Tech Death Thursday: Inhuman

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Start making funeral arrangements for your face. This is Tech Death Thursday.

First, the news:

  • Nonsense Premonition have released their sophomore album, Metatrilithon, over at Bandcamp. The music is solid, but in this humble wizard/polearm’s opinion, it’s extremely overproduced. If you don’t mind spacebarcore though,
  • Genre-benders/generally weird dudes Dysmetria put out a new music video for “Dominus Collapse” from their new EP A Capable Earth. Their also running a contest for a free giveaway for said EP, so if you like what you hear, go check them out on Facebook.
  • Rings of Saturn have re-recorded “Seized and Devoured” for some reason. Somehow, it sounds worse than before.
  • Cortexiphan have a new album coming up, and it’s sounding mighty tasty. Peep “Son of Sam” and the appropriately-timed “Liquid,” which can both be downloaded for free at their Bandcamp.

I have the good Jack Bauer to thank for sending me these guys a couple weeks ago, or I might have missed them entirely. That would have been a damned shame, as Inhuman (not to be confused with Unhuman) have put forth one of the more unique tech death records of the year. Conquerors of the New World sounds like it wasn’t produced with the intention of impressing anyone with extreme virtuosity and instrumental acrobatics. It’s technical by virtue of the fact that it was written by skilled musicians and not by forcing it to be so. The result is gritty and elemental, and I imagine most everyone will find something to like here.

There are a few elements present on Conquerers that immediately set them apart from the fact, the most obvious being in the bassist’s driving role. The bass is as dominant as Beyond Creation’s, but with a much more vicious attack. Whereas Dominic Lapointe (Beyond Creation) used his presence to craft thoughtful and intricate melodies, Carlos Venegas (Inhuman) sounds like he’s trying to play his instrument to death. Dives and pinch harmonics abound, and he keeps perfect pace with the winding guitar parts while occasionally offering impressive counterpoint riffs, particularly on “Stabbed to Death” and “Feed on Human Flesh.”

The guitar solos, while infrequent, diverge drastically from tech death tropes. There are no sweeps to be had here; instead, we get chaotic flurries drenched in wah that wouldn’t sound out of place on an Anal Vomit song. Though some tech purists would balk at the idea of any sort of grime sullying their pristine sacred cow, it works perfectly here. Nothing on Conquerors feels self-indulgent; the unrestrained solos lend themselves well to the chunky, dissonant riffs that they play over. The production rounds out the package, keeping it sounding dirty without being muddy.

Conquerors of the New World is out now via Satanath Records. Even if tech death isn’t your thing, I urge you to give this one a shot.

Until next time,

Stay Tech

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  • Can I still say bolt thrower here and get upvotes?

  • All tech death sounds the same to me.

  • The Haunting Presence of Tyree
    • Stanley

      If I ever get a dog, this will be the first trick that I teach it. None of that sit, lay, rollover, fetch nonsense. This is priority #1. Followed of course, by priority #2.

      • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

        I want to train my dog to get me a beer out of the fridge or bring my groceries in.

        http://p.fod4.com/p/media/efce6320da/sXvLIXFnRJuTEWjf4NY9_t1.gif

        • Stanley

          We now have priority #3 and #4 sorted out.

          *goes off to buy a dog.

          • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

            I need to do that soon. Probably next spring.

          • Stanley
          • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

            Damn dude! What is that beast? I’ll probably get a yellow or black lab. My neighbor is planning on having a litter next year.

          • Vote for Jeb

            Labs are just great dogs all around. We’ll probably get one for the wife when we get dogs. I, however, want an American Alsatian. They’ve been back-bred to look like dire wolves but are just big, friendly companion dogs.

          • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

            Indeed, I’ve grown up with labs in my family. I really can’t imagine having any thing else.

          • Vote for Jeb
          • Vote for Jeb
          • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

            Wow, those eyes are mesmerizing.

          • Vote for Jeb

            You can see them behind those sunglasses!?!?

          • You beat me to it 😛

          • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

            Oh, ha ha ha ha ha ha.

          • Stanley

            Is it legal to keep a pet wolf in Tejas?

          • Vote for Jeb

            Only if I keep a gun attached to that Alsatian’s collar.

          • Stanley
          • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

            I want one now.

          • Stanley

            There was a great website on Animal Planet I think, where you could enter all your criteria and it would spit out the ideal pooch that meets your lifestyle. I’ll dig it up.

          • Stanley
          • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

            I’ll give it a try here.

          • The Haunting Presence of Tyree
          • Stanley

            That looks like one of those yappy dogs that lives across the street from me. I don’t like yappy dogs.

          • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

            Mean either. I’m just going to stick with my lab anyways.

          • Stanley

            I thought you are getting an airedale?

            I just found the dog that they have across the street. Annoying as all hell. http://www.animalplanet.com/breed-selector/dog-breeds/non-sporting/shiba-inu.html?_ga=1.227636125.1691638525.1441312681

          • Vote for Jeb

            The shiba inu is the dog in all the doge memes.

          • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

            Damnit man.

          • Oh, man. My result was the Great Dane.

            I can’t live in the streets because a Great Dane sucks my little salary!!!

            ._.)

          • KJM

            You could ride it to work and avoid the reggaeton buses.

          • Dogs ears are very sensitive, he would run scared hearing this demoniac evil noise:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Faluzqb6Axk

          • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

            My neighbor has one. VERY EXPENSIVE DOG. LOTS OF MEDICAL PROBLEMS.

          • Vote for Jeb

            They don’t live very long either, sadly.

          • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

            Yeah, like 7 years or some shit.

          • Vote for Jeb

            I used to run with a guy who would bring his. She was super sweet, but she got lazy as she got older.

          • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

            They have a very strange personality most times too. At least my neighbor’s does. Not in bad way, just a different. He’s very curious about things. He’ll stare at the ground like he can hear things moving in the dirt.

          • My friend’s dog liked to jump a lot. It was terryfing seeing that enormous dog jumping in a tiny space.

          • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

            Ha! I had my neighbor’s run at me and basically tackled me to the ground once. It hurt, but then he just licked my face and it was all good. Big dummy!

          • I think that’s why I had that results. I like friendly dogs. I’m not a hunter or a very physical active person, so it’s probably why they choosed that for my answers.

            I will try it again!

          • Second result:

            Black and Tan Coonhound:

            The black and tan coonhound’s moderate build gives it a blend of
            strength, speed and agility. It is square or slightly longer than tall,
            with moderate bone. Its long ears may help stir up ground scents. Its
            deep muzzle allows room for olfactory apparatus. Its deep voice enables
            the hunter to locate the dog when it has treed its quarry. Its hair is
            short but dense, providing an all-weather-protective coat. Its
            expression is alert, friendly and eager. Its stride is easy and
            graceful, with head and tail held high.

            All my dogs are weird looking!

            I think I will stick with stray dogs.

            http://d21vu35cjx7sd4.cloudfront.net/dims3/MMAH/crop/0x0%2B0%2B0/resize/645×380/quality/90/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fs3.amazonaws.com%2Fassets.prod.vetstreet.com%2F55%2F39e8a0a72211e0a0d50050568d634f%2Ffile%2FBlack-and-Tan-Coonhound-4-380mk062311.jpg

          • The Haunting Presence of Tyree
          • KJM

            A rescued animal will be your friend for life.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            My neighbour has a rescued collie. She’s a sweetie.

          • Vote for Jeb

            I love mutts.

          • Lacertilian

            I rescued my the three Bearded Dragons I look after, one of them is a wanker these days, one just does his own thing and the third is my bro.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Ye, big dogs tend to have shorter lives.

          • A friend had one and they had to put more height in the fence because he jumped it and escaped three times.

            Also, that dog ate the double as my friend and his mother. And those were the good times, I can’t imagine right now were dog food is way more expensive than human food.

          • Stanley

            The food bill for a great dane would be problematic to say the least.

          • Óðinn

            Not to mention the resulting massive Great Dane dog poop.

          • Vote for Jeb

            I got this:

            Curly-Coated Retriever 99% match

            The curly is the most graceful and elegant of the retrievers, appearing longer legged and more agile than the others. It has an alert upright carriage, enabling it to mark downed animals easily, be they fur or feather. It is an active land retriever and a hardy water retriever, able to withstand the rigors of repeated retrieves into heavy thickets or cold waters. Its distinctive coat provides protection from cold and briars and is made up of a dense mass of tight curls.

          • Stanley

            That’s a funny looking thing. I like my dogs funny looking.

          • Vote for Jeb

            I actually had never heard of this breed before.

          • Stanley

            There are more dogs on the list that I haven’t heard of than have.

            http://www.animalplanet.com/breed-selector/dog-breeds/all-breeds-a-z.html

          • Vote for Jeb

            One of my mentors has Vizslas. Beautiful dogs.

          • Stanley

            Yes, very nice looking hounds.

          • The Haunting Presence of Tyree

            I forgot my description.

            The Canaan dog resembles none of the other herding breeds, arising from a completely different background. nonetheless, it shares similar traits needed in any dog that must herd for hours. It is a medium-sized, square-proportioned dog of moderate substance that combines strength, agility and endurance. It is not exaggerated in any way. Its movement is athletic and graceful, with a brisk, ground-covering trot. It is able to change directions instantly. It has a double coat, with a short, soft undercoat that varies in density according to climate, and a straight, flat-lying, harsh outer coat, with a slight ruff. This breed must adapt to great extremes in weather ranging from hot days to cold nights. Learn more!

          • JJM

            i think what it really said was “Tyree needs a cute lil’ kitty”

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            YES! Looks like I made the right choice when I got my corgies.

          • Stanley

            Ha ha. It looks like a capybara!

          • Waynecro

            I’m rather partial to doxles myself–especially awesome doxles named Hegel.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Goddamn. That’s a damn cute dog.

          • Waynecro

            He’s an awesome bro and a great death-metal singer.

          • Stanley

            Another dog that I’ve never heard of. It looks like a cross between a beagle and a sausage dog.

          • Waynecro

            Exactly!

          • Óðinn
          • Stanley

            Nice ride!

          • Culinary Cunilengus

            Is that you, Ghaal?

          • Lacertilian

            I had a black lab for my entire childhood.
            Labs are mad dudes/dudettes.

          • Fuzzy AND noble!

          • Culinary Cunilengus

            Not as fuzzy as this sheep in New Zealand though (which officially has the most wool of any sheep in the world).

            http://www.theage.com.au/content/dam/images/g/j/d/k/n/v/image.related.articleLeadwide.620×349.gje4yb.png/1441333765744.jpg

        • more beer

          I was at brew pub in New Mexico. This guy had a Golden Retriever that was trained to hold his pint on his head. He never dropped the pint off his head. It was pretty impressive.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    *extremely overproduced*
    *exactly same production as every other band featured here*

  • Vote for Jeb
  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    *obligatory Unhuman joke*

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Guess I should have maybe read this post first.
      Oh bother.

      • Durrrrrrrrrr

      • Vote for Jeb

        You mean you did all that jerkin’ before reading?!?!

        • Tis the way of our Finnish readers.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            We can’t actually read, so you can’t call us readers.

          • A fair point to be sure.

          • Finland is so advanced!!

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            We communicate via nationalistic grunts.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Vittuperkelesaatanajasisu!

          • I don’t know what that means but I like it.

          • It’s clearly the name of a technical melodic doomblackmetalcore band! Pay attention!

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Ukkometsomamutvittuun!

          • ÄAäAääääRRRRäääÄ

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            There can never be too many umlauts.

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          I read the news section. Then jerked. Then read the section about Inhuman.

          • Vote for Jeb

            DOWNVOTED

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            If it makes ya feel any better (though I don’t see why it would) I feel this is better than 90% of the Tech Death Toilet has featured. Maybe even 95%.

          • Vote for Jeb

            Haha, I didn’t even actually downvote you. But you’re right, this is pretty interesting stuff. I’m trying to find a touchstone for it. Maybe Atheist?

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            I know you didn’t. I saw you *gasp* upvote!

            Atheist might not be too far fetched but oth even that feels a little wrong.

          • Vote for Jeb

            I can hear something in my head, but I’m having trouble placing it. Will get back to you if it clicks.

          • You’re on my list now.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Der are sirrus liek 6 gud teg ded bändz.

          • It dun matta anymo! Gonna havta shout in yer face real loudlike

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            I hope I’m on that list too. I like being on lists.

          • I knew you would want to :D. So you’re totally not

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Fine. I’m gonna make my own list.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Don’t worry. You’re def on all the lists on KRP’s wall. And SAPO’s.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Someone called Karhu-ryhmä while I was walking in the street. Said I’m dangerous to other humans.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Couldn’t have been referring to a Tapir, could’ve I? A danger to all other forms of existence on the other hand…
            Being that based ia just about as dangerous as it gets.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Where I’m from they tell tales to kids to scare them. Tales about a scary monster that’ll come and call your favourite bands shit. Then he’ll stab you.

          • With beer? And strippers?

          • The Haunting Presence of Tyree
          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            God no! My list is going to be pure. None of that depraved shit!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            What will it have if there’s no depraved shit?

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Purity.

          • more beer

            He also has to be sniffing coke off the strippers asses!

          • Vote for Jeb

            Ask @linkleonhart:disqus about that. He’s into butt stuff.

          • more beer

            I`m just trying to make sure the Tapir has a good time!

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            I had good time once. It was horrible.

          • more beer

            Then you are doing it wrong. See above Jack Bauer and my comments!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Who do you think you are, Grumpy Cat?

          • more beer

            That cat is all fun and games compared to Tapir.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I agree.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Grumpy Cat is a poser.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            If there’s no strippers or Russian Roulette your list is invalid.

          • CT-12
          • Lacertilian

            Tapir’s List:
            1. Tapir
            2. Watch everyone else die
            3. Rest easy

          • KJM

            4. Profit!!!

          • Lacertilian

            The profit was implied in #2.

          • KJM

            I just had to shoehorn in the South Park reference.

          • Lacertilian

            Shoehorns>>

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Solid list, my reptilian friend.

          • Lacertilian

            I will sell you an original copy for several rare pepes and some sheckles.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            I’m sorry, but after what Joe showed me I’ve no interest in Pepes anymore.

          • KJM

            Dammit. Hot Topic Pepes aren’t worth shit.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            It ruined everything for me. Pepe is dead.

          • KJM

            Feels bad, man.

          • Lacertilian

            What did he show you?
            And also, shouldn’t that mean you’ll be willing to trade all of them for the list?

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            He showed me a Hot Topic shirt that said “I’m the rarest Pepe.” My Pepes are locked in a vault, safe from the horrors of this world

          • KJM

            A vault, you say?

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Yes. Deep inside the caverns of my Metaphysical Anus.

          • KJM

            No problem. Just take these philosophical laxatives.

          • TOP 10 OF MOST BASED TAPIRS ON THE PLANET.

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            SPOILER ALERT IT’S ONLY ME IN EVERY PLACE

          • IT’S ALL YOUR USERNAMES SORTED AND FINISHING WITH SIR TAPIR THE BASED IN NUMBER 1 WITH A GIF OF YOU STABBING A TEENAGER WITH A STICK IN THE EAR.

          • more beer

            W told me to ask you about sniffing coke off of strippers asses. So I need your input on this subject.

          • Open crack, put nose. I guarantee.

          • more beer

            Not my nose. It was suggestion for Tapir so he might finally have some fun.

          • He have a large nose. I guarantee he will have more fun.

          • more beer

            I can`t argue with that!

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            I will never have fun. I will kill myself over having fun.

          • You will die with the ass smell, anyways!

          • JJM

            hrm, sounds strangely like my “top 10 friends” list

          • Sir Tapir The Based :]

            Awwww shucks

  • I really just want a new unhuman album. Is that so much to ask?

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Apparently.

      • Fuck this noise. I’m building a time machine so I can play metal gear solid 5 while listening to mgla forever and ever! Who wants to help becaus science is not my strength!??

    • New Terviums is out soon.

      • Pfff they don’t even have harsh vocals bro! So not tro0

      • Sir Tapir The Based :]

        And it’s gonna be bad.

        • I’m liking two of the three songs they’ve released thus far. Cleans rule.

          Edit: Downvoted.

  • Vote for Jeb

    You weren’t joking about it feeling like tech death with a layer of grime. This music has a swelling feeling to it.

    • *resists urge to make inappropriate swelling jokes*

      • Vote for Jeb

        Don’t overextend yourself.

        • You know what? I’m not gonna vote for you!

          • Or Jeb!

          • Vote for Jeb

            So, you aren’t a bush</i? fan?

  • Stanley

    I made it to 2:40. Consider that a success, Mr. Spear.

    • Dagon

      2zany4me

    • Spear

      Give “Hold Your Crucifix” a try.

  • The Haunting Presence of Tyree
  • This got me, it have a more textural feeling than most of the tech death we feature here. I’m digging.

    Great finding and good writing, Handsome Spear.

    • Spear

      Thank you, Sweet Link.

  • Hubert

    I’d like to one time hear like a tech-doom band, with like, really slow sweep-picking and lyrics about the hyper-complex chemical structures of weed.

  • Waynecro

    Dysmetria just kicked my genitals into the ceiling fan. I know what I’m blasting in the gym tomorrow!

    • more beer

      You’re in cali you going to death fest next month?

      • Waynecro

        I’m in Southern California these days, so it’s a little out of my way. If I still lived in the Bay Area, I’d probably go. Up until fairly recently, I lived, like, 40 minutes from Oakland.

        • more beer

          Yes I am. I`ve been looking forward to this for months. I thought you were from there from conversations we had in the past. One of my buddy`s from LA is coming up to meet me. Also my brother lives in Concord. So I get to kill 2 birds with 1 stone. Go to an awesome fest headlined on Sunday by Immolation.(Ross and me have been friends since about 85) and I get to hang out with my brother for a few days.(him and Ross went to collage together) so all in all I think that will be a pretty good weekend.

          • Waynecro

            That’s so cool, man. I’d love to see Impaled again, and I’ve never seen Immolation (I fucking dig Immolation). You’re going to have a blast, dude. It’s awesome that you get to hang out with your brother at such a killer event.

          • more beer

            It really is. Plus my friends from California who I don`t get to see close to enough. I saw Impaled last year at foothills gut fest they killed it. There are so many bands I want see at this fest. Excel, Disma, fuck the list is long. too many to name.

          • Waynecro

            Good shit, dude. That’s going to be one hell of a weekend!

          • more beer

            Yep!

  • CT-12

    Sounds cool Spear, thanks for the post!

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Well, I’m off to a listening party for the new Iron Maiden album. I hope it’s good.

    • KJM

      Other people seem to like it.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        Well that’s good.

    • CT-12

      Me and a few buds are gonna do the same thing tomorrow! Start off with the new one, then go backwards chronologically. Set to be a fun time!

    • JJM

      let us know your thoughts on it. m/

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        It was very good. I enjoyed all the tracks very much. I also picked up some good shit such as Seconds Out from Genesis, two albums from McKendree Spring and an album my uncle said was good from the Pousette Dart Band.

        • JJM

          i didn’t know about that Genesis album. will be purchasing soon!!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            You’ve never heard of Seconds Out? It’s a great live album with the best live version of Supper’s Ready ever. It doesn’t even matter that it’s post-Gabriel as the setlist mostly reflects songs from his time in the band. I’m just astounded it was 5 dollars for the double live album on vinyl.

    • Culinary Cunilengus

      It’s good. Not groundbreaking, but good.

  • The Satan Ov Hell

    These guys have the most insane vocals out there, there’s that one 30 second predator rumble the guy can do, it’s great.

  • Óðinn

    I’m not a big fan of shiny Purple Tech Death. I like my Tech Death a bit more grimy and brutal.

    • more beer

      How about just death? Thats how I like it.

      • Óðinn
        • more beer

          I should have been more specific. I meant death metal. But I have to say your taste is impeccable. 3 out of the 7 bands you mention are friends of mine. They are the best in the business. All from New York. I wouldn`t trade my New York upbringing for anything.

          • Óðinn

            Yes. Just Death Metal is great.

          • more beer

            Yes it is. But don`t think I`m only one sided when it comes to music. I like music in general. Everything from metal, hardcore, to rock n roll, and hip hop all sorts of things. Even some edm. I`m just a music junkie. Have been for 35 years that will never change.

          • Guppusmaximus
        • KJM

          what Tech Death is seems douchey and masturbatory to me.

          “It’ll happen to you…”

        • KJM

          “We’re gonna stay Tech forever…forever…forever…”

        • Sir Tapir The Based :]

          I can hear the rustling of Bauer in the distance.

      • Guppusmaximus

        How about just Chuck? I could spin ‘Spiritual Healing’ for days on end:)

  • JamesGrimm

    somebody likes Mr. Bungle..

  • Guppusmaximus

    Inhuman’s fucking killing it! Love those fucking bass lines and their ideas are cohesive & melodic while grinding you to bits. The guitar work is fantastic – haven’t heard discernable & clean chugging like that in a while that didn’t require sterilization never mind the classy, well thought out solos. The vocals are a strong & authentic nod to OSDM…I dig them a lot. Very nice blend of Tech Death & Grindcore. Long awaited life pumped into a generic and dead scene, imho.

  • JJM

    I adore that artwork. It reminds me of a time long ago when DOS games first started using Super VGA graphics. Aaaaaand the music slays.

  • Culinary Cunilengus

    Definitely agreeing on the part that they’re skilled musicians and not just another band seeing how many weedly deedlies they can squeeze into a song (I’m looking at you, Necrophagist!). This is one of those times when tech death is a thing of beauty rather than LookMomLookAtHowManyNotesICanPlayCore.

    • Guppusmaximus

      I agree for the most part, however, when Necrophagist was doing the cramming of weedily-deedlies “Tech Death” wasn’t a generically bloated genre. Actually, I don’t think that term was being used at the time (I could be wrong) So, hearing that stuff for the first time was an enjoyable experience, imho.

      Edit: But, yes…these guys are bringing back the exciting, groove-filled, twists & turns with a vocalist who has proper chops. I’ll definitely be making some gainz this weekend to this mighty shit, y’all:)

  • lagerbottoms

    I actually don’t mind Rings Of Saturn from time to time and think this rerecording is worse than before