Tech Death Thursday: Fractal Universe & Veiled in Sorrow

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These EP’s are primed and ready to blow your brains out. Let’s tech!

First, some tech news you can use:

  • Strap yourselves in: Wormed have released another new song from. “Agliptian Codex Cyborgization” is just as weird as it sounds and twice as heavy. Krighsu will be out on March 25th.
  • First Fragment have FINALLY given us a release date for Dasein, along with the artwork. Look for it on May 20th, and peep the cover art and a lengthy trailer right here.
  • Minneapolis-based Invidiosus describe themselves as “anxiety-grind,” which is apparently another term for weird-ass death metal. Check out their new single here; whatever you want to call it, it’s damn fine. Also, free. Can’t argue with free.
  • Contrarian just put out a new album not too long ago, but they’re not content to take a break. They have begun work on To Perceive is to Suffer, due out next year and featuring Paul Masvidal of Death and Cynic fame.
  • …But who cares about any of that when you can have new Gorguts? The Canadian skronklords have released a snippet of Pleiades Dust as “Wandering Times,” which can be listened to here. As awesome as this bit is, I’m more curious to see how it’s going to fit into the whole song. Pleiades Dust will be out on May 13th via Season of Mist.

First up this week is Veiled in Sorrow. This little gem initially flew under my radar when it released at the beginning of the month, but I’m glad I caught it. The self-titled debut is a neo-classical shredder in the vein of First Fragment and Vale of Pnath, featuring some of the craziest guitar sorcery this year. This is a very guitar-centered album; while the other instruments are all impressive, their parts largely seem written to supplement the impressive lead guitar. The vocals are only truly prevalent on “Chiaroscuro,” featuring a call-and-response between the growls and an operatic soprano. Otherwise, their use is largely to add texture to the spots between solos; similarly, the drums and bass bend and bow to the whims of the lead playing.

While I’m sure it will sound incredibly self-indulgent to some peoples’ ears, it’s not entirely devoid of expression. If you let yourself be carried forth on that river of immaculate sweeps, you’ll find it takes some interesting turns. The riffs are varied and universally crushing, and the piano and classical guitar interludes work well to break up the action and add some character to the album. It’s not as much of a one-trick pony as it might seem on the surface, and while I know that Veiled in Sorrow won’t be for everyone, those with an appreciation for shred will get a lot of mileage out of it.


Tech death is almost always best served with a side of prog, and Fractal Universe are well aware of this. Boundaries of Reality shares a lot in common with Inanimate Existence’s A Never-Ending Cycle of Atonement, without the latter’s reliance on synth. The songwriting is both very intelligent and mercurial, with time signatures changing fluidly and frequently. The focus changes frequently, too; the instruments complement and play off each other with great ease. It’s always a pleasure to hear musicians of this caliber playing so naturally together. Each part is interesting to pick out from the others, but they all fit together perfectly as part of a complex puzzle.

It’s also a pleasure to hear this kind of variety on an EP. Each song is unique and showcases the band’s versatility. Opener “Mourning the Loss of a Dim Glance” features blistering tremolo leads over a rhythm that dredges itself from the shadows and skulks around corners; this is immediately followed by the bouncy “Tears of Misanthropy,” built around melodic hooks and harmonies. That’s not to say the band is scatterbrained- the songs are very different, sure, but there’s a consistency to their sound that’s evident when they’re all taken in together.

So there you have it! A pair of killer EP’s with their own distinct flavors and nuances. Don’t forget to check out Veiled in Sorrow and Fractal Universe on Facebook, and tell them the Toilet sent you.

Until next time,

Stay Tech

  • Eliza

    This feels great after a long day of hard work.

    • Dubs

      Workin’ hard or hardly workin’?

      Huehuehuehuehuehue I hate that so much.

      • Eliza

        I’m always hardly looking forward to working hard. Hahaha!

        I’m sorry.

        • Dubs

          Ha! That was clever.

          • Eliza

            If you say so. Thanks!

          • Hardly.

            Okay I’m gone I’m sorry

          • Eliza

            It’s nothing.

      • Boss the Ross

        RUSH!
        good one, man

      • Eliza

        They were so young.

      • Owlswald

        Oh Geddy, how times have changed.

        • Boss the Ross

          And names apparently…

          • Owlswald

            fixed.

          • Boss the Ross

            Good man!

          • Owlswald

            I need more coffee stat

          • Boss the Ross

            I’m feeling a post-lunch coffee today

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I got a Rockstar cucumber & lime (which I’ve never tried before) on deck.

          • Boss the Ross

            That sounds kinda gross too.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        HEAVY!

        • Bringing that blues hard as fuck.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Even for being on the radio for eons, this track still rips and never gets old.

          • Agreed! That whole first album rips.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yeah, it’s a killer record.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Goes great with beer, of course!

          • YES! Most albums pair nicely with a fine adult beverage. Yup.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Haha.

          • Boss the Ross

            Damn!

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Never understood why the S/T got the mediocre reviews it gets. Album rules hard.

      • DVRKBEVRD

        usps says my skaphe order still only at “label created” not shipped. fallen empire says it was dropped off yesterday or the day before

        • Strange. Mine says it’s in Portland Oregon.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            didnt know if that was normal for them. curious what RJAs says, since he ordered after me

          • DVRKBEVRD

            yeah it looks like it finally got somewhere today, should have it monday

    • Spear

      Glad to be of service.

      • Eliza

        Big props to you!

  • Big year for Phil Tougas so far

  • Dubs

    I like this Invidiousus, Speario. The wise goat man (perhaps a Krampus or a faun) is beckoning me to follow him into space.

    • Spear

      “Follow the Space Krampus” would be a good stoner/doom album title

  • Owlswald

    Good offerings this week! That Veiled in Sorrow song was killer and the new Gorguts is extremely intriguing. Reminds me of when Enslaved came out with their teaser for Below the Lights which was a breath of fresh air to their style. Also, I’ll leave this here as well: http://rottingobsceneofficial.bandcamp.com/album/depths-of-decay

  • Fractal Universe understands counterpoint <3

    Veiled in Sorrow is great too

    • Eliza

      I like Fractal Universe quite a lot too. Tech Death is great, but Tech Death and Prog? Double great.

      • Not a big fan of most modern tech death, but both bands don’t fall into the SANIC mentality of the rest of the herd

        • Eliza

          That’s true! This shaping to be a damn good Thursday.

          • I was planning on listening to death metal all day anyways!

          • Eliza

            I never plan to mainly listen to something for the entire day, but as far as today is concerned, I will only listen to death.

          • I was just trying to catch up on new releases really, and decided to focus on whatever death metal has come out. So far Chthe’ilist, Obscura, Lycus, and (strangely) Fleshgod Apocalypse have been the main albums to stick with me

          • Eliza

            Chthe’ilist is amazing, and I plan to listen to the new Obscura soon as well.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Chthe’ilist is great. I hope those guys will get somewhere in the future.
            New Obscura might be my favorite Obscura album to date.

          • Eliza

            I haven’t really listened to a full album by Obscura, just random songs in YouTube from a.playlist, but I like what I’ve heard enough to go and check out their new album asap.

          • Germans and Canadians have tech death on lock it seems.

          • Waynecro

            Fleshgod is so good live. They had a lady opera singer with them, and the bass player nailed all those high notes he has to sing. They rocked my socks off with their impressive musical skills and rugged Italian charm.

          • *@Occams_Razor_Ramon:disqus intensifies*

    • Spear

      Crazy, right?

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    Prog out with your log out.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Skronk out with your schlong(k) out

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        Black metal out with your whack pedal out.

        • Black out with your crack out

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Death out with your meth out

          • Tech out with your neck out

          • Stoner out with your boner out

          • Boss the Ross

            Punk out with your junk out.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Sludge out with your pudge out.

          • Boss the Ross

            That sounds so gross…

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            I imagine most guys in sludge bands to be kinda heavy sweaty guys anyways.

          • Boss the Ross

            *shutters

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Doom out with your poon out

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            *doom out with your plume out

          • Boss the Ross

            Yep.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Rock out with your cock out!

      • How original!

        • BobLoblaw

          Jam out with your wang out. Better?

          • Should be Jam out with your Clam out, but I’ll allow it.

          • BobLoblaw

            Wham bam right in the clam.

          • wham bam thank you ma’am (rip bowie)

          • Owlswald

            Slam out with your Clam out should also be accepted

    • Boss the Ross

      Grind out with your mind out.

    • ME GORAK B.C.™
      • i thought i found you on last.fm. check your inbox, see if i’m right?

        • Boss the Ross

          In before Tapir makes Gorak=Jimmy claim.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            You’re really picking things up around here, lol

          • i retroactively add Boss the Ross to all Toilet history

          • Boss the Ross

            I retroactively add Jimmy McNulty as my best friend in high school

          • Boss the Ross

            Haha, just doing my best!

        • ME GORAK B.C.™

          LAST FM??????? WAS THAT BANDCAMP BEFORE BANDCAMP????

          • ME GORAK B.C.™

            ME WAS THINK REVERBNATION OR SOMETHING!!!!! ME NOT ON LAST!!!!!!!!

          • ooookaaaaay (if it turns out to be you, your secret’s safe)

          • ME GORAK B.C.™

            JUST PUT IN ALL EMAILS!!!!!! 4 SURE IS NOT ME!!!!!! THIS MUST BE WHY SOBER MCNULTY NOT DETECTIVE & RIDE AROUND PATROL CAR!!!!!

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          I also have found him on Lastfm. His profile pic looks like Jimmy McNulty.

        • I’m on last.fm but not easy to find.
          http://www.last.fm/user/DirtyCrustyUgly

  • Veiled in Sorrow sounds a lot like Vale of Pnath. This is a good thing. Also Fractal Universe is the shizz

    • Boss the Ross

      Veiled in Pnath…

  • Grrr, this Fractal Universe is great. Very melodic, I truly dig.

    Thanks once again, señor Lanza.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    This new Spheron is some pretty tasty tech-prog-death.

    http://spheron.bandcamp.com/album/a-clockwork-universe

    • yup its tasty

    • Eliza

      I can’t take a song with the name Gargantua too seriously.

      • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

        Perhaps they never intended for it to be taken seriously.

        • Eliza

          Indeed it wasn’t. 🙂

  • I am hyped for that new Wormed. Those guys are on another level.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      The one with the frog for a singer?

      • That frog can rippit, rippit on the mic.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Norway’s “technical blackened death metal” band Sulphur (consisting of current and former members of Gorgoroth, Enslaved, Aeternus, and Vulture Industries) are about release a new album. The one track they’ve released (that I know of) sounds promising.

    http://sulphurnorway.bandcamp.com/album/omens-of-doom

    • You’re rapidly catching up to tyree in terms of damage done to my wallet.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        The Nipple’s Top Picks.

        • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

          One of these days I might actually take the time to type up a Top Picks (or whatever) post for this accursed Toilet blog.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            For the love of god do it Nipple.

          • For the love of Satan*

  • JWEG

    I was immersed mid-stream in a prog-doom morning consisting of Sol (https://solpdx.bandcamp.com/releases ) and URCHiN (https://thebandurchin.bandcamp.com/releases ), but will definitely pause any and all activities for a new Gorguts snippet. Even though I paused everything for it last night, too.

    Fractal Universe is sweet, as well, even if their name is taken from a debatably incorrect astronomical theory.

    On that note though: Fractals are awesome. And the Universe isn’t exactly a slouch either.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Do you like your tech-death with a healthy dose of slam? Spawning Abhorrence gotchya covered with their new album. This is some delightfully twisted technical slamming sickness from the UK!!

    http://spawningabhorrence.bandcamp.com/album/the-sleepless-one

    • Boss the Ross

      Shit dude, you have all the recs today

      • …and you’re not even his friend on FB (he’s a full-on beast)

        • Boss the Ross

          Meaning he recommends a lot on facebook, or that I’m slacking?

          • Only like 8 things in the span of six hours. All good things.

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            I do what I can.

          • he’s on point with the recs

    • Shit

  • Not totally relevant, but Bloodborne+Chthe’ilist=FUCK

  • Waynecro

    Dear Wormed and First Fragment:

    I will pay twice what you’re selling your new albums for if you let me have them now. My crack team of doctors is concerned that I will die if I do not listen to your new albums in their entirety by the end of this week. In addition to the extra money I’ll pay for early access to your new albums, I am willing to punch someone you don’t like really, really hard as a bonus incentive. Please respond at your earliest convenience.

    Your pal,
    WN