Tech Death Thursday: Onomasy

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Beep boop Onomasy boop bop Tech Death Thursday

A lot has happened in the last week:

  • Archspire posted a short video of a vocal take for a snippet of one of their new songs. Spoiler alert: it’s very fast.
  • Hannes Grossmann has successfully funded his new solo album The Crypts of Sleep, and has a new song streaming at Metal Underground. If the Indiegogo “estimated delivery” dates are accurate, we can expect the full length sometime this month.
  • If you didn’t get enough Cognizance last week, they’ve just posted a new song from their upcoming EP Illusory. Check out “Visceral Doubt” and look for the album on August 26th.
  • Destroying the Devoid has a new song from Paramnesia out here. “Carnivale Nocturno” is a typical “evil circus waltz” tune, but the last minute is pretty cool. I feel like it should have been about half the length, though.
  • Equipoise released their first album last Friday, and it kicks ass. Additionally, they’ve decided to donate all sales of this album and its related items (shirts, tablature, etc.) to Jason Becker’s foundation. Head here to check it out and donate if you’re feeling charitable and get some sweet tunes in return.
  • Apparently Inanimate Existence has decided that the best way to move forward is to ditch the sound they’d cultivated on their first two albums in favor of playing a sloppy mashup of Fallujah and Ovid’s Withering. I seem to be in the minority in thinking that this song is crap, though, so give “Calling From A Dream” a listen and decide for yourself.
  • This new song from Invoking the Abstract helped cleanse my palate of that last mess. It’s fun, it’s frantic, and it actually sounds like its own thing. Look for Aural Kaleidoscopes on September 30th.
  • Ever wish your tech was more black? Fear not; Singularity has your back. Check out the surprisingly not terrible lyric video for “The Refusal” from Void Walker, due out September 2nd.
  • Circle Spectre Haunting has released three(!) new songs from their new full length. Take a listen to “Witchfinder” for something fast and thrashy, “Beneath a Steel Sky” for slow brutality with some slams, and “Bruiser” for the ever-elusive tech death party song. Sin is out now on Amazon Music and iTunes.
  • It’s been awhile since I’d heard anything from Cortexiphan, and here it turns out their album is coming out tomorrow! You can stream it in full over at Heavy Blog Is Heavy, and I urge you to do so.
  • Allegaeon has released a new song from their upcoming fourth full-length, entitled “Proponent for Sentience III – The Extermination.” They’ve also given us a date for the album- September 23rd- meaning that if what they’ve said previously is true, we should be seeing them on a decent tour shortly afterwards.

I’ve been running into a lot of weird music on my tech hunt lately, it seems. It’s always nice to see people pushing boundaries and trying to do something new, making sounds and styles that have never been heard before. Even if the end result isn’t the greatest, it’s hard to fault somebody for experimenting. That said, sometimes it becomes too much. It’s nice to sit back and sink your teeth into something familiar, something that gives you a bit of a mental break before jumping back in. This week, I turn to Onomasy for relief.

Right from the start, Onomasy plant themselves firmly alongside bands like Soreption and Psycroptic in the more aggressive school of tech death. There’s a ton of heavily palm-muted tremolo picking in the low- to mid-range and long stretches of sixteenth note double bass pounding, supplemented by a vocalist with a nasty low growl and a strong bass presence. You’ll notice they like to jump around a lot more than the aforementioned bands; whereas they tend to build their riffs methodically, ascending and descending in very deliberate motions, Onomasy likes to throw in high guitar fills and leads at a moment’s notice. It keeps things interesting and ensures that the pace never drops too quickly.

If this is all sounding very familiar to you, well, that’s the point. When it comes down to it, there’s not really much new to point at on Ashes and Dust. So why bother with it? What keeps Onomasy from being just another generic tech death band? It all comes down to the songwriting. As previously mentioned, the band has a great sense of pacing, amply exploring each idea without letting them outstay their welcome. Their sense of melody is very strong, using hooks and complex counterpoint in equal measure. They also make great use of space in their music; rests are too often overlooked in tech death, but when used properly, they give the riffs both extra heft and some breathing room. Top that off with some added creative flourishes, such as unexpected intervals and chord progressions or harmonics incorporated into a riff, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for something great.

Ashes and Dust is tech death in its purest form; nothing more, nothing less. It revels in that, fully embracing its identity with fervor and passion. It’s all the better for it; I must have listened to this six times over the course of writing this article, and I never started to get bored with it. If you liked what you heard, you can get it at the Bandcamp link above and follow the band on Facebook. That’s all for now; until we meet again,

Stay Tech


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  • Lacertilian

    So far Onomasy are giving me a Cryptic Hymn vibe, with some nice Deviant Process-style spasmodic frills scattered around. Even though I didn’t really hear much Psycroptic in there, I’m still not feeling disappointed. Nice find Spear!
    Soreption had something coming out this year too right? I seem to recall seeing them in the studio a while back.

  • Abradolf Lincler

    o’namaste

  • Joaquin Stick

    That’s a whole lot of news. I don’t remember how much I liked Inanimate Existence before, but yeah that song is not doing anything for me. Totally hear the Fallujah ripoff.

  • Wow, I Lol’d at that Archspire video clip.

    • I think they’d benefit from just doing normally paced vocals over insane weedlies. It’s just crazy to see him try and keep up.

      • That band is turning more into an endurance sport than anything. Hey, look what I can do! *Loud farts*

        • Half of tech death in a nutshell, right there.

          • Some more than others I guess, but Archspire is definitely at the top when it comes to being straight up outrageous.

        • Lacertilian

          Reminds me of this..

    • Howard Dean

      Haha, ridiculous.

      Fast talker. I guess if the whole tech death thing fails he can move to Canada and start a Snow cover group.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0yGvypBwyA

      • Abradolf Lincler

        Man I can’t wait for snow why can’t it be November yet

        • Howard Dean

          Yo, fuck snow. Seriously.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            No f*** summer seriously

          • Howard Dean

            I’ll take summer over winter 99% of the time. Ain’t nobody got love for that “pay thousands of dollars to heat your house so your pipes don’t freeze and you don’t freeze to death” shit.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            We bought a house with no AC I live in the south HD

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            So, you hate summers, and northern folks hate winters.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            Will our summers used to be much more mild then they are the last couple of years and we used to actually have winters which we don’t anymore

          • Howard Dean
          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Manbearpig.

          • Totally cereal.

          • Howard Dean

            Pretty much this. That’s the abridged version of the struggle.

          • Yeah bro, I like winter… When I’m not the one paying for the heating bill.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            pff, we have an oil furnace and baseboard heaters and standalones. bring on the subzero temps!

          • How nice. For you bro.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            Sadly our new house isn’t much above 3000 feet so we won’t get the cold like the top of the mountain does :(:(

          • more beer

            Denver is 2000 feet above sea level higher than that. It isn’t even in the mountains. You should come out here and check out some mountains.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            right, but here it goes from 0 ft above sea level to 5-6000.

            dont get me wrong, id love to go

          • more beer

            That is just the approach to the mountains here.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            apples and oranges dawg

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            How do oil furnaces still exist in homes?? Aren’t those a big fire hazard?

          • Abradolf Lincler

            Not more than gas furnaces or anything would be hell the baseboard heaters or more of the fire concerned if you ask me

          • Elegant Gazing Globe

            I have a brand new Buderus oil furnance, it’s really nice

          • Howard Dean

            I’d say most people in northern New England heat their homes with either an oil furnace, propane furnace, or woodstove (or a combination thereof). Electric baseboard heat can be dang expensive.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Wow, didn’t realize that. Ours is just a boring old gas furnace.

          • Brutalist_Receptacle

            NEWSFLASH: SOME PEOPLE LIKE DOGS, OTHER CATS.

          • Elegant Gazing Globe

            I spent $400 on new insulation in my attic two years ago and have only spent $400 on oil since

          • Howard Dean

            Good deal. I have a 19th century farmhouse with minimal insulation. Winter can be a cold bitch.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Holy shit.

          • Howard Dean

            Haha, wearing layers is definitely your friend. It can get a bit chilly, but most of the time it’s not terrible. You also get used to it being colder inside the house.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yeah, I can understand that, being through many harsh winters, but that’s a whole other level of horrible!

          • That sucks dude about the winter conditions, but at the same time that place must be rad as fuck.

          • Howard Dean

            Yeah, the house definitely more than makes up for the trade-off of colder winter temps and higher heating bills. I’m all about that character. Love old houses.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            My house was built in 1930, not as rad as an old as farmhouse, but character nonetheless.

          • Same dude, I’d love to live in a old farm house like that at some point in my life. More maintenance obviously as you know, but I’m a sucker for those old farm houses. Nature is the shit too.

            https://media.giphy.com/media/97PtOLyH3Cgtq/giphy.gif

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            You say that, with that GIF? Fucker, hahaha.

          • Elegant Gazing Globe

            try ripping out all the old shit in your attic and putting down a few layers of some unfaced R 19..it should make a big difference

          • Abradolf Lincler

            I have to do this except with our crawl space before winter gets here and our house was built in the fifties. That’ll be a fun project

          • Elegant Gazing Globe

            underneath?

          • Abradolf Lincler

            Yeah the inspector said that we needed to refinish the whole crawl space so I’m at the put down plastic and put up insulation do a whole bunch of stuff before winter gets here

          • Elegant Gazing Globe

            that’s gonna suck

          • Abradolf Lincler

            Well I did HVAC work for several years but I’m not quite as thin as I used to be

          • Howard Dean

            That would definitely help. If I had the dough I would pay for one of those minimally-invasive spray foam jobs throughout the house. I’m sure almost every wall could use insulation (apart from the crumpled up paper and whatever else they used in the 1800’s), but I’d rather not rip down all of the plaster.

          • Abradolf Lincler

            Have fun with that asbestos

          • Howard Dean
          • more beer

            I just helped a friend get rid of all of the old newspaper insulation in his house a few months ago. To put down R19. It was brutal dirty job. He a few hundred bags of that crap to take to the dump.

          • Joaquin Stick

            I’m new to this whole oil furnace thing. My new apartment has it. It’s at 1/8th full now, should I fill it now since it’s probably cheaper than filling it in the winter? What’s a good ppg?

          • Elegant Gazing Globe

            everyone has the same price more or less. find a company in your town.
            Fill it now if you can

          • Abradolf Lincler

            i think its a bit strange that your apartment has an oil furnace

          • Joaquin Stick

            Its like a multifamily home type deal

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Winter, black metal, and stouts though….

          • Dubbbz

            I drink stouts in the summer because I’m a strong, independent Florida woman who don’t need no man.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            You go girl.

          • Always looking for an excuse to post one of my favorite DT songs.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HwwbOnONF8

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Uggghhhhhhh, with the best ending riff ever!!!!!! Fuck!

    • Brutalist_Receptacle

      I like The Archspires very much. I was actually listening to them on my way to work today.

    • Brutalist_Receptacle

      I like The Archspires very much. I was actually listening to them on my way to work today.

  • They have some interesting melodic lines in the blasts and rapid sections. I can dig this, I don’t hear that much of Psycroptic (the reference that made me click play), but I’m happy with what I’m listening.

    Thanks, brother Spearrow.

    • Spear

      Hmm, I think the Psycropticness is more present in the lower end than anywhere else. I dunno, I’ve been jamming their newest one lately, so maybe my mind just forced a connection that isn’t there. Glad you like it, though!

  • Dubbbz

    That Inanimate Existence track is a wreck.

    • Owlswald

      The exact thought I had about Invoking the Abstract.

      • Invoking the abstract is extremely lacking in the songwriting department.

  • Dubbbz

    Still not sure how I feel about the new Allegaeon track, but the last three albums filled a Nevermore shaped hole in my heart, so I’ll give this one a try too.

    • One of the band members replied to me on reddit. There’s only two tracks with cleans on the album so don’t worry if it bothers you.

      • Dubbbz

        It’s not just the cleans but exactly what Spear alluded to above. It just feels like a bunch of pieces slopped together

        • Idk it really grew on me upon multiple listens and I like it a lot, but i also really like that Inanimate Existence track and think it’s the best song they’ve written so….

          • Dubbbz

            Oops, I thought we were talking about Inanimate Existence. My bad.

          • ohhh

          • Dubbbz

            I need to make another cup of coffee.

        • Stanley

          But isn’t that all of tech death?

          • Not at all. A lot of bands yea, but not the good ones.

  • Dubbbz

    Thanks for doing these, Spear.

  • Abradolf Lincler

    heres some good ol Misty Mountain trees n shit for everyone (wheres CO?)

  • Owlswald

    That Cognizance track is intriguing. So is Singularity but I lol’d at the crappy CGI spaceship in the lyric video. Also, this post made me realize how many f’n new albums are coming out in September and October. I’ll be set until the spring album cycle.

  • Waynecro

    Goddamn, that’s a lot of excellent jams! Thank you, Spear! Man, I am so glad the company moved the weekly meeting from Thursdays to Tuesdays. If I had to sit through a meeting after getting so ultrapumped from all this tech-death goodness, I’d be impossible to deal with. “No, I’m not being too ‘judgy’; these edits are all necessary. STOP TRYING TO DISPARAGE MY EFFORTS, YOU CLUELESS MANAGEMENT DOLTS!!!”

  • Brutalist_Receptacle

    Since I discovered Tech Death Thursday, I enjoy a four-day work week, because I no longer work on Thursdays.