Tech Death Thursday: Effrontery

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Let’s tone back the tech just a little bit this week and focus on the music. We’re jamming Effrontery this week.

News:

  • Dissonant death outfit Sunless have a new song streaming over at Invisible Oranges. These guys are excellent, so don’t skip out on this one. Look for Urraca on February 24th.
  • If siqq shreds are more your speed, you can catch Archspire and Arkaik on their upcoming US tour. I know Archspire draws a lot of ire around these parts, but I seriously encourage you to catch them if you’re able; it’s one thing to hear their music on record, and it’s another thing entirely to see it performed.
  • Speaking of tours, Inanimate Existence and Aethere are hitting the road together for four days in April. I’m not as familiar with Aethere, but Inanimate Existence are excellent live.
  • Buried Realm has a new song up, and it rips. I don’t know if there’s a plan for a full album, but I sincerely hope it happens.
  • Newcomers Tandav just put out a new EP, and it’s pretty damn good. Check it out if you need a quick tech fix.
  • Quick reminder that there’s an Alterbeast tour coming up and I’m going to be insanely jealous of everyone who gets to see it.

Tech death, as you know, is generally based around musicians trying to push their limits while still remaining musical (well, usually). In the pursuit of instrumental mastery, it’s easy to leave the emotional portion of songwriting behind. While I’d personally argue that even the shreddiest of metal can be equally expressive of intent and emotion as a slow, soulful blues player, there’s no doubt that emotion is often secondary to virtuosity in tech death. It’s always interesting, then, coming across a tech death artist whose music is spurred by the former over the latter. With that, I present you Budapest’s Effrontery.

Good lyrics are generally pretty low on the list of things I look for in a tech death band, but in this case, they’re front and center for a reason. Seven Years of Agony was written in the wake of the death of guitarist Péter Lipák’s father, and the sorrow and anger brought on by that tragedy is palpable throughout. The subject matter is fairly typical for metal, dealing with topics ranging from death to depression to the political climate of Hungary, but they’re all very personal and written from a place of vulnerability. Those notes of personal experience give the words much more gravity than their typical use as shock value, or the more common viewpoint of outside observer. Moreover, they’re simply well-written, which makes for a nice change of pace.

Musically, Seven Years ventures deep into melodeath territory with an occasional detour through thrash land. Opening track “Enter the Misery” would have fit perfectly on an early Arsis record, and most of the rest of the album follows suit. Hammer blasts and dueling guitar solos are abundant, and the low- to mid-range harmonized riffs pack a lot of punch. Songs like “Poisonous” veer more in the direction of acts such as Wastewalker and Kalmah, blazing their trail with a driving thrash attack. The solos range from rage-fueled shredfests to slow and melodic mini-ballads, and they’re all creative and flavorful. They’re pointed and precise, equal parts cerebral and emotive, and reflective of the music as a whole. They’re the best type of solo; the kind that elevates the music rather than padding it.

If you like instrumental prowess but are discouraged by the oftentimes mechanical nature of tech death, then I encourage you to check out Effrontery. Despite the dreary imagery and heavy subject matter, it stands out as a bright island of color in a sea of grays. Seven Years of Agony is powerful and intense, and even if all you’re looking for are sweet riffs and a good time, it provides on that front as well. There aren’t a whole lot of tech death bands doing what Effrontery do, and there’s a lot of enjoyment to be had here.


Seven Years of Agony is out now and is available at name your price on Bandcamp. Go show the band some love on Facebook, too; they deserve it. That’s all for this week, and until next time,

Stay Tech


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  • Howard Dean

    Now that is some cool and atypical tech death cover artwork! There’s kind of an unfortunate contrast between the image and the spiky-black band logo, but overall it’s pretty good. Looks like something Drudkh would have as cover art. Actually reminds me a bit of the original artwork for Burzum’s Umskiptar (thematically, at least):

    https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/427987_648931848253_471133190_n.jpg?oh=272303e37772d719e038821150ba671a&oe=590AEBC9

    • Brutalist_Receptacle

      I love how Mannheim refers to Varg: “Kristian, or Varg, or whatever…”

      • Howard Dean

        Thanks for that random anecdote…?

        • Sid Vicious Promos

          Uh HD I hate to ask this but where did you get that photo in your profile?

          • Howard Dean

            Google image search.

          • Sid Vicious Promos

            Would you mind changing it? That’s a Facebook photo of one of my managers from my job. I hate to do that but I don’t think she’d be happy if she found it here. I don’t want her realizing I comment here.

          • Howard Dean

            Ok, what? Do you mean this picture of Howard Dean? Or are we not talking about the same thing?! Are you smoking crack or did I somehow ingest peyote this morning and not realize it?

          • Sid Vicious Promos

            The woman in your Disqus profile photo is one of my managers. I can’t risk her finding it.

          • Spear

            The woman in his profile picture is a man who ran for president in 2004 and was head of the DNC for several years. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Dean

          • Sid Vicious Promos

            This isn’t funny. I’m not joking about this. My job could be in danger if she finds out.

          • Spear

            K.

          • Sid Vicious Promos

            My job could be in danger if she finds out. Do you not see the photo of a woman in the corner of his profile?

          • Spear

            A) your job’s not in any danger that is directly caused by commenting on a metal blog, and B) no, that’s Howard Dean, a Democratic politician. I hate to break this to you, but you may need glasses.

          • Spear

            Also, listen to Effrontery, dammit.

          • Sid Vicious Promos

            I will.

          • more beer

            So Howard Dean is transgender? Funny I thought he was a guy.

          • Óðinn
          • Howard Dean

            Honestly looks exactly like the field hockey coach from my high school. Like could be her twin sister. Hahahaha.

          • Joaquin Stick

            I’m jumping in on the wiki page and adding “Manager at Old Navy” to his work history.

          • more beer

            Don’t leave out. Ugliest female manager at Old Navy ever.

          • Howard Dean

            Hahahahahahahaha. Is this your manager?

            http://media.cnbc.com/i/CNBC/Sections/CNBC_TV/CNBC_US/Bios/Dean_Howard/Cover/Dean_Howard_240x250.jpg

            Is her name “Rhon” and does she drive a Harley-Davidson?

          • Óðinn

            Handsome.

          • Old Man Doom

            Holy fuck. I just want to say that this is the funniest shit I’ve seen in a very long time.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            I think you’re hallucinating.

          • more beer

            We all do!

          • more beer

            Have you been puking violently? Because everyone I know who has ingested peyote told me that they did.

          • Howard Dean

            I remember we had a dude come in and talk to us about drugs and alcohol when we were in middle school. He spent half the time talking about how he still wakes up craving Crown Royal every morning, and the other half of the time talking about when he did peyote. Apparently he vomited a lot, and he said it felt like he could feel every vein in his body simultaneously. That dude was rad.

          • more beer

            That is funny. Myy experience was another random dude came in and had this open out box. Inside was fake drugs. He proceeded to tell us. This will do this to you, this will do that to you. All I could think was, I want to try everything.

          • more beer

            It is none of her business where you comment. We have this little thing called the First Amendment.

          • Sid Vicious Promos

            Well I don’t know how she’d react if she found out her photo was here. She doesn’t seem like the type who would be happy about that.

          • more beer

            Where is her photo? I see a picture of Howard Dean.

          • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

            Nyquil is the shit.

            -XxsupersayainxX, 4 days ago

          • more beer

            Man your manager must be one ugly female. If she looks like Howard Dean!

          • Sid Vicious Promos

            Fuck this. I can’t keep doing this. I’m freaking out because HD got a photo of one of my managers and made it his Disqus profile picture and all you guys are doing is making light of this very scary situation.

          • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

            calm down take a chill pull word, bet you just took too much cocaine and forgot to top yourself up with a tranquiliser

            -Cerialeater01, in reply to JohnLawrenceCobraKai

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Is a chill pull what pantera fans take to calm down? I always thought that was just prescription opiates.

          • more beer

            Or benzos.

          • more beer

            No he has a picture of Howard Dean. Did you take acid or something? Were you out and someone slipped you something? That is not your manager.

          • Dude, relax. There isn’t a female on HD profile picture. That was his profile pic since day one!

            Just chill.

            And listen to Effrontery 200% volume.

          • Sid Vicious Promos

            I guess I was wrong. I see a picture of HD. I must be sleep deprived or something.

          • Much better.

            Get some rest and drink some magic potions to ease the pain.

          • GoatForest

            Indeed.

          • Sid Vicious Promos

            Anyway I’m liking this Effrontery! It’s very heavy!

          • KyleJMcBride

            He has done no such thing. STop being silly.

          • Sid Vicious Promos

            It’s like the Ultimate Warrior and the mirror. This makes me Hollywood Hogan.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Are you really concerned your manager is going to be visiting a website called “Toilet Ov Hell” and scrolling through the comments?

          • KyleJMcBride

            See, this is why I think you should start doing drugs. You’re obviously not seeing things clearly.

          • more beer

            He has been brainwashed. By all of that just say no bullshit.

          • KyleJMcBride

            Indeed. His brain’s obviously fried by stress.

          • more beer

            Yes a little mind numbing would do him a lot of good.

          • Sid Vicious Promos

            Wouldn’t I be even more messed up if I did that?

          • KyleJMcBride

            Nope it wouldn’t.

          • Stockhausen

            I’m so confused right now.

          • GoatForest

            Dude, Howard Dean’s profile pick only has a pic of Howard Dean. Plus, you are using a pseudonym here…

          • nbm02ss
          • Óðinn

            I remember my first beer.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      I want to fall asleep under that tree

    • Has an atmospheric black metal band ever used Thomas Kinkade art for their record? Because I’m getting some ideas.

    • Spear

      The art is what prompted me to check it out in the first place. I kinda wish more tech bands would do stuff like this.

      • Howard Dean

        Yeah, it’s pretty cool. I like that style. I also really like charcoal drawings when they are done by somebody with talent (otherwise they just look like smudgy pieces of shit). I prefer the rough-around-the-edges look.

    • Black Smallbeard

      i def see the connection. especially to the original cover of Blood in Our Wells

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      Kinda reminds me of the cover for Distant in Solitary Night by Judas Iscariot.

    • Stockhausen

      That was my first thought as well, I was glad to see a distinct lack of purple and space.

  • Brutalist_Receptacle

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  • Ahhh, the hammering drums this time doesn’t distract me from the cool melodies. This is something right up of my alley. Nice keyboards, you’re def right about Kalmah.

    Also… IT’S NAME YOUR PRICE!

    I’m sold and I thank you, Spear.

    It reminds me of this local band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvWsrhrykZU

  • Count_Breznak

    Huh, would have expected shitty US Hippie BM from that albumcover.

  • Stockhausen

    This is a rare day when my internet at work doesn’t suck horrendously and I don’t have to corral 80 middle schoolers during my 25 minute lunch break! Ripping tunes, I like the balance of tech and death in this. YouTube link for fellow Bandcamp block victims.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-kQVFiI2o0

    • Spear

      MORE LIKE RIPPING ASSMODEIA

  • Waynecro

    That Sunless song is awesome enough to get me hype for Urraca. Archspire and Arkaik are coming to my favorite local venue, so I’ll be there (even though it’s a Monday night). Buried Realm sounds pretty good. I was surprised by the clean vocals at first, but they sound OK (a bit like Christian Älvestam’s). Tandav’s songs are cool as shit, but, man, those programmed drums sound particularly programmed. That sort of thing isn’t enough to prevent me from enjoying the music, but it’s hard to miss in this case. Dude, I really dig a lot of melodeath in my tech death. Effrontery sounds amazing! Thanks, Spear!