tech in the sheets

      • tech is love, tech is life.

  • Randall Thor

    Is anyone else reminded of Wretched’s Son of Perdition album art when looking at The End of All Reason’s album art?

    • Scrimm

      YES

      • Randall Thor

        So glad I wasn’t the only one!

      • That dude does EVERYTHING.

        • Scrimm

          I have maaaany albums with covers by him.

          • Same here. I think he has secret bunker just filled with art waiting to be used.

          • Scrimm

            He was one I briefly considered using for our cover before I stumbled across a piece already for sale that fit the feel I was looking for perfectly. Plus it was cheap.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          Roger Dean does more. He has done more prog rock album covers than any other artists. They have six books of album covers he has done and I’m sure that’s low balling it.

      • He’s done artwork for: The Faceless, Dying Fetus, Revocation, Psychroptic, Abysmal Dawn, etc.

      • Randall Thor

        That explains why so much tech death art is so same-y

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Not really. I love Wretched but their new album was meh. It was a letdown compared to Son of Perdition.

  • KJM

    Here’s some Tech for you, The Conet Project.

    https://archive.org/details/ird059

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Fuck you guys, I have to work today and now I just want to listen to these bands and jump around on youtube to find more.

    I didn’t mean that, I love you guys. High five.

    • Metaphysical Anus

      You can fuck us if you really want to.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        A/S/L?

        • Metaphysical Anus

          You already know the location.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    Why doesn’t anyone ever talk about Mithras?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmX1SwOVfX4

    • I’ll check em out when I get home

      • Metaphysical Anus

        Thanks, bby.

      • i’ll check ’em out right now. (gains MA points)

        • Metaphysical Anus

          You already have a lot of MA points, but you lost some due to that one part on this article.

    • Simon Phoenix

      This x1000

      • Metaphysical Anus

        Simon knows what’s up!

    • Randall Thor

      Oh you know this is up my alley, Mithras is fantastic. This is my favorite album they’ve done

      • Metaphysical Anus

        So you do actually like good music.

        • Randall Thor

          I assume you already know Lykathea Aflame?

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Oh boy oh boy. Of course I know them.

          • Randall Thor

            Did I tell you about the time the dudes from Iniquity gave me a beer?

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I haven’t heard this story.

          • Randall Thor

            First year at MDF (2013), Iniquity plays/kills it. Afterwards, while we’re waiting for Ihsahn to set up, my friend and I notice the dudes hanging out near us. One of the guys walks up with his pockets full of beer, and starts handing them out, so I put on a shit eating grin and hold my hand out too. He doesn’t even hesitate, smiles right back at me, and gives it to me “Thanks for coming out!”

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Cool dude. Nothing like this happens here.

          • Randall Thor

            You have Amorphis though (Although we get them playing “Tales from the Thousand Lakes” next year at MDF)

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I don’t really care for Amorphis. Finnish bands don’t really interest me that much.

          • Lord Ov Kapsko

            And what about CoB ? MEGALOLZ

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I fucking hate CoB.

    • Howard Dean

      Fuck yeah, MA! And they’re working on new material! Byah! FOREVER ADVANCING…LEGIONS MASTER RACE!

  • Owlswald

    Speaking of awesome vocals, that Unhuman album from last week is sweet and the vocalist somehow sounds like a fucking reptile.

    • Ikr isn’t it great?

      • Owlswald

        Yessir. That’s the kind of tech right up my alley and it’s also unique.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    “Metaphysical Anus probably knows a thing or two about this Finnish band.” Dammit Jimmy! We don’t all know each other!

    • don’t you though?……don’t you?

      • Metaphysical Anus

        We don’t. We hate people from different cities in the same country. Pretty much everyone hates people from Helsinki and Turku.

        • did you just make those names up???

          • Metaphysical Anus

            No! They are two large cities in Fnland. Helsinki is the current capital, but Turku used to be the capital when we were under Sweden.

          • i asked for it. >:

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Ooh man, he burned the wonderful Mr. Anus! Do you need any ice for that burn? If so, you can use the Icee I am currently drinking. It’s blue raspberry flavor.

  • FeelTheDarkness

    It has the word Tech right in the title!!!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EcjWd-O4jI

  • Spear

    New Abysmal Dawn went up yesterday; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kW-8DupDuPQ

      • Spear

        I’m really digging the new songs. Doesn’t sound like they’re venturing too far out of their comfort zone, but everything that made the first album so good has been tightened up. The songwriting overall is on a new level.

        • Yea the songwriting has improved a ton. I’m ok with it sounding like the aura. I mean that album is the musical equivalent of sex.

          • Spear

            Agreed. Also, holy shit, that clean part going into the solo was awesome.

      • Max

        Speaking as somebody who doesn’t usually bother with tech death, I reckon I’m gonna buy this album. You can take the credit for that.

    • this makes me happy. they’re such a great band, and the guys are so cool and down-to-earth

  • can i just say that reading comments an shit on various reviews/sites, i see people talk about newer Overkill albums and theyre all unanimous that it’s good shit, am i the only one who thinks theyre dinosaurs playing stock metal by the numbers? like uninteresting as fuck. i mean if youre like 49 it’s ok overkill RAWKS and eddie truck is da man but if not, wtf are these people listening to? THIS IS THE WAY METAL SHOULD BE DONE, yeah if it’s 1992, ‘kin plebs

    • I can’t stand their vocals.

    • Tyree

      I listened to their new album and thought it was ok. Just, ok though. That drum production irritated be though especially the kick drum.

    • Howard Dean

      The newer Overkill albums are exactly what old-school thrashers want in their metal. That’s why they praise it. They don’t want progression, mile-a-minute arpeggios, runs up-and-down the fretboard, exotic scales, mechanical drumming, or gutturals. They are a relatively self-contained crew who wished metal stopped progressing in ’89. That’s just the way they are. And that’s perfectly fine.

      • i understand that however exodus and testament progressed and got arguably much better than they did in the 80s

      • NDNOvHell

        If there’s a group of metal fans that one would call “elitists” or “purists”, it would be Thrashers. It’s insane how narrow-minded some are.

        *Edit* That being said, I used to be that way myself.

        • crazytaco_12

          Dude, every genre has them. I’ve been to thrash, doom, death, black metal bills, all with their share of elitist fucks in the crowd, and there’s a site or forum or whatever for each crowd. It’s inevitable.

      • KJM

        GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!

    • NDNOvHell

      I love Overkill. No fucks given. Haven’t listened to their new stuff though.

      • Tyree

        I love me some Overkill too. New album is worth a listen but I can’t say it impressed me too much.

        • NDNOvHell

          I’ll probably just check it out, and decide what to do from there. I trust your judgment.

    • KJM

      I’m 47. I’ve seen them twice and never thought they were anything special. In fact, we used to make fun of them.

      • i’ll always respect the hell out of Testament for that. When shit got bad in the mid 90’s and all their contemporaries were doing weird shit like Risk or Diabolus in Musica, Roots ect Testament said “no fuck that, here’s Low, Demonic, and The Gathering’ WE’RE GONNA GO EVEN FUCKING HARDER.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          I love Testament for that reason as well. They didn’t stop doing what they wanted to do to make alternative bullshit, they made pure 100% metal. I hate the early 1990s because of the collapse of metal’s commercial viability. I love nu metal and it will always have a place in my heart and in my memories but grunge was the worst thing to ever happen to music in my honest opinion. When grunge got big the fun got sucked out of rock and has not come back. Grunge is moody crap for Seattle loving hipster pieces of trash. I believe that one day fun will be back in rock but I don’t know when. Until that happy day all we as rock and metal lovers will get is bullshit of “I hate my parents and my girlfriend left me so I’ll write untalented bullshit to get back at everyone.” At least nu metal mostly stayed away from that. Korn on the other hand embraced the hatred of parents and girlfriends but I don’t like Korn so it doesn’t really matter to me.

          • KJM

            As much as I love Metal, I otherwise hated the 80s(mostly 1984-88). They were the most plastic decade ever. I also hate most Hair Metal(Cinderella, Poison, Post ‘Shout’ Crue, etc) so I was glad to see that crap get destroyed. I’d take Alice In Chains & Korn over that junk any day.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I loved hair metal because even though it was plastic it wasn’t all bad. There was good metal in the 1980s such as quite a few thrash metal bands, Fates Warning and pre-Mindcrime Queensryche were good, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest and other good stuff. Hair metal was a small portion of the metal from the 1980s and even though it was plastic I enjoyed the plastic compared to all the shit of “I hate authority and I am depressed” from the early 1990s.

          • KJM

            Oh, I love the classic 80s Metal(Maiden, Priest, real Metallica, etc), seen ’em all multiple times. Those were my teen years after all. However, I would sooner listen to the whiniest, most depressed 90s song over Poison, Cinderella, or Warrant. Besides, Type O Negative was a 90s band and they were one of the all time best Metal bands.

          • the only 80’s metal is usually listen to anymore is Sepultura, Slayer, Metallica, the odd Anthrax song, I like 80s Queensryche alot, Dio too. I also had my maiden/priest thing where I heard their shit front to back multiple times. 90’s had some awesome stuff. today though, most of my metal listening comes from 00’s/10’s.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’m sorry about your liking of Queensryche and my bashing of them. I don’t trust them even though the album with Todd La Torre was very good. Geoff Tater Tot and his Queensryche album besmirched the name more than Dedicated to Chaos. What’s worse is I heard that whatever Tateryche is calling themselves after they can no longer use the Queensryche name is making a trilogy of concept albums. Can he just retire from music already? He can perform Mindcrime and Mindcrime II, why would he need to make another concept album or another album in general? Wasn’t one failure bad enough? The only good thing about Tateryche is they’ll soon be relegated to bars and venues the size of the one near me which holds less than 1,000 people. If they draw a quarter of the 1,000 people the venue holds if and when they go there I’ll be amazed.

          • my interest in Queensryche stops at Empire. I don’t give a fuck about anything after 1992, I havent even heard new QR or anything Geoff Tate masqueraded as QR, i mean MC2 was decent, but everything after Empire was a complete showing of mediocrity and banal snoozefests.

            I have been reading/following the Tate/Ryche soap opera though because it’s funny and interesting, but i don’t actively listen to any of the music theyre doing, not my cup of tea.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            The self titled done by Queensryche sans Geoff Tate was very good. I recommend it if you like the stuff from before Mindcrime. I’m going to watch their Unplugged special off Youtube as I hear it’s amazing.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’m enjoying the album they did in 2009 called american soldier. It’s really depressing yet it’s miles ahead of the next two albums from tate and friends.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I love Type O Negative but I really consider them more gothic hard rock than gothic metal. On the other hand, Queensryche is one of my least favorite “classic metal” bands ever. I’ve really been on a spree of hating them lately as I consider everything they did from Mindcrime onward to the self titled without Geoff Tate terrible with the exception being Empire. I consider Operation Mindcrime the most overrated concept album ever. People love it but I consider it as overblown as a Broadway musical and as pretentious as Tales From Topographic Oceans by Yes. I hate Queensryche as much as I hate Whitesnake and that’s a lot of hate.

          • KJM

            The argument for TON being Gothic Rock is valid for discs like October Rust, but World Coming Down is definitely Metal, especially the title track.

            I love QR until Empire, including Mindcrime. Empire is as much a disappointment to me as The Black Album was. However, finding out how much of a venal, greedy, psycho Geoff Tate is almost ruined QR for me. Fortunately they kicked his ass to the curb and got a good replacement. ‘Spore’ from the latest QR disc is their best song in years.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            QR was ruined for me after the first time I listened to Q2K. It was ruined even more after I bought the limited edition of Dedicated to Chaos but not as ruined as it was when Frequency Unknown came out from Tateryche. I liked the self titled more than anything since Empire but it’s going to be quite some time before I will trust QR and even longer before I will see them and buy their stuff as I did from Tribe onwards. I bought all the albums from Tribe up to Dedicated to Chaos and I saw them on every tour they did from that album until the Dedicated to Chaos tour. I regret seeing them on their 2011 tour as they fucking sucked more than when I saw them in 2007. Every other time was at least decent or in the case of the 2007 show mediocre. After the 2011 performance was over I went home and the next day I sold all my Queensryche albums to my local record store, including my signed copies of Tribe and Operation Mindcrime II. I will never forgive Tate for FU even though he was a very nice man when I met him and the band in 2003 and 2007 on their tours for Tribe and Mindcrime II. To think I bought his solo album, even though I didn’t sell that. I threw Tate’s solo album into a bonfire I went to last year and laughed as it burned.

          • KJM

            I’ve not heard anything past Promised Land except the most recent discs. My God, Frequency Unknown sucked harder than a Jupiter sized Dirt Devil.

            I’ve seen QR 3 times, twice in 1989 opening for Metallica and again in 1991 when they did Mindcrime front to back. That was QR at their live peak.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I remember after hearing Tribe I preordered their Revolution Calling box set as soon as it was announced and buying Q2K. I never listened to Q2K until 2009 when I listened to all the Queensryche albums in celebration of American Soldier’s release.

        • crazytaco_12

          Yeah dude, but they definitely had some shitters with “Practice What You Preach” and “The Ritual”

          • oh definitely. I guess thats why they changed, they just decided to go the other way than everyone else. there are some good tunes on those albums tho. practice title track, electric crown, but youre right both were rather shit.

    • thrash isn’t an extremely progressive genre. this is why i can only listen to a little bit of it. WARBRINGER!!!!!!!

      • Metaphysical Anus

        Did someone say “progressive?”

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          Yay, progressive metal! Fates Warning is very good progressive metal and I consider early Queensryche progressive metal that is thrashy. Then they turned into garbage. I loved Queensryche once but then they made Promised Land and Q2K. I saw Queensryche in 2011 and they were terrible live. Geoff Tate couldn’t sing at all and it was all songs off the album Dedicated to Chaos which is tied with Frequency Unknown as the worst Queensryche album with Geoff Tater Tot.

      • crazytaco_12

        Voivod, Coroner, Anacrusis, Mekong Delta, Aspid, Obliveon, Believer, Deathrow, etc

    • crazytaco_12

      Dude, I am a diehard thrash fan and I completely agree with you. Sure, I think some of their new songs are alright or there’s some good riffs, but Overkill were not born to play 8 minute songs dude. They need to trim the fat and get some analog production.

    • Lord Ov Kapsko

      Right now Ice-T is comming to bust yo ass for talking shit.

      • KJM

        Somebody gonna get shot.

  • you ever been listening to an album, think of something half way thru, then take a break to hear a song (or a couple) off an other album then go back to the album you were playing originally? #1stworldshit #staytech

    • Yep It’s called song A.D.D.and it is a daily occurrence in the car.

    • #randomaccessmemories

    • KJM

      All the time.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Yes I do. I also play the same song over and over again until I get sick of it.

  • Um, that Status Abnormis is fucking awesome. Thanks for that.

  • Lord Ov Kapsko

    Oh man I’ve read flush held high… What have you done to me!