Tech Death Thursday: Imperium

Your butts are about to be conquered. Imperium are bringing it this Tech Death Thursday!

I also come bearing news:

  • The Ritual Aura have released a short teaser for their upcoming album, Tæther, due out late this year. If the full album sounds anything like the clip in the trailer, this is going to be a dramatic stylistic shift from last year’s Laniakea, for better or worse.
  • Bleak Flesh just unveiled the art for Overcoming Reality, which together seem to indicate that it will be a concept album about Brett Leonard’s 1992 sci-fi/horror film The Lawnmower Man. That’s probably not at all true, but c’mon, look at that thing. In any case, their music is more than solid; jam “Radial Velocity,” their single from earlier this year, and see for yourself.
  • Speaking of new art, Aborted have posted the album art for Retrogore, and it’s certainly, uh, something. April is shaping up to be quite the month for death metal, though.
  • Ontogeny have, for whatever reason, decided to release a music video for a song that’s over two years old. I’m not one to tell a band what to do, but I feel that time and energy could have been better spent doing… really, anything else. Writing. Touring. Masturbating. Whatever. If “Narcotize” tickles your pickle, you can listen to the rest of Hymns of Ahriman right here.
  • Professional angry sound-makers Wormed have premiered two new songs over at Revolver, and they’re disgusting in the best way. Look for Krighsu on March 25th.
  • Skronkcore bros Sentient have posted a new song, “Fractal Infection.” I’m reserving judgement until the full album is out, but it’s an interesting mix of dissonant death metal and deathcore. Not something I thought would work, but there it is. Cult Programs will be out sometime later this year.
  • As previously mentioned by Papa Joe, Black Crown InitiateRevocation, and Vale of Dongs have all finished recording. Redundant? Yes, but I’ll take every chance I get to make of of that band name.

 

I don’t know what it is, but angry tech death has really been doing it for me lately. Having recently discovered Blame and with Deformatory dropping an absolute banger of an album a couple weeks ago, I’ve put myself squarely on the path to premature spinal issues. Rather than allowing myself to recover from weeks of full-body headbanging (bodybanging?), I’ve decided to continue down that path and introduce you all to Imperium.

Much like the aforementioned bands, Sacramentum is absolutely savage, and is appropriately based around Roman history and Greek mythology. Rather than adorning their music with technical flair, Imperium drive their chariots forth with pure aggression. Everything hits with titanic force, from the Rivers of Nihil-esque vocal attack to the tandem onslaught of the drums and guitar. There are a couple moments on the record that drop in tempo, such as the end of “Eternal Imperium,” but they simply bring a different type of heaviness. In either instance, the hostility is palpable.

That’s not to say there aren’t a couple flashy moments, though. The guitar solos in particular, though few, are brilliant displays of shred. They’re similar to those found on Job For A Cowboy’s last album, but with the speed dialed up to ludicrous and tone that leaves me salivating like a feral beast. Though the drums are programmed, they’re done so expertly. I wouldn’t point to any parts as being particularly groundbreaking, but they ebb and flow with the guitars in satisfying unison.

With their second full-length on the horizon, now is a perfect time to acquaint yourself with Imperium. Sacramentum is available on Bandcamp for a mere £5, and the band can be found on Facebook. Look for Titanomachy on May 7th, and give them the Toilet’s regards. Until next week,

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Published on: February 18, 2016

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  • Spear
    • if i ever want to be cool, i’ll announce how “done” i am with Fallujah.
      for now, this rocks my sawks. i am eternally grateful for this, Spear!

    • It seems is a little bit compressed than last album.

      But, I am digging this. It seems they improved a lot since their last one. Thanks for sharing, Mighty Spear.

      • Spear

        It sounds a lot more aggressive, but still spacey and shit.

        • Vault Dweller

          Spacey and Shit seems to be one of my favorite genres. Y’all can love your Trees n’ Shit, I’ll take Spacey ‘n Shit.

          • just as long as there is some shit, we’re all gud!

          • Spear

            Shit>>>>>>>>>>

          • Spear

            Why not both?

        • Owlswald

          Fallujah has always been about the guitar work for me and it seems they have stepped up their game a bit on this one. Obscura is the same way.

          • Spear

            I knew there was a reason you were my favorite owl.

    • YourLogicIsFlushed

      This is neat. I was on the fence with the last album, maybe they will win me over this time.

    • what waht what ha;thahthahthathth waht what what!?!?!?!

      • Oh this is already much better than FP

    • Capra Hircus Hubertus

      I really tried to like this but it’s not doing anything positive to me sadly. I thought the clean vocals were pretty good but that’s it.

      • The female vocals are def a highlight for me too!

        • Capra Hircus Hubertus

          I think I’d enjoy it a lot more if they mainly used those clean vocals and rarely used the harsh vocals.

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Worth saying twice? I don’t know, but this productions sucks balls. Except vocals, them I like.
      Songs ok, worth a whole spin on the album before I proclaim it meh.

      • If you already have decided you aren’t gonna like it why even listen?

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Morbid curiosity. I checked out the track. And it sounded how I would assume.

          • Fair enough lol.

          • it’s definitely an instance of: the artwork is going to let you know what to expect!

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Well, that and my prior knowledge of the band. Talented musicians of course, but like most techy shit, it has no heart, soul, etc. Too robotic, the opening sounded like a video game. But as always whatever floats your boat.

          • No soul? What?

          • Human feeling.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            I always feel that with it being that overproduced, it loses all human element. I know these guys are putting their heart and soul into it, but when it’s recorded, that all goes away.

          • I get what you mean, but at the same time I this is a sentiment I’ve seen before and don’t understand.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Sorry, not sure how much more I can explain it.

          • No worries. I don’t think it would make much difference if you could.

        • Vault Dweller

          I took what he said to mean ‘There is stuff about this I hate… but also stuff about this I like. It’s worth giving it a shot to see if the stuff I like overpowers the stuff I hate.’

          • Yea i figured as much. Just if it was me and I assumed I wouldn’t like it right away, I wouldn’t waste the time to listen to a whole album of it. To each their own though.

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          I like the part where it tries to persuade me to change my mind and fails miserably.

          • a fellow masochist then? May the good blood guide your way.

    • Once again, I find the music itself outshining any gripes I may have with the production.

      • It’s so much better than anything on FP, and I really like FP.

      • Spear

        Man, everyone’s getting so hung up on the production, but it’s really not that bad. It’s par for the course for tech death.

        • I think it’s much improved from the previous effort and it honestly didn’t bother me in 2014 either.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Production woes :: metal albums
          Framerate woes :: vidya games

          • All other woes:: Life

          • Remember this?

            EDIT: WORST PRODUCTION EVER.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSj7E0kx6BI

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Ha ha oh yes. Hatred for the listener too, apparently.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
          • Hahahahahahaha!!!! FUCK, SO BAD!

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            The fucking WORST!

          • Maik Beninton™

            What is this?! This is the worst drum sound I ever heard.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            You never heard this before? Yeah, possibly the worst drum production ever.

          • jesus. how did this make it past anyone with ears?

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            That’s a very good question.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Should’ve stayed with Cryptopsy. Even his vocals here were really unimaginative.

          • This whole project was unimaginative. Season of Mist is giving this album away for free now with orders. No joke.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Well, that’s very telling…

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Wow.

          • I received an order from them months ago and they gave me this CD for free. I need to sell it on Ebay.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Perfect!

          • Haha, so hack will buy it.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            “Ohhhhhhhhh it’s soooooooooooooo extreme!!!!!!”

          • Exactly. Haha

          • Stanley

            They were giving away Legion Helvete, but I guess they must have run out now.

          • WHY ARE THE DRUMS SO TRIGGERED AND EVERYTHING ELSE SOUNDS LIKE BEES

          • Haha, indeed.

        • From what Youtube showed, is better than last one, for sure.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          I honestly didn’t think it was that far off from the norm of tech death, which is saying a lot from me. People gotta bitch about something, as I well know.

        • I found the Flesh Prevails’ production to be jarring at first but that faded away after the second listen. It sounds much better this time around, though, and honestly at this point I think the ultra clinical, processed feel just works for them.

    • Waynecro

      Goddamn. This song is a lot more interesting than the bulk of the songs on the last album.

  • Stanley

    Voidhanger have just finished recording a new album with our man M at No-Solace.

    In the meantime….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SFUWGvQV_M

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      I read that yesterday. Rad.

      • Same, such a killer band.

      • Stanley

        Interesting how they had a picture of M in the photo on Facebook. I wonder if he contributed vocals (like he has previously) or anything else?

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Yeah, good question.

        • No clue, I just know that Zyklon can bring the riffs. Looking forward to this. M. is just the icing on the cake.

          • Zyklon… the Candlelight band? you like them?

          • ok, i feels ya. i thought it would be too weird to be true.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Saw them live once, have the first album, but never really did much for me.

          • I have one of their albums, can’t remember which one. It’s very meh… Trym is a great drummer though. He can really fly through those one-footed blasts. Wish he’d do something worth listening too.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Trym is a fucking beast. He’s too busy with his tattoo shop now.

          • Oh that’s right! I forgot all about that. Well… If this Emperor reunion rumor is true then I guess we’ll see him back in action.

          • Stanley

            Yep. This song is full of them.

          • Indeed. Still need to pick this one up. Been needing to for about a year now… DERP.

  • Eliza

    The second Eternal Imperium started, I knew that I’ll love this.

  • Even with the programmed drums, the overall style of Imperium is pretty good and aggro. I like it more than Deformatory and I hope they find a drummer.

    Great job as usual, Spear.

    • Eliza

      I think that they pushed dthe drums far back enough that they still can be heard, but are not as not as noticeable.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    I like the vocals on this one. And I can get down with the songs too, but something – and I can’t really put a finger on what – is putting me off. Maybe it’s the production, maybe it’s the tech.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    That 2nd Imperivm track is really hitting the spot this morning, nice writeup Spear.

    Let thy buttz be conquered.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/lYSvai8OdGpP2/giphy.gif

    • Capra Hircus Hubertus

      upvoted for buttz

    • WOAH!

    • “J-E-L-L-O”

    • syncs up very well with the Ulcerate drum playthrough that Link posted above

  • I’d like to hear a modern tech death band that does not use kick drum triggers. Any bands?

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Ohhhh, nice idea.

      • I am genuinely curious about this.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Me too.

    • I honestly don’t know what a kick drum trigger sounds like, but maybe these guys? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxaJ9O4D0u8

      • Those are definitely triggered bro face.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Yeah, too clean and clicky.

          • The give away is in the 32nd notes.

        • mmkay, like I said, I don’t know shit about instruments. I just hear something and like it and then listen to it.

          • Well, that’s good. That’s the way it should be. I’m not knocking it, I’m just curious to hear a band that does not use triggers is all.

          • Maybe Revocation?

          • Vault Dweller

            Revocation triggers my boners, like so much Cialis.

            Not sure about the drums, tho.

          • Probably my most anticipated album after Vale of Pnath. Eh subtract the probably and add a definitely.

      • Maik Beninton™

        From what drum triggers are used in double bass to make it go really fast, like it’s a bunch of balls hitting the floor sometimes.

    • I don’t have hopes in that, since modern tech death style is rooted on the ‘cleaner’ principle because is fast music and tends to be somewhat precise on the execution of the instruments.

      It is more melodic proggy death, but I’m listening Ne Obliviscaris and I think they triggered the drums (go ahead to 3 minute or something, intro is long).

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

      • Yup, those are triggered. Those are not as obnoxious though.

        • Indeed, more “warm” sound. They are more melodic/prog than tech, that’s probably the sound choice.

          But, like as I said, I don’t know about a modern tech death band using a more natural sounding drum because the BPM are mostly too goddman high.

        • What about this one? More dissonant style than modern tech style, but the kick drum sounds less clicky.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjX2AzMVh_A

          • GOOD ONE LINK! This dude does not use triggers and he owns most every drummer that does use them. Fucking great drummer!

          • That Vermis record didn’t clicked with me, but those drums are intense. That was my favorite part.

            I was checking out somethign on google and it seems he triggers his kick drums but the sound he set is a sample he made. Or something like that, I don’t know how to explain it.

            EDIT: it was in this interview.

            AM: You record your drums really quickly (five hours for the entire album ‘The Destroyers Of All’ with only small reworking of parts the following day), you don’t cheat with quantization (digitally setting the performed musical notes on the beat to eliminate some imprecisions) or fabrication of parts, you only trigger your kick drums (each performed hit triggers a pre-recorded sound in order to get a clearer sound during the fast tempos) and you keep everything as flat as possible EQ-wise (modify certain sound frequencies to eliminate or make more prominent certain sounds) in post-production. Is all that a kind of stand against all the drummers who do this kind of things ?

            JSM: No not really, it’s just how I want my drums to sound. The speed of tracking the album is just because I want to keep things spontaneous and capture the performance. Dropping in for every section and just playing it again and again isn’t really playing the song you know ?
            To me things like quantization and beat replacement for every drum etc. suck all the life out of the playing. I hear bits and pieces of a lot of the ‘bigger’ releases these days, and it all sounds like the same drummer – same samples, same beats, all oddly perfectly tight. Drums to me is an instrument that should never sound that way, certainly never does in the room.

            https://arnaudmittempergher.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/interview-with-jamie-saint-merat/

          • Agreed, I’m not a huge fan of this band but I do enjoy watching and listening to this guy play.

          • Vladimir Poutine

            Ulcerate >>>>>>>>. Vermis was “merely” a good/very good album, but Destroyers of All is true to its name.

          • more beer

            Free show Sunday at Black Sky. @ 2pm

          • Vladimir Poutine

            Who’s playing? I can’t make the Saturday show (Primitive Man and ITCOS at the Hi Dive) but Sunday might work, depending on what the lady wants to do that day

          • more beer

            I am gonna try to hit up the Pimitive Man show but I’m kind of broke. I have to look at the Denver Heavy Metal Society page for Sundays show. I can’t remember who is playing.

          • Vladimir Poutine

            I hear you on the broke thing. My budget just shrank so much that I’ll be lucky to make one or two shows over the next few months.

          • more beer

            The weather has been good and I have been really busy. So this lack of cash flow won’t be for long. There are a bunch of cheap shows coming up in the next month. I just won’t go to the one that will cost a lot. For the next month.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            These guys were on Willowtip at one point I believe.

          • No idea, I only listened Vermis.

          • oh Link, please listen to Destroyers of All. for me!

          • RAW UNCUT BLACKBEARD

            it is the much better album

          • Capra Hircus Hubertus

            Give The Destroyers of All a listen, and Everything as Fire as well. Some of the most rewarding Death Metal I’ve heard.

          • he Destroyers of All >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Vermis

          • Yes they were. Correct.

    • Commandant Lassard

      Krisiun?

      • You are joking right?

        • Commandant Lassard

          Yup.

    • Owlswald

      No shit. This is my #1 grip about the tech death genre. Can we PLEASE have some natural drum sounds? That said, I’m sure some of the precision would be lost but that’s the beauty of it.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Yes, because humans are playing it.

        • Owlswald

          What? Are you serous?

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yeah, because it sounds so robotic.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      Ahh it is the white whale you seek? Fare the well my good sir, fare the well in your quest.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        So, he should check out Mastodon?

        • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

          Yes, but not live.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Hahaha. Are they that bad live? I saw them live once 15-16 years ago.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Dem vocals..lol.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Ahhhhh, gotcha.

        • DERP.

  • RAW UNCUT BLACKBEARD

    article isnt about Empyrium <<<<<<<<<<

    sry spear

  • Owlswald

    I know this isn’t considered tech death but this is going to rule: http://nightkin.bandcamp.com/

  • Waynecro

    Man, I can’t wait to hear The Ritual Aura’s new album. That Bleak Flesh kicks my nads across the room whenever I hear it, and I’m pretty jazzed up about the new Aborted. Pointless though it may be, I enjoyed that silly Ontogeny video. I’m looking forward to the new Vale of Pnath album like I look forward to my weekly cookie. Imperium kicks ass. Thanks for another great Tech Death Thursday!

    • You, I like you.

      • Waynecro

        We tech-death bros have to stay tech together, bro.

    • more beer

      Man I have see Vale of Pnath numerous times, as they are local. I just don’t get all of the love they get. I am so not, that impressed with them.

      • Waynecro

        Really? I think Vale is swell. I even contributed to that crowdfunding campaign the band did recently. I guess they just play my kind of jams.

        • more beer

          I don’t know ? They just don’t do it for me. Plus the first time I saw them they made a lot of noticeable mistakes. Plus tried to play longer than their allotted time. Making the sound man just cut out their set. I found that kind of selfish considering it was festival. With a tight schedule that was fucking up the next bands allotted time.

          • Waynecro

            That sucks, man. When you’re playing live, you have to stick to the schedule. All I have to go by is their CDs, though, and those sound great.

          • more beer

            This is one of the problems with a lot of tech death. Because a band can do things in a studio, doesn’t mean it is going to translate well to a live setting. Plus there are better tech death bands here I would rather go see. If I have to choose.

          • Waynecro

            What I’ve heard of the new CD is pretty great. I’m really looking forward to it.

          • more beer

            Enjoy it. I shall pass on that.