Tech Death Thursday: Orgone, Mindscar


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I had a battle of epic proportions in my mind when trying to decide which of these bands to feature today. So, I said fuck it and I’m going to feature both. Deal with it. News first, though:

Deivos, one of the most brutal tech death bands out there, previously featured in TDT, are getting ready to drop their new album Theodicy and have released the first fucking epicly epic filled with epic amounts of epicness single from said album titled “Ochlocracy“. You can pre-order that album here.

Psycroptic have released yet another new single called “The World Discarded“. Yup, it’s Psycroptic.


Archspire have released a video explaining where the weedilies and the deedilies come from. Check it out so you can realize how incompetent you are on the guitar!



Alright so let’s talk about Mindscar, who hail from Orlando, Florida. Last week there was a rare occurrence. I received an email about these dudes at a time and place where I was able to look at it right away. God damn am I glad that I did. This was the most pleasant surprise of the year so far. Thanks to Bloodbath (the guy who sent the email, not the band) for turning me on to these guys. First things first, here’s a song:

The first thing I noticed about Mindscar – aside from the fact that they are really really good – is that while they are without a doubt technical death metal, there are no weedilies or deedilies, no noodling or any of that stuff. While I do enjoy those things (see Archspire), it’s nice to see a band actually writing songs without them. The songs on the album have a sort of black metal aura, only without fully embracing it. The riffs are really good, swirling around the blast beats and vocals like a tornado. The drumming is on point and doesn’t sound overproduced like so many other bands have lately. I can’t really put my finger on who the vocalist sounds like, but he nails both the expected harsh vocals and the occasional eerie clean vocals. If you ask me, the production on this album is perfect. I can hear the drums and guitars without the vocals being drowned out and vice versa. There are also some pretty killer solos throughout the album. The last song on the album is a Nine Inch Nails cover. I haven’t heard much from NIN, so you guys can be the judge of whether it’s a good cover or not. Frankly, I thought it was kind of strange that tech death band was covering it, but whatever. You can grab their album on Bandcamp for a chill 6 bucks. Not bad for 11 songs if you ask me.

Now, I’m about to introduce you to one of your new favorite bands. You don’t believe me? What if I told you that I could describe these dudes as what would happen if Pyrrhon and Gorguts had a baby? It sounds even more ridiculous than that. It’s true, though! Don’t take my word for it, bask in the glory of Orgone:

Orgone bring dat skronk and they bring it hard. Their songs are technical as fuck, spastic as fuck and more indecisive than a Jack Bauer in a record store. This band is sure to please any fans of skronk and/or technical death metal. These dudes from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania self released the absolute monster of an album that is The Joyless Parson as well as 2007’s The Goliath. Orgone come complete with crazy wacko sounding vocals, guitar tones similar to Pyrrhon, and song structure in the vein of the mighty Gorguts. That’s a killer combo if ever I heard one. The riffs are all over the place in the best kind of way. They swirl around the listener like a maniacal swarm of wasps, while the screams of vocalist Geoff Ficco permeate every inch of it. Meanwhile, the drums are relentlessly thundering in the background of this demented aural assault, begging you to turn up the volume just a little bit more. There are a few nice melodic breaks (see around 3 minutes into the title track). You can get all of Orgone’s work for the wonderful price of free at their Bandcamp. However, you should give them money if you can because both albums are spectacular.

As always, don’t forget to follow both bands on their respective Facebook pages. Until next time…

Stay Tech.

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  • Kill the King is not a Rainbow cover, therefore it is false.

  • Edward #negrodMMXV

    SDT = Skronk Death Thursday.

    I have to say I don’t think it’s unusual that any heavy band would cover Nine Inch Nails as NIN has been widely influential in most heavy music circles and genres and what not.

    I’m gonna check out Mindscar after work cause I’m already down with Orgone.


      Dem Thou and The Body NIN covers are jamming

      • Edward #negrodMMXV

        I love covers when they are well done! I have posted this here before but fuck it:

        • Howard Dean

          I’ve always thought this cover was pretty solid. I don’t really know much about The Cure, but I do like Carpathian Forest. This is pretty cool.

          • Edward #negrodMMXV

            I don’t know much about The Cure either, but I feel like that is something I should do sometime. I know our homeboy Link is a big fan though.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I love The Cure! Disintegration is the best gothic rock album ever.

          • Mr.CustodialArts
          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            It sure is.

          • KJM

            Nuh uh(although Andrew Eldritch hates the label)


          • Disintegration is good! Also: seventeen seconds, the head on the door and the first album are gold <3

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I love the album Pornography as well.

          • It’s a great album too.. But I can’t hear that album too much

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Why? Is it because it’s depressing?

          • I’m kind of sensitive to music. If I pay attention to one sound I can have some kind of sensorial response (like in the stomach, flavors, colors, or disorientation, even). Kind of like synesthesia, but I didn’t born with that. So, I try to mantain various rhythms and sounds in my library to not get saturated by one or another.

            Pornography is a good album, but some of those tunes are heavily drug fueled, and you can really feel the disconnection to the reality that’s attached to them. It’s not a pleasant feeling. And also, some songs taste very bad, like acid, and gives me some ugly green colors that looks too bright in the dark.

            That record isn’t instrospective, but a expression of not knowing any direction.

            Otherwise, you can compare it with Disintegration and you can really feel the artist expressing from the inside. In fact, the recording of that album was only sad because the traumas of their drummer, the other part was very productive.

          • J.R.

            “Ugly green colors that looks too bright in the dark”
            man that sentence just blew my mind for some reason. Tried to…quantify it and condense the information into a form that I could process through mental imagination and it made my eyes cross.

            Pretty metal right there. just so spooky. like the way it comes across in my mind. just this staticy shifting haze of un-naturality. and green.

          • exactly.. you got the word “unnatural”.. thanks for putting that description. Sometimes, my poor use of the idiom don’t permit me precise description. so, you’re my other voice here

          • you know what tastes good? it’s like cinnamon with somethign else (wood, perhaps).. and the tone is very dark with browns, but not in a violent way:

          • nomnomnomnom!! 😉

          • Dis is rad

          • Has anybody heard this one?


          • Tyree
          • I don’t like Carpathian Forest, but that cover it’s very good. *tips off my hat*

        • Mr.CustodialArts
      • Edward #negrodMMXV
  • Tyree

    New Deivos is damn good sir.

    New LEVIATHAN, and it’s fucking good too!

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    digging the asmodeus—it’s sounds really good—when the guys are actually playing this kind of complicated shit—instead of using editting tricks—
    organic–well thought out–with actual structure–and sense of “journey”—not a haphazard collection of riffs–

    fuck the u.n.–..>creators/exploiters of all world conflict –since ww2
    1st vid-muted
    2nd vid 100% vol
    3rd vid—doesnt matter

    • Howard Dean

      You’re pretty sick, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

      • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

        yer a race baiting dumbshit—who works for the people who did 911

  • This is not the Orgone you’re looking for.

  • Mindscar – killer solos, great album artwork, not even mad about the NIN cover (it’s one of their better songs)

  • Howard Dean
  • that instrumental breakdown in 1:30 of the Asmodeus song is very good, and then the weird vocals break in and taste good too!. Great recommendation, mr. Bauer! #StayTech


    Both of deez is gud

  • Mr.CustodialArts

    I thought GORGUTS and PORTAL had twins named ARTIFICIAL BRAIN and PYRRHON? Which band has the uterus? I don’t know. Anyway…CENOTAPH!!!!

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    Yay, it’s TDT!

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      You would be happy about that.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        I sure would!

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          You did.

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    I’ll listen to pretty much anything with an elephant on the cover

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
    • Tyree

      Saw these guys open for Marduk a few years back. They destroyed Marduk! Shame they are not a band anymore.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Yeah I missed that tour. All I own is the second album. Love this fucking track……ripping as shit.

        • Tyree

          Yeah this dose rip hard, I need to pick up some stuff from these guys. I remember being fixed on watching the drummer play live. That dude can fucking play!

        • one of the few bands that you and i agree upon!!! Embers and Revelations was good too, but maybe too polished compared to this album…

      • Edward #negrodMMXV

        Their lead singer did an interview which I guess ruffled a lot of feathers and rustled a lot of jimmies but I didn’t see that it was such a big deal. He clowned on metal fans and talked about going corporate.

        • Tyree

          Yeah, I remember that. He just sort of came off a a jerk is all. His reasons to stop the band were fucking dumb I thought.

          • Edward #negrodMMXV

            I can stroll downtown as a sharp-dressed man with Bestial Warlust blasting in my headphones, and not have to worry about some pothead degenerate yelling “SLLAAAAYYEERRRRRR” at me across the street because he thinks he recognizes me or my Demigod shirt. There is absolutely no regret surrounding that.

            Here is the interview:


          • Tyree

            Dumb. Well, I hope it was worth quitting for.

          • Mr.CustodialArts

            I went from never hearing about this band to hating this band in record time. What a douche, fuck that guy. I wish more people would yell “SLAYEEERRRRR!!!” in my face…I’d take that over talk about “THE BIG GAME” or the weather any day. What a fuck.Who the fuck says “stroll” anyway?

          • Edward #negrodMMXV

            I actually prefer talking about the weather than sports because I don’t follow sports in any way, shape, or form. Lol.

          • Edward #negrodMMXV

            I actually prefer talking about the weather than sports because I don’t follow sports in any way, shape, or form. Lol.

          • He sounds about as bad as the dolts from Whirr, which is saying alot.

          • Whirr isn’t nearly an interesting enough band to justify all the dumb bullshit they say.

          • ..

        • PhoenixKing Leonhart

          I can understand somewhat where Veits was coming from as far as metal fans (though it is no where near accurate for everyone.), but he is still an asshole because he acts exactly like the underground metalheads that he constantly shits on.

          He actually made a “playlist” of songs from bands that he hates on Weapon’s Facebook page. This list by the way included Mares of Thrace, Primordial, and I believe Darkthrone.

          Weapon rules musically but Vetis can go fuck himself in his right ear.

  • Warheart

    I have to say this was a pretty solid TDT, especially Mindscar.

  • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

    Both of these are quite enjoyable

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      I agree.

    • Did you see this? clean vocals are fucking awful

      • yes they are. the video was too, just cringeworthy. the music’s even worse than anything i’ve heard them do before…

        • guitar solo was gud.

          • Yea I liked the solo, it was pretty sweet, but everything else feels pretty meh. Her lows are good though.

          • Actually like it a lot more after a few listens.

      • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

        Wow. Goodbye Agonist. I’m not big on this song either. But yeah, some bad cleans

      • JWG

        I actually like the song. And it’s definitely growing on me the longer I have it on. I guess that’s because my expectations were so much lower after hearing other people say how bad The Agonist had become without A W-G.

        Mind, something about it sounds less like the Agonist and more like Blackguard to me.

        …Though perhaps that’s deliberate. They have an album due out this year, too, and given their history together maybe a joint tour is in the works.

        • It grew on me after a few listens as well, bought the single

      • CT-12

        Name reminded me of this tech deathrash band outta Wisconsin, good stuff

  • Stanley

    Mindscar – Looks like Matt Heafy is responsible for one of the solos on the first song. Also the clean vocals. I guess that means that nobody will like them anymore. 🙂

    • I have mad respect for Heafy, I didnt realize he was on there. I’d like to see him do something a little more extreme aside from trivium though.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        I wouldn’t have guessed Heafy was involved with Mindscar either. He should try to do something more extreme though.

        • He did caphernaum or whatever but I’m pretty sure that’s dead.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            That died? I liked that.

          • they were GREAT

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        Archspire is apparently touring with Fallujah. Did you hear about it?

        • I did, I also heard about how they aren’t coming anywhere near me like I bunch of dickheads. Revocation and Fallujah are but not Archspire. WHY CANT I SEE ALL THREE?

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I didn’t know that.

      • PhoenixKing Leonhart


        Edit: Didn’t see you already knew about them ha ha.

    • OldMetalHead

      I’m not really a Trivium fan, but that Mindscar rips. Doesn’t bother me a bit.

      • Stanley

        Not a fan either, but thought it would rustle a few jimmies. 🙂

    • thexenosapien
  • Hubert, The DoomGoat

    That Orgone stuff is pretty good!

  • sweetooth0

    Huge NIN fan here, the cover was….bleh.

    Half of the point of that song was the heavy noise component, which is totally missing. Also, replacing the actual drum loop in the song with a steady blast beat wasn’t the best choice.

    Just my 2 cents

    • DDubya.

      I love NIN, my man. Not sure if I’ve ever told you that 🙂

  • –>

  • Both are good!

  • thexenosapien

    I forgot I set the name for email as bloodbath.

    • Ah, so it was you! Thanks dude, I’m loving this band

  • CT-12

    Good bands Jack! Meant to download this Orgone a while ago, thanks for the reminder!

  • I am really enjoying Mindscar.

  • Here’s my tech death face, especially if Meshuggah’s playing.

  • Lacertilian

    I think this second Psycroptic single sounds pretty different for them in terms of vocals.
    They are much more straight-forward and plain in delivery than the majority of their previous work, should see them appealing to a greater variety of metal fans who may not already be interested in tech and/or death.
    I like the psych styled art for something new though.