Tech Death Thursday: Proliferation

Purple alien? Check. Weird amoeba-tree hand? Check. Organic headphones? Check. Things are about to get weird.

But before that, some tech and tech byproducts:

  • Irreversible Mechanism came pretty much out of nowhere with an awesome debut last year, and it sounds like they’re already almost done writing the follow-up. Check out a short video of some new riffs right here, and jam their debut if you missed it.
  • Speaking of killer debuts, tech/prog newcomers Deviant Process have an album due out next Friday. Give “Unconscious” a listen and drop a preorder at PRC if the monstrous tune strikes your fancy.
  • Supergroup Equipoise have a new song up here, and it’s sounding mighty fine. The lack of a real drummer is a bit disappointing, but it otherwise stands up to each member’s impressive pedigree.
  • Entheos gave us an excellent EP last year (nearly topping MoshOff’s top 10 list), and a new full-length is nearly here. The Infinite Nothing will be out on April 1st, with a new tune you can listen to right here. It sounds like the band will be exploring more of the tech-death side of their sound on this one, which is a good thing in my eyes (ears?).
  • I don’t know much about Taiwan’s metal scene, but Emerging From the Cocoon make me want to dig into it. Their debut album, Lucifugous Moth, can be streamed in full on their Bandcamp. Give it a listen if you’re in the mood for something monstrously heavy.
  • Vektor have unleashed the first track from their upcoming album Terminal Redux (due out May 6th). Check that out here and bang your heads with me.
  • If Deformatory and/or Imperium are your thing, then don’t miss out on Resurrection. They just dropped their first album, Betrayed By God, and you can listen to the title track now.
  • Prog-death unit Ordinance put out an album when nobody was looking. Stream The Ides of March at their Bandcamp for some absolutely stunning musicianship.
  • We are long overdue for a new Decrepit Birth record. Fortunately, the band realizes this; bassist Sean Martinez has finished his tour with Decapitated and has finished tracking bass so he can get onto more important things, like riding a hoverboard and juggling fire.

It’s not often that I dedicate an entire post to a single EP, but sometimes I’ll find something that demands my undivided attention. Rebirth: The Journey Through Soil is such an EP. The Georgia trio brings a fierce but elegant sound to the fold, with a splash of prog. The Hannes Grossmann influence is very apparent here, with smart song structure, creative interplay between the guitar parts, and (naturally) awesome drums. It all comes together in a pleasantly organic way, too; the music has clearly been practiced to death, but the human element hasn’t been stripped away in production. This album is a pleasure to listen to even independently of the music, if that makes any sense.

As previously mentioned, Proliferation is a trio. That generally doesn’t work out well with tech death; the music tends to largely rely on counterpoint and guitar harmonies to fill space. However, Proliferation doesn’t fall into this trap. While there are parts written with two guitars, it doesn’t feel empty if you remove one from the equation. The bass also does an impressive job of filling space. The bass lines rest largely in the middle range of the instrument, keeping both the bottom end secured and giving a solid foundation for when the guitar flies off in a ripping solo. The sound never feels incomplete, a notable feat for a tech death trio.

Going back again to the bass, I have to say that this album features some of my favorite fretless (well, fretless as far as I can tell) playing in some time. Closing track “Awakening” is probably my favorite, due in no small part to the weird, atonal bass slides present throughout. That’s not to say that it’s the only element that makes the song, of course; the guitar uses monstrous, sinister chords and harmonics to great effect, and I love the speedy drum parts below the slow riff. It all comes together perfectly, and I believe it’s the best showcase of the uniqueness of the band’s sound.

Rebirth: The Journey Through Soil is out now via Bandcamp. Check them out on Facebook and tell them the Turlet sent you.

That’s all for now, and until next time,

Stay Tech

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    That album cover hurts my eyes.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      You’re that alien, JJD.

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        No I’m not. Aliens say Ayy LMAO.

        • #notallaliens

          • RustyShackleford

            Joe plz #AllAliensMatter

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            That is a good point.

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          Many aliens also have a good taste in music.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            My taste in music is what I like. I don’t compromise my opinions on what I like because of what other people think.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    I dig the logo. But that album cover, jesus cunt.

    EDIT: Those vocals are bad too. The music is ok, luckily the production doesn’t sound too plastic.

    • Dubs

      There are little birdies soaring over the little pine trees.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        I noticed that. A+ for detail.

  • RustyShackleford

    Dat purp tho…Yup!

  • It all makes sense.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    Tech death is like porn. It’s only good until the masturbation is over.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      If you ain’t cumming, you ain’t living.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      The choice between tech death and porn isn’t hard for me to make. Until a tech death band consists of members that look like this, I think I’ll just go with porn.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Looks like a Russian mail order bride.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          A lot of those Eastern European mail order brides look quite appetizing. Only idiots fall for that trap though. Guy at my gym – the loser he is – lost a large sum of money thanks to those sites.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Wow.

          • more beer

            A fool and his money.

      • Boobs.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        ( . )( . )

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      This movie is very good. I have it on Laserdisc somewhere.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Of course you do.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          The only reason I have it on that format is because my late uncle did work on the prototype of the format.

      • Pew pew pew.

    • Not me, but these stills are… Wow.

      Is this a movie directed by Par Oloffson?

      • James Cameron I think.

        • Yeah, I checked it. You’re right. It is his third movie as director. I will try to check it, thanks for name drop it.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Ever check out the making of? Looks like it was a nightmare for everyone involved. Ed Harris almost drowned.

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

      • Nah, thanks for sharing.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        Ed Harris is dope.

        A History of Violence >>>>>>

        • Flyin Choo Choo Booger Muffler

          He was excellent in Pollock. He won an Oscar for that, IIRC.

    • Flyin Choo Choo Booger Muffler

      Yup yup. Not since high school though, which is back in ancient times.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    That new Vektor song pleases my ears.

  • Boss the Ross

    Nucleus’ new album Sentient preorder from Unspeakable Axe is available on Bandcamp and physical should be up in the next week or so.

    Also, has anybody listened to the new Ripper album? The album rips hard.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      I only got through part of the first song and I didn’t recognize it.

      • I didn’t either. That’s all the further I got too. Looking forward to throwing on the headphones tonight and checking this whole set out.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Definitely!

    • Boss the Ross

      The stage looks like their album cover.

      • RED

        • CyberneticOrganism

          LIKE BLOOD. BLOOOOOOOD.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Edit: I tried to find a picture of that brilliant Onion article about getting high and everything turning to blood, but got this instead. What the absolute fuck.

  • Eliza

    I like the dual vocals thing going on here.

  • CyberneticOrganism
    • i want it

    • YourLogicIsFlushed

      I wasn’t aware that Alienware gaming computers also made guitars. Dell must be super desperate.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Etherial (sic) Guitars. Guitars made by tech death vapecore gamers, for tech death vapecore gamers.

        • DVRKBEVRD

          “We make that shit glow”

          • CyberneticOrganism

            “Yo’ shit gon’ glow, dawg.”
            *adjusts flat-brimmed hat*
            *vapes*
            *wears premium basketball shorts*
            *vapes*
            *buys goofy glowing 10 string guitar*
            *uses Guitar Pro*
            *watches Ancient Aliens, vapes*

          • *drives decked-out Celica*
            *shops for computer parts and guitars that share characteristics with said Celica*

  • Spearrow!

    Irreversible Mechanism debut was a promising one, hope they deliver with this one and tune up some disjointed elements they had, besides that, I expect goodness.

    That Proliferation cover gave me serious Perfect Dark vibes, and if you have been following my nonsense commentary in this hole, that is my favorite FPS game ever. I like that the production is a little more murky than the regular Techy Death, so I think I can jam this. Thanks, man!

    • Spear

      Glad you like! Also, Perfect Dark is awesome. Way better than Goldeneye in my opinion.

      • HIGH FIVE, BRO!

      • Dubs

        Agreed. PD had some of the coolest weapons ever.

        • Spear

          I think it was one of the first games to feature 8-player multiplayer as well.

      • Lacertilian

        While Perfect Dark was an excellent game, you deserve a klobberin’ for such slander against Goldeneye64.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      *bloop*

    • Flyin Choo Choo Booger Muffler

      Classic game. N64 was so promising, but I ended up trading mine since there were hardly any games. Hoping like hell that they reissue Mace 64, one of my all time favorite fighting games.

  • DVRKBEVRD
  • The tunes are not as terrible as the album art would seem to suggest. Weird!

    GL

  • Eliza

    The Ides of March is insanely good.

    • Spear

      There’s a pretty good chance I’ll be writing about them for next week. You’re ahead of the curve!

      • Eliza

        I can’t wait to see how you’ll write about it! I would give it a try, but I lack the skill.

  • Guacamole Jim

    It’s nice to hear some tech death with a more organic sounding production. Vocals ain’t my jam, but the musicianship is pretty stellar.

  • megachiles

    That new Vektor track is my jaaaaaam.

  • Anyone ever notice how tech death supergroups are usually the only super gropus that are good?

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        HAHAHAHAHA.

      • 1.) Overproduction
        2.) Cheesy lyrics
        3.) Meat head artists
        4.) Pandering to the masses

        /nofucksgiven

        • And Uncle Ted BRO!

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
          • Fuck yes! I need to dust off some of my old Nugent CD’s.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I may hate his politics but the Nuge is an amazing guitar player.

          • Such as it goes with so many artists bro-face.

          • Clapton is a giant douche too.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I’ve heard that. I’ve also heard Tony Iommi is a douche too.

          • Humans.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            They’re all assholes. Might as well stop listening to music and run for the razors.

          • MUSICIANS SUCKS.

            ** FLUSH DOWN MUSICIANS **

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            As soon as I get home from work, I’m destroying my whole collection. All my “heroes” let me down.

          • Dubs

            I remember an article published on a different website that basically lamented how all of the author’s “idols” had failed him.

            People shouldn’t idolize musicians.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Exactly. Just enjoy the tunes and separate the dumb humans associated with them.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Really?

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Fuck Ted Nugent and his backwoods religious tea party motherfuckery.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Yup, he’s done and said a lot stupid shit. But I still dig the tunes, just like Burzum. No fucks.

          • Flyin Choo Choo Booger Muffler

            You forgot “pants pooping chickenhawk pedophile”

          • CyberneticOrganism

            *frrrp*

          • The riffs and licks on that track are actually pretty tasty.

          • Not for me at all. I’ll take the old Nugent material.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwrwLXt5HmI

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            His work with the Amboy Dukes and his solo stuff up until 1980 are classic rock touchstones. Anything past 1982’s Nugent album isn’t good.

        • “No fucks given” must have been Mr. Mister’s motto then as well

      • CyberneticOrganism

        GAH

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Not familiar with a lot of tech death supergroups. My go to supergroup (the original supergroup) will always be Cream.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJTbYMAjT_s

      • I guess Gorguts can be considered a supergroup now.

      • I can’t remember of a “supergroup” I like… Maybe Bloodbath, is that a “supergroup”, right?

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Correct. Forgot about them. Only cared for their first EP.

      • Hmm off the top of my head there’s the Equipoise band mentioned here, Alkaloid, I think Inanimate Existence is a supergroup as well, and also Abhorrent which I really dig because they don’t have the crazy plastic production. https://willowtip.bandcamp.com/album/intransigence

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I prefer Clapton’s work with Derek And The Dominos but this is still one of the all time great supergroups.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Derek and the Dominos was his peak, easily.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Agreed. Duane Allman’s slide guitar work on the album is the best use of slide guitar in rock music ever and Clapton was on fire with his songwriting and guitar playing.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Duane is what made that album. Of course it wasn’t all Clapton on the songwriting, Bobby Whitlock was a big help.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Agreed. It’s a shame the drummer on the album was schizophrenic and went insane and killed his mother with a hammer.

          • FUCK YES!

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            It’s actually a really sad story because he was a great drummer. Worked with a lot of great bands such as Traffic and was actually the co-writer of Layla with Eric Clapton.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Gordon_(musician)

          • Sir Tapir The Based

            The guy played with Zappa and you decide to mention fucking Traffic as a great band?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Traffic is awesome. They’re not as revolutionary as Zappa but they are good.

          • Flyin Choo Choo Booger Muffler
  • Emerging from the cocoon is pretty cool, but those bandcamp song titles piss me off. Dat Ides of March tho….

  • Dubs

    Spearow, I always look forward to your articles from a technical standpoint. You wield the pen with power and glory.

    • A true keyboard warrior. Not like those facebook sjw posers.

      • Spear

        But this is a sjw blog

        • What the fuck am I doing here?!

        • Flyin Choo Choo Booger Muffler

          More like Comic Book Justice Warriors around here.

    • Spear

      Not 100% sure what you mean by “technical standpoint,” but thanks!

      • Dubs

        The writing is crisp, clean, succinct, and highly erotic.

        • Spear

          I try to maintain high levels of eroticism in all aspects of my life.

        • You use of succinct is exemplary.

        • Spear

          In all seriousness, that’s probably the strongest aspect of my writing; you don’t have to spend a lot of time editing it. I need to work on the creative/descriptive parts of it, though.

      • Spear is a tech deth author who can actually write ARTICLES instead of just showing off with his keyboard.

  • I actually really like that they’re only a three piece. I can actually tell what the fuck is going on, and they manage to make it sound full enough that I’m not left wanting. Thanks, Spearbro!

    • dang Ann, we spewed forth a similar sentiment. i just didn’t read the comments before throwing in my loud opinion.

  • Heard the new Aversions Crown song yesterday. Pgood! And fitting for our techdeath discussion… mostly.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb5z5AULWCw

    • AND the new Fallujah. Seems like them heeded they collective complaints over the over-over-production on their last album. The track sounds much better than those in the past.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znjLSW8kfBM

      • I feel is still over-produced, but is less EVERYTHINGISFUCKINGLOUDANDICAN’THEARASHIT, so I am OK with it. I want to hear the entire record.

        • I understand what you are getting at. I am also excited to hear the whole thing!

      • Waynecro

        I totally agree. This song is way more interesting than the songs on the band’s previous releases.

      • Flyin Choo Choo Booger Muffler

        I took Guac’s recommendation and checked them out. Excellent stuff, though I definitely argue the whole thing of them being one of the first ‘Atmospheric Death Metal’ bands. Crematory’s been doing that much much longer, on top of a couple hundred other bands.

    • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

      Weren’t these guys a crabpose-core band? Think I remember a Video Breakdown about them.

      • Well… they are on Nuclear Blast… so that is highly likely, lol.

      • Does shrimps hate crabs?

        • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

          Crabs are dicks. They’re basically water scorpions without the stinger and constantly have pincer-measuring contests between them. Starfish(es?) are pretty cool, though.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Octopus or GTFO

        • Sir Tapir The Based

          Crabs >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> shrimps

      • They were deathcore, but they’ve gotten extremely technical as of late which is fine by me.

        • Core = bore. I can understand why they transitioned.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          So, a bit like Job For A Cowboy did?

          • JFAC were only deathcore for a single ep actually. However, the progressive element that elevated them to genre kings is only on Sun Eater.

          • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

            Their name still makes me cringe every time someone talks about them though.

          • Yea that’s why i usually refer to them as JFAC lol.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Their last album had a couple of decent tunes. As a whole it didn’t really wow me. I really dig Buried Monuments though.

          • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

            JB was drooling all over them when the album released, I should probably give it a listen some time. Lately I’ve just been busy playing Altarage over and over, and my “listen to” list currently has 38 albums in it, so I don’t know if that will ever happen though ¯_(ツ)_/¯

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            It’s like they say; too much music, too little time.

          • Flyin Choo Choo Booger Muffler

            It kinda takes away from the whole brutal death metal feel when their name invokes thoughts of Brokeback Mountain.

          • Scrimm

            If you’re from PHX they were deathcore a lot longer lol.

          • Flyin Choo Choo Booger Muffler

            JFAC has come so far from when they first started out. I saw them headline for Gojira and Behemoth years back (how they fuck that happened is beyond me), and 80% of everyone over 16 years old jetted as soon as they hit the stage. They pretty much sounded like a very unrehearsed Suffocation having a stroke. The newest CD was far far better, though.

    • I really dig these guys. I shouldn’t, but goddammit i do.

  • Celtic Frosty

    Fuck, that Vektor track is scalding my butt

    • For a frosty man to experience a scalding butt, things must be hot.

  • Just stumbled on this, pretty sweet. More on the brutal side of things. https://anacryptic.bandcamp.com/

  • Owlswald

    Entheos for the fucking win. Is it April 1st yet?

  • the restriction of being in a three-piece band helps spur creativity a lot of times. think of Rush, Servers, Alkaline Trio, … others i’m sure. you can’t fill every moment of every song with noise, so the actual work put into the music shines through.
    i wish more bands would dial down the activity a bit. THREE PIECE BANDS ROCK!!!!!

    • Scrimm

      Absu

    • Flyin Choo Choo Booger Muffler

      Krisiun.

  • The Tetrachord of Archytas
  • Waynecro

    Damn, man. Many of these bands–Irreversible Mechanism, Deviant Process, Equipoise, Entheos, Ordinance, and Proliferation–have performed a crushing on my nethers. Thanks oodles, Spear!