Tech Death Thursday: Replacire


Let’s not mince words: Replacire are fucking great. We shall not deviate this Tech Death Thursday.

Tech support:

  • Ataxia made the rather unfortunate mistake of putting out a song that shares its name with one of the greatest death metal tunes ever written, but at least their song is pretty damn sweet in its own right. Check out “Eaten,” and look for Awaken the Nebula sometime soon.
  • Extremely Italian tech death outfit Antropofagus have a new album on the way for May 12th and a rather angry sounding new song to accompany it.
  • Still not tech enough for you? Then check out this new tune from Spectral, which should have all the weedlies and most of the deedlies you’ll need. Look for Neural Correlates of Hate in the near future.
  • Gorod’s very serious, not at all tongue-in-cheek thrash EP is launching on April 1st.
  • I don’t know that I’ve ever actually been excited for a deathcore album before, but every new song The Voynich Code put out sounds better and better. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that it’s not just a series of breakdowns strung together by flimsy tech riffs and actually has progressions and complexity, but maybe that’s just me. Check out “Delusion” here and look for Aqua Vitae on May 5th.

Regular readers of Tech Death Thursday know that I’ve been hyping up this album for awhile now, and it’s finally about to release! Though Replacire had released an album prior to Do Not Deviate, it was “Horsestance” that first caught my ear. Beyond its solid production and incredibly tight performance, it was unique; it was jaunty and strange, but it sounded naturally so, and it had some surprisingly well-placed and -performed clean vocals. Moreover, it was concise; prog and tech musicians have a propensity for flowery, grandiose performances, but “Horsestance” was a singular no-frills statement. It said all it needed to with only two and a half minutes of music and got out before it overstayed its welcome. When all was said and done, I was hooked.

It pleases me to report that the rest of the album follows suit. Everything on Do Not Deviate is pointed and deliberate, with no redundant passages or masturbatory noodling. It’s a feat made more impressive by the sheer volume of notes being hurled at you at any given moment; this is, first and foremost, a death metal record. You’re assailed from all sides by deep tremolo-picked riffs and double bass, punctuated by dissonant chords, giving it a feeling of Dying Fetus by way of Soreption. Replacire do spend a fair amount of time on the mid to high ranges of the fretboard as well, particularly in slower, less conventionally-structured riffs (though no less vicious).

Even after multiple listens, I can’t help but marvel at the songwriting in place here. Every time a sung passage or guitar solo shows up- things that are typically seen as either unnecessary or self-indulgent- I try to imagine what else could go there, and I invariably fail to find anything that would work as well as what’s in place. These parts go beyond being necessary; they’re some of the best parts of the album. As previously mentioned, the clean vocals are very well-executed, which is something of a rarity in tech death. They’re short, often understated, and can create a bit of unease with the heavy instrumentation underneath them. The solos feel fresh and unique, with the guitarist making creative use of dissonance and some sliding tricks for added flavor. They’re immensely satisfying and never fail to ramp up the intensity.

Do Not Deviate is one of those rare albums that I can find nothing to complain about. The incredible precision of the performance and the agonizing detail put into the songs are outweighed by the aggression in their delivery and fervor behind the performance, snuffing out any notion of sterility. It strays from convention without ever getting lost in its own ideas, and it always sounds new despite some obvious influences. Replacire haven’t just crafted one of the best tech death albums of this year; they’ve made one of the best tech death albums, period.

Do Not Deviate is out tomorrow, March 17th, on Season of Mist (and you can find it on Bandcamp as well). Be sure to check out the full stream at No Clean Singing; you don’t want to skip this one. You can swing by the band’s Facebook for updates, and catch them on a US east coast tour from April 1st to 10th (dates at NCS). That about does it for this week, so until next time,

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  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    O Shining Spear, gallant and brave, your words do flow like the never ending river! With each passing Thursday you bring the techiest death to your faithful followers!

    This band is pretty jamming actually, I can dig their no nonsense style.

    • …And that’s coming from a man who usually enjoys nonsense!

      • Señor Jefe El Rossover

        *bewilderment intensifies*

        • Are you a replacirecan or a replacirecan’t?

          • Señor Jefe El Rossover

            Replidont give a damn! 😛

  • Rain Poncho W.

    Man, I am having the hardest time reading “Replacire” this morning and not replacing it with with “Replicaire” or something.

    Embedded song is pretty cool! The tone and vox remind me a little of Torrential Downpour, even if the style is quite different.

    • Señor Jefe El Rossover

      I read Replacer initially and thought, “that’s a lame band name”

    • Joaquin Stick

      Replicare is the next Obamacare replacement bill after this one fails. It will be named after the reptilian overlords that rule us all, and will mostly benefit veterinary hospitals (lizard people can’t go to regular hospitals).

      Also agree, really like this band so far despite it being pretty death-y.

      • Rain Poncho W.

        I always thought lizard folk had to return to the crystal healing center deep in the flat earth’s hollow core.

    • Spear

      The middle part is probably the strongest. And the beginning. And the end. Fuck it, just listen to the whole thing.

    • Óðinn

      Relicaire. It’s when the health system gives up on you, and decides to go with your clone instead.

    • Are you a Replicaire or a Replicairant?

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Ask your doctor if Replicare® is right for you.

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  • Brutalist_Receptacle
  • That Voynich Code song is actually pretty nice there, Spear. Those clean vox on Replacire caught me by surprise. There’s some really interesting and unique stuff going on with this.

    • GL

      The clean vox are for all those bar babes they are trying to impress each weekend.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Mmmmm, this tickles my pickle. Plus that artwork is hella dope. You da man, Spear.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Nice review Spear! I’m not a huge tech death guy but I dug The Human Burden since a couple of years back when it got a positive notice on Big Dumb Skulls and from the advance tracks this seems like it’ll be as good if not better. Seems to me Replacire are just plain really good at writing songs.

  • RustyShackleford

    Kinda digging Voynich Code more than I thought I would. Also VERY hyped for that upcoming Gorod, looks like a goofy fun time. I haven’t been feeling very tech lately, but Replacire is a clearly a solid jam. Dig the clean vocals actually. Wishlisted so I don’t forget about it. YEP!

  • Hans Copronym

    If nothing else, I kinda appreciate the stylistic consistency of the cover art between both albums. Same artist?

  • Depechemodeisgangsta

    That “Horsestance” for me it felt, like listening to Hate eternal with a mix of DEP and Fear Factory, in a good way.

  • my dudes, try this on for size:
    i’ve been listening to A LOT of The Red Chord lately. now maybe my mind is playing tricks on me since they’re both from Boston, but these two bands seem to incorporate some really similar elements. Replacire is kinda like a tech death version of The Red Chord.

    • Waynecro

      THE RED CHORD!!!

      • i’m working on a Porcelain Throne for TRC. it’s taking a while because there are so many god damned RIFFS!!!

        • Waynecro

          That’s awesome! I can’t wait to read it! TRC is one of the bands I really like to play in the gym. So many riffs, so much groove.

  • sweetooth0

    Love the cover art, but the music is a little too Deathcore for my tastes.

  • Waynecro

    Damn, man, I’m really digging those Ataxia, Antropofagus, and Spectral songs. I’m also super hype for Do Not Deviate. I’m still not fully into the clean vocals, but I think they’ll grow on me. I think they remind me a little bit of the clean vocals on the earliest Unmoored albums, which is good and bad: I love Unmoored, but I prefer the clean vocals on the band’s later albums. Thanks for another killer Tech Death Thursday, Spear! If you’ll excuse me, I’m going back to jamming Archspire and Arkaik in preparation for the show Monday.