Tech Death Thursday: Sophicide

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Commence the melting of the face!

I’m gonna try something different this week. Instead of just throwing 3 bands at you and giving a short description of each, which I feel doesn’t always do their music justice, I’m gonna focus on one band. It’s my hope that focusing more on a single band will help you all get a better picture of who they are as well as lighten the music load on your backs, because 2014 is a relentless onslaught of great music.

My test subject for this new format is Germany’s Sophicide. Sophicide writes some of the best tech-death I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing. We’re talking Spawn of Possession good. They released their debut full length Perdition of the Sublime back in 2012 via Willowtip records, and it was easily one of the best albums of the year. Here’s the title track:

Perdition of the Sublime is one of those albums that makes me push learning the guitar to “later on.” They’re mind-bogglingly technical without sacrificing song structure, and the solos are so good that it’s almost surreal. The drumming is great too. Oh man, it’s just intense, relentless, perfection. This record also boasts some of the best production work I’ve ever heard in a tech death album. I mean, there’s good production, and then there’s GOOD production. This is the latter. Crisp, interesting riffs permeate the album, such as this one in “Art of Atrocity” (1:00 in the this Youtube vid):

As I mentioned earlier, the guitar solos really stand out. Each song on the album has a well placed, impressive as hell, how-the-heck-can-he-possibly-do-that, why-the-fuck-should-I-even-try-to-learn-guitar type solo that manage to fit right in to the structure of the song. I think that’s really important. It irritates me when a solo is just thrown in because the song needs a solo. It’s like when a restaurant gives you your fries and your burger on a separate plate. That’s a total waste of dishes! [Editor note: What the fuck are you talking about?!?! —MSD] Thankfully, this isn’t one of those bands. Sophicide makes one mean tech death casserole that will fill you up like a meal should and make a generous donation to the porcelain throne later on in the day. This band knows exactly where to place a solo, exactly how long it should last, and exactly how to execute it to perfection. I think “Lafayette’s Deception” is a perfect example of Sophicide’s guitar wizardry:

I don’t know when Sophicide will drop a new album, but I know it will be a good day when they do. Hopefully that day is soon. Like tomorrow would be nice. Please? You all should go give them money for their hard work.


Now, Legendaritroll M Shadows! has a guest submission for us:

“Hi! I really like this song! It has technical aspects! Um, I like the solo too! HYBHTTK? Ok bye! M Shadows!”


I don’t know what I expected… You guys see what happens when you don’t send actual guest submissions? Submit them! They don’t have to be new bands or unknown bands either, they can just be your favorite Demilich song or something.

Until next time, Stay Tech.

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  • After listening to the first one I’ve concluded that noodly tech death is for those whose initials are not JAG 😉

    • this is understandable. BUT as a part-time tech death enthusiast, i can say that on this album, songs come before the noodling.

      • Maybe I’m just old and grumpy. Tell you what: I’ll add it to Spotify and give it at least two full listens. Wouldn’t be the first time I spoke to soon and something grew on me.

        • Edward Meehan

          Witness A Rebirth >>>>>>>>>

          • I have that on vinyl too 🙂

            Have you gone through Strife’s back-catalogue yet?

          • Edward Meehan

            I have not but I fully intend to. I thought Rebirth was so good I bought it before I discovered it was available for free lol.

            Have you listened to a lot of Bane also?

          • No, never even checked them out TBH.

            Strife’s discography is a bit uneven. A lot of people hated “Angermeans” because it strayed from the hardcore formula but I though it was good. “In This Defiance” is superb.

        • Beunhaas

          Tech-death is definitely an acquired taste, but once you into it, it’s a bunch of fun.

    • I’m not a tech death fan in the least. I listen every week just to see if my tastes will change. It’s only happened a couple of times (Primordium prob being my favorite).

      • Beunhaas

        ARCHSPIRE

      • The more I listen to this one the more I admire the guitarist. Solos are usually pretty interesting to listen to IMO.

  • Bro… this band SLAYS. possibly the best tech death album i’ve ever heard.

    • Cock ov Steele

      I mean it’s pretty tech but like, there’s other tech death bands that get, you know, more tech than this.

  • Howard Dean
    • W.

      BYAH! Blood for the Blood God. Skulls for the Skull Throne!

      • Cock ov Steele

        Death to the false Emperor!

    • Tyree

      Here is a tasty band covering another tasty band.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he5syRWIabM

      • Howard Dean

        Diocletian is the tits! Their new album slays.

        • Tyree

          Correct sir.

          • MoshOff

            I just bought the album the other day, it might just make my top 10.

          • Howard Dean

            It’s fighting to stay in my top 10, too. There was so much good death metal this year. It’s almost not fair.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Correction so much good metal this year, it’s not fair

          • Howard Dean

            Indeed. I have a hefty lump of black metal fighting that massive charge of death metal, too. And a few sludge bastards, too. And at least one speed metal record. They are all fighting for that top 10. It’s going to be brutal!

          • Tyree

            Putting together this end of the year best of list may be the death of me.

          • W.

            I’ve got my huge spread sheet running.

          • I’m gonna have like 50 runner ups and 1000 honorable mentions

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            It’s not gonna be fair between albums released now or in November compared to the ones released in February, how am I supposed to have the time to listen the newer ones????

          • We must all work together to build a time machine. Then we can travel back in time and listen to all the stuff that has come out before the end of the year. Also I can go see Arsis and Allegaeon live again!

          • Howard Dean

            Agreed. I think I probably have fewer choices on my narrowed down list than most (probably about 15 albums right now are serious top 10 contenders), but it’s still tough. It’s at times like these that I think it is beneficial to be a “physical media only” consumer. Since I have fewer new albums per year, and I’ve listened completely and thoroughly to all of them, it makes the choices easier, I think. It would be tough if I had like 100+ random albums and EPs I’ve checked out this year all over the place, and I’m feverishly trying to go back and listen to them all again to remember what they’re like.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Welcome to my life, to put it simple: Ich bin Gefickt!

          • Howard Dean

            I couldn’t do it. I honestly wouldn’t have the time. I need to be a little discriminating with my music. It helps that I love owning physical copies of music, too. I’ll buy a few dozen new releases each year and give them a good listen, but I couldn’t keep track of everything or give everything a fair shake if I were a digital/download guy constantly scouring the interwebs.

          • W.

            I don’t know how Tyree manages. I honestly just mostly use Spotify to figure out what I really like, then I purchase the albums.

          • Tyree has the ability to stop time I think.

          • Howard Dean

            Now, when you’re talking about these special abilities of his, you mean like Tyree could start a fire… with his thoughts?

          • Howard Dean

            Seriously. Tyree is a powerhouse. I still blind purchase a lot of stuff, especially if I have an idea what it will sound like (either it’s a band I’ve heard before or the name/cover art/label gives their style away). But I’ve started to use youtube/bandcamp more to check stuff out before I buy. I still get a rush from listening to a random album I bought blindly, though. It’s suspenseful and addictive.

          • W.

            I don’t do that too much anymore, but it can be a fun surprise. I like ordering physical media through bandcamp.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I also prefer physical copies, but I do check bands up on the net, which makes AOTY time a living hell

          • Simon Phoenix

            It’s ridiculous in the best possible way. The fact that new albums by Incantation AND Vader went by pretty much unnoticed is a testament to the high quality of metal released this year.

      • Simon Phoenix

        Heaven Shall Burn’s cover of “The Ivth Crusade” was boss too.

      • more beer

        Just thought I would hit with I`m heading out the door to go see Primitive Man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Tyree

          Awwwww!!! I’m jealous as fuck man! Let me know how it goes.

          • more beer

            They fuckin kicked ass last night. Played a much longer set than the last time I saw them which was sweet. The Trve brewery scorn ipa was also outstanding also.

          • Tyree

            Killer! I’m looking forward to seeing them next year.

          • more beer

            Yea you will enjoy them they are so good wish they would of had more merch.

          • more beer

            By the way another killer getting laid at bandcamp!

    • Elite Extremophile

      Every day is bolt thrower thursday.

    • False!!! Thursday is for TORCHE!!!

      http://youtu.be/Gb5G_2Xo7lI

  • Scrimm

    Good write up, Good album, Having a hard time working up the energy to comment this morning. Guess I’m not feeling the toilet right now.

    • Edward Meehan

      If it helps any I’m not feeling my day job at the moment, not enough sleep for me and damn people are cranky lol.

      • Scrimm

        Good to know I’m not alone there, but sorry the day’s not going so well. There’s a few reasons for me.

        • W.

          What’s up, dude?

          • Scrimm

            Nothing I should get into here. Dissillusioned for starters I guess, but it’s not really important.

          • W.

            Gotcha. Well, you can hit me up on FB if need be.

          • Scrimm

            Thanks.

        • I’ve been having a rough go with things in general the last couple weeks. Shit sucks.

          • Scrimm

            Yes it does. Sorry to hear that.

          • Yea man, me too. I hope things get better for you.

        • Must just be one of those days, I just woke up and I’m not feeling the whole being awake thing.

          • Death

            You could say that it’s just one those days when you don’t wanna wake up. Is everything fucked and does everyone suck?

          • Did u just quote Limp Bizkit?

          • Limp Bizkit = GODS and the GOLD STANDARD!

            Hail FRED DURST the Wigger Prophet!

            PERIOD!

          • Death

            It was the perfect opportunity!

          • Yea but…..Limp Bizkit?

          • Death

            I know. They just happened to have those lyrics.

          • I’m surprised you knew them lol. I had to google it.

          • Death

            I had a friend who loved nu-metal and played them a lot. This song was his favourite. Those first lines have been carved in my mind, but I can’t remember any other

          • You really stuck that landing, Death. 10/10 UNFLUSHABLE!

    • Mr.CustodialArts

      Well, you have your DISMEMBER records, and you DON’T have EBOLA, so…if that doesn’t cheer you up, TRY THIS-GUARANTEED LOLBUTTZ:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45HzHJ8MozY

  • RustyShackleford

    Was just putting the good ol’ iTunes on shuffle when White Zombie came up. Then I saw this article. Now I thank you mightily Mr. Bauer, nothing like crispy tech-death riffs in the morning. Yep!

    • Howard Dean

      White Zombie wasn’t a terrible band. I kind of enjoyed parts of La Sexorcisto.

      • Guilty there. I’ll throw them on once in a blue moon, nostalgia and all, takes me back to middle school days.

      • old_man_doom

        I’m going to put myself out there: I don’t hate White Zombie, or Rob Zombie for that matter. I just saw him live recent and the dude rocked out with his cock out.

      • RustyShackleford

        Agreed! Always prefer White Zombie to any of the Rob Zombie solo stuff

    • Glad you dig it!

    • crazytaco_12

      No fucking guilty pleasure for me, I love White Zombie. Have you checked out Sean’s band Star and Dagger at all? Fucking Tomorrowland Blues is a great stoner album that was completely overlooked last year.

      • RustyShackleford

        Always knew she had a band but never checked them out. Gotta do that then I guess haha

        • crazytaco_12

          Yeah dude, that album’s great.

  • Mr.CustodialArts
    • W.

      I’m jamming the Temple of Void album that came out this week. Interesting stuff.

      • Not heard of these guys….bloody filthy metal
        b(>-<)m/

      • Stockhausen

        Hadn’t head of them before, that was a nice surprise.

    • Howard Dean

      Byah! Follow that with a little Khanate, and we’re in business!

    • This is kinda rad.

    • More drones than the middle east

      i love it.

    • crazytaco_12

      Listened to 10 minutes of this, pretty dope.

  • Varg Wiggernes

    I really want to listen to this but my computer is having fucking sound problems and I won’t be able to listen to this for a while.

  • KJM

    Oodily oodily OOOO
    widdily widdily waahh
    widdily widdily waahh

  • Tyree
    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      The perfect blend of brutality and technicality. Unmatched.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZY_tqAxsG0

      • Tyree

        Goddamn right.

    • Xan

      My favorite Cryptopsy song; it’s like being bludgeoned in the face by a brick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYv269-HcqU

      • Tyree

        That whole album fucking slays!

        • Xan

          I listened to None So Vile for the first time about two months ago while driving to school in the morning. When that first track hit, I thought I had been shot. Some of the most intense death metal I’ve ever heard.

  • FeelTheDarkness
    • Where are the sweeps? And the double tapping? And the polyrhythms? This is false advertising!!!1!!!

  • Stockhausen

    More like Brophicide.

  • M Shadows!

    That’s how you do a guest submission bitches!

    M Shadows!

  • So which format do u guys prefer?

    • Just one band at a time. More focused. I like. Often I find myself starting the first bands stream then immediately switching, thus not giving the first band the chance it deserves.

      GL

      • Howard Dean

        I agree. One at a time (with a guest submission thrown in) is better.

      • Yea that’s kind of what I figured was happening. One at a time allows me to write more about featured bands as well.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Abutt the guest submissions, how to hit you up?

          • crazytaco_12

            I just emailed toh’s email and they’ll relay it to him. toiletovhell@gmail.com

          • Sorry, I somehow didn’t see your message(yay disqus), but basically what crazytaco said.

        • Lacertilian

          One at a time is fine by me, although I didn’t mind having a few on the plate either.
          Sophicide remind me of a mix between the style of Gorod & some of the beastly-ness of Soreption.
          Great post again Jack.

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      I think it would be cool to keep two or three bands usually, but every now and then when you hit a band you think has to be given a bigger chance switching into this format. Although maybe this + guest submission is the best way after all.

    • crazytaco_12

      Even though other people have already said it, I’ll third the one band at a time approach. Gives me more time to fully check out a band, a little ease for you to go into detail about said band and post the best songs from them, and easier on tired ears. By the way, this Sophicide is fucking incredible dude.

  • Renan Ribeiro

    I don’t usually like my death metal tech, but this is a really good band and I completely agree with you on the solos. Truly great stuff

  • Max

    I just listened to the whole album in one hit. It’s gonna have to grow on me a little more, but I concur with all your praise of it. These guys, while being exemplary shredders, also know a thing or two about composition and tonality. In the best tech-death, none of the complexity ever seems forced and it never gets unlistenable; and I think that’s what we have here. At the same time, the musicianship is intimidatingly impressive. So I’m gonna let it grow on me.

    I definitely think focusing on one exceptional band per week is a good idea. The more bands you post, the less likely I am to give all of them a chance. And the more attention you devote to one, the more things you can find to say about them that’ll pique my interest, as you’ve done here.

  • PrincePoopyPanties

    My response to this:

    http://i.imgur.com/XwbYBMr.gif

  • PrincePoopyPanties