Tech Death Thursday: New Year, New Music

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It’s been a month since I last crammed tech into your (probably unwilling) earholes. You thought you were safe. You were wrong.

Things happened. These are those things:

  • As previously mentioned by W, Vale of P-nath have successfully funded their new album. They’ve posted a snippet of a new song on their Facebook, along with a pair of teasers on Youtube.
  • Archspire, Lords of Fast, have found a new bassist. Check out his playthrough of “Lucid Collective Somnambulation” right here. I’m no expert, but I think that clocks in at at least 200 sanics.
  • Colorado-based Buried Realm have posted two songs from their upcoming debut EP, The Ichor Carcinoma, each featuring a fairly high-profile guest. Check out “Through These Darkened Halls” (with Chris Amott on guitar) and “The Ichor Carcinoma” (with Bob Katsionis on keys and Peter Wichers on guitar).
  • Interloper, a far superior version of Rings of Saturn, have posted a playthrough of “Absolution.” They’ve also done a “collaboration” with the latter, though I don’t know exactly how this constitutes a collaboration when each band features the same members.
  • Wastewalker, a new band featuring members of Conducting From the GraveAlterbeast, and Journal, have posted a teaser for their upcoming debut. It looks like it’s going to be Fallout-themed, for those of you who care about such things (though they might have used Fallout in the trailer simply because of their name).
  • If you like your tech with a side of brutality, Deformatory have a playthrough for “Apotheosis,” a new track from their upcoming album Malediction.
  • The new Blade of Horus album is sounding better every time I revisit it. Check out “Monumental Massacre” and look for the full album on the 29th.
  • Bleak Flesh have debuted a new single on Bandcamp, the first with their new vocalist Ngen Kerruff.
  • The Zenith Passage have announced their new album, Solipsist, will be out April 15th via Unique Leader. You can check out the full press release (complete with track listing and sexy cover art) at Earsplit.

First up, we have Primordial by Shadow of Intent. These guys bridge the gap between tech death and deathcore in a grandiose fashion, with a hefty dose of synth backing up the finger-breaking guitar work. Breakdowns are indeed present, but they are well implemented; they never start too abruptly, never outstay their welcome, and wouldn’t you know it, actually go somewhere in the song. Cut to 2:14 in “The Prelude to Bereavement” to see what I mean. All in all, this is a solid package that combines flair, melody, and groove in equal measure.


For a proggier twist on things, we have Sweden’s Pangaea (not to be confused with the prog/metalcore outfit from Wisconsin, responsible for this blatant knockoff of a Heaven Shall Burn video). While not a debut in the strictest sense (they put out an EP in 2013), A Shackled Belief sees the band graduate from their more –core roots to a fully-realized progressive death act. One of the things that struck me immediately about this album is how warm and full everything sounds; a rarity in this genre. That tone is critical to the music, too, which spends a lot of time in the low- to mid-range of their instruments. It’s contemplative at times, heavy when it needs to be, and always smart. Those who aren’t fans of weedles and deedles will likely get the most enjoyment out of this one.


Up next is Kossuth with Mictlan. This bad boy sounds like the offspring of Necrophagist and Beyond Creation, occasionally babysat by The Black Dahlia Murder. The dueling guitars are sublime, with tons of harmonies and counterpoints dancing atop a bass foundation with massive presence. Album closer (and fastest track) “Solar Migration” best showcases the interplay between the three, with each instrument building off the other in impressive fashion. I’m also a big fan of this style of vocals in tech. It’s not as though these high-pitched shrieks are anything unique, but there’s something satisfyingly sickening about them. Mictlan should be a no-brainer for anyone into traditional tech death.


Finally, we have And The Kingdom Fell roaring forth with Phantasms. I briefly touched on these guys back in August, and I have to say Phantasms turned out much better than I expected. The fact that they used “Chaos Engine” as a lead single led me to believe it would be the highlight of the album. While it’s not a bad track, it pales in comparison to the rest of them. With the exception of the chill instrumental title track, this reminds me a lot of Spawn of Possession. It never quite reaches that level of intensity, but the ideas present are similar. It’s an exercise in precise savagery that will leave your face in a molten puddle on the floor.


So there you have it: four excellent debuts from four up-and-coming bands. You can find Shadow of Intent, Pangaea, Kossuth, and And The Kingdom Fell at each of their respective Facebook pages, as well as the Bandcamp pages listed above. Give them a like and/or some cash if you like what you heard.

Until next time,

Stay Tech

  • Scrimm

    This stuff looks interesting, but having a hard time enjoying much this week.

    • As opposed to ever enjoying anything?

    • My condolences on the passing of your namesake.

      • Scrimm

        Thank you.Really wish I would have could have seen him again.

        • I first saw Phantasm when it was released as a double bill with The Fog.
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygxBEGWb0qc

          • Fuck yes! The Fog is one of my favorites.

          • Dubs

            The old one? The new one sucked.

          • There’s a new one?

          • Dubs

            New -ish. I guess it came out when I was in high school.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Yeah that remake was awful, with its douchewipe teen characters

          • News to me. I remember The Mist though.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            The only positive is it had Selma Blair in it. In panties….

            http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0432291/?ref_=nv_sr_1

          • Damn, I forgot about her. Last thing I remember her in was Hellboy.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Funny when you think of it, would you call an album that came out while you were in high school new-ish?

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Yeah that remake is terrible.

          • Stanley

            I’ve never seen Phantasm, but I’ve watched The Fog a bunch of times over the years. My favorite horror flick as a kid was Dead and Buried. I haven’t seen it in years and I assume that it hasn’t dated very well.

          • I need to watch Dead And Buried again now that it’s on blu-ray.

          • Scrimm

            Dead and Buried is sick. You need to get on Phantasm. Lucky for you there is a 4k transfer coming and might even be in some theatres.

          • Scrimm

            Badass. I was a little too young to catch it in theatres. Born the same year it came out.

    • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

      We’re losing a lot of people this year. Its very disenheartening.

      • Scrimm

        Yeah just one after the other. Sucks.

        • FWIW, at least Angus made it to 89. That’s a good, long life.

          • Scrimm

            Very true. A lot to celebrate.

  • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

    RIP Alan Rickman.

    • god dammit.

    • 10 points from Gryffindor

      • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

        By the suns of Worvan, you shall be avenged!

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      I already said this, but 2016 sucks worse than a (c)rusty vacuum. Fuck this.

      • 2 weeks in and 4 childhood/teen icons dead already, and it’s a fucking US election year. KILL ME NOW.

        • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

          Then itd be two weeks and 5 US icons dead

        • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

          We still have to start or DOOM band though.

          • Yeah, but then you could find a good Necromancer to bring me back. An undead rhythm guitarist would be a great selling point for a horror movie themed Doom band.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            This is true…

            But still, I’d rather hang with you now, no telling what kinda crazy shit a necromancer might try to do.

        • i’m sure there’s a karaoke song that’ll bring you back
          (edward, get in here and upvote plz)

        • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

          And it’s a pick between Hillary and Trump (Sanders isn’t gonna win, give it up).

          https://media.giphy.com/media/Yit1dyaBvcTQs/giphy.gif

          • I ain’t giving up shit until the primary happens. I still remember people laughing when I said Obama would beat Hillary and go on to be President.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            I’m not voting either way, so there’s that.

          • There’s a legalization initiative on the MA ballot. You bet your ass I’m voting for that.
            All I know is that I have a good track record of being right about this stuff.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Here in VA on ther other hand………..

            http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/virginia-gop-bill-would-require-schools-to-verify-childrens-genitals-before-using-restroom/

            Tell me that doesn’t gross you the fuck out!

          • See? This is why I get involved! There has to be pushback against this kind of crap! I can only hope this “bill”, which is nothing more than legalized sexual molestation, doesn’t stand a chance of passing.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            See what? This idiot was elected.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Hey, voters put those assholes in there. I honestly can’t have a clear conscience putting in people I know will fuck things up. Fuck getting involved, this peanut gallery from all 3 sides is an embarrassment. Once a candidate comes up with a clear, concise plan, then Ill vote.

        • Vladimir Poutine

          That pretty much sums it up. Crave the void.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Nooooooooooooooooo!

    • I watched the movie about CBGB’s that he starred in. Definitely worth checking out.

      • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

        I’ve put it off because I’m skeptical of its historical accuracies, but i do want to see everyone’s portrayals. I’ll probably watch it tonight or this weekend.

        • I didn’t know he was in it until I started watching. I thought it was enjoyable. To be fair I’m not familiar with too much of the history other than some notable artists getting their start. It mostly focused on the energence of punk rock.

    • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

      Note to 2016: Stop being a dick. Lemmy, Natalie Cole, Alan Rickman and David Bowie. 2016, stop being a dick and be a dude!

  • Good roundup and good start on the column, Spear.

    I’m keeping Pangaea, even with the meh production they surely have some good chops in the writing, the riffs are OK for me and I will try to listen the entire album. Great finding!

    • BLACKBEARD UNFILTERED

      Space n shit metal

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      So good. So missed.

  • Only 3 more days until the first line-up announcement for Hells Headbash Part 3. I’m hoping for:
    Sadistic Intent
    Impiety
    Intolitarian
    Demoncy
    Sargeist
    Horna
    Cultes des Ghoules
    Nyogthaeblisz
    Genocide Shrines
    Necroholocaust
    Angelcorpse
    Revenge
    Power From Hell
    Gouge
    Abysmal Lord
    Nekrofilth
    Impetious Ritual
    Graveland
    Mgla
    Clandestine Blaze

    Just to name a few 😉

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Shit, thanks for the reminder, bro!

      • No problem! Looking forward to it.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Will be a fun time. And you listed some sweet bands. But I’m thinking, are they only going to have bands that are affiliated or have been with the label like last year? Because obviously some of the ones you listed haven’t been.

          • I’m hoping they branch out a bit more. It would be sort of boring to stick with the same HH bands each year. Although, I guess I can’t complain if they did.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Agreed. They would soon run out anyway.

          • We shall see on Sunday I guess. Nyogthaeblisz and Intolitarian are both signed to HH now and they both have albums dropping this year so they should be a no brainer.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            True, and besides Nyogthaeblisz set was so sick anyway.

          • They seemed to be the most discussed band online after that fest. So devastating. Can’t wait to hear the new album.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Phantasms and their blue ghost space zombies >>>>>>>

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Completely off topic, but I saw The Hateful Eight yesterday and fucking loved it! I should watch it another time for better judgement, but this may be my favourite Tarantino since Pulp Fiction.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Seeing it this weekend. Been on a run of good movies lately so hopefully it lives up to the praise.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        It seems to be a love it or hate it movie. Some people seem to hate the movie’s guts, others think it’s a great fucking movie. I belong to the latter!

      • I’m not a big QT fan by any stretch. Saw it the day after I saw The Revenant. IMO: h8ful 8 is the better movie.

        • Gr8 r8 m8 8/8

          • *enthusiastically claps*

            !!!!!!

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            …No anime?

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            I think it should get a pass, its a gif of himself…

          • He’s mad at me this week.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            He’s jealous of your mad-flying skills.

          • I said something to him this week and now he is trying to maul or disacredit me 🙁

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            THOU SHALT NOT SPEAK FALSELY AGAINST THINE MOST HOLY VARG

          • ¡Jajajajajajajajajaja!

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            The fuck did Link do?

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Badmouthed the holiest of Vargs.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            How? Show me proof!

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Facebook private message mate, I ain’t giving you my name.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            As I see it, you have no proof that Link has commited any crimes. Link is innocent. Case dismissed!

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            W8 M8
            Link confessed!

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            CASE. DISMISSED.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            YE CAN’T BE THE JUDGE, THE JURY & THE AXECUTIONER

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            I’M THE JUDGE, THE PRESIDENT, THE PRIME MINISTER, THE GOVERNMENT, THE OPPOSITION, THE GYNECOLOGIST, THE ORTHODOX PRIEST, THE IMAM, THE GRAND PRIEST OF SATAN, THE DIRECTOR, THE ACTOR, THE JURY, YOUR MOTHER, YOUR FATHER AND JESUS

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            THE TRUTH
            IT BURNS
            TAKE IT AWAY

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            INTO THE PIT WITH YOU
            WITH ALL OF THE DIRTY IMMIGRANTS
            VITUN MAMUT

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            NOT THE IMMIGRANTS

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            ALL THE IMMIGRANTS
            THEY WILL STEAL YOUR JOBS WHILE YOU HAVE TO PAY THEM FOR NOT WORKING

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            The fuck did you do?

          • Ask Karhu. He’s the Lord of Drama Bear over here!

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            You don’t have to care about him. He’s a second-rate Finn, a poser and a weeb.

          • SILENCE THE WEEB

          • Thanks, Mighty Tapir.

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            No problemo, friendo

          • Seems to me this is more US Saturday morning cartoon style than Anime. I’ll allow it!

          • Waynecro

            Captain N: The Game Master also rules and should be passable–especially because that Link and Zelda appeared in a few crossover episodes of Captain N.

          • so that’s the origin of Rocket Jumping in those Quake games!

        • RJA

          Really? I’m pretty excited to see The Revenant

          • Yeah man. I was stoked for months to see it. It’s not bad, but it drags on far too long. An hour could have been cut easily.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            …How long is it? I mean, H8 is almost 3 hours…

          • Revenant is also 3 hours.

          • Wow! That was the last thing I needed. I won’t see that movie.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Mang, less excited to see it now.

          • That’s home video material.

          • H8ful 8 had an intermission in the theatre. it was much welcomed.

          • Intermission to poo.

          • Ok, that helps a lot.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            I didn’t get an intermission when i saw it.

          • Somerville Theater(2 blocks from my house) has the full Road Show version(70MM, Overture, Intermission). They expect it to be held over into February since it’s doing so well.

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            Lucky bastard, I’d have to travel too far to see it in 70mm.

          • One of many reasons I will never move out of this neighborhood despite how expensive it is.

          • Seeing it tomorrow. Can’t wait to see the bear rape scene.

            http://themovieblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/jonah_hill_bear-594×329.png

        • I have lots of film buff/film degree friends that have seen and disliked The Revenant.

    • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

      Oddly enough, I’ve never watched all of Pulp Fiction. I’ve watched every other Tarantino film besides that and of course Hateful Eight. *puts myself in the Boo Box*

      • CyberneticOrganism
      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Never having watched all of Pulp Fiction? That’s a cardinal sin!

        • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

          I can’t be on top of everything, you know!

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            You need to get on top of watching Pulp Fiction. Move it to the top of the list!

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            In due time, in due time. I still have Breaking Bad to finish up, and wanting to finish watching Agulea Roja and The Wire (which I’m yet to start watching. I had seasons 2 and 5 from the library, but wanting to start with season 1 of course). After that, wanting to watch this film that Tapir reccomended (Joulubileet) and Caramel (Tunisian friend recommended that one. It’s a Lebanese film that looks pretty good, judging by the trailer).

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            Pulp Fiction. Top of list.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Gah, if I didn’t owe the library money, I’d get it there while I’m out. Got a link where I can watch it for free?

          • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

            Not that i know of.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            Might have to Google that later. I’ll keep it in mind, but got a couple of other films to watch.

      • You’re fuggin’ up on Pulp Fiction.

        • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

          Gah, I know! I’ve seen almost every Tarantino film except that one. Not the first time I’ve gotten shit for that, lol.

    • Definitely top 3 for me. Reminded me a lot of Reservoir Dogs. Bunch of characters in a small space with great dialog.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Yeah that was exactly what I liked so much about it. A lot of attention to detail and atmosphere. The acting is fantastic: Samuel L. Jackson owning again, Kurt Russell’s on a roll…also good to see Madsen prove again that he really can act if he feels like it. It was also a really startling movie. There are some happenings that seem to come out of nowhere. With Basterds and Django I had the problem that I thought there were some (in my opinion) really cringeworthy scenes (and not in a good way) to be found in those movies. I didn’t have that problem with The Hateful Eight. Overall it’s just a really memorable movie again. I also feel like it’s his most mean-spirited and Grand Guignol movie to date…always works for me.

        • I have a love hate relationship with Django. I just can’t stand Jamie Foxx so it’s difficult for me to say that I love that film but it is damn good. Some classic scenes for sure. I love Basterds but there are moments that I think could have been left out.

    • Boss the Stoutdrinker Ross

      Excellent to hear, I’m glad you enjoyed it so much.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Thanks! Really happy I could enjoy a Tarantino movie so much for another time!

  • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

    Loving the Primordial stuff so far! Has a kinda Gothenberg sound to it more than deathcore from what I can tell.

  • ChuggaChuggaDeedleyDoo

    ‘dose pizzicato strings resolving to the guitar wheedley deedlies in dat Primordial track tho!

    • Pizzicato Five is a gud band. FYI.

      • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

        Yes, indeed! ‘Twiggy Twiggy’ is my favorite one of their’s.

      • This is all I know about them.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cwd7E_tvIbM

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          “My three son of a bitches”. Classic.

        • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

          I actually like P5, but then again that’s my weebyness speaking.

          • SILENCE THE WEEB

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair
          • NOOOOOO…

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            You don’t like Marshall Law?!?!? *paddlin’ intensifies*

          • I wasn’t no-ing that. However, it is a bit too Power Thrash for my blood.

          • XXXX Atomic Tongue Hair

            No such thing as too much power thrash (which is the first time I’ve ever heard that term, but it’s sticking)! I’m guessing Metal Church falls in that category?

  • Waynecro

    I’m so pumped about the new Blade of Horus and Zenith Passage albums. I’ve been listening to the Shadow of Intent album a lot this week, but the deathcore elements (especially the vocals) ruin it for me. Dude, Pangaea, Kossuth, and As the Kingdom Fell fucking rule. Thanks for the killer tech-death finds, Spearbro.

  • Eliza

    While I liked every pick for his week, I think Pangaea are the best.

  • Waynecro

    Unrelated to true tech: The new Mandroid Echostar album Coral Throne is giving me good feels. The band sounds like one-fourth of Coheed and Cambria jamming with, like, three-fifths of Protest the Hero. If a techier Coheed isn’t for you, please disregard this message.