Tech Death Thursday: Eyeconoclast, A Loathing Requiem

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Face, meet floor.

Yes I have returned from my terrorist hunting expedition. Howard Dean did a great job filling in for me last week as well as hooking me on Deathspell Omega. I do need to issue a correction though: Howard claimed I was throwing terrorists at drones and while that is certainly a great strategy, I cannot let you all believe that is what happened. I actually just started shouting at them and they flew at the drones and died of their own free will. Did you guys hear that FOX is considering making a season of 24 without me? I don’t know what they’re thinking over there but I’m willing to bet they are probably closet FFDP fans because that’s stupid. Anyway, onto the task at hand.

I don’t think there’s any news to point out this week. I’ve scoured the internet and found nothing. If I missed something let me know in the comments. In place of news have this adorable cat gif. So broooootal! Think of it as Novocaine for the onslaught that is lying in wait from our featured bands.

To start off today, we’re talking about Eyeconoclast. A great band out of Rome who released and absolute fucking ripper of an album back in 2013. Check out “Rise of the Orgamechanism”:

I love this song. Right from the get go it’s relentless and never lets up. The riff that starts around 35 seconds in makes me want to mosh all over the tattooed necks of posers and through terrorist strongholds (Fun fact: if you have a neck tattoo I immediately mentally categorize you as a thug). The drumming on this record is nauseatingly good. The same goes for the guitar work which is mind blowing at times. These guys are also another one of the bands who get the production right and don’t leave your ears feeling like they have just been cleaned by a super sterile scalpel. The vocals are more thrashy than they death metally if you ask me, but I’m not complaining because that works perfectly with their sound. Drones of the Awakening dropped back in 2013 via Prosthetic Records. I’m hoping we’re due for another monster album from these guys as this one is a fucking masterpiece. You can grab it over at Bandcamp and don’t forget to follow them on Facebook too!

Next up, we have A Loathing Requiem. Here’s a facemelting album stream for you:

A Loathing Requiem is a one man band, but that one man has quite the pedigree. Malcolm Pugh, the aforementioned “one man” is also a member of Inferi and Diskreet; both bands who have been featured here before. If you like those two bands, you will like this one. The guitars sound very similar to Inferi and the drums sound like Diskreet.  This band is nothing short of spectacular and should be a part of any tech death head’s library. From what I understand, there is a new album on the way soon, so keep an eye out for that, because it’s sure to be a doozy. Psalms of Misanthropy is a masterpiece. Yes that’s right, I gave you two masterpieces in one day. You’re welcome. You can grab the record at Bandcamp and of course follow the band on Facebook.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to send guest submissions if you have them. They can be old school or new, it doesn’t matter. Until next time,

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  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    Do you guys think Eyeconoclast is a tip of the fedora to Eyehategod?

  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    JB if I didn’t think I would wind up doing something professional eventually I always thought neck (and hand) tattoos were pretty badass.

    • Same

    • Tyree

      I wonder if anyone has a tattoo of a vagina on their throat.

    • Do you secretly desire to be a thug lol?

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        Well, yeah, obvi

        • DDubya.

          If I wasn’t in a professional field, I would totally get sleeves.

          • Tyree

            I’d do the same too. H. R. Giger artwork sleeves!

          • Stanley

            Not big on tattoos, but here’s a picture of my brother’s Giger tattoo.

          • Tyree

            That’s incredible.

          • I figure I could get away with it when I move up to a more directorial position.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I have a sleeve on my right arm, easy to cover with a dress shirt.

          • DDubya.

            I like having the option to wear a short-sleeve button up.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            … for those balmy summer days.

          • DDubya.

            Bro, have you worn a suit when the temp is above 110? It isn’t fun.

          • more beer

            As far as I`m concerned wearing a suit is never fun. Glad for my job jeans and tee shirt is mandatory oh and shorts in the summer..

          • DDubya.

            Someday in the distant future when I have tenure, I’ll be able to do whatever I want! Till then, though, need to be a polite little cog in the machine.

          • more beer

            I hear you sometimes you just have to play the game to achieve your goals.

          • You have to know when to hold, gotta know when to fold, when to walk away.

          • Shorts is where I draw the line. Ain’t wearing shorts with these little chicken legs of mine! It’s weird enough for me to even wear short sleeves in public (I have a weird thing about my arms being seen out in the open). I’m about two inches away from wearing a burka in public most of the time.

          • more beer

            Well it’s hot working outside in the high desert in the summer. Why shouldn’t I tan my white pasty assed legs.

          • Sheeit, I didn’t get a tan living in Puerto Rico. I’d just get sunburnt here and there and return to my usual florescent self.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            It’s not immediately coming to mind but it is possible I have worn a suit here when it has been above 90. I’ll take desert weather at 100 degrees plus than Minnesota over 90 degrees, cause of the humidity.

            (also I wasn’t messing with you at all, lol)

          • DDubya.

            Haha, I figured.

          • Keegan Lavern Still

            Midwestern summers are the bane of my existence.

          • Scrimm

            I have. Dress Greens>>>>>>

          • Lacertilian

            After just completing a wedding as a groomsman on a tropical island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, I can cosign this in blood, sweat & vomit.

          • Scrimm

            It stopped me from going too far, though my job was a very different kind of professional.

      • As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster.

  • Geezer Butler got in a bar fight and got arrested last night: http://www.tmz.com/#Article/2015/01/28/black-sabbath-geezer-butler-arrested-bar-fight

    A recreation of the incident at the 1:30 mark, with Sam Elliott as Geezer.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSKv8-o44fg

  • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

    Yay, it’s my favorite day of the week! It’s TDT!

  • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

    Wasn’t one of the Eyeconoclast guys in Hideous Divinity or some sheit?

    • It wouldn’t surprise me.

    • Scrimm

      Hideous Divinity is bad ASS.

      • Lacertilian

        I spent all day being pissed off so my co-worker got blasted while I drove the truck around with Hideous Divinity, Mammoth Grinder, Sylosis, Ruins and Origin cranking.
        He usually listens to classic rock.
        Not on this fateful Friday though.

        • Scrimm

          Hahahah nice!

  • Tyree

    Jack, here is some killer tech grind for ya duder.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ex3SaNfPaE

    • Shit this is pretty good, vocals are odd though.

      • Tyree

        Czech bands always seem to have odd but cool vocal styles for grind.

      • sweetooth0

        They started out as pretty much your standard goregrind outfit, but then on this release they went in a totally unique direction. Can’t really think of anyone else this sounds like.

        • Tyree
          • sweetooth0

            yeah! “Deviant in a Bath” got used on the Goreland comp. Their older stuff definitely had a more “gore” vibe whereas I thought the newer stuff kinda had that “sci fi” vibe.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        Makes sense if they used to be goregrind (without me hearing it).

        • Tyree

          The vocals are not gore-grind at all actually.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I’m at work homey. Always at work.

  • Stanley

    Babies in boxes. It seems like the Fins have hearts after all. 🙂

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22751415

  • Stanley

    Jack, it’s would be nice if Son of Aurelius were shown a little love on this here toilet. While they are not as death as they used to be (or not at all really), the tech is definitely present and correct. If we are talking masterpieces, Under a Western Sun fits the bill.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG0uKKzcR-0&list=PLgW7tKu13XFCXYAocILkDB7iA_OiPz3Bx&spfreload=10

    • I’m pretty sure they were a guest submission at one point?

      • Stanley

        I searched the archives before posting this and there was only one mention and it was of an old track.

        http://www.toiletovhell.com/tech-death-thursday-3/

        • Not gonna lie, I’m not the biggest fan of them, but if you want to write a guest TDT about it, feel free!

        • YourLogicIsFlushed

          They were on my top ten list for last year, not sure why they didn’t show up in search results.

          • Stanley

            You did show up in the search. I was just referring to someone doing an actual write up/article.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        I remember, they were!

    • Tyree
      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        I was wondering the same thing. That movie was abysmal but the comics were awesome.

        • Tyree

          I thought is was a fun movie.

          Lori Petty as Tank Girl >>>>>>>>>>>>>

          • Scrimm

            It does have a strange charm. Saw it in the theater.

        • I loved the movie, actually!

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      I really dug Under A Western Sun but I do feel it was a bit too long.

      • Stanley

        Can masterpieces be too long?

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          Great question.

        • Further Down the Metal Hole

          Sometimes it feels too long, other times it doesn’t. Guess it depends on my day. It is a fantastic album though, I love the diversity on it.

          One gripe I have is that I have trouble singing along with the clean parts, just can’t do it without cringing at myself. Haha.

  • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

    These are both good-ish bands. But I doubt I’ll return to either, ‘cept that one Eyeconoclast song, the name of which I don’t recall.

    • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

      I liked Eyeconoclast.

  • Tyree
  • hey, did everybody know that @tyreegearhart:disqus bought every album on Bandcamp? 😉

  • Stanley

    Is anyone digging that new Sylosis album? I’ve been giving it a try but it’s not growing on me. Yet.

    • no Sylosis grows on me. i feel like they’re always aiming for quantity > quality

    • I love it,but I love everything they have released so…

      • Stanley

        I feel like they just used a lot of stuff that wasn’t good enough for Monolith. Also, the song Harm at the 1:30 mark has almost the exact same sweeping arpeggio that was used in Empyreal. It’s all a little same-y for me.

        • BLXKKBEXRD

          Sweeps are unimpressive anyway

          • Tyree
          • MoshOff

            BOW TO SWEEPMASTER RYAN

          • Scrimm

            Guyis still one of my favorite players.

          • Tyree

            He was one of the first extreme metal guitarists that really blew my mind.

          • Scrimm

            He’s doing it more know that I’m trying to really learn the guitar. A lot of guys are. I’ve been listening to a lot of Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas lately.

          • Tyree

            My favorite album by the.

          • Scrimm

            I got to see them on tour for that abum. Jeremy Turner was a really cool dude, and it was hilarious to see my huge friend scare Longstreth enough that he dissapeared immediately after their set. To his credit if that dude was mad at me I’d run too.

          • Scrimm

            Tell that to guitar players. As a technique it can be inpressive, though it’s wasted much of the time.

          • BLXKKBEXRD

            I’ve been playing guitar for the better part of 15 years scrimm.
            http://youtu.be/mqFLXayD6e8

          • Tyree

            She may have awful music but her body isn’t. DAMN!

            http://www.wallpaperslot.com/data/media/328/Shania%20Twain%202.jpg

          • Scrimm

            Never said you hadn’t. I’ve been playing for 27 and I appreciate the technique. In my experience musicians that don’t are either elitists or jealous cause they can’t do it or won’t put the effort into learning.

          • BLXKKBEXRD

            Hipsters

          • Scrimm

            To be clear, I am far from doing any of that shit haha. I should be so much better for as long as I’ve been playing.

          • BLXKKBEXRD

            To be also clear, I can sweep but not too well. I find it to be a decent flourish but is relied upon way too much.

          • Scrimm

            Damn right it is. I wasted too much time being a casual guitarist cause I was always vocals or bass in the bands I played and I was always more of a writer but during the recording we’re finishing up now i finally got sick of it and decided to really learn. Lucky for me my years of playing has made it pretty easy for me to pick stuff up.

      • Lacertilian

        After listening to it twice today, I still think EdgeOfTheEarth>Monolith>Dormant.
        Things pick up after the first two tracks with 3,4,5 being quality Sylosis but then it falls off again and the only other track I found memorable was the slower one – Servitude.
        That track had a perfect opportunity to go over the top and display their lead playing ability which they did at the start of the solo but then cut it short just as the slow main riff re-emerges.
        I thought damn it’s over, only to have a snippet appear later anyway.
        Most parts seem like riffs that didn’t make it to Monolith, just as @disqus_tkPTWDpIxX:disqus has already said.
        I really wanted to like this album but maybe it’s me who has changed and not Sylosis.

        • Nah man I’m right there with you, dunno if it’s just a not great album or if they don’t sound as good because I listened to more extreme stuff since monolith dropped.

          • Lacertilian

            could you say that your interest has ex[archs]pired?
            Side Note: Psalms is pretty cool.

          • I still love them but this is definitely my least favorite of their albums. Or maybe it just needs to grow on me

          • Lacertilian

            I’ve been listening to The Chasm’s ‘Farseeing The Paranormal Abysm’ this arvo, it’s the first I’ve heard from them and pretty solid so far.
            You heard them?

          • Nope, what genre?

          • Lacertilian

            Death I guess with a fair amount of Prog + Tech and thrashy-parts with some dissonance/skr0nk thrown in for good measure.
            The music is pretty tops all round, great deathy atmosphere, apparently they’re from Mexico.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsmlKk5CE3I

          • That’s quite the description, I’ll check them out when I get the chance

          • PhoenixKing Leonhart

            What do we have here? A convert to the cult of Corchado? Welcome.

            You can’t go wrong with any of The Chasm’s albums, but there are two specific periods to their discography. The first two albums are mid paced muddy mix of death metal and doom more in the vein of Autopsy; a leftover from Corchado’s previous band Cenotaph. Starting with album number three, they started incorparating more thrash and prog, and the results have been amazing. The album that the song I’m posting is from is the transistion album that is a hybrid of the two periods.

            TL;DR : Start with this album then go either foward or back. It all rules. That goes for you too Bauer.

            https://youtu.be/h_a1-U9rzZE

          • Lacertilian

            Thanks @fromwisdomtohate29:disqus
            Glad to hear someone here knows about these guys, they rip. I love finding a band that have a great back catalogue and are still going.

    • BLXKKBEXRD

      It’s no good

    • Further Down the Metal Hole

      I’m digging it. It feels more catchy to me than the past albums do. It does however at the same feel less epic, which is something I loved about Edge of the Earth especially.

      (I’m terrible at describing music)

  • Mother Shabubu III

    “Eyeconoclast”

    We’re out of band names.

  • JWG

    I don’t like A Loathing Requiem’s logo/font at all. And I can usually forgive even nearly undecipherable band logos.

    http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/5/4/0/3540331721_logo.jpg?2244

    Maybe it’s because it doesn’t try hard enough to be impossible to read (only the C… er… ‘L” and M are iffy).

    • Lacertilian

      What’s that say?
      I can see a tree with suckers growing and no soil then some curvy strokes after it.

      • JWG

        Harrow.

        I only know that because they’re a local band. It took me a while to see it, even knowing the name to look for, but I think I’ve got it. Firstly, it looks more like “HArroW” than “Harrow”, “harrow” or “HARROW”. Secondly, some of the letters share branches (H and a tiny bit of A, A and r, o and w).

        It was, in fact, once used in one of those “unreadable band logo” contests on The Blog Which Shall Not Be Named because it’s so obscure.

  • EsusMoose

    I haven’t heard tech death in a few/many days so this is refreshing till I once again hear an entire album and have heard 95% of tech death riffs. I love it still