Tech Death Thursday: Serdce

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We have sort of a good news/bad news situation here. Your normal TDT host, Jack Bauer, actually ended terrorism last week, which was pretty great. But then he got really bored, so he went undercover, established a new country entirely, manipulated the populace to adopt a corrupt ruling system, went even more undercover, started a new branch of terrorists to oppose that system and the rest of the world, and then silently stepped out and began the hunt anew. He’s got a lot on his hands, obviously, so your old pal Stockhausen is stepping in for the time being. Let’s point our faces at Serdce, guys.

I listened all week to the town crier, but he spoke no major news from the tech death realm. He kept jabbering on about some black metal supergroup though, and a dank dark figure that looked vaguely Joe-shaped crept from the shadows and body slammed the junk out of him.

Usually on Tech Death Thursdays, your faces are ravaged, blasted, melted, weedled/deedled, or otherwise destroyed. Serdce, however, doesn’t seek to destroy. Instead, your face will probably be twisted into a really painful and bizarre shape, and I’m afraid it’s permanent. This Belarusian quartet boasts a seriously impressive arsenal of technical prowess, but we don’t often see the battle station fully armed and operational. Instead, Serdce weave long, convoluted tales of proggy madness, compelling along some sort of mad scientist’s vision and punctuated by flurries of technical madness. It would probably be more accurate to label them progressive death metal rather than technical death metal, but man when they go tech, they come out with guns blazing.

The band began their activity in the late 90s with two demos before releasing their debut full-length, Аритмия in 2003. Since I can definitely speak Russian know how to Google, I’ll let you know that that means “arrhythmia.” This album hints at the distinct craftsmanship we would eventually see, but it lacks the focus and maturity of later releases. The name makes the album difficult to track down, but the very next year they released the excellent Cyberly and defined the sound and style they would be known for. Constant counterpoint among the instruments, fusion-driven guitar leads, and highly colorful (and fretless!) bass lines swirl in a techy prog atmosphere. Low-end death metal vocals are eschewed here for a more aggressive, barking yell from vocalist/guitarist Nik Goroshko, who also displays a fine-tuned ability to sit back and let the music speak, rather than forcing vocal patterns where they don’t belong. Listen to “Revelation.” (Side note: this album is also hard to find, and I could only track down a full album video on YouTube. If it doesn’t automatically start there, skip to 16:00 for the track)

Serdce was fairly quiet for a few years, but returned in 2009 to blow Cyberly out of the water. With The Alchemy of Harmony, the quirky, fusion-esque factor was significantly upped, and an overall progression in tightness, technicality, and innovative approaches was clearly evident. We get healthy doses of infectious groove, intense shred, and fascinating textural development. It sounds like the members are really having fun (NO FUN, FUN SUCKS) exploring what sounds are possible with their instruments and how to make things interesting. Check out my favorite track on the album, “Dolls” (NO DOLLS, DOLLS SUCK). Warning: if you are a bass player, you’re going to feel horrible about yourself.

Another 5 years would pass before new Serdce saw the light of day, but when Timelessness arrived in 2014 via Blood Music, the chaps made it well worth the wait. In addition to continuing to make every bass player hate him/herself, Serdce’s compositional approach advanced with their already intense technical skill. The new album features a more nuanced use of space, melody, and timbre; tinges of Middle Eastern harmony and texture are spaced throughout, and clean vocals trade off nearly evenly with screams. Timelessness finds Serdce just as comfortable in a spacey keyboard section as they are in shredding instrumental runs or moments of heavy, punishing groove. Guys, I really tried to pick a favorite track, but there are so many fantastic sections of the album that you just need to listen to the whole thing. Blood Music, being the upstanding metal citizens that they are, has all of their music for a Name Your Price download. They also have suggestions for what to pay if you do decide to support, so please throw the appropriate amount of money their way. For an excellent example of the range of this album, check out “Samadhi” and “Unique Path” back to back.

We all dig some blistering technicality at the appropriate moments, and Serdce have tremendous knack for matching adventurousness with raw power. Check them out, give them a like on Facebook support Belarusian metal (which is obviously a thing), and the excellent label Blood Music.

STAY SERDCE

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  • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel
    • I’m not SUPER familiar with Bolt Thrower but I’ve seen them live and I’ve listened to War Master a bunch of times. How are they considered tech death?

    • IT GOATS IT GOATS IT GOATS

      You’re not even being subtle about it anymore.

      • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

        Being subtle is for women and sodomites. BOLT THROWER ATTACK

    • …(refresh for image)

    • I am confident I have never heard a Bolt Thrower song. Recommendation for one?

      • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions
        • That guitar tone is terrible. Interesting though!

          • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

            I disagree completely about the guitar tone, but then again, my musical tastes suck.

      • Dr. Dubz

        Just draw one from a hat. There isn’t a ton of variation.

        • I might have to stab the snooze button before I start then…..

          GL

      • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

        ANY.

        Seriously, anything from Realm of Chaos, War Master, or IVth Crusade will rock your jollies. Riffs for days!

      • i checked this band out several months ago during a particularly controversial ROTW disqusion and couldn’t find the appeal. i declared my distaste for them and won the love of a certain tapir (won’t name any names). then @joshuathackston:disqus convinced me to give them a more active listen (jammed the entire Those Once Loyal disc a few times) and it totally grew on me — much to the chagrin of said tapir.
        i dig them now. they aren’t reinventing the steel but they jimmajam some solid riffs and great songs.

      • For Victory is my favorite album by them. That’s my recommendation.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Stockhausen bringing the fucking jams this morning!! This is great stuff. Serious digging going on.

    Also: Papa Joe hates fun #Thrashnfax

    • J.R.

      Papa Joe likes music so much he made his own website where people could talk about it. Lolnerd

      #Thrashnfax

  • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

    Unique, sounds good, and the cleans aren’t annoying as fuck! These guys are good in my book.

    • Stockhausen

      I love finding bands with singers that rule. It’s surprisingly difficult.

  • Tyree
  • Dr. Dubz

    Excellent choice, Stockenflauten.

    • Stockhausen

      Thank you, Dubz McGubz.

  • Scrimm

    Screw Dark Souls this morning.

  • Guacamole Jim
    • Guacamole Jim

      wtf disqus. y u do this 2 meh

    • Stockhausen

      HEHEHEHEHE.

  • IT GOATS IT GOATS IT GOATS

    I can see why this would make bassists hate themselves. Glad I chose guitar intstead. youtube.com/watch?v=NmfzWpp0hMc
    *Cries in corner*

  • Sir Tapir the Based

    Dis ain’t bad. Sounds quite enjoyable.

  • Brouroboris

    Blood Music are being real great guys, i think i like them.

    • Stockhausen

      I think I, you know, LIKE like them. LOLOMG pls dont tell lololol

  • JamesGrimm
    • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

      What can I say about this, that hasn’t already been said about the Islamic State?

    • tied for best song on the album (with Omega)

      • JamesGrimm

        I’m sssuuupppeerrrr not a fan, but the song is good.

      • Dr. Dubz

        Still fightin’ the good fight, jimmy?

      • EsusMoose

        Alpha is best in my opinion, Omega and 22 face are in top 5.

  • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

    Gotta be a nerd to get this one (refresh)

    • Dr. Dubz

      The Faceless?

      • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

        Yep, you better hide from Joe now.

        • Dr. Dubz

          Never played WoW, but I logged a lot of hours on the Frozen Throne back in high school.

          • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

            WC3 was the shit, played more than what an healty human being should have.

    • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

      The Faceless, huh? You could have also used an image of a man kissing a picture of himself while loudly proclaiming “god is dead lol.”

  • Honkey Wienerfart

    I LOVE THIS BAND! Been singing their praises for a while, and awesome to see their music on here! PS, sending this article over to their page.

    • Stockhausen

      Woo!

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Can’t listen now because at work but am very in favour of clocks instead of heads.

    • Stockhausen

      I’ve always said that about you.

  • Stanley

    I love tech death that isn’t tech death.

  • JamesGrimm
  • Damn, the bass player is running circles around Les Claypool.

  • Stanley

    Timelessness, now this is a record that will take some digesting. Not something that can be accomplished while simultaneously scrolling up and and down faster than a whore’s drawers on disqus. Concentrate Stanley.

    • Dr. Dubz

      That was a great stanism, Stanley.

      • Stanley

        Sometimes, I just need to give myself a pep talk. I didn’t realize that I said it out loud.

    • J.R.

      Whores Drawers. Sounds like a prostitution rehab facility where they have work with wood in different ways, namely dresser and desk construction.

      • Hutches >>>>> dressers

        • J.R.

          Don’t make me down-carrot you.

          • Don’t lie to yourself. A good hutch is leagues ahead of a good dresser. A good dresser never is even seen by anyone other than yourself – unless it resides in your living room – which is bat shit crazy! A hutch on the other hand can be admired by all……

          • J.R.

            There is only one Hutch for me

          • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

            What about Starsky and Hutch?

          • J.R.

            Josh Hutcherson is my everything

          • OldMetalHead

            The TV show, not the movie.

      • Shrimp ov Bad Opinions

        Shouldn’t put whores and wood together in a whore rehab facility.

      • Stanley

        These.

  • Joe,

    Diamond Dave is outta control. Check this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUUO-zWo60Y

    GL

    • KJM

      If only they could get Michael Anthony back.

    • Tyree

      Wow. Just wow,

      • It is kinda embarassing – I guess he is likely trying to get some hawt moms from the crowd after the show, lol.

        • Tyree

          Yeah, that was painful.

          • Watch at 2:16 when he does a indian call. OMG

          • KJM

            I could only make it until about 1:40.

          • Tyree

            I made it half way through some how.

          • Please revisit 2:16 for me. You will not regret it.

          • KJM

            I did. Cannot be unseen/unheard.

    • Oooooof. I just… There’s so much… Oof.

      • I reckon if you add about 100 rows between me and them and 6 tall boys that I will be shaking my ass right along with Dave

      • Scrimm

        I really don’t even need to say anything this time.

    • Honkey Wienerfart

      Where’s Eddie, and why do they have Grizzly Adams on guitar?

    • J.R.

      Huh. Never knew this song was a Van Halen song. But I don’t listen to crap so

      • Crap? I am about to come UNCHAINED, SON!
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx86CxKYtg0

        • KJM

          Their best album.

          • It was untouchable. Sinners Swing is bitching. That opening riff is undeniable cool.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M_lxaHCk-M

          • Dr. Dubz

            I was about to go on a rant about Van Halen, but then I remembered I don’t actually dislike them. Guess I was channeling Scrimm there for a second.

          • Tyree

            They were one of the very first heavy sounding bands I was exposed to as a kid. I can never hate them even if they are embarrassing. My dad played the shit out of VH and I thought it was the most bad ass thing at the time.

          • Dr. Dubz

            There are some VH songs I genuinely really like. Panama and Hot for Teacher. Also the cover of You Really Got Me.

          • Tyree

            That whole first album is incredible.

          • W, would you believe that my wife and I’s song at our wedding was You Really Got Me?

          • Dr. Dubz

            Your first dance? Mine was Elvis.

          • I should clarify – it was our entrance song. Elvis – nice!

          • Dr. Dubz

            Oh cool! This was our entry song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3bSCZXKvUA

          • Whoa what is that? Is it a remix or something?

          • Dr. Dubz

            Nope, this is a band called Sleigh Bells. I’m not a fan of most techno/industrial, but I like what they do.

          • Hmmm I have never heard of them. That song is really good. I will have to listen to the album RIGHT NOW. thanks

          • Dr. Dubz

            This album is my favorite of theirs.

          • Tyree

            Excellent.

          • Dr. Dubz

            “I caaaaaan’t heeeeelp, falling in love with you!”

          • Tyree

            Adorable.

          • Dr. Dubz

            I’m just a big ol’ teddy bear, Tyree.

          • Nice story! Mine is similar but with Metal Church. Fun memories

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXix4bUAT58

          • KJM

            Saw them 2 nights in a row opening for Anthrax back in 1987.

          • Incredible man. Wayne had some serious pipes! He way ahead of his time if you ask me.

          • KJM

            I was in my early teens when classic VH was a big deal.I even had some on 8-track.

          • Tyree

            I’m pretty sure that’s what my dad had. I’d love to get my hands on those now, but I’m sure they are gone.

          • Scrimm

            Glad someone was covering my bases. Crazy dream kept me upmodt of the night so I had to take a small nap.

          • OldMetalHead

            ~She looks so fucking good, so sexy and so frail. Something’s got a hold on me; I’m going straight to Hell!

        • Honkey Wienerfart

          Show ’em your drop dead legs!

      • Scrimm

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • What’s the over/under on how many lines of cocaine consumed for this recording? I lose my shit every time I hear this.
      http://youtu.be/WNJNCazmNnI

      • Dr. Dubz

        3 cocaines and 2 marijuana cigarettes.

      • Tyree

        If I ever have kids. This is what I will play for them to get them to go to sleep at night. Should work fine.

    • JWG

      I assume “twoth” is the ordinal that comes after “Firth”…

  • RustyShackleford

    OOOOoooooOOOOooooo jazzy. I look forward to spending a lot of time jamming this over the weekend. This and Irreversible Mechanism all weekend cause Blood Music >>>>>>>>>>> Yep Yep Yep

  • I’ll listen to it purely based on the album cover. It’s so colorful.

  • Sorry I’m late. Great shit Mr. Stockhausen

  • goddamnit

  • George Clarke

    this is pretty cool

    not too sure about those aesthetic choices tho lol