Tech Death Thursday: NYN


Your face has prematurely melted with no warning because it knew what band I was featuring this week.

Today we’re talking about a band called NYN who have just recently released a new album titled Eventuality that is slowly but surely inching it’s way into my top ten albums of the year. Oh, who am I kidding? It’s already in the top ten. Now it’s just a matter of how high it will climb. Seriously, I’m not looking forward to picking a top ten. Every day my list fluctuates a bit and these guys aren’t making that any easier. Oh did I say guys? I meant guy. This fucking amazing band is ONE GUY. NYN is what you would get if Sophicide and Destrage had a baby and those two babies collaborated on a progressive technical death metal album. Oh sorry, did you want like a song or something? Well, I guess I can allow it:


So, obviously you can see where I got the Sophicide comparison from, but you may be wondering where the Destrage comparison came from. At certain parts in the album, the vocals get really wacky and definitely recall the vocals in Destrage. It is at these parts that the songs also pick up a really spastic nature, another quality of the aforementioned band. Noyan, NYN’s vocalist according to bandcamp, is a really talented dude. The vocals on the album range from guttural brutal death metal-type vocals to high pitched deathcore-type wails and everywhere in between. It’s extremely refreshing to hear an album with this sort of maniacal vocal variety. Noyan doesn’t stop being badass with the vocals though. He goes all out. The drumming, the riffs, the guitars, and even the production on this album are nothing short of spectacular. There are a few guest appearances like the one by Christian Muezner in “Blind Sight”, but it’s mostly just Noyan. It may be only one guy, but this one guy just dropped an album that is, in my honest opinion, top 5 material and worthy of much more attention. If you dig these TDT posts, then you will dig this band. If you think I’m wrong about this, we can meet in the interrogation room at noon and I will steal your lunch money and buy a copy of this album for you with it.


Was that not enough for you? My my aren’t you the greedy one? Lucky for you Detective McNulty has something to help quench your covetous thirst for more metal. I should also point out that he used his detective skills to find a band that I didn’t know about. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go yell at some of my contacts for slacking.

McNulty: So, what IS technical death metal? Have we just slipped into a position in which we declare that upon hearing a bunch of weedilys? Well, we’re talking about TECHNIQUE here: it is essentially an opportunity for skilled musicians to flex their muscles while staying within the death metal subgenre. Some musicians go all Yngwie on us, while others are able to show off the skillz without the need to jump into the spotlight and demand the brightness be turned up (I guess I could try to come up with some kind of sports metaphor… something something something Kobe?). Not only that, technical doesn’t have to mean weedilys; I say we could easily include the SKRONK! (Jack note: YES PLEASE)

I want to introduce you to Sarpanitum, from Birmingham, UK. So we’ve all been best friends since at least July (The Great Migration) and I feel quite confident that most of you will be completely sold on the band. Their EP Fidelium (2011) brings all of the elements that we have come to know and love. Fidelium is the crossroads of death, black, and skronk; with equal parts technicality and songwriting. It’s a melting pot of all things excellent, which I will try to describe as follows:

Melancholic tremolo-picking riffs akin to Blut Aus Nord and Portal, accentuated with some Gorguts-ian SKRONK. The guitar solos are quite reminiscent of modern Immolation, as in they’re not too shreddy and focus more on melody. It’s not all about dissonance though, as there are plenty of slower, emotionally-charged melodic portions that are in fact quite memorable. I’m not talking clean vocals, mind you, but melodies similar to what you’d find in the occasional Deathspell Omega (Paracletus) or Marduk (Wormwood) track. The best instance would be the last 1:20 of “Before the Walls” (listen below), which leads perfectly into a dark, ambient track. The production of the EP is muddy enough to be trve, which is quite a breath of fresh air from the all-too common sterile sound of most modern technical death metal bands. They have a new album titled Blessed Be My Brothers coming out February 15. You can buy the EP for 3 GBP and pre-order the new album here, and it’s worth every … whatever those goofy British call pennies.

Th-th-th-th-th-that’s all folks!

Until next time,
Stay Tech!

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  • This is NOT the NYN I was looking for.

  • God

    How did they get star wars VII concept art???

  • since writing my portion about Sarpanitum, their full-length was announced (to be released in Feb ’15):

  • Dat artwork!

    Is terrible.

  • Hubert, Goat ov Doom (and Void

    That artwork is AMAZING!

  • Edward #negrod4eva

    Blessed Be My Brothers is a hell of a name for a tech death rekkid.

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

    Yay, Tech Death Thursday is here! That artwork is so cool for NYN.

  • Simon PhoenixKing

    I knew there was a reason I kept you around my abode McNulty. Despite your constantly spilling liquor all over my floors.

    Sarpanitum is the absolute tits. Their drummer also used to drum for the equally awesome Mithras.


    • Rhonda Pearlman

      Wonderful. Please keep him as long as you can.

      • Tyree

        Rhonda, where are you during my drunken nights? I forget which house is yours.

    • yeah whilst doing my research i found our shared love for the band over at that other place prior to the great migration!

      • Simon PhoenixKing

        Yeah I’m hoping both bands get more attention here than on FFB. The two or so articles they wrote about them passed over people with barely a whimper. Which is a shame as both bands are very underrated.

        • damn, does Mithras ever rocket! there’s some similar riffs too.

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          I’m at work, so I can’t listen to the stuff on here (normal), it is acceptable that I just want to share my love of Pissgrave for everyone? Dudes need to put out music that is accessible to me and I will give them money.

    • The last minutes were awesome. I want to hear the entire record reading the lyrics.

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    Damn, that vocalist is all over the place. Neato.

  • VV.

    NYN get my Presidential seal of approval, and apparently I added some Sarpanitum tracks to my DM playlist back in September. Good work this week, boys.

  • Tom Waits For Better Days

    I feel we could be friends now Jimbo, if you weren’t so nasty

  • Stockhausen

    Mmmm. Yes. Quite.

  • Tom Waits For Better Days

    NYN is very good-sounding.

    • Nordling Rites ov Karhu

      Actually that Sarpanitum ia better, it goddamn slays!

  • Fuck, man. This is some goooooood stuff. Brings a nice chaotic element into tech death while keeping it organized and weird.

  • Death

    NYN is very meh. Sarpanitum sounds good, I need to dive deeper into their music.

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      Death you son of a gun, way to surprise the crowd here.

      • Death

        I do like that kind of music. Why do you dicks call it “skronk?” Is it an official term?

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          It’s the official unofficial term. I think it’s called skronk because that is somewhat the sound it makes. A big forebearer of the “skronk” style was Gorguts’ Obscura. A lot of what we also call dissonant death metal stems from that and has that dissonant, skronky sound to it. Also, I think a lot of people think it’s funny.

          • Death

            I do love Gorguts. Colored Sands was my second favourite metal album from last year.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            It was my favorite, actually kind of an easy choice despite last year being insane with releases like this one. So monumental.

          • Death

            I had to give Altar of Plagues the metal album of the year spot.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            I love Teethed Glory and Injury. Fantastic rekkid.

            VHOL too, and Inter Arma’s Sky Burial.

          • oooh I forgot about VHOL

          • dunno if you saw their FB post…they’re doing vocals for VHOL II!

          • I did, they aren’t in my library for some reason:(. gonna fix that

          • VV.

            Also my second favorite, though I gave the crown to Cult of Luna.

          • Edward #negrod4eva

            There is a very obscure Tame One song called “Here We Go Again” which is not available anywhere online. If it were, I would have replied to you with the video, lol. Oh, W.

          • Death

            I liked that one as well.

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          Did you edit “dicks” into “guys”?


          • Death

            Me? No. Maybe?

    • Bullshit you don’t like things.

      • Death

        Shove a cauliflower up your butt.

        • lmfao omg.

        • M Shadows!

          Silly Loofah! Trix are for kids!

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

          Shove a butt up your cauliflower.

        • I just want you to know, your insults brighten my day and often provide a hearty laugh.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan’s Spooky To

            It gave me a good chortle. His insults are very funny.

  • Hmm I just realized the link for Sarpanitums bandcamp isnt actually a link for some reason.

    • VV.

      I’ll ch-ch-ch-ch-check it out.

      • Th th th thanks

      • That may be my bad, not sure. WordPress was giving me shit while writing this one.

        • VV.

          I added a link under “here”

  • The Satan Ov Hell

    So when do we get monday dooms day?

  • Bouroboris

    Dang, NYN is the well lubricated thorny slug beast that my conch like ears are just longing to receive. Holy shit just got the brees. And one guy.

  • JWG

    I’m pretty sure that the lowest unit of British currency is the “Pants”, but I might have been mishearing it through a thick northerner’s accent.

    • OldMetalHead

      A Geordie? 🙂

      • JWG

        50/50 it’s either that or “Sheffieldish”, it would seem.

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    Thursdays are like Christmas now! Thx JB!

  • Lacertilian

    Holy shit!
    NYN is loose but in a good way.

  • Lacertilian

    @James_Jimmy_McNulty:disqus that first minute or two of Sarpanitum is the new genre of Skronk-grind, yeah?

  • Lacertilian

    Hey @tyreegearhart:disqus I saw this on my way south of Sydney to a job today, I know you listen to a fuckload of music but I didn’t realise you got around this much!