Tech Death Thursday: Ordinance

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Beware The Ides of March. This is Tech Death Thursday.

And because you didn’t get enough news yesterday:

  • I was going to say something complaining about tech death bands releasing videos way after their album has released, but it’s hard to be annoyed listening to Gorod. Check out the new video for “Inner Alchemy” here.
  • In news that is most goodly, Alterbeast have confirmed that they have not broken up… kind of. They posted a short clip of a new tune, but as people in the comments were quick to point out, it could just be they decided to finish their EP before calling it quits. Hopefully that’s not the case, as Immortal is one of my favorite albums in the genre.
  • New Aborted! You already know if you love or hate this band, so I’ll just leave you with “Retrogore.” Look for the full album on April 22nd.
  • Polish unit Banisher have given us a scintillating peek at their upcoming LP, Oniric Delusions, out sometime in the near future. Jam “Human Factor” right here.
  • New Wormed. Full stream. Go here.

The world of tech death is no stranger to ambitious concept albumsOrdinance are the latest to try their hand at one; as you have probably already guessed, The Ides of March revolves around the story of Julius Caesar’s assassination. Each song revolves around one of the conspirators, as well as Marc Antony, Calpurnia, Octavian, and, of course, Caesar himself. The historical concept alone makes it stand out amongst the multitude of otherworldly stories told by many of their peers, and it makes for a cool lyrical change of pace.

The story isn’t the only element that sets them apart, of course. Powerful clean vocals are featured prominently throughout Ides, with a hint of growl that gives them more edge than the somber delivery of Andy Thomas (Black Crown Initiate) or the dulcet Roniit Alkayam (Fallujah). The guitar is particularly impressive as well; the solos are creative and the riffs are incredibly varied. Each of the album’s 15(!) tracks is distinct from the other, from the brutal opener “Ista Quidem Vis Est” to the jittery “Of the Fatherland” to the frantic “23 Wounds.” It does a great job of giving the players in the assassination their own distinguishing personalities.

If there’s one place that Ides falters, it’s in the production. Now to clarify, I don’t mind when a mix is brickwalled, or the drums are heavily triggered, or the guitars are gated like mad. It makes it so you can hear everything, every little note, and that’s a key component for why music like Ordinance’s works. However, I also know a lot of you guys aren’t keen on any of the aforementioned, and this album is heavy on all three of those factors. A couple of the tunes even get a little djenty, but they never go overboard with it. It’s very clean and sanitary, but it’s easy to listen to.

Sixty-four minutes of tech death probably sounds overwhelming to some of you, but I enjoyed my time with The Ides of March. The variety of songs kept me interested and excited for the duration, and it’s just a huge pleasure to hear musicians who are both creative and masters of their instruments. Either consumed all at once or taken in chunks, this is not an album to miss. Find Ordinance on Facebook and give them a hearty gurgle from the Toilet.

Until next time,

Stay Tech

(Cover image via Classical Art Memes)

  • Stoked on new Aborted and Wormed. The widdlies are starting this year off strong.

  • Dubs

    Cry ‘Havoc,’ and let slip the dogs of war;
    That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
    With carrion men, groaning for burial.

  • DVRKBEVRD

    yep, sounds like tech death

    also, “dulcet” >>>>>>>

    • If I Was A Carrot I’d Be God

      Kinda sounds melo-death on certain parts. Definitely a lot of old school In Flames influence.

  • Dubs
    • I saw this. In the theater. I’m still scarred.

      • Dubs

        I think I rented it once and got really, really bored.

        • YourLogicIsFlushed

          I rented it for some reason and it made me realize that the number 45 is following me around. I’m slowly falling into paranoia.

          • Flush it!

          • A friend had a similar obsession with 217.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            man, yall are fucking weird

          • Yes.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Whenever I eat something like a cookie I have to eat 7 of them. I can’t eat even numbered amounts of food. I have a fear of even numbers. I’m also afraid of chainsaws and lemon meringue pie due to a horrible nightmare I had when I was 10 about that kind of pie.

          • So just eat one. One is an odd number.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I know it is. I’m talking about if it’s a small food like a cookie or a small candy.

          • Whatever dude.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Fucking christ, JJD, pull your shit together.

          • Dubs

            Is this a serious comment?

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Of course it is.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yes.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’m serious. I can’t even look at lemon meringue pie without running away from it. Same with chainsaws but that was because of a halloween attraction I went to where I was chased around by a guy with a chainsaw.

          • Dubs

            No, I meant the numbered food thing.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Also yes.

          • YourLogicIsFlushed

            Do you count grains of rice? I would start.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Why?

          • YourLogicIsFlushed

            Never change.

        • I remember it impressed me a lot as a kid. I think it was more about the atmosphere and the unexpected acting of Jim Carrey. It made me reconsider to watch different kind of films.

          Sadly, is not a film that is good prepared, and now that I’m older, it doesn’t lived up to my expectatives.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Shitty film. Period.

        • There are more entertaining versions of the “23” enigma out there.

          • Dubs

            Right! I think I made that point to Link below that the idea behind the film is itself very intriguing and hints at our seemingly-evolved tendency toward pattern recognition.

          • Pentagram Sam

            Biggest detriment to the movie was the shitty old ass trope of “it was youuuuuuuuu alllll alllloooooooong”

            For awhile it seemed like this was the go to “twist” in shitty (not really) horror movies. I think there was like 5 or so movies that all had the same “twist” in a row back in the early 2000’s.

        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          I guess I’m the only one who really liked it.

    • If I Was A Carrot I’d Be God

      Lolfuckingbuttz! That movie was fucking awful. Then again, I’ve never liked Jim Carrey’s attempts at dramatic acting.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I don’t even know what movie this is

        • YourLogicIsFlushed

          Eternal Saxophone of the Spotless Liar.

          • Dubs

            Ace of Spades: When Conspiracies Call

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I hate Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Such a boring movie.

        • If I Was A Carrot I’d Be God

          “The Number 23”. It’s bad. Reaaly really bad.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Never heard of it. I will not watch it.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Toilet Ov Hell (12 characters)
      + Cybernetic Organism (18)
      – Bro (3)
      – Void (4)
      + Satan (5)
      – Gaahl (5)
      = 23

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        2spoopy4me

      • Dubs

        I think my favorite part of these number conspiracies is how the things that get added together are so arbitrary. Like the pyramid inch one telling something about the future.

        • “arbitrary”, huh? i think i see where you stand.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            The poor doc doesn’t get it. Of course, he’s a pawn in this whole Toilet game anyway…….

          • Dubs

            We’re all just gears in the poop machine.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Dust in the wind, bro.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Poop in the bowl, brah.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Shit in the bro, dude.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            *high five*
            *farts*

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            *high poop*

          • CyberneticOrganism

            NICE SHOT, BRO
            *slams beer*

  • I expected way worse based on how you described the production. It’s fine to my ears

  • Ordinance, we need to talk. Yall need a merch page. There are WAY too many packages on that page. I had to scroll so far down just to pick a song to play. Ugh. I shouldn’t have to make so much effort to listen to music for free

    • Season Of Mist Records Bandcamp page is the same way. I remember when they added that Revenge album to the page there were like 15 different packages you could choose from. Ridiculous.

      • I don’t really mind. They’re giving me the ability to listen to an album for free that they/the band probably spent a few thousand dollars on and a few hundred hours preparing/recording. It’s annoying at worst

        • Exactly. Make a separate page for that shit. I just want to stream the music.

          • If they’re letting me listen for free they can do whatever the hell they want as long as it’s SFW.

            You should people endure 100 rotations of meatspin before they can stream your next album

          • Ya’ll have to watch me spin my meat while the album streams. If you look away the album stream stops.

          • Dubs

            Back in undergrad, it was a popular prank to leave that open on people’s computers. You’d be walking back to your dorm room and hear, “You spin me right round, baby right round” and immediately know you’d been had.

          • There were only a few tech savvy brothers in my fraternity, so if people upset us we’d just get into their laptop and add commands to all their internet browsers that shut down their computer whenever they try to use one

    • $12 for the digital album too. *sucks air through clenched teeth*
      these boys are pretty confident

  • If I Was A Carrot I’d Be God

    “Et tu, Brutus The Barber Beefcake?” -Julius Caesar

    http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view3/1585981/brutus-the-barber-beefcake-o.gif

    PS, Ides Of March rules!

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I laughed at that Brutus Beefcake joke.

  • I checked Ordinance this week, and I clicked with the melodic segments. Thanks for sharing this, Spear.

  • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

    More news! Spear, you’re the man.

  • New Goathammer is streaming in full.

    https://goathammer.bandcamp.com/album/goathammer

  • Dubs

    As always, thanks for your tireless service to the Toilet, Spear. You are the cornerstone upon which we will build this blog.

    • Fuckin’ truth

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Spear searches in the hallways ov the void for new music

      http://38.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mb3j5mZsAU1qfr6udo5_400.gif

      • Why am I dripping wid Gooo?

        • Owlswald

          Vigo! You are like the buzzing of flies to him.

      • perfect response achieved.

      • I’ll just say it. I prefer Ghostbusters 2 over the original.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          First movie I ever saw in the theater twice.

        • Owlswald

          I can’t go that far but it was one of the few very good follow-ups.

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    Dang, really like the cleans in the second song, never thought I’d say that about tech death.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Why would anyone currently beware the Ides Of March? They have a good song called Vehicle.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxJFjO4Skgo

    • CyberneticOrganism
      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I’m not going to beware them. Jim Peterik of Survivor is a founder of the band,

    • well shit, i can’t make fun of you for being too off topic

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        It did work so I had to do it.

    • Guppusmaximus

      *Warning – Cravings to hear the rest of the album may ensue*
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D33DxLn4XII

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I saw a sealed cassette of Killers once for 10 dollars. I regret not buying it.

  • Pentagram Sam

    That Header>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • speaking of Gorod, is anybody else already finished with the new record? it didn’t grip me like A Perfect Absolution. perhaps i didn’t let it sit long enough :/

    • Dubs

      It didn’t really tickle my pickle.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        What about your sickle?

        • Dubs
          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            That’s some hot death shit.

        • This is what’s on the back of the new Destroyer 666 LP. Flaming sickle.

          http://www.terrorizer.com/terrorizerwordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Destroyer-666-04.jpg

          • DVRKBEVRD

            what a good album

          • Agreed. There hasn’t been an album that makes the hair on my arms stand up in a long while. This album does just that.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            hells Headbangers still has a copy of the reissue of unleash the wolves

          • I have that one already. Definitely get on that one if you don’t have it. That album is a classic.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            yep

          • Stanley

            Blue Vinyl >>>>>

          • Haha, you are all about that colored vinyl Stan.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            me too

          • Stanley

            If I have the choice I’ll get the color. I think that when I got Wolves, Blue was all that was available. It looks nice though. 🙂

          • How many options were there? I just got the black.

          • Stanley

            I can’t remember. I was blinded by the blueness.

          • Gottcha. Doesn’t matter anyways.

          • Stanley

            I wish they would re-release Phoenix.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            I think it’s been just long enough to say they hit the jackpot, probably going to take it’s place right next to Wolves and Phoenix

          • Stanley

            Riffs. Good riffs. Memorable riffs.

          • And feels.

          • Stanley

            For sure. White Line Fever is so catchy and the clean sung chorus is feel nirvana.

          • There are a few songs that bring the goosebumbs hard. Hymn to Dionysus does it to me.

          • Dubs

            I really liked Hounds at Ya Back.

          • Stanley

            Another highlight. Great song.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            Least favorite track LOL

          • Dubs

            Weird. Well Stan has my back.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Damn right it is.

    • I didn’t like it at first, but it grew

    • CT-12

      Way too front-loaded.

    • CT-12

      Wow man, this sounds like a major step up from their last album. Might have to snag this one.

      • Yea the production is leaps and bounds ahead of their debut.

  • 365ChaosRiddenDays

    There is a new song by Horrendous recorded for the Decibel Flexi Series: https://soundcloud.com/decibelmagazine/horrendous-sentenced-db065

    • yaaaaaas

      • 365ChaosRiddenDays

        This band rips very hard!

  • Eliza

    >tech death
    >concept album
    >historical themes
    –––—————————
    WIN!

  • BobLoblaw

    Not even gonna sift through to see if anyone already posted it. Jam it.
    https://youtu.be/GMjNtltNRcQ

  • Waynecro

    I’m so psyched to hear about new music from Banisher. They do a great death-metal cover of a Mario Bros. song on the Slaughterhouse album.

  • somehow i missed that header image. it is fantastic.