Tech Death Thursday: Hectic and Shattered


Today, we dive into two very different styles of tech with Hectic and Shattered. Let’s get to it!

First, the news:

  • Looks like we get one more Aborted track from Retrogore before it releases tomorrow. Check out the guitar playthrough for “Cadaverous Banquet.”
  • Mephistopheles, featuring former members of Psycroptic and Spawn of Possession, have released a new song. Look for it on In Reverence of Forever, out July 8th.
  • Hey look, another Malcolm Pugh project that sounds like Inferi. If that sounds like your thing, check out “Fruit of the Poisoned Tree” from Virulent Depravity.
  • And now for your daily dose of pathetic neckbeardism: Boy Eats Girl has a new song, “She Shattered Like Glass.” I’m not generally one to get on my soapbox about… well, anything, but can we move past the whole “women ignore me so I’m going to take out my anger on ALL of them” subject matter? It’s not even shocking anymore; it just makes you look like an asshole. Thanks for reinforcing the vapetech stereotype, guys.
  • In infinitely less shitty news, you can stream a new Defeated Sanity tune right hereDisposal of the Dead // Dharmata comes out July 1st.
  • Solipsist, the newest from The Zenith Passage, is now streaming in full. As you may recall, I kinda liked this one just a little bit, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, now’s as good a time as ever.
  • Black Crown Initiate have announced their next full-length album, Selves We Cannot Forgive, will be out July 22nd. Go here for sweet artwork.
  • Despised Icon also have a new album coming on July 22nd, but with slightly less sweet art. Check it out anyway.
  • Neoclassical tech titans First Fragment have a new song streaming at Heavy Blog Is Heavy. Look for the full album at the end of May.

It’s very rare to see bands pull a full 180º on their sound between releases, but it’s been known to happen (see: Kardashev) with varying degrees of success. Hectic are one such band. Their first release, Inconsistent Mind Cell, was, to be perfectly frank, one of the least remarkable things I’ve ever listened to. It’s very straightforward death metal with no bells or whistles. The riffs are uninspired and dull, and the sterile production doesn’t work in their favor. It’s bland to the point of being a chore to listen to, and it made me quite skeptical of their newest release.

Much to my surprise, Purification, the band’s newest, is awesome, and it’s an incredible testament to the band’s growth as musicians. The invariable chugging riffs from the first album are gone entirely, replaced with menacing strains of dissonance and daring flurries of maximum-speed fills. The riffs dance across octaves and time signatures without a care and showcase a newfound confidence as both songwriters and musicians. Brutal but not unpleasant, Purification is one of the most satisfying things I’ve listened to this year, and I hope to see a full-length recording from the band sometime in the near future.

On the other side of the tech spectrum we have New Atlantis, the debut album of Germany’s Shattered. The band’s primary guitarist is a student of Christian Münzner, and it shows. While many of the riffs and passages on New Atlantis are built on sheer speed, the structure and melody of each song, especially starting on mid-album track “The Fall of Hyperion,” carry a very distinct Münzneresque quality to them. It plays largely in the middle to high range of the guitar, with plenty of octave jumps and guitarmonies laying down hook after hook.

That’s not to say it’s derivative; while the influence is apparent, it doesn’t dominate the music. This doesn’t sound like a watered-down Obscura side-project; Shattered are less focused on trying to push the genre in new directions or showcasing their talents as they are on simply writing good songs, and they’re all the better for it. While it’s clear that New Atlantis belongs in the same sphere of tech death as Cosmogenesis or Epitaph, they bring their own spin on the spacey melodic tech death that we all know and love. In any case, it’s a fantastic debut, feeling both fresh and seasoned.

Hectic and Shattered can both be found on Facebook; if you liked what you heard, give them a like and a shout-out from the Toilet. That’s all for this time. Until next week,

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  • sorry [whichever band Spear mentioned], but Warbringer already wrote a song about shattering like glass. it’s called “Shattered Like Glass” and it slays.

  • Hubert

    I find it fun to watch a Tech-Death or Deathcore lyric video muted and guess what the song sounds like.

    • Probably like tech death.

      • Stanley

        What does tech death sound like?

        • space and shit

          • Hey! That’s not where zippers are supposed to be!

        • hieronymus bossk

          Sweeping, arpeggios, needlessly complex and unmemorable riffs, typewriter for a drummer, blast beats, no groove, all while playing them as fast as your physically can. If it’s not that fast, just up the RPMs on the computer.

          Also; bonus: lame keyboard sections that sound like somebody’s ringtone going off during the song.

          • Spear

            Yep. It’s always the same wankey BS. No emotion whatsoever.

          • Spear

            And where the hell are the riffs?

          • Spear

            The production’s always so robotic and stale, too.

          • Spear

            Of course, the whole thing’s a sham anyway. With the advent of modern technology, we know they’re all just feeding it into a computer and having that do the work for them.

          • A.P.

            Hi, uhhh.. 911? Yeah, I just witnessed a murder.

          • Wow! College times for me with We Are the Nightmare and A Celebration of Guilt.

          • Spear

            Arsis was my introduction to tech death with “Servants to the Night.” That was a game changer for me.

          • Man, that one and Failing Winds of Hopeless Greed were the shiet. I remember that I didn’t sleep in the bus trip to my college just listening those songs.

          • Spear

            Speaking of, we’re way past due for a new Arsis album. I haven’t heard anything about it from them, though.

          • I didn’t checked the last two albums. That Forced to Rock was cool, though.

            Is Nick Cordle still with them?

          • Spear

            No, he was only on Starve For the Devil. Brandon Ellis is with them now, and I think Cordle is playing for Sanctuary.

          • Uff! Cool. I don’t like that guy playing, I think he was the weakest guitar player on Arch Enemy. Too flashy.

          • Waynecro

            I went to Summer Slaughter Tour 2007, which featured Necrophagist, Decapitated, and Arsis. That shit changed my life, man.

          • Pentagram Sam

            One of the things I really remember about that tour was they had Marco Minneman on drums for Necrophagist, and when they played almost everyone from every other band came out to watch them. Not gonna act like I’m some hardcore Necrophagist fan, but if they did release something ever again, it would give the tech death world a collective moistening

          • Waynecro

            I do remember a long, highly impressive drum solo during Necrophagist’s set.

          • d00d i was there in St. Louis too. of course Arsis’s van broke down, didn’t get to see them 🙁

          • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

            That was beautiful.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            It’s when you record a bunch of guitar and drum parts to cassette, hold the pause button half way down so it makes that sped up Chipmunks sound, then add some growls. That’s what half of the genre sounds like, the other half being a thing of true beauty.

    • It sounds like:

      Huurrrrr rruurrrrurrrrr

      weedily deedily deedily weeee


      weedily weedily weedily doo

      booooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww chug chug chugchug chuggitty chug

      ruff ruff! bow wow! ruff ruff!

      • 365 hears old-school modem noises when tech death plays

        • ksssssssssshhhhhhhhh
          bing-bong bing bong

          Welcome! You’ve got mail!

          OPEN THIS SHIT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            *plays Gary Numan’s ‘My Dying Machine’ as the modem hirks, chokes and death rattles it’s way to AOL*

          • CyberneticOrganism


  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    I completely agree with what Spear said about Boy Eats Girl.

  • Count_Breznak

    I always wanted to order clothing in mid April, shipping in July. Thanks, Defeated Sanity.
    (like the song, can’t wait to hear one of the more jazzy 2ns disc)

  • Damn, that Boy Eats Girl video is the most Circle Pit thing I’ve ever seen.

    • Pentagram Sam

      How many things are they co-opting in this vid and turning to shit? Doom font? Label called Circle Pit? Damn man, it’s shit like this that makes me ragebutt if somehow, someway, anyone out there thinks this is metal and what metal dudes like. Garrrrr.

      Srs real life lulz at this screen cap, had to briefly watch it and busted out laughing when I AM BRO popped up

    • For the first time, I’m glad I have Venezuelan connection that doesn’t let me to listen. I have a vulgar curiosity to listen to that song, based on the source I found:

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      *imagining him saying that in the voice of Groot*

  • That Aborted song is v nice. Real excited for that album.

  • I am pretty pumped for the new Despised Icon. I do not care how cheesy the are, the music does things for me.

    *puts on basketball shorts*
    *no fucks to give*


    • GL i trust you’ve seen the video for the song “Day of Mourning”. maximum lolbuttz achieved.

      • The best part about the video is they were likely trying to be spr srs. lol

        • Dubs

          *808 bass drop*

          Yah, there’s a chance this will be my one ignorant deathcore purchase of the half-decade.

          • *fist bump*


          • Dubs

            The two vocalists just adds to the heaviness (lol)

          • Two vocalists just means there are twice as many flat-billed hats to be worn.

          • With the tags and stickers still on them too.

          • Dubs

            It’s so folks will know you’re willing to drop fat stacks on brand clothing.

          • DI: “Yes, we have come to buy hats today. We have many dollars bills.”
            Store Clerk: “Oh why yes, we have many hats to choose from. On the left wall are all of our MLB teams. You will find the Toronto Blue Jays on top, in the middle you will find teh Blue Jays, as well as on the bottom.”
            DI: “Wide selection you have here, eh?”
            Store Clerk: *nods head enthusiastically*

          • Store clerk: “shall i leave the price tags on, my good men?”
            DI: “much appresh”

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            “No good sir, I’m feeling saucy. Please fold the bill of the cap upwards Fred Durst style.”

          • Dubs


          • Off topic. I stumbled upon this project. Not much info on this other than it features an ex-Antediluvian member. Not sure which one though. Primitive and very harsh sounding black metal. I really dig it, but I can see why many would be turned off by it. Sort of similar to Tetragrammacide. Thought you may appreciate it, somewhat. I really love this kinda noisy chaotic black metal; I wish I could find the full release, but I can only find this one song from this album. Pisses me off that I can’t find it.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Sounds almost like a huge neon sign saying “please rob/mug me”.

          • I thought you were a Whitechapel fanboy? Surely you have purchased something from them within the last 5 years????

          • Dubs

            Nah. I think you have me mistaken for Ann Kvlter, though I can still get down with This Is Exile on occasions when the light from a fancy grill catches my eye.

          • “…light from a fancy grill…” lolololololol

          • Glad to know my poser status is well known around these here parts, haha.

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      That devil’s doing that sassy “Oh no you didn’t, girlfriend! Get rid of that zero and get yourself a hero” cocking of the neck. #2Spoopy4Me

  • Dubs

    Hectic has that taut bass sound I enjoy in this kind of music.

  • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

    I accidentally bumped into that Boy Eats Girl (is this the kind of ‘eating’ I’m thinking it is, or does he unhinge his jaw and eat her like a boa constrictor, with a side of Chianti and some fava beans?) a couple days ago since it was on my YT recommendations. And indeed it is some extreme lolbuttz, even if they didn’t pick a name that makes them sound like a second rate emo-screamo band. I didn’t pay attention to the lyrics, but if what you’re saying is true, double fuck them.

  • Owlswald

    Mephistopheles illustrates perfectly a common problem with non-triggered drums in tech death on both an album and live. The “WTF is going on!?” is there in spades. Also, Despised Icon artwork >>>>>>> Black Crown Initiate artwork.

  • Waynecro

    I’ve enjoyed everything Malcolm Pugh has done so far, and Inferi is one of my favorite bands. I like a lot of melodic with my tech. I’m a longtime Aborted superfan, so I know what I’ll be blasting in the gym tomorrow night. That Shattered is fucking killer, so I know what I’ll be blasting in the gym tonight. Thanks for another great Tech Death Thursday, Spear!

  • Colin Butler

    Thanks for posting the Virulent Depravity song! Although to be fair, I don’t think it sounds like Inferi. When I wrote the stuff I actually listened to Inferi to be sure it didn’t sound too much like it. To each his own though. You guys be the judge. I’ll take it as a compliment either way.