Tech-Death Thursday: Enthean

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Progressive technical black metal? Umm…Yes! I’ll try one of those, thanks. Yep, the symphonic 2nd wave combo meal. Weedlies and deedlies? Really? Sure, throw some of them on the side, but not too much cheese, thanks. I’ll take a glass of some sweet sweet Phrygian to wash it down too, why not! May as well treat myself. On their debut full-length Priests Of Annihilation, South Carolina’s 3-piece Enthean offer up a veritable buffet of guitar riffs, runs and solos, backed up by a strong drumming performance and a synth score that would befit any Emperor album. Feast upon the pre-release track “Dysthanasia” below.

Haling from Greenville, South Carolina, Enthean are a 3-piece blackened progressive tech-death band. No, wait, Enthean are a progressive technical black metal band. Or are they tech-noir? I don’t know anymore. However I describe their sound, somebody is bound to disagree, blow a wispy menthol vape cloud and aggressively reach for their fedora “trilby” in disgust. Who gives a fuck? Enthean’s music is ripping, and that’s all we all should care about. Their debut full-length Priests of Annihilation is going to stomp over some genre boundaries and your eardrums in the process.

The majority of its tracks clock in at over 5 minutes and show astute penmanship. There simply aren’t many bands that manage to cram this many riffs into songs of this length without it becoming a bit messy or excessive. It truly is a fine line to straddle between seeking to make an impact on your audience without creating something that feels overblown. One of the album highlights, “Before You, I Am” is just over 7 minutes of sprawling metal splendour. The interplay between the guitars and the drums is a nuanced display of craftsmanship. With shredding over half-time drumming, and vice versa in the very next stanza there is always something to catch your attention. Another is the penultimate track “Bring Forth The Raven”. It has everything. From the opening cinematic segue from prior track “Behold The Primordial”, it ushers in a set of sprawling riffs replete with sweeps, crazy artificial harmonics that recall the squeal-crusade that Ihsahn went on post-Nightside Eclipse, octave slides and a ballsy attempt at one of the big-bending blues solos that Dave Davidson favours to cap off Revocation albums. Which leads us into the final track Invalesc de Profundis,” starting with a brief classical intro that is straight from the mid-90’s black metal textbook that bands such as Dissection and Lord Belial authored, before going through a series of metamorphoses that take you on a rambling journey through landscapes of both stunning beauty and pronounced treachery. The stuff that makes you wish you wore steel-capped boots at home because your jaw suddenly weighs more than the rest of your entire body.

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The production here is certainly on the crisp side but isn’t necessarily what you’d consider sterile. Unlike a large proportion of tech-releases, the percussion doesn’t remind me of the incessant clicking of the chirping crickets I feed upon, so that’s a tick in the plus column in my books. Interestingly, the vocals combine a couple of styles I’m not familiar with hearing side by side. Those of your modern day melodic black metal artists coupled with some more roaring growls you’d expect to hear on a contemporary tech/death metal release. There are also some choral parts to accompany some of the synth work. This ability to incorporate a range of vocal styles is no doubt attributed to the band having 2 out of the 3 members listed as performing vocal duties. Looks like they’ll be getting a touring bass player to fill in the gap for live shows (if they haven’t already), because I’ll be fucked if these guys don’t get asked to hit the road as soon as this titan of an album drops.

While there is a lot to take in throughout the 8-tracks, Priests Of Annihilation doesn’t seem to outstay its welcome. If you like tech-death, symphonic black metal or just want to hear something progressive and as tight as scrotum-skin dipped in the Southern Ocean, Enthean have what you need and more. Priests Of Annihilation releases on the 20th of May; in the mean time you can pre-order the album here or head over to their Facebook to show the band some support and tell them the Toilet sent you. (– Lacertilian)


To tide you over until you can pick up your copy of Enthean, the tireless toilet hero Spear has some news to keep you all occupied.

  • Atlantis Chronicles (pioneers of  deep-sea-purple-shit metal) have premiered a video for “Upwelling – Part I” from their new album, Barton’s Odyssey. If bouncy riffs and tapped arpeggios are your thing, this will be right up your alley.
  • Aborted have two new songs for your listening pleasure. You can check out “Divine Impediment” (featuring the illustrious Travis Ryan) here and “Bit By Bit” right here. Both will appear on Retrogore, out on April 22nd.
  • If you’ve ever wondered how Fallujah make their spacey wizard noises, take a look at this playthrough for “The Void Alone.” Dreamless is out on April 29th.

#StayText (You asked for it Spear!)

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  • CyberneticOrganism

    A) Nice use of keys. B) Badass artwork.

    http://f4.bcbits.com/img/a0583069131_10.jpg

  • Spear

    Sweeps? Gratuitous pinch harmonics? Synth orchestrations? Sign me the fuck up.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      x Spear

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    Woah, Lizard Bro is getting tech.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      I meant staying tech, Lizard Bro is staying tech.

  • BobLoblaw

    Such a good find.

  • Lizzie McGuire bringing the heat lately with these articles. Glorious.

  • Eliza

    Sounds like progressive technical melodic death black metal to me.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      symphonic post-techdjentskronk

      • Eliza

        Speed doom thrash.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          gabbermathcore rawwave

          • Stanley

            Black Fucking Metal.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            blackened unblack metal

          • Eliza

            Sometimes, this is the only good description you could give.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls
          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I think this is Marduk’s best album by a long shot.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAvKt9OpBoc

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            I was simply keeping with the whole ‘metal genre descriptions’ thing, lol.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            This album is good.

          • Stanley

            Should be coming out soon.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            25th of april if I’m not mistaken

          • Stanley

            You have your finger on the pulse, Boss.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            I try my best. I took a fancy to this album

          • Eliza

            Alternative industrial atmospheric shoegaze.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            That’d be M83’s second CD in a nutshell (jamming the new one and liking it so far)

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I fucking hate gabbers.

        • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

          I want a Speed Doom Thrash album, right now.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            Oh, wait. That perfectly describes High on Fire

          • Eliza

            I didn’t realise it, but it’s true. I may be a genius without even knowing it.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            You are!

          • Eliza

            I knew it. All those times I messed up maths was actually me creating a whole new way to do calculus.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            You must teach me these new ways

          • Eliza

            It’s really simple. Just do whatever it takes to get a result that seems to be correct and it will be correct.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            Genius!

          • Eliza

            Believe me, in the future, this will be taught in schools.

          • “Elizian Geometry” is now replacing Euclidian

          • Eliza

            This works for algebra too.

          • good catch

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Progressive blackened industrial post-deathdoommathcorethrash

        • Eliza

          I think you win.

        • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

          Progessive deathfunk

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Blackened tin pan alley core

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            That kinda describes this song.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oip2UOHwRgo

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            Ha, it does. Nice one.

          • Eliza

            FNM will always get an upvote from me.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Especially Angel Dust (which in my opinion is actually the pinnacle of avant-garde metal) and The Real Thing. I still enjoy the albums after those two, but they’re a bit all over the place. The “metal as a core sound”-principle is lost from King for a Day… on.

          • Eliza

            Those two are my favourite albums from them as well. I enjoy what they put out afterwards as well, but these two are a class of their own.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            I enjoy Inteoduce Yourself quite a lot.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            That’s because “metal as a core sound” was all in the hands of Jim Martin

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Thank you for this nugget of truth.

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            *a kind nod and tip of the hat

          • ME GORAK KING OV CAVEMEN!!!

            NOW PUMPKINS IN HANDS OV JIM MARTIN!!!!!!!!

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            There’s Atheist in a nutshell.

          • Lisa Ling plz, i liek Atheist! and i like our resident r/atheists Tapir and Blastbeard!

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Who said I didn’t like them too?

          • i know bby, i’m “just being Jimmy” <3

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls
          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Unquestionable Presence is amazing. I always found Elements quite crappy though.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Elements was hot gorilla titties, man! Really badly produced, though, at least the original was.

        • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

          Industro-prog blackened fishcore speed kazoo metal

      • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

        To my horror, I found out ‘crunkcore’ is actually a thing the other day. #NotEnoughGAHsInTheUniverse

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8F5YSA1Oz0

        • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

          #evenblackbearddoesntsmokeenoughbluntstolistentothis

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            It’d take a lot more than blunts to block the horror. Might as well go with krokodil at that point.

          • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

            im still on vacation tho.

            mfw i cant decide at gas station if five blunts is enough for today:
            🙂

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Lol, sounds like you’re gonna be Pan Piping those things all at once!

          • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

            that is BRILLIANT

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls
          • RJA

            5 blunts should be enough, but somehow it won’t be.

          • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

            i mean ive already went thru 2 and its not 3pm

        • Eliza

          The world is cruel.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            And impossibly dumb.

          • Eliza

            I will delete that thing from my browsing history. It needs to be forgotten.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            And nuked from orbit, then stomp out the ashes, and flush it just to be sure. And pour a circle of salt around it.

          • Eliza

            Somehow I this this still wouldn’t be enough. The best would be traveling in the past and cancel it’s creation before it happet.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          “Thanks for letting me borrow your Jag, dad.” *vapes*

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Gah, I think this is the next Attila in training! Kill it, kill it before it gets to the women and children! We cannot let Attila spawn!

    • Blackened progressive technical melodic death metal, huehuehuehue

      • Eliza

        It’s a bit of a niche.

        • Yeah, few people understands that genre.

          • Eliza

            It’s for true fans only.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        outré-influenced post-outré

  • Spear
    • Eliza

      Do you know what it’s like to suddenly have big expectations for something you didn’t even knew existed a few moments ago? Cus I’m feeling that right now.

      • Spear

        All the time. There’s almost always something I find while putting together TTT that blows me away.

        • Eliza

          That’s the fun of it.

  • Wishlisted this album based on those delicious descriptions <3

    Hail, LizardBROman!

    • what’s that you say Link: a “handsome-off” between Lizard and Spear? you have my vote!

  • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

    Very cool LizardKing, I’m going to have to give this a shot.

  • Hmm I wasn’t aware of this one, looks like I’ll have to buy the shit out of it

  • Spear

    It bears mentioning that if anyone else wishes to submit something for TDT (as sweet Lizardmanbro has), you can send me a message at techdeathtov@gmail.com or hit me up on Facebook.

    • none of the submissions are investigated for accuracy, right?

      • I’m sure if you submit a pretty reckless song no one will notice

        • shhhhh

          • Taylor keeps teasing on her fb, I need a new song damnit.

          • they’re like the only good, modern rock ‘n roll band that i know of.
            i hope they stay relatively unknown.

          • Agreed, though I’m pretty sure they got pretty popular with the last one. I really like Hard Rock when it’s done well. I can only think of TPR and Clutch when it comes to Hard Rock done well these days though.

      • Spear

        None whatsoever!

      • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

        *submits the new M83 before anyone notices*

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjhfP_Zq0os

  • Whole lotta notes being played! I like the symphonic portions, too.

    GLLGGLLGGLLGGLLG

    • ME GULAG!!!

    • That is the sound I make when I chug goatmilk & vodka. GLGLGLLLGLLLGGLGLG

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      Needs more purple, swirly shit and aliens. Consistency, people, I thought this was tech death! #NoPurpleNoTech

  • Waynecro

    Thanks, Lacertilian! Enthean is a helluva find. Waiting until the end of May to hear the rest of the album may very well cause me physical pain.

  • CT-12

    Fucking “tech-noir”, that killed me haha