Tech Death Thursday: The Next One

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Everybody get up, it’s time to slam now! Grab your mesh shorts and your spacesuits; we’re going into the deep unknown with Infected Swarm and Serpenternity.

First for some news:

  • Syrinx snuck up and dropped an LP when nobody was looking. Stream Black Spring for some tasty prog death with crunchy vocals.
  • Not proggy enough for you? Then try Opposites in Polarity, the newest from Scalifrea. Prepare yourself for some violent twists and turns in mood.
  • Vale of Pnath have finally revealed a new song from their upcoming second album, appropriately entitled II. Check out “Klendathu” right here and bask in tech most righteous.
  • Blah blah production woes who gives a shit new Fallujah
  • Katalepsy have put out a short trailer for their upcoming full-length Gravenous Hour, due out on May 27th. It sounds a bit like a more reserved Aborted… until you hit the end, when they go full-on slam. I’m looking forward to this one.
  • You want more Entheos, you got more Entheos. Check out “Perpetual Miscalculations” right here. Of the three tracks released so far, this one feels the most like their previous work, but it flows a little better. Oh, and it slams (albeit briefly and somehow progressively).

I don’t really remember how I came across Survival Race; the only thing that comes to memory is that I found it while searching for tech bands, headbanged so hard I pulled a neck muscle, and immediately placed it in the queue for this week. It’s not really even tech death, but it goes fast and (occasionally) shreds hard. Close enough, right? In any case, Infected Swarm (not to be confused with Infecting The Swarm) have, per their Bandcamp description, added “some melodic parts to slamming brutal death metal.” This might seem counterintuitive for both slam and melodeath, but it works. God damn, does it work.

While there are no shortage of hammer-swinging riffs on Survival Race, they’re done intelligently (I know, I know, hear me out). The mere presence of the melodic parts on this record already sets it apart from many other bands in the genre, but I feel like it’s the band’s mindset- the one that led them to trying this in the first place- that distinguishes them. The songwriting is incredibly smooth, with each section of the song flowing into the next without any bumps. The interplay between the guitars leads to some truly monstrous moments as well; the savage middle section of “Killing Your Family” has one of my favorite riffs of the year across any genre. Tension builds and releases in all the right places, and the single guitar solo on the album is also its most mosh-worthy moment. All told, this is a surprisingly solid EP; thirteen minutes of ignorant bliss.


 

And now we get to the space part of these jams. I would understand if you thought the brutality stopped here, but you’d be dead wrong. Collapsar is every bit as crushing as the singularity for which it’s named. It’s clear listening to this that Serpenternity took the “death” part of tech death to heart; the music is as unpredictable and vitriolic as it is virtuosic. It’s a grab bag of death metal styles, each song being starkly distinct from the others.

This mixture of styles is the album’s greatest strength. It opens with a one-two punch of fast, aggressive tunes (one of which partially continues today’s slam theme, the other of which feels a bit more like traditional death metal) and follows with a still-angry-but-melodic song that swirls and evolves through several ideas woven together in a beautiful progression. The last two songs, “Collapsed Star” and “Endless Space,” are by far my favorites. The former is a Martriden-esque progressive death metal song with a strong emphasis on hooks, and the latter would have fit very well on last year’s Exgenesis record. Collapsar is a shifting examination of the various realms of tech death with a singular sound, staying focused despite its myriad styles.


Infected Swarm and Serpenternity can both be found on Facebook, and their albums are available from the Bandcamp links above. Give these hard-working gents some Toilet lovin’. Until next time,

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  • Somehow relevant.

    I made it an hour into this once

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsLAmgKw-sc

  • This week’s bands are all about that ‘S’

  • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

    That Infected Swarm art is awesome.

    • I was going to say how much I love that these kinds of shows are never ever ever anywhere near I live but then I remember I used to live 10 minutes away from where Hell’s Headbash was being held.

      • Damn dude, that’s rad. It’s about 4 hours for me to get to Hell’s Headbash. Anyways, all of the good fest are overseas.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Fests, tours, etc. ARRRRGGGGGHGHGHGHGHGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      This lineup is just so insane.

    • Spear

      So, road trip to Scotland?

  • Spear

    Also, a handful of people got to hear a second VoP song before it got pulled. Ask JB about that.

    • he ruins everything

      • Spear

        Dammit, JB.

      • It’s pretty fucking really super amazingly good and I downloaded it before they fixed it. I currently possess two new VoP songs.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    That Survival Race track is badass, even if they do frog croak a bit. You truly do find non-garbage tech death Spear.

    https://45.media.tumblr.com/ec613420c9825a1ebc4885e6645474f6/tumblr_n8crrjC8gI1race41o1_500.gif

  • Your description of Infected Swarm sounds siqq. I want to listen but I’m stuck on a bus without headphones 🙁

    • Spear

      Make everyone else listen, too. Be that guy!

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Fuck it, crank that shit.

    • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

      Public transportation or Greyhound? Interested

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Joe currently drives something like this around Austin to promote the site. It cost $80k, which is why we were selling tshirts for awhile.

        https://i.ytimg.com/vi/XE-U8jXTkqg/maxresdefault.jpg

        • I’m cool with my $20 going towards that.

        • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

          I would pay quite a bit of money for a monthly pass aboard this beast!

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Agreed. Party Bus Ov Hell.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Joe and W should organize an annual ToVH meet up/convention. We take over a motel 6 somewhere with access to live music of course. Then boom once a year we all pack our t shirts, cargo/mesh shorts, flat caps and whoopee cushions and take over a small city somewhere. O yea we all wear name tags with our website handles and they offer a “ToVH family reunion T shirt with the year. Of course this bus will be the local transport.

          • Would go to this/10

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            I think this idea has potential srs

          • If I had enough advance notice, I would be in.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Thats key for sure.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Please make this happen.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            If the idea gets legs..I would be happy to head up entertainment alternatives for the few of us that don’t “partake’ anymore but stil bring the “partayyyy” if you know what I mean.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Like sword fighting?!?!

          • brokensnow

            with dicks!?

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Wait, what?

          • brokensnow

            ya know!………dicks!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Now your talking, frisbee golf, face painting, sarcastic one liner contests, eating contests, jarts…

          • brokensnow

            docking.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            I might have to delegate that assignment BUT Im sure we will find a capable committe head.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Sounds like my kind of party!
            Movie Quote-Offs

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            OOOO SNAP…thats my game dude.

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            It will be an epic battle to the death!

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            I think this would be quite competitive amongst this crew…

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Tyree and I get into them all the time, just look below at our Big Trouble in Little China conversation. We’ve dobe it with Big Lebowski as well

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Haha, Ill keep an eye out…..thats killer.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            A TovH meetup is something we should (and probably will) organize at some point.

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Seems like a no brainer amiright?

          • can we get one of the top vaporizer manufacturers to help sponsor?

          • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

            Dude, I gave up stogies after 19 years and I vape like Absolem now. Great fucking idea. Ill reach out to Kanger first, I’ve been crushing the sub box mini. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/df5c8f2f5448a337b0f17dc674d03e9bcf2779f5b25c9569cf8aaeddf88b7676.jpg

  • Oh man. I just watched Space Jam on VHS two weeks ago. Total blast from the past.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        *inserts into chest*

      • I think this is what Tracking looks like.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Bro, be kind and please rewind, asshole.

        • I enjoyed that movie.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Never saw it, since it has Jack Black. He makes cancer look amazing.

          • Yeah, I know. One of those rare instances. Like High Fidelity.

          • UNCLE BLACKBEARD

            Except he wasn’t in High Fidelity for that long

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            His best role will always be in Airborne.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Or Demolition Man. He’s onscreen for less than a second.

          • Or The Jackal. He gets shot to fuck.

          • Bernie was surprisingly good.

          • Hell yes! Richard Linklater doesn’t do much that I don’t like. Even his more mushy movies are pretty damn good.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            The whole movie looks like it was fished out of a lost and found box.

    • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

      Same. Totally forgot Newman and Bill Murray were in it.

      • Murray may as well not have been in it as inconsequential as his character was.

    • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

  • I don’t know who told Katalepsy non-ignorance was a good look on them…but I can’t get into it 🙁
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur9qVL7-uhI

  • That new Fallujah track is fucking great, I don’t care what anyone else thinks.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      I actually like it too…

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      He’s such a HUMANE person.

      • Also… The Best.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          ..

  • You can almost make the case that Infected Swarm is deathcore that doesn’t suck.

  • That fucking Vale of Pnath, hnnnnnng

  • COAL ROLL

    Infected Swarm is cool. What is Slava Antonenko notable for doing aside from being featured on the Hell Train track?

    • Spear

      Dude’s in a bunch of bands, probably most notably Slaughter To Prevail.

  • That first riff on Infected Swarm’s Killing Your Family is almost exactly the same as the opening riff to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA7yXBftIFY

  • Count_Breznak

    So far COLLAPSAR sound suprisingly unpurple.