Tech Death Thursday: Hadal Maw

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It’s that time again. Prepare yourself.

Today, we’re gonna check out a band from Australia called Hadal Maw. They’re really, really good at what they do, and what they do is pretty fuckin’ sweet on it’s own. Their debut album Senium was released earlier this year. Before we get into more detail, check out “Aetas de Morior”:

For a debut record, this band sounds absolutely incredible. If I hadn’t already told you that it was their debut, you’d probably assume that they’d been at it for quite a while. The production is absolutely perfect; everything is distinguishable, everything can be heard clearly. You might notice that they also do a really good job of throwing some weedilies in there without going full on deedily. I can’t put my finger on it, but something about the drums sounds better than a lot of other bands. In case all that isn’t enough for you, Hadal Maw even get a little dissonant at times. What really impresses me is that they manage to blend the old school death metal sound with the new school, throwing technicality in for good measure. It ends up sounding damn good. The best example of this would probably be “From the Mouths of Monsters,” which starts off sounding very At the Gates-y, then explodes into a blistering, riff-laden maelstrom of blast beats and raging vocals:

It’s pretty clear where these guys draw their influence. From the previously mentioned At the Gates to Origin and Decapitated. On occasion, if you listen closely, you can hear a little bit of Gorod in there. Another positive: each song on the album has its own identity that allows it to be distinctly recognizable. Even with the variance in songs, Senium manages to flow smoothly. Seeing as they sound like seasoned veterans on their debut album, I can only imagine what is on the horizon for these dudes. Keep an eye on Hadal Maw. Go show them some love on Facebook. Head to Bandcamp to stream their entire album.

 

Now it’s time for a guest submission from Simon Phoenix:

With a few exceptions, I am not a fan of tech death. Why waste time with a dozen scalpels when you can just go straight for the one big machete? On the same token, why waste time with 7 or 8 strings when you can just tear shit up with 6? Too much work, not enough feeling, not enough pain. But ho, Boreworm remembered the “death” in tech death didn’t they? The riffs they get out of those extra strings can fillet some helpless sucker in no time flat. Their otherworldly expansive approach to tech death sounds like all the indescribable beings from beyond the stars gathering to lay waste to all lifeloving mortals, and they have the meaty production to back it up; cold and precise without sounding forced. Sounds like a party to me. “Xenophagia” in particular is the perfect soundtrack to using a fucking tank to run over as many djent loving plebs as possible (Jack note: fuck djent!). Simon says headbang and embrace the fucking void.

 

Can confirm, am headbanging! That’s it for this week boys and girls. Until next time,

Stay Tech.

-Bauer

 

  • Edward Meehan

    Great write up, my curiosity is *piqued* for Hadal Maw, and great guest submission.

  • I’m going to be That Guy and say I hate the way these songs sound. Not the songs themselves but the fucking ridiculously brickwalled mix. I swear anybody with a computer thinks they’re a mix/mastering engineer and just wants every instrument at full fucking scale.

    • Edward Meehan

      JAG I always appreciate when you fill the role of “That Guy”.

      • It helps that I haven’t had my coffee this morning.

        • Edward Meehan

          I stop and get a cup every morning on the way into work (Holiday gas station has a surprisingly decent cup of joe) and when I’m working or not working first thing in the morning I make a cup at home.

          • W.

            My day doesn’t officially begin until coffee.

          • YourLogicIsFlushed

            With that grammar, I assume you have not had coffee yet.

          • W.

            Oof.

          • W.

            I fixed it. There. happy now?

          • YourLogicIsFlushed

            You cannot destroy the dickbuttz http://i.imgur.com/5g0RSJZ.gif

          • W.

            That is a veritable cornucopia of dickbuttz.

          • Edward Meehan

            I can’t honestly remember the last time I didn’t have a cup of coffee right away in the morning, like its been years, except when I caught that red eye flight home from my vacation I got up at 2:00 am and downed a Red Bull.

          • “i’ll take one cup of joe thrashnkill”

        • I’ll drink a cup for you right now

        • Coffee tastes like rotting butthole.

          • W.

            HERESY! BURN THE WITCH!

          • Edward Meehan

            Damn Ginge, just… damn it.

          • KJM

            Agreed 100%, can’t stand the stuff. Then again, I’m a Diet Mountain Dew junkie.

          • *vomiting intensifies*

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            Eeeewwww…

          • Death

            Diet Mountain Dew is a thing?

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Everything diet unfortunatley is a thing

          • Howard Dean

            I actually like diet sodas (diet Coke, diet Dr. Pepper, diet Root Beer). They are much crisper and more refreshing than the full corn syrup variety. Ever since I switched, I can’t even drink the regular stuff. It tastes like straight syrup.

          • Cane Sugar sodas>>>>>>

          • Howard Dean

            Genuine cane cola is ridiculously good, I must say.

          • In my college town someone opened up a soda shop that sells craft sodas and shit, much like a craft beer shop. They even have some sort of blast chiller that will cool your soda in 2 minutes if you want t drink it at their little bar they have inside. So fucking great.

          • Howard Dean

            That’s awesome. I need dis!

          • W.

            Throwback Dew FTW!

          • Edward Meehan

            Diet Dr. Pepper is a hell of a good diet soda if I’m in the mood for it, but I don’t like getting whole 12 packs. Diet Coke is good.

          • Howard Dean

            Diet Dr. Pepper is the shit. It’s damn tasty. I could live off of coffee, Diet Dr. Pepper, and Brown Ale.*

            *No guarantees on my long-term quality of life.

          • BYAH!!! Diet Dr Pep is my choice. Two in the morning, one at lunch!

            GL

          • In the morning? man I cant drink soda in the morning. Tastes awful

          • Hell yeah, pound the first one, savor the second. At 6:15a it is a bitchin technique! It must be ice cold too.

            GL

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Do you remember the diet cherry vanilla Dr. Pepper? That was my favorite diet soda until they discontinued it. Now they have it for Pink which makes me happy.

          • W.

            Hey HD, have you ever had a Dublin Dr. Pepper? @joethrashnkill:disqus, can you even still buy any? I know they got shut down, but I thought I saw some recently.

          • Howard Dean

            No, I haven’t. But I just looked it up. Dr. Pepper made with real cane sugar? That’s awesome. I bet that stuff was awesome. Too bad they are shut down.

          • W.

            It was the best!

          • Can’t get the OG shit anywhere but DP started putting out their fake of it.

          • Xan

            I’ve been a big fan of teas and milk lately. I still drink an occasional soda but I, for the most part, drink milk and tea.

          • KJM

            If it wasn’t, my teeth would be rotted out by now not to mention I’d be a blimp.

          • Death

            Normal Mountain Dew is already horrible. That thing shall never come here!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            You know sweeteners are much unhealthier than sugar

          • KJM

            Trust me, I know how bad Aspartame is. My doctor said it was the lesser of two evils in my case. I can’t even drink regular soda now, too sweet.

          • W.

            I used to be a Mountain Dew junkie. I once drank 12 cans in 49 minutes just to see if I could. Spent the rest of the night praying for death’s sweet release. I drink only one of those small cans of diet MD now to cut back on the sugar.

          • Edward Meehan

            Really, you drank a 12 pack of Dew in under an hour? I mean I used to do some pretty weird stuff but that is a feat lol

          • W.

            It was one of those Jackass-esque bad ideas that you just have to see through. I vomited. A lot. And got the shakes. Pretty sure the pH level of my blood dropped dangerously low.

          • I bet you had an insane sugar low too.

          • W.

            Yup. It all went green for me.

          • KJM

            After being a pack-a-day smoker for 15 years I managed to quit on my first try, toughest thing I ever did.

            I’ve tried to quit drinking soda about 3 times at this point and failed miserably every time.

          • Edward Meehan

            I’m three years off cigarettes, but a few weeks off e-cig and I have a snus in now.

            EDIT: it’s a long story lol

          • Death

            Our school is filled with snus. Snus everywhere! Under the god damn desks, on the god damn walls, on the god damn floors and on god damn everything. I hate that stuff.

          • Edward Meehan

            My roommate just ordered a bunch on international snus, some good, some horrible.

          • Death

            I was in school in Oulu back in the day and the snus problem was worse there. It was very near Sweden, so my fellow students went there and bought cheap snus.

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            That’s gross. Like, really fucking gross…

          • Death

            I know! Fucking students can’t be clean!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Ever bust anyone for that stuff?

          • Death

            A couple of times.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Outta curiosity what happens to them

          • Are you guys about to start a 100+ comment chain about nothing?

          • Death

            I wont answer him, jeez!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I’m trying to avoid it now

          • Edward Meehan

            I think perhaps the rest of the community filled in on that one today, lol.

          • KJM

            Good job.

          • They say if you stop drinking it for like a month and then go to drink it again that it won’t taste good anymore. THEY ARE WRONG.

          • KJM

            100% wrong. I was drinking only water and the occasional Gatorade for over a year and then I said “Eh, just one Dew can’t hurt”…

          • Oh it’s ok I’ll just have one more….FUCK

          • KJM

            Exactly, I was right back to buying 2 liter bottles again.

          • Howard Dean

            Next thing you know, you’re crouched down in a public restroom, melting concentrated, crystalized Mountain Dew in a spoon you stole from the soup kitchen, and there are warrants out for your arrest.

            Slippery slope is slippery.

          • lol

          • W.

            Please don’t talk about that. It was a dark time for me.

          • Howard Dean

            Sometimes physical scars heal. But the mental scars never do.
            #Intervention #PTSD

          • KJM

            “Dammit, that bastard sold me Crystal Light again!! FUUUUCCCK!!” (collapses, starts weeping)

          • Hardest laugh of the day thus far. I think your comment will go undefeated for a while.

          • I’ve been trying to quit soda, but it’s fucking impossible. I still cave every few days and have one.

          • Stockhausen

            I used to be one of those Diet Coke weirdos, with at least three cans a day. One day I thought “You know, I should cut back,” and haven’t touched soft drinks in over 4 years (minus the occasional use in a cocktail). If I tried to give up beer (which I consume responsibly) it would a hilarious failure.

          • I live pretty healthy, work out and excercise and what not, but I can’t for the life of me kick the mountain dew, I’m convinced that it’s laced with cocaine or something.

          • KJM

            Whatever secret ingredient they put in there is horribly addictive.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Mountain Dew is extremely addictive but I drink the diet kind so the addictive tendencies aren’t there.

          • KJM

            Oh yes they are. That’s what I drink too.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I have an addiction to the Dew. I had a Baja Blast Dew yesterday which is like crack to me. Now I want to drink the one can of Diet Dew that I have.

          • yeah dude, i jumped on the diet train somehow, and now i dislike regular soda. odd.

          • Perhaps it’s a blessing in disguise but today I have correlated a burning sensation i’ve had lately where I really don’t want one with drinking mountain dew. This makes it very easy to kick the stuff haha.

          • KJM

            I’m guessing something like that won’t happen to me until I do permanent damage to myself from it. Ugh.

          • Same. But y’know, with booze.

          • Stockhausen

            Mmmmmmm. Booze.

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            Bro confession: I love Ultra Red Monster. It’s stupid addictive. Each can should come with a sticker that says “WARNING: Consuming a can of this beverage may cause an intense craving to consume another can of this beverage.”

          • Xan

            I didn’t like the red very much but I was a big fan of the white (I guess it was lemonade flavored). Their absolute zero is amazing too. I can’t tell it apart from the original. I’ve always preferred AMP over Monster. It tastes more like a conventional soda instead of a liquidized battery.

          • Leif Bearikson

            I’m a Rockstar Punched man myself, but I’m trying my best to kick energy drinks and sodas. It isn’t going well

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Don’t remind me of that sweet nectar. I have tried to get off the Dew for years but I cannot do it. I have a can of Diet in my fridge but I still can’t get off the regular stuff. Baja Blast Dew is like crack to me.

          • Xan

            Mt. Dew is pretty wizard. I like pretty much every kind but White Out. I wish Typhoon had won over it.

          • Edward Meehan

            Mountain Dew Livewire (orange) is the SHIT. Cold enough it’s like drinking an orange freezer popsicle.

          • Xan

            I have difficulty finding it where I live. I can only seem to find in gas stations in towns where the population is below 500 people. Game Fuel is my favorite of any they’ve ever had. That shit is poisonous and makes me glad to be poisoned.

          • Death

          • Stockhausen

            But like, REALLY good rotting butthole.

    • I disagree based on what I’ve heard so far. The production is nice and muddy, and equal between the instruments. I can hear whatever instrument I want to listen to, except the bass is too low (but it’s almost always too low 🙁 )

      • Something about why we can’t have nice things 😉

      • W.

        I stand with you, warrior.

        • My problem is that I can’t sit through an entire album mastered like this unless it’s at a low enough volume that it’s almost relegated to background music. It’s artificially loud and fatiguing. Given proper dynamics (let’s just say like the drum hits are what peaks and not EVERYTHING through the entire song) and a modicum of respect to how to record and master without constantly exceeding the limits of digital, I could turn it up really loud myself and finish the album.

          • W.

            I see where you’re coming from, and that’s cool, but I guess brickwalling just doesn’t really bother me much. In fact, audio artifacts are really the only things that do get to me. However, this could all just be because I don’t listen to music very loudly most of the time. I usually have to listen through earbuds, so I have to keep the volume low to protect my hearing.

          • This may be one of the main reasons why the Loudness War will never end. It’s the way people listen now. I listen more critically about 70% of the time. Home stereo, and even the car stereo, is a bit more involving.

            I think enough people want it to sound artificially loud because they will rarely listen at moderate-to-loud volumes.

          • W.

            I think you have a point. That said, Death Magnetic was way too freaking loud. That mix hurt, so I guess that was one I noticed.

          • Edward Meehan

            My home stereo is the way I can listen to music the *most* critically now out of all available options, as long as I’m not fvcking off on the internet too much lol

          • W.

            If the wife isn’t home, I’ll hook my record player up to my Klipsch system and blast some tunes. That’s probably the optimal way for me to enjoy music, but it’s pretty rare that I get to do it that way.

          • Edward Meehan

            I recently learned my roommate does not care if I blast music on my sweet home stereo, dude used to work a graveyard shift and go to bed at 5:00 pm but he quit so it’s a brave new world for me.

          • W.

            A WHOOOLE NEEEW WOOORRRLLDDD!

          • Edward Meehan

            I brought earplugs to that show on Monday for the first time ever, kinda wish I had learned that lesson earlier on.

          • W.

            I started doing that a year or too ago because all of the venues here get obnoxiously loud. I got tired of my ears ringing for days.

          • Edward Meehan

            I have been relegated to playing music pretty quietly in my headphones and in my car. Kind of an odd thing to do when playing heavy metal.

          • I’ve noticed that becoming a big thing as of late. All the venues around me crank the sound up to deafening levels, to the point where I can absolutely tell I’m losing hearing after the show.

          • W.

            I’d suggest earplugs. Remarkably, you can usually still make out what’s happening.

          • About 15 bucks. Washable and you can still hear everything. Wear them every time.
            http://www.hearos.com/images/hearos-00211.jpg

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            My right eardrum physically hurt after a Gorguts show where I was right next to the speaker stack for Colin Marston’s bass-quakes the entire set. Loud. As. Fuck.

          • Max

            I can’t say this often enough: EARPLUGS PEOPLE. AT EVERY LIVE SHOW AND EVERY BAND REHEARSAL. And if you work in a loud environment (ie: most factories), there, too.

            I’ve done this since my third gig ever. Never gone back. Let your enjoyment of music last for longer.

    • Simon Phoenix

      I get what you’re saying Jay, but in these two bands cases the brickwalling isn’t detrimental to their sound. In fact I feel it adds to the cold harshness that they are trying to invoke.

      But ya know, opinions.

      • I disagree. Bad production is bad production to me. If incompetent mastering and being artificially loud to the point of digital clipping is an “artistic choice” then they are doing the same thing as most everyone else. Cold harshness can be conveyed without this sort of hackery.

        Check out the last two Torture Division EPs for an example of death metal that isn’t produced like this. They still convey much of what you’re describing. (You can get them both for free at their website…mastered by none other than Dan Swanö.)

        http://www.torturedivision.net/downloadgraphy

        …all you have to do is turn your volume up a little louder if you want them louder 🙂

        • Simon Phoenix

          I’ll defintely check them out. It’s unsurprising that few death metal bands, especially now, have good dynamics. Supposedly Necrophagist is one of the few.

  • Tyree

    That Hadal Maw album artwork is tight. I sort of feel like it would fit better for a doom metal band though.

    • W.

      Or a more Gorgutsian band.

      • They seem to have a halfway Gorgutsian sound at some points, with the bit of skronkiness and dissonance that comes up in the slower parts. I’m really digging this.

        • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

          I love how “skronkiness” is a word we can use to describe a band’s sound, and everyone here knows exactly what it means.

    • Howard Dean

      It’s definitely not typical tech death art, which is nice. I’m really tired of the “super shiny CGI image of something sci-fi” covers.

      • Quickest way for me to not listen to a band (srs)

        • Howard Dean

          Me too. I won’t touch an album with that type of artwork (unless it’s a band I’m already aware of and enjoy, like Deeds of Flesh).

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            Lolbuttz…

          • Wooooow that is bad.

          • Howard Dean

            It’s like the artist decided he needed to fill every square inch with every random thing he could think of, and used every color from the Benjamin Moore color wheel to make it happen. What a mess.

          • W.

            You see that Colosseum thing towards the bottom right? Just make that the image!

          • Max

            I can see my house in that cover!

          • W.

            They tried to cram way too many ideas into this image.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            And gave the creative control to a ninth grader

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Damn, my face just melted…

    • For me it was the eardrums.

      • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

        Haha I see what you’re saying about the mix. All too common with this genre. Still enjoyed these tracks though, for all their weedily deathyness n’such.

  • Howard Dean
    • W.

      Someone really needs to do a Bolt Thrower exposé up in here.

      • Howard Dean

        Agreed. They are the tits.

      • Gurp

        They could do a good one for themselves and release a new album.

    • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

      I <3 U Howard Dean. Bolt Thrower BYAH!!

    • Bob Saget

      This would be cool if it were a a thread pertaining to OSDM, but alas! It’s not.

      How about let Jack do his thing without posting an unrelated band or a new release from Debemur Morti in every fucking thread.

      BYAH!

      • Howard Dean

        How about you go fuck yourself? If I want to hear anything smart from you, I’ll ask you to queef out of your sandy, butthurt vagina.

        I’m sure you are a second account of a regular commenter who doesn’t have the stones to say that with their normal account.

        • Bob Saget

          And if I wanted any comeback from you, I would’ve wiped it from your lips, you pretentious fuck-nut.

          Can’t wait for your newest super-kvlt Scandanavian frostbitten black metal review, poser.

          • Howard Dean

            I like your input even better, Bob Saget! Every day I sit in rapt anticipation for what you contribute! You write lots of great articles, and your work on the site is amazing! Why, you add quality shit to the site every day! You are incredible! I like how you are a second account for someone else, and you use it to express your opinions under the blanket of anonymity. Cowardice is awesome!

            Eat shit you fucking clown. I don’t want to hear anything from you. You don’t contribute shit. Let’s get real. You have a couple random comments here and there, and you white knight for Jack Bauer. I’m about 95% certain you are a second account of his, so this doesn’t really surprise me. Get fucked.

          • Bob Saget

            Didn’t realize thread jacking was adding “quality” content!

            “I like how you are a second account for someone else, and you use it to express your opinions under the blanket of anonymity.” — First, this isn’t a second account; second, you go by Howard Dean — I have no goddamn clue who you are. But I can guarantee you’d be a fucking chode in person.

            Maybe you guys can get the entire roster from Debemur Morti to join you in a giant bukkake. I’m sure the crew would love nothing more than to be jizzed upon to ensure your place in the annals of black metal history and in the name of His Infernal Majesty.

          • Howard Dean

            I commented on this article. With a link to a video. That’s thread jacking? Did I deride Jack Bauer and/or tech death? Did I ask everyone to not read his article, not listen to tech death, and only listen to what I like and recommend? No. It’s one comment. You are a butthurt retard.

            Pretty much everyone on here knows my real name. If you are honestly not a second account, and are not part of the facebook groups, you might not know my name. But I can assure you I am not anonymous. About 90% of the people who frequent the ToH could tell you my real name.

          • Bob Saget

            k bb

          • Howard Dean

            😉

          • wtf just happened

          • Tyree
          • W.

            Hey y’all, no need for this much hostility in the thread!

          • Bob Saget

            Go help change Laura’s tampon, you politically correct dildo.

          • Howard Dean

            Dude, you’re just pissed no one liked the Mr. Bojangles articles. I can’t help that.

          • Mr. Bojangles

            subscribed, dead thurs at work became interesting

          • Howard Dean

            Thanks!

          • Bob Saget

            Don’t get it twisted — you’re a fantastic writer.

            I just think you’re a chode.

          • W.
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          • Guacamole Jim
    • Simon Phoenix

      One can never have enough Bolt Thrower in their lives.

      By the way, the band named after this song are fucking boss too.

      http://youtu.be/1WKPhbvLNd8

  • YAY BOREWORM! I mentioned that band way back when the Toilet was just child-size, good stuff!

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    Good stuff, but like almost every TDT, I’ll forget about them by the time the next TDT comes around. MUSIC OVERLOAD.

  • @fromwisdomtohate29:disqus dat Boreworm! love it. thanks!

  • Death

    Nice stuff Jack.
    My physical copy of Coffins on Io arrived today. That motherfucker has jumped on the aoty spot for now. Amazing album.

    • W.

      That one took a bit to click with me, but I dig it.

    • Edward Meehan

      I need to check that shit out. I know a few others (besides the esteemed Death, of course) that have raved about it.

      • Death

        Aw, shucks

      • Stockhausen

        I think Christian likes Kayo Dot, but the jury is still out.

        • Edward Meehan

          I think he may have mentioned them once, or perhaps it was

          yzordderrex.

          • omg it’s like we have our own secret language!

          • Edward Meehan

            That album cover, and some others I have seen lately (like the Theologian I told you about) really have me questioning my priorities in life. Lol.

          • I take full responsibility until you go postal.

        • They’re okay, 2.5/5 flushes

    • Still need to secure a copy of that…sounds like it’s awesome? my “Soused” album shipped so i’m antsy for that to arrive.

      • Death

        My Soused should arrive tomorrow.

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    Yay, tech death! This band sounds so good.

    • Howard Dean

      STAY PLANET HOLLYWOOD

  • Spear

    Unrelated, but I’m so glad knowing I can go read a metal blog where the writers aren’t constantly and voraciously jerking it to Sevendust.

    • I never understood FFB’s fascination with that band.

    • Simon Phoenix

      It’s a shame. Lajon Witherspoon has a legitimately good voice, but his band is the epitome of lolbuttz.

      That dude needs to sing for a Candlemass type band.

  • Hadal Maw, even though it’s only ~4 mins long, it feels like a ten minute track…regardless, that’s some tasty tech.

  • Xan

    I dig it.

  • Xan

    In irrelevant news: Today a man walked up to me, handed me a grappling hook, and walked away. I’ve now got a grappling hook.

    • Stockhausen

      Please tell me this is a true story.

      • Xan

        Indeed it is. I left it in my car as I didn’t want anyone to think I was carrying a weapon on campus.

        • It would seem bruce wayne is retiring.

  • Max

    New Beyond Creation streams today, apparently. I’ve got the CD on order but it presumably won’t arrive for some time. This’ll gimme a head start on familiarizing myself with their tunes before THEY TOUR MY TOWN in November.