Tech Death Thursday: Dysylumn

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Walk with me in darkness. This is Tech Death Thursday.

Firstly, the ñews:

  • Serocs’s third full-length, And When The Sky Was Opened, has been announced for a November 27th release date. Check out “Itami” for a taste of what’s to come.
  • Artificial Brain have been added to the second part of the Indiemerch 10th Anniversary Tour, alongside The Black Dahlia MurderGoatwhoreIron Reagan, and Entheos. The full list of dates for both legs of the tour can be found here.
  • Avant-garde weirdos Spires of the Lunar Sphere have an album coming September 25th. Check out “4 Bears” and “BERZERKER CLOUD” at their Bandcamp. Brace for chiptunes and squealing guitars.
  • Zillah have announced their third album, Serpentine Halo, will be out on October 2nd. Stream “Made Flesh and Bone” over at NCS. If you’ve been interested in skronk but are turned off by the general lack of melody, then this one might be for you.
  • If you wish Ovid’s Withering were a little more proggy and a little less child molestery, check out Foreboding Ether’s new track, “Education and Catastrophe.” Dunamis will be available, uh, eventually I guess.
  • Asterion, who like ancient Greece almost as much as Kronos, have a new album out via Bandcamp.
  • I somehow missed that Sceptic’s full 2015 demo went up last month. Check it out here while I flagellate myself in ecstasy penance.
  • Newcomers Fractal Generator have a new song streaming over at NCS. “Face of the Apocalypse” leans more towards the brutal death side of things than tech, but more in a Kronos kind of way than a Visceral Disgorge sort of way. If that sort of thing floats your boat, butters your biscuit, and/or tickles your pickle, then look for Apotheosynthesis on October 2nd. (h/t Jack Bauer)

Don’t let that cover art throw you off; though it’s full of shit flying through space, it’s not purple shit flying through space. Dysylumn got their start as a tribute to a fallen loved one, and their austere origin shows in their music. Their subdued brand of progressive death metal carries a lot of weight, echoing the quieter moments of Gorguts and Anata (“Children’s Laughter” comes to mind) without exactly mirroring them. The overall mood of the album is somewhere between melancholic black metal and doom, but juxtaposed in a tech death setting to surprising effect.

Subtlety is the name of the game on Conceptarium. While most tech death bands create tension by hurling a dizzying array of notes at the listener, Dysylumn do it purely through composition. While there’s almost always motion on one guitar, the other is playing chords or melodies that create a touch of dissonance, just enough to cause some discomfort. For the most part, the riffs on Conceptarium are actually pretty slow, only ever reaching sustained speed on “Cauchemar” and “Réveil.” The drums are the primary driving force here, blasting their frantic desperation under the calm exterior of the guitars.

Of course, all of this would be for naught if the production didn’t match. A super clean approach would dampen the impact significantly; thankfully, they opted not to go that route. The guitars are warm and mellow enough that the dissonant aspects don’t grate against the ears, but have enough crunch that the riffs don’t lose their edge. Though I’m not the best judge of this, but the drums don’t sound overly triggered; if nothing else, they are much less mechanical-sounding than many other tech bands. The vocals are awash in reverb, swelling into earshot but never into focus, always in a haze atop the rest of the instruments. All of these elements come together to form one of the most complete and cohesive albums in the spheres of tech death, and it’s an especially impressive debut album from the French two-piece.

Conceptarium is out now for a measly €5 on Bandcamp. If you like what you heard, stop by Dysylumn’s Facebook and show them some love.

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

Stay Tech

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  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Dry your crying eyes lifelovers, Cynic broke up.

    • Vote for Jeb

      Aye, we were just discussing this on the Facebook group. I didn’t love Kindly Bent to Free Us, but I liked it well enough, and really enjoyed their older stuff. Bummer.

      Maybe Sean Reinert will go back to death metal now.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Never cared for them anyway. Isn’t Paul in Death to All?

        • Vote for Jeb

          I think both he and Sean were.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Well there’s that I guess for those who care.

        • Depending on the dates and the availability. But, mostly they rotated the members.

          Di Giorgio was the one more active in the project after he entered again in Testament. Sean got reemplazed by Gene Hoglan when he was in the hospital due some accident, from what I remember.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            True it has been revolving a bit.

          • Tyree

            All that matters is that Dark Angel is back together and that Gene is in the band. So glad he decided not to do something else dumb like join another Fear Factory or Strapping Young Lad kind of band. That man is a thrash machine.

          • That guy doesn’t rest! He is back with Testament too.

          • Tyree

            It shows too! He lost a lot of weight when I saw him play with Dark Angel.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Which is frightening, as the weight loss should make him even more of a beast. Met him a couple of times too. Very nice dude.

          • Vote for Jeb

            I’m really looking forward to new Dark Angel.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Me too. I only own the first two. I’ve needed the last two forever, but still haven’t purchased them. I haven’t been excited about a “comeback” album in quite a long time.

          • Tyree

            Yeah, exactly man!

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Valid cunting point.

          • Did you buy that Soilwork album, Link? I am thinking about getting it today.. Also, your review was amazing. I keep thinking “man the English is so good… this is why I do not have the courage to write reviews”. Then I realized it was from you! fine work!

          • Thank you very much, GL! <3

            Ehh… I **bought** it… Yeah!

            http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ltqzjn1CME1qawytso2_r1_500.gif

          • Just bought it. Pumped! Will report back.

            JK

          • Have fun with it. Contact me if it have the two bonus tracks, plox. I am so glad you liked the review.

            Shout it out on the FB group!

          • Herr Schmitty

            I got those two bonus tracks, you need ’em? I can send them to you some way when I get home from work.

          • Pack’em up in a .rar and send them to linkleonhart@hotmail.com please!!

          • Herr Schmitty

            Will do, going to be after 5:30 PM EST.

          • Herr Schmitty

            It’s very good, been my most-played album the last week or so!

    • Tyree
    • Sir Tapir The Based :]

      Eh, I haven’t really liked anything by them after Focus.

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        Did you see, DHG cancelled their gigs.

        • Sir Tapir The Based :]

          Well, I was unable to go to any of them anyway. Doesn’t feel that bad anymore, man.

        • ME GORAK(A.K.A. BATMAN)™

          DHG MAKE NAME LONG FUNNY WORD AGAIN???????????

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            JADODHEIMSGARDISTHENAMETHEBANDISUSINGAGAIN!!!!!!!!

  • Tyree
    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Nice Necrovore shirt on Bob. Saw a few of those at the fest. Their demo needs a proper release.

      • Tyree

        I noticed that as well at the fest. And fuck yes, that needs to happen.

  • The tone on these tracks are good. Both the drums sound great. I guess all the voices have a nice ambient ring to them. Fine find!

    JK

  • JJM

    this is good shvt, shining spear! i’m hearing some Abyssal (my new favorite band) in the mix.

  • Tyree

    Jim Sadist Medical Expense Fund

    http://www.gofundme.com/da3v7zgg

    • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

      Awesome, thanks Tyree.
      ToH peeps: please spare a little $$ for Jim and his family if you’re able to do so. Strokes are very nasty and often fatal brain destroying events, and rehabilitation/recovery often takes months to years, so his family is looking at some long-term medical costs.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    “…though it’s full of shit flying through space, it’s not purple shit flying through space.”
    /dead
    You win the internet this day, that was just too damned funny. Gold.

    • Spear

      Many thanks, Mr nipple

  • tertius_decimus

    New Sceptic brings everything they were famous for. Good old Sceptic. As in case with new Theory In Practice EP, it will remain unnoticed by most dwellers of metal community. Sad, but true.

    • Spear

      I’d argue that Necrophagist aren’t wanky, just fast and complex. They don’t strike me as self-serving. If nothing else, they were extremely important to the genre as a whole.

      But yeah, that Sceptic is really good.

      • tertius_decimus

        I’m in minority here to say that Necrophagist is massively overrated. For instance, it’s tough to remember anything other than “Stabwound”. Songs aren’t memorable, they fade away as quickly as you hit the stop button in the player. Couple songs don’t do the justice to the whole legacy which in Necrophagist’s case is limited by quantity (Muhammed, did you die in 2004 or what?) and by writer’s ability. Even in technical death metal complexity is a medium but not a goal. On a sad note, most current musicians think otherwise. Glad to hear clever approach by Sceptic, they do it right.

        Just my worthless 2 cents, don’t get too seriously.

        • Spear

          But this is the internet. We’re obligated to battle to the death now.

          • tertius_decimus

            Also, this is Toilet ov Hell. Be this any other resource, I could have ended beaten to death by everyone including moderators and admin. Freedom of speech, yay.

            Live long, ToH!

      • Jock Strap Full O Beef Stew

        I hate Necrophagist, more or less because it’s complexity over actually putting a melody together. Much like Origin, I can admire their skill, but it sounds like white noise to me. Spawn Of Possession did Necrophast’s sound and style far better, IMHO.

  • Vote for Jeb

    Finally listening to this album, Speario, and this band is doing some neat things tonally.

  • Waynecro

    Those are some high-quality jams. My face is melted, and I’m bordering on heat stroke.

  • Jock Strap Full O Beef Stew

    Nice pick, Speary! Definitely technical, but not too much weedly deedlies.