Tech Death Thursday: Infecting the Swarm and Banisher


We’ve got two very different flavors of death metal for you on this edition of Tech Death Thursday. Check out the newest from Infecting the Swarm and Banisher!

First, the news:

  • Burial In The Sky have released a new song from their upcoming sophomore effort, Persistence of Thought. There’s definitely some of that mid-tempo spacey feel to it that’s been all the rage these days, but it doesn’t really sound like any of the other bands doing it. I look forward to hearing something a little different when it drops on November 4th.
  • Kinda prog, kinda tech, kinda deathcore band Kairos. (yes, that period is supposed to be there) has a bizarre new music video out for “KRS-NA” from their upcoming EP, Fission Spectrum. Look for that on October 20th.
  • One-man project The Dyatlov Discovery has a new lyric video for “Tow the Line,” the third track from his recently released album The Human Condition. You can check out the full album right here.
  • Remember when Setentia put out an album this past March and promptly vanished off the face of the earth? Turns out Blood Music, eternal purveyors of good taste, snatched them up shortly after its release and are priming for a physical version. Check out “Seeds of Death (Departure)” and get ready for some supreme mindfuckery on November 11th.
  • The dudes from Interloper have posted a guitar playthrough video of “The Conjuration,” a currently homeless single that could really use a full album of tunes to hang with. Hint, hint, guys. …Please? In any case, you can pick up all three of their excellent singles right here.
  • Speaking of playthroughs, Wastewalker have also just put one up for their new song, “Immortal, I Create.” This one is the most melodic of the four songs released so far and features a sweet guitar duel at its midway point. Funeral Winds is out November 8th.
  • Apparently the reason we haven’t gotten that new Virulent Depravity album yet is due to an extensive rerecording of the guitars and complete overhaul of the production. It sounds like the typical blinding sheen of tech death production will be stripped back for a more real final product, to which I say, “Fuck yeah.” In the meantime, give another listen to “Fruit of the Poisoned Tree” and get hyped.

If you’re at all into brutal death metal and aren’t familiar with Infecting the Swarm… well, that’s honestly completely understandable given the huge volume of BDM albums constantly being released, but you should go catch up. It won’t take long; 2014’s Pathogenesis is their only other work to date. It’s certainly not the most creative album ever, but it is very enjoyable. The band established themselves as one of the smarter brutal death acts around, utilizing the genre’s tropes to their fullest while keeping their songs concise and pointed.

It should mean something then when I say that Abyss is an improvement upon Pathogenesis in every respect. You’re still getting all the same brutal death you already know- stomping chords, rolling waves of tandem tremolo picking and blastbeats, tricky discordant riffs, and unintelligible guttural vocals- but it’s executed with rare precision. The band knows when to put a turn where you’d expect it and when to surprise you; I never once felt like any one section was dragging on for too long, and breaks came whenever I started to feel like the sonic onslaught was getting to be too much. I didn’t even mind that the majority of the album was at the same tempo, as it was paced so well.

The only real drawback to Abyss is that it never strays too far from its comfort zone. Maybe I’m asking for too much from my BDM, but I was a little disappointed that they didn’t follow through on the curveballs they through out. There are plenty of them; sudden stops and triplets come frequently, there are occasional nasty-sounding open chords and a couple jumps from the extreme low register to the top end of the guitar. They just don’t last long enough to be truly satisfying. If the band were to experiment more with that, they could take elevate themselves to something truly special. Still, I had a lot of fun with Abyss, and it’s definitely worth 40 minutes of your time.

Banisher was not a name that was familiar to me until fairly recently, but I’ll be damned if Oniric Delusions didn’t leave a hell of an impression. I haven’t listened to any of the band’s previous material (this is their third album), but they definitely sound like a group with some hefty experience under their belts. They’re one of those bands that seems to value songwriting as much as technical aptitude, and the result is an album that is as catchy as it is impressive.

“Axes to Fall” opens with a swell of inky black noise that bursts in a frenzy of double bass and a frenzied parabolic riff before cutting away for long, low chords. It quickly starts spitting out tons of notes again before shifting once more to a mid-paced groove. This is the norm for the album; pure, unadulterated riff-worship that keeps you on your toes. There’s a lot of variety across the album’s seven songs, and it’s all given an equal amount of care and attention. Don’t like that groove on the opening track? You won’t hear another one like it. Is “Human Factor” a little too melody-focused for you? Don’t worry, because “The Iconoclast” is fast and discordant almost up to the end, until a brilliant guitar solo comes in.

Everything on Delusions sounds great, too. Everybody is in a good place in the mix, the rough edges of the bass cutting through without being obnoxious and the guitar and vocals sharing equal space in the midrange. I’m a big fan of the lead guitar tone as well; it reminds me of the last Bloodshot Dawn record, but with a bit more kick. It doesn’t lose any potency when going from picked to legato playing, a consistent problem for guitarists who use a lot of tapping. It all comes together for a powerful and memorable album that deserves a spot on any tech death fan’s shelf.

Infecting the Swarm and Banisher can both be found on Facebook; swing by and give them the Toilet’s regards. You can get Abyss and Oniric Delusions at the Bandcamp links above. That’s all for this week, and until next time,

Stay Tech

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  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    I think this is another Setentia track from upcoming album?

    • Elegant Gazing Globe

      This might be the only tech death record I buy this year.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        And that’s one too many…………………..derp.

        • Elegant Gazing Globe

          operative word here though is “might”

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            You’re a good man for saying that.

        • Silence, knave.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            My voice shall be heard!!!!!

    • That cover art is sick. Will blindly press play on it because of that.

  • Kairos is a charlotte band, good dudes

    • I’m always on the lookout for Good Charlotte bands

      • Waynecro

        Oh, you!

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Hail Mighty Spear! Greatest warrior of Tech Death!

  • Howard Dean

    Between TDT and This Toilet Tuesday, Spear is a consummate aggregator of metal info. Facebook should hire him to collect relevant metal-related news and coalesce it into those tidy little “trending” packages that can then be targeted to users based upon page likes or browsing history or shampoo preference (or whatever else the algorithm considers).

    Seriously though, dude is a workhorse.

    • Spear is actually a bot.

      • Howard Dean

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        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          HD, plz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Spear is actually hot.

      • Spear

        BEEP BOOP

    • W.

      From what I’ve read, they actually have at least some human touch behind those trending topics. They have in-house “reporters” who look for news and managers (with political slants) who okay which pieces to turn into Facebook trends.

      • That is some Agenda 21 level dickery right there.

      • Howard Dean

        That makes sense, as there are certainly patterns and currents behind what trends, and they definitely look like they have a human watermark on them. I bet there would be a lot more random shit and probably some really odd stuff if the decisions were left completely to the algorithms.

        • W.

          I’m sure they use some data aggregation to find important topics, but I know a lot of the decisions are made by humans. I think they have different groups too who trend certain things regionally based on where you’re living.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            That’s bullshit too. I need to know what’s going on in Lubbock, at all times…..

          • Like 99% of tech companies that claim to use an algorithm for decision making are straight up lying.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            That’s because humans have to touch shit.

          • Joaquin Stick

            Related: A short film (8 min) written entirely by a bot. It’s hilarious and makes no sense.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Well, I’m turned on as fuck.

          • Howard Dean

            Haha, that’s awesome, and definitely isn’t surprising. Saying you use algorithms just sounds good, and makes it seem like your tech is some next level shit that the layman can’t even comprehend.

            “Seriously, man. Algorithms. Like fucking math. Making decisions!”

          • The whole premise of using the word algorithm is skewed toward trying to sound like a badass. The “algorithm” is only as “smart” as the person who defines what they want out of a piece of code. It is all silly shit.

          • Howard Dean

            Exactly. Algorithm is basically just a word that people use to intimidate/impress people. When you realize that it’s only as strong as the dude/gal who designed it (and that one fuck up in the chain can render the thing pretty much completely worthless) and that it is essentially a glorified flow chart, it becomes a lot less impressive and/or scary.

          • Off topic question for you. Have you listened to Bekëth Nexëhmü at all?

          • Howard Dean

            Yeah! Only the full length, though. I think a bunch of their demos just got repressed on vinyl and CD. I’d indulge in the CDs, but I’m trying to manage a better music expenditure budget (lame, I know).

          • Rad! I was just curious, I for one love the hell out of this band. I know you don’t collect vinyl so I wanted to let you know that Arcane Altar just got a huge shipment in of most all of ther releases on CD.

          • Howard Dean

            Fuuuuuuuuuuck. I may have to pick up one. Or maybe two.


          • I recommend De Svarta Riterna. It blows all of their other material out of the park IMO. Alothugh I havn’t heard De Dunklas Återkomst and De Forna Sederna yet. They are on their way to my doorstep as I type this actually.


          • Howard Dean

            I was just going to ask you which of the 5 CDs you would recommend. Good to know! Maybe I’ll grab that one and go from there. I haven’t given this band enough attention, though I’ve heard nothing but good things about them.

          • Pretty much all of their shit is great. They tend to do a lot of filler ambient stuff which I could do without at times but it really is chilling nonetheless. They say their material is improvised but I don’t believe it for a second. This shit is way to structured to be improvised. Summum on the other hand, well that’s a different story…

          • Howard Dean

            My impressions of the Bekëth Nexëhmü I’ve heard was that they mixed a lot of that ambient synth stuff with atmospheric black metal, a lot like Paysage D’Hiver (which is just fine in my book). I just ordered the De Svarta Riterna CD!

            Haha, I just played a bit of that Summum. Yeah, wouldn’t be surprised if that was improvised a bit. Black metal jam band as fuck!

          • Hahaha! Yeah, it’s a total void inducing acid trip of a jam. I do like it though! There is just no structure what so ever. I swear these guys don’t do anything else with their grim lives. They release shit like every month with all their different projects. It’s really incredible.

    • Facebook is going to steal all of our jerbs.

  • My vote lies with Infecting the Swarm. Brutal, intense, puesdo-knuckledragging, w/ a skosh of slam. One cannot go wrong with that.


    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      I’ll infect your swarm……

    • I got bored of infecting the swarm after a few listens to the new album.

    • Waynecro

      You get five bonus points for using the word skosh.

  • That banisher track kills ! good variation

  • I back up Elegant Gazing Globe and Spear today, this Setentia song sounds cool. It have a decent amount of dissonance without being extremely weird.

  • Maik Beninton™

    I would like to listen to these but I can’t, power metal has sequestered me.

  • I’ll have to check these out soon. S-pear has been on a winning steak lately!
    P.S. Waynecro/GORAK in 2020!!!!!!!!!

    • W.


    • Waynecro

      *ponders the superlative properties of a “winning steak”*

  • Waynecro

    Thanks a ton, Spear. Tech Death Thursday almost makes getting out of bed a worthwhile endeavor. The jams are strong this week, and those guitar playthroughs simultaneously awe and depress me. It’s nice to see Banisher here as well. Slaughterhouse has been on my Zune for years. On that album, they do an awesomely blast-heavy rendition of a song from Mario Bros.

    • Spear

      Ha! This is awesome.

      • Waynecro

        It sounds really good and genuinely heavy on the actual album, but I couldn’t find that version of the song on YouTube.

  • Scrimm

    Really want that Infecting the Swarm, but really don’t want to order from Lacerated Enemy