Tech Death Thursday: The Crinn

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Welcome to the most pumpkin-spiced edition of Tech Death Thursday yet! Let’s go over some news, then take a big ol’ bite out of Midwestern magicians The Crinn.

–Rivers of Nihil would like to remind you that they are better at guitar than you are with this playthrough of Perpetual Growth Machine.

–Unbreakable Hatred are streaming the title track from their upcoming album Ruins at No Clean Singing.

–Antropofago, in a show of one-upsmanship, are streaming their entire new joint over at No Clean Singing well in advance of its August release date.

–The Ritual Aura have preorders for their upcoming Laniakea available from Lacerated Enemy records’s bandcamp page.

 

The Crinn play my very favorite flavor of technical metal. It’s chaotic and heavily grind-influenced, the vocals have a ton of character, and they only have one damn guitar of the 6 string variety. I love guitarmonies as much as the next guy, but with music already this dense and fast-paced it’s refreshing to be able to readily hear and identify each individual lick from drums, guitar, bass guitar, and voice upon first listen.

As expected with any artist featured in this column, all four of these gentlemen can shred with enough ferocity to tear their instruments apart with ease. Bass fretboard runs abounds, and some clever use of delay makes one guitar sound like 3 when he rips into tasty tapping licks.

Their most recent album Shadowbreather, released just in April of this year, is handily their strongest (and longest) release to date. The tense weedlywees will occasionally make way for less abrasive flavors like the straight-up rock and roll banger tucked inside “Maze of Walls” and the bass and tom led breakdown in “Deaf Effort”. This contrast gives added weight to every riff on the record, whether they are of a more chaotic or more stubborn flavor. If you think you only have the attention span for 3 songs of this crazy shit, try out their EP Dreaming Saturn which left us all drooling for more back in 2010.

If you wish Dillinger Escape Plan had just a few more righteous blastbeats and none of the Mike Patton worship, The Crinn might just be your jam. Peep them on Facebook here, and buy all their lovely lovely records here.

  • Dubzlinger, Malandro Slayer

    I’ve been meaning to check this out. Thanks, P Bae.

  • HessianHunter

    I WENT THE WHOLE ARTICLE WITHOUT POINTING OUT THIS BAND IS FROM MINNEAPOLIS AND THAT MINNEAPOLIS IS THE BEST FUCKIN’ CITY ON THE PLANET, AREN’T YOU ALL JUST FUCKIN’ PROUD OF ME OR WHAT

    • Best.baby.ever.

      Good boy.

      • What if pmkinbb is a girl? From the avatar it is not totally obvious.. What is ppmkinbb is lying?

        Lying + vegetables = bbs

        QUE REGGATON HORNS??? Maybe not….

        GL

    • The only thing I know about Minneapolis is this.

      http://www.tractorshed.com/photoads/upload/308244_opt.jpg

      Which is bad ass.

      GL

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        & the Twins, Vikings and Timberwolves suck…and the North Stars used to suck.

        • EsusMoose

          The Twins do suck, but their stadium is very nice and fun to go to, the Vikes, eh, maybe they’ll do well I wouldn’t mind being able to watch bears fans cry more.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            I apologize in advance for being a Negative Nelly! Just playing around. I am a Cubs fan so I dont have a leg to stand on! I HATE CUTLER! waaaaaahhhhh. BUT I am also a Blackhawks fan..huuuuaaaaaahahaha.

          • EsusMoose

            I don’t mind I give MN teams shit a lot, never got into hockey so I don’t know what to say except haha how does it feel to be a fan of a team that Wins? OH take that. wait.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            (OUCH) taken, lol! I LOVE IT!

        • RJA

          seriously – what has happened to the Twins of late. They had a nice run from about 2000-2010.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Good question. I go back to when they won the world series against St Louis with Frank Viola on the mound! World Series MVP! They had to face the Yankees too many times in the playoffs 2000-2010 and those were some nasty Yankees teams…almost not fair.

    • Disgustache

      Oh we sure are there, don’t’cha know now.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMA1u1JQWlc

    • The Fish Boz

      A city that has a pumpkin baby, a breegodamus workaholic and tons of good bands definitely ranks high in my books.

      • Except for the neverending hellfrost.

        • The Fish Boz

          I’m used to dank hellfire all the time so I get delusional about how good it would be to live somewhere cold.

          Except for the cold part.

    • CAN YOU SPEAK UP PLS? I COULDN’T MAKE OUT WHERE THIS BAND IS FROM.

  • Very chaotic, but the mathy rhythms make it more “cohesive”. Good stuff, thanks Pumpkin!

  • 2 guys didn’t get the “fold your arms” memo.
    http://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Antropofago-2015.jpg

    • HessianHunter

      What band is this? Megalol at the dude on the right. Actually, megalol at every one of these awkward fucks.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Not a brick wall per se, but close enough. Minus ten points.

    • Bald guy is clearly saying “fuck that” in regards to folding arms.

      • And the on in the right is saying: “B-but… Bald guy-san… W-we have to fold arms or Cross Shirt will beat us”.

        • CyberneticOrganism

          “Hey, duuuude, come on!”

        • The guy on the right is indecisive as to whether he should be folding arms or letting them hang. Probably gonna get kicked out now for ruining the band pic.

          • The Fish Boz

            His eyes give away the troubled status of his mind. He looks like he’s in the deepest conundrum ever.

          • Le Tapir The Based

            To fold, or not to fold, that is the question.

          • guise! what if the band sees this and feels embarrassed??

          • The Fish Boz

            Real shit: I actually think about this. I always try to carefully choose my words when criticizing a young/underground band. But if they’re loaded, fuck ’em. YOU HEAR THAT SLAYER? FUCK YOU

          • on Google+ i shared the “Amerakin Overdose – “Cunt”: A Video Breakdown” article with the band. i felt bad 10 minutes later. then i stopped feeling bad.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        and fuck me!

    • more beer

      The guy on the right can`t fold his arms they might break they are so skinny.

    • sweetooth0

      He can’t fold his arms, the spikes would pierce his flesh. Guy on right has no excuse though. Woulda made him look less like a scrawn too.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      got Hot topic?

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    These new Rivers of Nihil songs are one of the very few tech-death song this year that I like. Also recall that I enjoyed a song by The Crinn around the time this was released. I will re-investigate most hastily.

    The Ritual Aura also has some pretty cool flourishes.

    • The Fish Boz

      Me 2 bro

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Yup, confirmed The Crinn is tasty.

  • HEY YOU’RE NOT JACK BAUER

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    The Crinn are totally awesome, Shadowbreather is a banger. Been rockin’ the new album for a few weeks now, the breakdown at 2:00 on 2nd track “Endless” is goddamn planet-shattering.

  • The Fish Boz

    I dig tech death when I can hear the bass, and when it’s dynamic. I think Rivers of Nihil is my favorite tech death band (which maybe shows I don’t know the genre a lot). I am very excited for their new album.

  • EsusMoose

    Huh didn’t know they were from Minnesota, wasn’t too impressed by their ep which made me think I was getting into a hiphop cd but definitely will give their new release a spin

  • Bitter (Tyree) Debra

    I feel like I’m going to spew. New goddamn record player is making me drink more and stay up later.

    • more beer

      Sounds like a win win situation!

      • Bitter (Tyree) Debra

        One more hour at work here. Can’t wait to get home and try and cure this Irish flu.

        • more beer

          I seem to be suffering from the same affliction. But I haven`t gone to work yet. But that is really something I should get to pretty soon. But I have no set time and I work for myself.

    • Howard Dean
      • Fighting the inevitable is never a good idea.

      • Bitter (Tyree) Debra

        Excuse me. Be right back.

        • Howard Dean

          I say hurl. If you blow chunks and she comes back, she’s yours. But if you spew and she bolts, then it was never meant to be.

    • RJA

      what did you buy might I ask?

      • Bitter (Tyree) Debra

        Nothing great.

        Audio-Technica AT-LP120

        • RJA

          I’d say that is a pretty solid buy. I’m in the market for a new one and am debating staying around a similar range to that or getting stupid and spending a bunch a money.

          • Bitter (Tyree) Debra

            A bunch of the toilet people here have the same on as I do. Seems to be quality shit for an affordable price.

  • Bitter (Tyree) Debra

    Did any of you crush you brides face with cake?

    http://p.fod4.com/p/media/0abebb3508/0dfZcShQTawXXTA60z4Y_w3.gif

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Oh that looks like fun with 200 people watching

      • Bitter (Tyree) Debra

        Divorced.

    • Nope. I assumed that I wanted to start the first day or marriage off on a good foot!

      Apparently this dude did not consider such things.

  • lagerbottoms

    Shadowbreather is one of my favorite albums of the year so far. But Dreaming Saturn is actually a full length record and their longest one so far.

    http://www.allmusic.com/album/dreaming-saturn-mw0001972419

    You should definitely check out the whole album. They only put 3 of the songs up on bandcamp, but the album features 9