Tech Death Thursday: Heresy Denied


Heresy Denied is confusing. Help me figure this one out on this week’s edition of Progressive Slamming Melodic Death Metal Thursday!


  • Gorguts will be hitting the road in the US and Canada this October with Intronaut and Brain Tentacles (who has music that you should definitely listen to right here– h/t Leif Bearikson). Needless to say (but I’m saying it anyway), this has my giblets atwitter.
  • Remember when I said Virvum had a new album coming but no music to show us? Now they have music to show us, and damn is it good. As one commentor pointed out, it has a lot of those octave-spanning tapped leads that Fallujah is so fond of (and harmonies in fifths and tremolo dips and arpeggiated ninth chords), but there’s a much more solid sound at play here. Don’t skip this one (h/t Jack Bauer).
  • Unfathomable Ruination dropped a new single a couple weeks ago and I somehow missed it. Rectify this mistake with me and behold “Nihilistic Theorem” in all its savage glory. Finitude comes out on August 31st via Sevared.
  • Hannes Grossmann has gotten noticeably more kvlt since the last time we heard from him… lyrically, anyway. Check out “Hail Satan” from his forthcoming solo effort, The Crypts of Sleep.
  • Judging solely by its cover, the new Inanimate Existence is going to be tech doom. Calling from a Dream comes out on September 16th.
  • Saturno, the breakfast cereal of the gods, has debuted the title track of the upcoming Thou Art All. Look for the full album on August 31st.

It’s not often that you hear a self-described technical death metal band that doesn’t rely very much on the “technical” part of that phrase. Heresy Denied is just such a band; it’s more accurate to think of them as a melodeath band that occasionally wears the trappings of tech, and perhaps most bizarrely, slam. I’m still not entirely convinced that it works, and it’s certainly not the most cohesive sound, but there must be something to it because I can’t stop listening. With that in mind, let’s get to dissecting this aberration and find out what makes it tick.

Innerception starts off on a surprisingly slow note, “The Unfathomable Path” crawling its way into the downtempo opening of “When He Calls.” It takes about a minute to build up into the first speedy riff, a familiar (but still awesome) harmonic minor guitar duel in thirds. It looks at this theme from a few different angles over the course of the next two minutes, switching between full- and half-time feel riffs with some interesting uses of harmony and counterpoint. Then it drops all finesse and progresses (regresses?) into a full-on slam. This was about the last thing I was expecting; one second we’re going full throttle, the next we’ve smashed into a brick wall that popped out of the road. It might leave you scratching your head, but not for long; we’re right back on track soon after, going back to the ideas explored earlier. As you might already expect, this was just an attempt to lull you into a false sense of security. It closes out with a dramatic shift in tempo and another, slower slam. All of this happens over the course of a single six-and-a-half minute song.

If this is sounding a little scatterbrained to you, you’re not alone. Almost the entire album is presented in this matter, with only a few straightforward elements present throughout. Unless chaos is the express point of the music, this is something that is almost sure to turn me off of a band. Given that the individual pieces of each song are melodic and easy to follow, I doubt that this was the case. Yet for whatever reason, I keep coming back to it and enjoying it in spite of myself. Its constituent components are certainly interesting; perhaps it’s that it’s both different and familiar enough to draw the listener in.

This may not sound like it was a ringing endorsement of the band, but I enjoyed Innerception quite a bit. The musicians are all excellent and the makings of something amazing are all there, but it doesn’t quite gel perfectly. I think just a bit more focus would do the band a lot of good without sacrificing their identity too much. In any case, this is a fun album with a lot of odd wrinkles.

Innerception is out now and available for streaming/purchase at the Bandcamp link above. You can follow them on Facebook if you’re feeling particularly spoony. That’s all for this week, flushers; until next time,

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  • Señor Jefe El Rosa


  • Abradolf Lincler

    No one denies my heresy!

    • Dude, I picked up the KAEVUM – NATUR LP from the dude from Fallen Empire. He’s selling his collection and I was able to snag that one. So stoked!!! That’s a rarity and a masterpiece of an album in my opinion.

      • Abradolf Lincler

        Very nice man I think my purchase for this week is just going to be more patches

        • Stanley

          You started sewing yet?

          • Abradolf Lincler

            Not yet no but I expect to complete the thing before the next show I go to

          • Stanley

            Well I hope it’s not anytime soon, cos those sewing shenanigans take a while.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            We have a lot of other things going on right now with buying a new house and moving next month.

            Unless something local comes up the next show I have tickets for already will be September 18th wolves in the throne room

          • Take your time, no rush.

        • Never a bad thing. Enjoy listening to tunes while you sew.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            Eroding winds finally shipped my copy of desert Northern hell it took them like 13 days this time I think they forgot about it

          • Stanley

            I didn’t know that was out again on vinyl. I have the CD with the DVD. To this day, I think Masterlord’s submission of Mouth of Madness is my favourite ROTW.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            I’m very excited to have a vinyl copy

      • RJA

        Man, He has a few things I want, just not sure if I’m prepared to pay some of the prices!

        • No kidding man, there is a lot of rare shit on that list. Would love to pick up a lot more stuff. Not happening though.

          • RJA

            Yea, The prices aren’t unrealistic as far as the market – I just don’t think I can drop 275.00 to get the 3 svartrit records!

  • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze
    • Spear

      Pull acquired.





  • Phil Zepain

    YAY ! Tek Deaf Fur Day !

    • Spear


      • CyberneticOrganism


  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    This is not my thing, but at the same time I want to hear more of this, semi-technical meloslammajamma is one intriguing sound.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    This “tech doom” you speak of has piqued my interest.

  • This sounds cool, Spearow, thanks for the recommendation. I’m jamming this because you crafted your words in this form:

    “It looks at this theme from a few different angles over the course of
    the next two minutes, switching between full- and half-time feel riffs
    with some interesting uses of harmony and counterpoint”.

  • Seb

    I haven’t really been able to get in to much new stuff lately but Interception is a pretty sweet album

    • Welcome to the Toilet, friend.


      • Seb

        Thanks for the welcome man but i’ve been here for quite awhile, in a somewhat silent capacity.

  • Guppusmaximus

    That Grossmann track is killer m/ m/ #absofuckinglutelygroovilicious

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    I been kinda wrapped up in stoopid life BS lately. I have a BS fever and the prescription is more tech death.

  • Owlswald

    Brain Tentacles sounds like a black metal / ska vortex.

  • I was keeping an eye on this for a while, but then totally forgot about it. Will have to check it out some more.

  • OldMetalHead

    I’m finding the Heresy Denied quite hard to put down, but I’m unclear as to why at this point. I listen to a lot of melodeath, so maybe it’s the melodeath aspects of this that keep drawing me back in. Thanks for the music and great write-up.

  • Waynecro

    Dude, I’m totally going to see Gorguts when they come to San Diego. I saw them when they toured with Carcass, and they fucking ruled. I want that Virvum album now! Unfathomable Ruination is pretty awesome–especially that sick bass thing that happens at about 2:40. Grossmann is the man, and I dig that Saturno song. I like what I’m hearing from Heresy Denied, and I think it’ll work in the gym–especially during cardio. I like a little melody with my cardio.

    • more beer

      I saw the first night of the Decibel Tour with Carcass and Gorguts. Man that show was good.