Tech Death Thursday: Raster Density

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Are you ready to have your senses pummeled? No? Too bad.

Today I’m gonna introduce you to a little band from Jyväskylä, Finland (this is clearly a joke since we all know Finland is imaginary) called Raster Density. They released a beast of an album titled Ov Hands and Bestial Pleasure in July of this year. Trust me this is one you’re gonna want to check out, because this band is badass. No other way to put it. Before we go any further, check out “Shattering the Spheres”:

That intro cracks me up. TWO EASY STEPS YOU GUYS.  Raster Density write some top notch tech death. The drums are especially monstrous and do a great job of making my car feel like its about to break the sound barrier. The vocals are menacing and brutal, but not cookie-cutter. There are some super sweet riffs too. Production-wise I would say these dudes nailed it. It’s not a super clean production, but it fits their sound perfectly. This is something I wish more bands would do. Make the production fit your sound, people!

As I’m writing this, I’m trying to think of who these guys remind me of and I’m coming up blank. So, I’d say they’re pretty unique. It’s not that they’re doing things that haven’t been done before, they just do it in a way that makes them stand apart from the rest. It’s kind of similar to the way Artificial Brain play a style that’s been done countless times, but they do it so much better. If I absolutely had to pick a comparison for Raster Density I would say they are like a mix of Hour of Penance, Decapitated, and maybe some Arkaik. One of the things you will undoubtedly notice if you listen to the album in it’s entirety is that the band manages to throw little hints of prog into their songs here and there. It’s just enough for the listener to pick up on, but it never completely takes over the song and prevents these guys from staying tech or anything. 40 seconds in on the album’s title track is a good example of what I’m talking about.

I’m excited to see what this band comes up with next. Until that time though, I will be following them on Facebook and Bandcamp, and you should too.

Instead of a guest submission I feel compelled to post the new Primordium album. We previously posted an interview with them as well as the original single they released. This is tech death done right boys and girls. DAT RIFF though! As I am currently in a hurry because a certain someone chose to be a procrastinating lifelover and leave me scrambling at the very last minute; I am not gonna post a lengthy description. Primordium’s music is more than capable of speaking for itself.

That’s it for this week. Until next time,

Stay Tech

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    This is me protesting, the best way I know how…..fuck the world.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXCITkmsCjM

    • Edward

      King do you like any tech death other than None So Vile?

    • The Satan Ov Hell
    • Steve Smithwick

      Varg is a bitch. I wish I had done time with him, I’da made that dude smuggle cigarettes for me. For free.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Of all the shit talking about Varg, and a lot of it rightly so, I’ll still always enjoy the music. Period.

        • Steve Smithwick

          Hahahaha, I don’t have a problem with that!

          That was just the first thing that came to mind when I saw Burzum. I’d put down on Varg so hard… 😉

          J/k, he’d have been rolling with the Odinists and Aryan Brotherhood, he’d have been pretty well protected. Shit, homey probably would have been their leader based strictly on knowledge of Norse Pagan beliefs and mythos alone.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Hahaha.

    • Lord Ov Kapsko

      God damn vuvuzela’s, I hate those things.

  • Edward

    Ov Hands and Bestial Pleasure is a hell of a name for an album.

    I’m always at work when these go live, so…

    Artificial Brain >>>>>>

    Will Smith >>>>>>

    • Sometimes I forget will smith is the vocalist’s name and get really confused when you guys mention him lol.

      • Edward

        It’s something that should not keep being as funny as it does.

        He seemed like a legit ass dude.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    From Funland? Why have I not heard them before? Oh yeah, because like most Funnish bands three people + half the members’ parents have heard of them. Count (grisnakh) me in as fourth now. I like it

  • W.

    Whoah, that little prog flourish on Ov Hands and Bestial Pleasure is weird and jarring at first. I don’t think it’s bad, but it definitely came out of nowhere.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    Also Killitorous FTW Youri Raymond FTW
    MURDER, THIS IS MURDER!

  • Stockhausen

    They used “ov” so they at least get a solid shot from me. Will listen later/10, would listen to later.

  • Beunhaas

    This is some really good Tech-Death. Will be blasting this some more. Good article Bauer. Shattering the Spheres is a really clever song title.

  • Ah my computer is done,time to go pick it up! HUZZAH

    • The world is safe, yet again!

    • Lacertilian

      Mr Bauer, not sure if you’ve covered/heard of this band YouTube recommended called the Kennedy Veil?
      The artwork looked ok and I wanted to prove google suggestions wrong by disliking it (I’m petty) but it wasn’t too bad.
      Says it came out earlier in the year but I must have missed it (dismissed them based on their shitty band name).
      What say you?

      • That’s a really good album. Spectacular drumming. A bit on the repetitive side though. Definitely worth a listen.

        • Lacertilian

          Ok cool, thank you Sir Tech.

  • MOAR TAYLOR SWVFT

  • While I can’t say I care for their name, I will say this Raster Density band is fairly much more doper.

  • dem0n0cracy

    Shittttt I’m loving Raster Density, good find!

  • crazytaco_12

    Think you worded this one perfectly Jack, don’t really do anything new, but it just sounds great. Also digging more of the intensity and energy behind the tracks compared to other tech bands; this one feels like they’re actually trying to get a pit going. Good shit as usual man!

  • JWG

    Raster density? So they’re from an imaginary geographical location, and named their band after a (non-imaginary) concept in Geographical Information Systems or Spatial Analysis.

    That seems a bit like opening a donut shop called “Fitness World”.