Tech Death Thursday: Kardashev


Fallujah is so last year. Kardashev are the new “in.”

But before we get to that, have some tech news:

  • First and foremost, Obscura have announced the February 5th release of their new record, Akroasis, with an accompanying trailer. Not a day later, they announced that guitarist Tom “Fountainhead” Geldschläger has been replaced by Rafael Trujillo, presumably because he’s younger and prettier. Obscura haven’t confirmed that suspicion yet, but this lengthy post by Fountainhead (vaguely) indicates personal tension between him and Steffen Kummerer. It’s actually refreshing to see conflicting musicians not airing all their dirty laundry publicly for a change. Regardless, the new material sounds absolutely stellar and will likely be the tech death album to beat next year.
  • Fleshgod Apocalypse, who are primarily known for wearing tuxedos and going fast [artist’s rendition], have also announced a new album for sometime early next year. No new material yet, but you can check out the awesome album art for King here.
  • A girlish squeal emanating from the Chicago area could be heard globally for a full minute this past Tuesday. Scientists haven’t been able to determine the source yet, but most believe it occurred the exact moment Jack Bauer discovered a new Vektor track. Correlation doesn’t always equal causation, but I’m pretty sure we can close the books on this one.
  • Vipassi, featuring members of A Million Dead Birds LaughingHadal Maw, and Ne Obliviscaris, have released a song from their upcoming Śūnyatā EP. Check it out here for some instrumental goodness in the vein of Beyond Creation.


Kardashev first came to my attention in 2013 with their Excipio EP. At the time, they didn’t seem like anything special. They were pretty par for the course for a band signed to Subliminal Groove; melodic deathcore with some atmospheric elements (with the sole notable exception of Ovid’s Withering). The atmospheric elements were more prevalent on Excipio than on their labelmates’ offerings, but they weren’t integrated well into the overall experience of the EP, serving primarily as transitions between songs. Moreover, it was an album that was built almost entirely on moments. It had parts that were crushingly brutal, parts that were beautifully orchestrated, and sections of brilliant technical flair, but they were strung together by run-of-the-mill deathcore antics. It was a largely predictable effort and, had the band continued in this direction, I probably would have continued to write them off. As you’ve probably guessed by now, something changed.

“Peripety” is defined as a reversal of circumstance or a turning point, and thus serves perfectly as a title for Kardashev’s latest offering. As the band states themselves, they have “done away with complexity and flashiness to take root in the beautiful and minimal.” Those ambient moments on Excipio are in full swing on Peripety and mark a drastic change in the band’s sound. Gone are the aimless chugging riffs and breakdowns; in their place are soaring passages, corridors in the sky that transport you from one majestic vista to the next.

That floating feeling is, of course, entwined with some deliciously heavy riffing. The guitars and drums drive the music powerfully forth, punctuated by short moments of silence or floating bass and synth. It is simultaneously entrancing and devastating, and it’s the same mastery of this dichotomy that made The Flesh Prevails such a compelling listen. That’s not to say that Peripety is just a Fallujah knockoff. Kardashev differentiate themselves by building their songs around more clearly defined melodies and chord structures as opposed to the free-flowing feel of Flesh’s split-octave tapping leads and tremolo bar flourishes. It might be fair to say that each album treads the same ground, but they take different paths to their destination.

Perhaps the biggest thing that differentiates the two is the production. A common complaint about The Flesh Prevails was that it was compressed to hell and back, quashing some of the music’s impact. While Peripety isn’t completely free of compression, it’s much less present. The music sounds as big as the images it conjures; there’s a lot of space in the vocals and synths, and even the drums have a touch of reverb on them. The guitars still sound moderately noise gated, but not to the point where they’re choked.

Put simply, Peripety came out of nowhere and blew me away with its scale and grandeur. Kardashev’s evolution in the past two years is nothing short of impressive, and I hope to see the band continue in this new direction in the future. They have well and truly made me a fan.

4.5/5 Flaming Toilets ov Hell


Peripety is out now and is available for purchase at Kardashev’s Bandcamp. It’s also streaming at HBIH if you’d prefer a better media player. If you like what you hear, check them out on Facebook as well. That’s all for this week, and until next time,

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    • Spear

      You’re okay


        Youre not bad either

        • Spear

          We are in agreement

          • I read this as we are pregnant, became extremely fucking confused. May or may not be due to Fallout making me lose sleep.

          • BEARD-SPLITTER

            No, Spear and I were just waiting to tell everybody.

            Thanks for ruining it.

            The babys name is going to be “Okay”

          • Vote for Jeb

            Please name the child Krapsnaps Bazingas.

          • NO BIG BANG THEORY

          • Vote for Jeb
          • The title should be:

            “Oh Shit! There’s Someone That Is Really Named Krapsnaps Bazingas! (You Won’t Believe The Face Of His Grand-Mother)”.

          • Spear

            “Okay Spearbeard”

          • BEARD-SPLITTER

            It does have a certain ring to it.

          • Spear

            Alternatively, “Beardspear Spearbeard.” Baby names are hard.

          • should name it a’ight instead

          • Is Falllout really all that good? How did they get to 4 already? plz help

          • BEARD-SPLITTER

            Fallout, fallout 2, fallout 3, new vargus, 4

          • Yes it is really all that good. I spent fucking 4 hours in it and got absolutely nothing accomplished story wise but I had a blast building a 3 story house with turrets on the roof and a basketball hoop.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Speaking of Fallout what’s the best way to clear the Raiders out of Concord? I have the Power Armor and the minigun but they keep on killing me anyway.

          • Spear

            Minigun is clearly too mini. Get larger gun.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            It’s extremely powerful though!

          • Don’t die

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Are there any Stimpaks in Concord I can use so I don’t die? I have very low health.

          • Idk man. Concord was easy. Maybe find a bed somewhere and sleep to regain health?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            That’s a good idea.

  • Boss the Ross

    RIP Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, your music will never be forgotten, you crazy motherfucker.

    • Boss the Ross

      Crazy motherfucker in the most respectable way possible.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      He will be missed.

  • It was more a feminine squeeee than a girlish squeal. Semantics.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    I have a feeling that artwork will be the best thing about King.

    A Million Dead Birds Laughing is great.

  • ┼Taubryee Plaza┼

    Speaking of “Withering”. Withered just signed to Seasons of Mist who have the mighty and hateful Ethan Lee McCarthy on guitar and vocals now. Super stoked for new material soon. Here is some pre- Ethan Lee McCarthy material from the band. Saw these guys open for Marduk way back when and they killed it. Killer blackened sludge.

    • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan2

      This is Big Balls music! anyone with small balls F… Off!

      -cam tam, 2 weeks ago

    • Spear

      That was a mighty tasty intro.

      • ┼Taubryee Plaza┼

        Hell yes, definitely check out more of their stuff if you dig this. Like I said I’m curious to hear what they sound like with Ethan on the bill now.

        • Spear

          Well, I know what I’m doing with my evening now.

          • ┼Taubryee Plaza┼


    • Lacertilian

      I bought a poster of one of their covers with the text removed before I had even heard their music because I’d had the pic on my cpu for ages.
      Paul Romano’s art is compelling to me.

    • sweetooth0

      Withered rules. I caught em when they opened for Mayhem. I ended up picking up the gatrefold vinyl for Dualitas. Ethan in the mix is gonna kill.

  • Them guitars need to louder. Those vocals need turned down. Pgood so far, though.

    • I back up this comment.

      It’s good. I like it more than Fallujah, but the vocals lack something.

      • Agreed. The music is fine on its own… the vocals are kinda generic (and too loud). Would be a killer instrumental LP if you ask meeeee

  • Vote for Jeb

    I know you didn’t mean to, but I prefer your alternate art for King.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Also, very excited to sew Fountainhead’s new band. Which will essentially be a Kummerer-less Obscura.

  • From this TDT edition, I’m listening Vipassi because the bass sounds like farts <3

  • Vote for Jeb

    Also, in case anyone wants to know what a Kardashev is.


      Get that fucking maths out of here!

    • USA: Type III.
      Venezuela: Type 0.

    • Waynecro

      One of the technology analysts I edit for totally ripped off this scale in an attempt to create his own. He did not appreciate my asking, “Do you mean the Kardashev scale?”

      • Vote for Jeb


  • BobLoblaw

    I remember when vipassi was just a youtube video of the guitarists and bassist from ne obliviscaris. I guess im old.

  • ┼Taubryee Plaza┼

    Savage. Come on November 27.

  • Paris Hilton

    From a musical standpoint Peripety is solid. However, I still have to give it a technical foul for that WHACK guitar production.

    • ┼Taubryee Plaza┼

      Some one needs to take a fucking lap. Teach em a lesson.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Goddamn that’s a long shirt

      Longbutt > longshirt

  • I am a fan of this guy, Modern Day Babylon. He plays in the same vein as these dudes, but less the vocals. Check it.


  • Vote for Jeb

    I’m stoked on Vektor. Weird thrash forever.

    • cosigned, Dubs.

    • I felt this song as a more riffy and straight-forward one than the last album, which have heavy proggy weirdness. I’m very impressed and I will def check that new record when it comes out.

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      “Voivod? Never heard of ’em!”

  • ┼Taubryee Plaza┼

    Ah yes! New Hellgoat album on the way! New songs premiered here.

  • Old Man Doom

    I’m actually kinda stoked for new Fleshgod. Also, it’s a major shame that Ovid’s Withering is no more (and the fucked up situation surrounding the breakup), especially right before they were to finish their new album.

    • I, too am bummed about Ovid’s Withering. I saw them live for the first time earlier this year (I hadn’t listened to them before that) and they put on a hell of a good show.

    • That first album was nuts, I passed on the second though. I have hopes they can recapture me as a past fan.

    • Spear

      Yeah, it’s super shitty. At least Ovid’s constituent members are in some pretty cool projects now.

  • The link for the King album artwork goes to that same picture of Sanic.

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    Yikes, had a MS PTSD flashback: I thought this was a Periphery review.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    I’m not that hot on tech death usually but this is making more of a connection than many. Nice melodies, epic feels, spirit connections. Good stuffs.

  • Waynecro

    FLESHGOD!!! They’re doing a small tour with Carach Angren and Abigail Williams in February 2016. I might go (even though the show is on a Tuesday night). Also, Peripety is great. I’ve been listening to it a lot for the last few days.

  • Xinen

    Obscura will make a nice birthday present… to myself haha. Thanks for the heads up on Vipassi, that’s some good stuff there.

  • Zero Kelvin

    Kardashev has been on repeat today. Awesome. I can dig their old stuff too.

  • CyberneticOrganism
  • Eliza

    This is so much better than actually doing sports during PE class.