Tech Death Thursday-Existential Animals


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Welcome back to TDT! Here’s your news:

  • Continuum released a lyric video for their new song “A Surreal Descent” and you can check that out here.
  • Archspire made a vocal playthrough for their song “Fathom Infinite Depth”. Ollie is an incredible vocalist; can you imagine having an argument with him? Here’s the vid.
  • The Kennedy Veil released a guitar playthrough for their song “Perfida” which you can check out here.
  • Pyscroptic are streaming their new album over at decibel. Head to this link if you want to hear it.

Today we’re talking about Existential Animals. EA are an instrumental group from Oberlin, Ohio that I really enjoy. I’m usually not the biggest fan of instrumental music; in general I prefer music with vocals because instrumental material tends to feel dull as the music progresses. However, EA have somehow avoided that pitfall. Perhaps it’s because they do more than just wanking; they make actual songs. One thing is for sure, I love these dudes. The drumming in their music is very spontaneous instead of just constantly throwing down blast beats and they manage to write some pretty clever riffs. I really dig their guitar tone as well, which is most likely only enhanced by the phenomenal production. The solos are pretty incredible as well. If you ask me, Existential Animals are the perfect example of how to make good instrumental tech-death that has lasting appeal.

Ironically, the first material I heard from the band wasn’t instrumental, but rather a tune with vocals by Will Smith of toilet favorites Artificial Brain and Buckshot Facelift. Check out “Stalked Vestige” from their debut album Surrealith:

Would I prefer this band with a vocalist? Perhaps, but in this case the lack of a vocalist isn’t a deal breaker. Just esterday the band released a new EP featuring two songs: “Prism Prison” and “Apopheniac”. I’m really digging this despite the brevity. Sometimes less is more. The band kept the same style from Surrealith on this new EP, but at the same time managed to change it up a bit. As a whole, it sounds a bit more refined and they do a few new things with the bass that I don’t remember them doing on the previous effort

Both of Existential Animals’ releases are name your price on bandcamp so you have no excuse to avoid giving these guys a listen. As always don’t forget to follow them on Facebook if you dig them. I leave you with a stream of the new EP. See ya next TDT.

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  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
    • MoshOff

      Remember when Jus Osborn wasn’t a dickbag?

  • Tyreeling In The Years
    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Fuck yeah, old Whitesnake.

      • Tyreeling In The Years

        Loved their old blues sound.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          A good carry over from Purple.

    • Good song. Coverdale>>>>>>>

      Also, this comment>>>>>>>

      thehoosierfortheUK hace 11 meses

      My body is aching for sex! I need sex with a beautiful and affectionate woman a year older than me as much as I need food!”

    • This may not be your flavor but at around 2:20 – they start chanting “fuck tomorrow, live for today”. Shit goes harder than Kayne West and T-Pain.–DQN0nc

  • Dayum. This some tasty tech death, Jackie Boy.

  • MoshOff

    Any band with Paolo Girardi artwork is worthy of my attention. Interesting stuff JB!

  • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

    This is good tech death.

  • Scrimm

    Like the music but losing me with no vocals.

    • It’s too bad because vocals would definitely enhance the listening experience.

      • Scrimm

        Agreed. I just almost never have the attention span to keep up without them. There are a few exeptions.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    Nice to see Will Smith still getting coverage on the old Le TXXLXT XX HXLL, lol. I’m jealous of New Yorkers who have a chance to see Artificial Brain, Revocation, and Psalm Zero on April 3rd.

  • Reposted Avenged Sevenfold Fan

    mainstream people think that they know what is heavy metal until they listen to Avenged Sevenfold<3?

    -HugoElcabezas, 1 week ago

  • Enemy Of The Free World

    Well… The new Paycroptic is good at least.

    • Lacertilian

      Joe can write riffs for my funeral

  • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

    You know what would improve this band?

    If they played killer mid-tempo death metal riffs and changed their name to Bolt Thrower.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus
      • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

        NegroD I placed an order with The Ajna Offensive last night, as they finally received their copies of Volahn’s new album on CD (they were stuck in customs for about a month!). I’ll let you know what I think once I receive it and give it a listen!

        My full Ajna order (all CDs):

        -Volahn – Aq’ab’al
        -“TLILTIC TLAPOYAUAK” Black Twilight Circle compilation (2 CDs)
        -Rahu – The Quest for the Vajra of Shadows
        -Sathanas – Cruentus Diabolos
        -Weapon – Drakonian Paradigm
        -“On the Powers of the Sphinx” compilation (featuring Nightbringer, Saturnalia Temple, Nihil Nocturne, and Aluk Todolo)!

        • I would love to see mail workers with those Cd names 😛

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          That’s quite the haul HD! You’ll have to let me know what you think of Volahn (and the rest of these of course). I am waiting on JAG to send over that Pissgrave demo. He has some new equipment coming that he says will digitize the tape with superior quality to the tape.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
    • Scrimm

      Almost every band would be improved if they did this.

      • Tyreeling In The Years
        • Scrimm

          I keep forgetting to check these dudes out. Will fix today.

        • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix


      • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

        I like Konkeror, but them doing this cover surprised me.

        • Scrimm

          Me too. I like it though.


    I heard the LP when it came out and couldn’t get into it

    • Guacamole Jim

      XXVXVX VXXVVVXXX XVXVXVXVX!!!!11!!!!!!one!!1!

  • Hey, this is good! There’s finally a good instrumental tech death band. I wish it had more Will Smith vocals, tho!

  • Solid musicianship and recording. If these guys start to gain popularity, it’s only a matter of time before someone goes on Youtube and does vocals over the tracks.

    • Guacamole Jim

      That would be interesting to hear.

    • EsusMoose

      I hope they sing about the medical implications of being on the toilet too often

      • This is a very serious topic that needs to be explored through tech death.

  • JVVG

    Had to remind myself that, no, this wasn’t posted at 7AM. Nobody is mad enough to be up that early unless they have to be. Even one hour later feels unnatural.

    Related thought: instrumental the death sounds like the perfect alternative to my alarm clock. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner…

    • Shit I could use an alarm clock, I’m in a string of waking up at 10 am and it’s ticking me off cause it feels like I wasted half my day.

      • JVVG

        whereas for most of my week waking up at 10 is both normal and preferable, and the two days I need to be moving by 7am are total outliers I could do without.

        At least neither of us are the type that get up every day at 5am for a jog before work. Ugh.

        • I used to get up at 4 AM when I worked at UPS. NEVER AGAIN

          • JVVG

            Clarification: that upvote was for the NEVER AGAIN

            Most definitely not for the part about being up before most other people (who are not early morning news television/radio hosts).

      • VVayne Brady

        You know, most phones have built in alarms…

        • I’m aware. My current phone doesn’t go off when it should, or at all sometimes. I have to find an alternative until it’s time to upgrade.

  • Anthony

    Let’s not forget, this is the band of Dave Mustein, a white guy with dreads and a former writer of Metal Sucks. Very disappointed with the toilet today.

    • We all make mistakes. He is no different.

      • Anthony

        As a longtime lurker, I both admire and respect you, Jack, but we must disagree here. Writing for metal sucks is an unforgivable mistake.

        • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

          Anso writes for Metalsucks too. Just sayin.

      • Anthony

        Also, I cannot upvote your comment.

    • VVayne Brady

      You do realize that a lot of us don’t read that website and likely were not aware of that connection, right?

  • This band had amazing artwork. I’m listening to this on that alone.