Tech Death Thursday: The Forbidden Ritual


All riffs, no nonsense. This week we’re checking out the debut from The Forbidden Ritual.

Tech news:

  • Cryptopsy will be playing None So Vile in full on the upcoming “Devastation on the Nation” tour. Since you’re now making plans to see this tour, you can find the dates here.
  • Contrarian have lived up to their namesake by releasing a new song that sounds nothing like Polemic. Check out the title track from To Perceive Is To Suffer here , and look for the full album on July 28th.
  • It feels like forever since we’ve gotten anything from Enfold Darkness, but they just put out a little snippet of new material you can check out here (cinematography by Oliver Wood).
  • Harbinger is not a band I’m terribly familiar with, but their new song makes me think I should pay attention. Look for Human Dust on June 16th.
  • Cytotoxin put out a guitar-focused studio update with a pretty fair amount of new riffage. I really like what I hear so far. No word on a release date yet.
  • Minnesota’s Aetheric have a new album due out on June 16th, and you can check out a pair of new tunes at their Bandcamp page. It’s super melodic, giving me an Alterbeast vibe from some of the faster parts with some groovy bits thrown in for good measure. I dig.

This week’s selection came to me by Jack Bauer’s recommendation, describing it as being like “Psycroptic without the heinous vocals.” While I might not agree with his opinion of Peppiatt’s voice, the rest of that statement is undeniably true; Tearfrost is some mighty angry, mighty riffy tech death that will almost certainly appeal to fans of their Australian counterparts. However, while the overall tone and feel of the two bands are similar, the way they approach that sound is fairly different.

For starters, The Forbidden Ritual don’t rely as much on raw speed as Psycroptic. The melodic ideas are very much in the same vein- vicious minor-key attacks with the occasional Phrygian flourish and some diminished bits for flavor- but whereas Psycroptic’s speed lets them blast through a multitude of these ideas in each song, The Forbidden Ritual take their time building them up. They play the low to mid tempo range quite well; the drums never lose their ferocity, even while the guitar might just be holding out chords, and it’s fairly easy to follow the strings without feeling like you’re trying to undo a tangle of notes. This lower speed results in a more filled-out as well, utilizing big chords and the occasional lead to give the music some girth. While this isn’t really a groundbreaking concept, it adds a little more personal flavor to a style that has largely already been explored.

Another key difference between the two is the use of clean guitars. Psycroptic’s cleans have a bit of a Spanish feel to them and are largely used to set up or finish a song. The clean guitars on Tearfrost have a much greater presence and give off a somber vibe, particularly on “Lake of The Decayed,” in which they back a wonderfully soulful guitar solo. The opening theme they establish in the beginning of “Petrichor” (which sounds not unlike Virvum’s “Illuminance”) is built up and used to drive forward the first half of the song, eventually being revisited after a thrashy interlude. It feels like they’re more connected to the music rather than just being window dressing for something bigger. Again, this isn’t anything new, but it’s refreshing to hear acoustic and clean guitars as more than a short intro unrelated to the song at large.

Tearfrost is an impressive debut; beyond being well-written and having good production, The Forbidden Ritual’s style stands out in the tech death landscape. They wear their influences on their sleeves to be sure, but it’s refreshing hearing a new tech death band whose primary point of reference isn’t Necrophagist or The Faceless. It’s tight and compact, clocking in at a lean 30 minutes and filling all of that space with quality riffs. If you’ve been looking for something fast and angry that you can bang your head to, then look no further.

You can follow The Forbidden Ritual on FacebookTearfrost is out now, available from Bandcamp. That’s all for this week, so until next time,

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  • AndySynn

    So it turns out I totally emailed the wrong email address at the start of the week… ho-hum.

    Still not feeling that Harbinger track, unfortunately. Saw a lot of hype when it was first published, but just not exciting me.

    What IS exciting me, however, is that I finally get to see Cryptopsy live for the first time at the end of the month. I am Jack’s quivering excitement.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Cytotoxin, eh?

  • The Forbidden Ritual sounds a good. Yep!


    • Brutalist_Receptacle
    • GoatForest

      No kidding, man. They’ve got Opeth’s thickness of chord and richness of feeling without their boring bullshit.

  • Different artwork style for tech death and metal in general. Really dig it.

    • YOU WOULD <3

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Same, very watercolory

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    Shinging Spear, I have no poem this day
    I’ve only come to say
    That art is rad as hell

    • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ


  • GrungierNine0

    Sounds interesting. Might pick it up after the new God Dethroned album (IT’S COMING OUT TOMORROW!!!).

    Oh and happy Star Wars day, I guess. Nerd shit and whatnot.

    • Sid Vicious Promos

      May the 4th be with you as well.

  • Zero Kelvin

    Rad jams as always, was hoping you (Spear) would give Aetheric a shout out.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Am I the only one who doesn’t want to see Cryptopsy playing None So Vile in full WITHOUT Lord Worm?

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      And only one Psycroptic is real; the one with Chalky on vocals of course.

    • Sid Vicious Promos

      I wouldn’t see them without Lord Worm. None So Vile is my favorite extreme album and playing it live without him is like playing Reign In Blood without Tom Araya. It just doesn’t work.

    • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ


      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Blasphemy Made Flesh and None So Vile are the only Cryptopsy albums I really really dig.
        The others feel infinitely meh to me.

        • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ


      • Zeke

        nope it’s my favorite too. and then you’ll beg is second. none so vile is third

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Lord Worm sounds like absolute bullshit. I’d take literally anyone over his washed out wheezing.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
        • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

          Have you heard him after 1997? Absolute. Bullshit.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            His performance on Once Was Not was horrible, but before that?


          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Unless you have a time machine it matters not how good he used to be.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Oh but it does matter. I still jam the older Cryptopsy albums and they still rule. Lord Worm’s wayward vocal work has a lot to do with their classic status, meaning he contributed to something that actually has some standing in metal history.
            Past victories are still victories, no matter how many times you’re failing in the present.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            Oh yeah, considering how the albums sound.
            But seeing Cryptopsy play None So Vile in full WITH Lord Worm – only how he does sound is relevant, he’d sound horrible despite all the victories he boasts.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            You got a point there. I mean, Rage Nucléaire isn’t exactly good either.
            That being said, I can’t really picture None So Vile without Lord Worm’s vocals. I know some think that new kid is good, but truth be told, replace him with about 1000 other growlers and I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. The guy’s not bad, he’s just ordinary.

    • I’m just gonna take what I can get. It’s not ideal but not having seen them before, I think it’ll still be a great time.

  • Count_Breznak

    It’s not really Tech…or Death…or even metal. Buttt Igorrr:

    The album has all kinds of potential. At once.

  • Back Jauer

    Chalky vocals are best vocals.

  • Waynecro

    Fuck yes, Enfold Darkness! Thanks for another killer Tech Death Thursday (even though work prevented me from reading it until Friday)!