Tech Death Thursday – The Zenith Passage

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One does not simply retain their facial structure on Tech Death Thursday.

Today we are talking about another  incredible band, but first here’s a metric fuckton of news for ya:

  • Existential Animals have released a new single called “Prism Prison” which you can listen to here
  • Hadal Maw have parted ways with their vocalist and in the meantime Separatist frontman Sam Dishington will be filling in for him. More on that over at Hadal Maw’s Facebook. Also, if you don’t listen to Hadal Maw you’re doing it all wrong.
  • Theoktony have dropped a new single titled “Apostate” off of their upcoming album. That album will be released by Dissected Records later this year. Check it out.
  • Defeated Sanity released a new track called “Generosity of the Deceased”. Mosh to that here.
  • The Ritual Aura’s new single “Time-Lost Utopia” rips and you can grab it from their Bandcamp. Big thanks to NoCleanSinging for turning me on to this band.
  • Continuum have announced that their debut album will drop via Unique Leader on April 21st. No new songs to speak of from these guys, however I found this and was all like this.
  • Beyond Creation wasted no time in finding a new bassist and announced Hugo Doyon-Karout is the new bass player. More on that here. Time will tell how good he is at seducing dat fretless.
  • Wrath of Vesuvius, also know as WRVTH have released an album sampler for their upcoming Unique Leader debut. Check it out here.
  • Shortly after I wrote this article, The Faceless decided to creep me out with their timing and announce that the Zenith Passage’s Justin McKinney has joined them. Who wants to take bets on how long he stays with the band? In all seriousness though, good for him. He’s now a member of two of the greatest technical death metal bands out there.  Check out that announcement here.

Phew, still with me? Good, let’s talk about The Zenith Passage. The first time I heard their 2013 EP Cosmic Dissonance I was absolutely blown away. This band writes songs and not just crazy riffs and weedlies. They combine groove, melody, Archspire-ish vocals and even a little ambiance to create some truly amazing music. If you took the Faceless and mixed them with Fallujah and a tad of Archspire, The Zenith Passage is what you would get. Incredibly precise instrumentation combine with some mind bending riffs and impressively fast vocals. One of the things about these guys that always stands out to me is the drums. Not only are they fucking incredible, but they do so without going super fast for the sake of speed. I don’t know if that makes any sense or if I sound like a crazy person, but I understand it in my head so deal with it. Check out this stream of their brilliant 2013 EP:

Late last year the band released a pre-production track that is just as incredible, if not more so than the EP. We featured the song at TOH a while back, but I’ll be damned if I wasn’t gonna make a TDT about these dudes anyway. A little label you guys may have heard of called Unique Leader Records will be releasing their debut album later this year and I am so stoked I might start Archspiring* backwards when it comes out. Here’s that aforementioned track. Note that this is pre-production!:

That’s it for this week. Until next time,

Stay Tech

*Archspiring (/Arch’ spire (ING)) is the act of losing oneself in weedlies and deedlies and looking like a fool while flailing your arms about in a manner that would terrify even the bravest of warriors. [Editor’s Note: SMH]

  • Reposted Avenged Sevenfold Fan

    I dont know your names, and I really dont care. I just like the music!!! Great for fuck!!

    -Posted by Jessica Stavros, Sep 21 2011

  • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

    I like that Zenith Passage stuff!

  • Tyreeling In The Years
    • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))
      • such a great special!

      • Tyreeling In The Years

        Well he did get hurt pretty bad.

        http://i.imgur.com/A52HXxW.gif

        • I honestly didn’t find the movie to be scary but this fucking scene man…..

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            I think it’s the scariest one of them all, and the best one.

          • Alien is probably my favorite science fiction movie. It can’t be beat. It does such a good job at building suspense and tension.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            It’s horrifying and incredibly suspenseful. And that fucking atmosphere is hauntingly brilliant.

          • KJM

            Everything about it is perfect.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            AGREED!

            H. R. Giger >>>>>>>>>>

          • VVayne Brady

            In my opinion, Alien is a horror movie, Aliens is sci-fi. The two are very different because they fit into different genres.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            I always found Aliens to be more of an action film.

          • VVayne Brady

            Eh, I could see that. Alien is sci-fi/horror and Aliens is sci-fi/action. My point is that the two are very hard to compare because they were two very different works artistically.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Correct. I enjoy them both, I just prefer the first is all.

          • VVayne Brady

            I like them both as well. I haven’t seen the first in years. I even liked the Director’s Cut of 3, but Resurrection is laughably bad.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Director’s Cut of 3 is GREAT! I always enjoyed 3. If Fincher would have had a bit more say in the movie I think it would have been much much better.

          • the blu-ray set (and possibly even the special edition DVDs) has a great documentary on the making of Alien3. basically, it was doomed from the start… though i’ll agree that the director’s cut is very solid.

          • Tyreeling In The Years
          • Tyreeling In The Years
          • VVayne Brady
          • KJM

            Very reserved about this. I was extremely disappointed by Prometheus.

          • VVayne Brady

            I’m not sure why, but reboots and fill-in stories sort of bother me. I’m a nerd who likes to see canon fleshed out and continued.

          • KJM

            Sometimes it works(BSG, The Thing) and sometimes it falls flat on it’s ass(Prometheus, V, Dark Shadows).

          • VVayne Brady

            Are you talking about The Carpenter Thing, or the newer prequel? I never saw the prequel.

          • sweetooth0

            Don’t bother with the prequel (it’s basically a remake though), it’s crap. Could’ve been awesome if they’d have done what they promised when it was being made 90% practical with 10% CG enhancement instead of 99% crappy CG.

          • VVayne Brady

            Ah, yah, I had heard it wasn’t good. That’s disappointing.

          • Scrimm

            There are mulitple videos of the practical effects that were created and snuffed out by studio intervention.

          • sweetooth0

            Yeah, and that just makes it worse, because you can see how much better it could have been. I just don’t understand the logic of spending all that time and money to just do a quick slap dash CG paint over for the whole movie. Clearly Universal doesn’t have a clue what its fan base actually want from their films (modern example: the “action” reboot of the classic universal monsters…ugh).

          • Scrimm

            I’m with you. I could see a decent homage hiding under a thick layer of crap. Have you heard of Harbringer Down?

          • sweetooth0

            I have, that’s the one where they’re basically gonna re-purpose all of the puppets and animatronics they made for The Thing that didn’t get used (probably not literally, but that was the vibe I got from it)

          • KJM

            Oh, the Carpenter one for sure. I keep forgetting about that recent prequel.

          • Scrimm

            I think people are a little hard on it, but there is a lot wrong with it. That ending<<<<<<

          • Dagon

            I’m ok with prequels if they’re good but reboots bother me as well.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            I liked some visual aspects of Prometheus, but yeah. What a piece of garbage.

          • KJM

            The FX looked great(so did Noomi and Charlize)but ugh, the rest of it…

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Noomi <3

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Awww yes. I saw this the other day. Good news!

          • Scrimm

            This ruined almost all my anticipation about this. Take about 75% of the exitement I had when I posted the news that it was confirmed in the FB group and throw it away.

          • Dagon

            I actually watched 3 first when I was a kid, so I have a soft spot for it.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            I remember as a kid it was played on TV a lot. That was the first I think I saw it. Same with Big Trouble in Little China.

          • Dagon

            Dude Big Trouble In Little China was one of my main afternoon movies. There’s a daily feature called “Sessao Da Tarde” in which they play the same films over and over for years. Ferris Bueller, Blue Lagoon (is that how it’s called?), ET.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            HELL YES! Sick days and snow days that shit was always on. Can’t complain about that.

          • Scrimm

            If I remember correctly Alien was the first Horror movie I ever saw, soon followed by Halloween and Phantasm. Needless to say my art in kindergarten raised some eyebrows.

          • Scrimm

            Dude Lo Pan is coming to this years horror convention here.

          • I always liked 3 too. I like to think that Resurrection was just a bad dream.

          • KJM

            I watched Alien very recently.

          • Resurrection isn’t so bad (ok the first 2/3rds of it) when you consider it in context of Jean-Pierre Juenet’s body of work

          • KJM

            I loved Delicatessen and City Of Lost Children and was very disappointed with Resurrection.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            City Of Lost Children is one of the most bizarre fantasy films I’ve ever seen. What a fun movie.

          • Really great artistic film. So I’m not quite sure how or why this happened…
            http://www.museumofplay.org/online-collections/images/Z003/Z00316/Z0031665.jpg

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Ooh, That looks bad.

          • There’s no way it was good. Gonna watch someone play it on YouTube when I get some free time.

          • KJM

            Wow, this is news to me.

          • Scrimm

            Holy shit Brad Dourif’s monologue right before he gets it ruins the whole thing for me. He is a super nice guy though.

          • i can’t seem to remember it off-hand… but was it as awesome as Sam Jackson’s monologue right before buying the farm in Deep Blue Sea 😉

          • Scrimm

            That was funny. Brad’s was just extremely annoying. On the opposite side though I thought his character was the best in Zombie’s Halloween movies.

          • Simon “Djentcrusher” Phoenix

            For a while I couldn’t stand Part 3, especially in the context of Fincher’s other films. How do you go from Fight Club to that? It has since grown on me.

            Up until the ending, I don’t mind Resurrection that much, mainly because of Ron Perlman. Seriously one of the best dudes ever.

          • Alien >>>>>>

          • KJM

            Alien is both sci-fi and horror IMO.

          • VVayne Brady

            See my response to Tyree ^_^

          • KJM

            It’s a floor wax and a dessert topping!!

          • A reason I dislike the labeling of sci-fi is that it is a really broad term. Pretty much anything that deals with space is considered sci-fi now because it involves the progress of humanity through science in the future. In a technical term, Alien would be science fiction as it takes place in the future in a world run by corporations who treat their workers like shit. It also has the elements of horror which you mentioned. Aliens is a lot more action oriented and thus appeals to a lot more people. It is also science fiction as it takes place in the same universe and time.

          • KJM

            It’s one of my all time favorites. I saw it opening week for my 12th birthday.

          • it’s tied with Aliens, but each is a classic for different reasons of course.

          • KJM

            If you don’t cheer your ass off when Ripley says “GET AWAY FROM HER, YOU BITCH!!”, I don’t want to know you.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Goosebumps every time I see that scene.

          • KJM

            I saw that one the week it opened as well. The cheers during that fight scene were deafening(including my own). I usually don’t like it when people talk or cheer during movies, but this was a bigtime exception.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            The ending of the first film, from the point where the countdown begins, might be one of my favorite film sequences ever to blast on loud speakers. The alarm, the ship’s ambience, the steam blasts… ugh, so cool.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Incredible.

          • Alien Isolation has an extra dlc that lets you play through that. I have never been so terrified in a game as I was when I played that.

          • Scrimm

            I still need to finish Isolation in the first place.

          • Scrimm

            I cheered when the queen ripped Bishop the mother of all new ones.

          • KJM

            The entire audience collectively went “OH SHIT!!” when that happened.

          • Scrimm

            I believe it. Unfortunately I never got to see it on the big screen Alien 3 was actually the first R rated horror movie I got to see in theaters.

          • KJM

            I honestly don’t remember what mine was. In grade school I had a friend who was over 6′ tall and had pale skin and red hair like me so I got in with him a lot by saying he was my cousin.

          • Scrimm

            It is. Also, say what you will about 3, but at leat it attempted to return to the suspense instead of being another action movie.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Completey agree.

        • This gif reminded me of that Cradle of Fear scene were a babydollspider spawned over the goth girl womb

          http://i41.tinypic.com/x4iu1c.jpg

        • RustyShackleford

          I took a horror film class where we had to do Freudian analysis of this film…shit got weird.

          • Whoa talk about a mindfuck

          • RustyShackleford

            When you got dudes giving birth to aliens it is a guaranteed mindfuck when shit gets Freudian lol

  • Nordling Writes ov USBM

    This does not quite do anything good for me, so let’s celebrate with something that will grind your face to dust.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XwgZpeadgg

  • “He’s now a member of two of the greatest technical death metal bands out there.”
    but you said The Faceless :/

  • KJM

    Well, it’s the best new song they’ve put out there so far, but it’s still not really all that. Maybe it’s just me.

    http://noisey.vice.com/blog/saturnalia-temple-black-sea-of-power-stream

    • XBILEBEARDX

      Yeah, something about their new material is certainly lacking

      • KJM

        I’m really hoping they’re just putting the sub-par material out there and holding back on the good stuff.

  • That theoktony track was a pleasant surprise, very unique.

  • Dagon

    Clinic duty at noon is the worst.
    “Excuse me ms. Santos, I need to check on the toilet ov hell before your appointment.” Is not a good thing to tell patients.

  • XBILEBEARDX

    This was very uninarchspiring

    • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

      Ha.

  • First off, when the hell did pea (peat?) coats become so popular? They have to be the most overrated, ugly, stupid, ugly, pointless, and ugly coat I have ever seen.

    Oh hey look at this coat for $199 !!!!
    http://content.nordstrom.com/imagegallery/store/product/large/4/_9710964.jpg

    Why not spend that $150 of the $200 on a pair of overalls that you know, you can actually use.
    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41UUM-RaqnL._SX342_.jpg

    Great uses for coveralls:
    1. Going sledding. You stay warm and relatively dry
    2. Changing the exhaust on your car in the winter. Again, warm and dry.
    3. Screwing with shit in your crawl space. WARM AND DRY.
    4. Staying warm and dry.

    THEN you can take that extra $50 and buy a new chain for chain saw, 2 new gallons of 94 octane fuel for your chain saw/2cycle oil, a new pair of work gloves, and STILL have enough money to buy a case of beer.

    Your welcome.

    GL

    • Relevant info thanks gl!

    • Maik Beninton
    • VVayne Brady

      Is this a serious post?

      • Yes.

        GL

        • VVayne Brady

          Because most people don’t work in an environment where they need coveralls. A nice looking pea coat (and yes, they are actually nice looking) is way more practical for people who live/work in an urban environment because they can be worn over business suits and tend to be warm.

          • This is a fair counter argument!

            Also, Zennith Passage is killing it. Nice write up JB!

            GL

          • VVayne Brady

            I was actually wishing I had a decent pea coat when I was in DC for the conference last month because I was dressed in business attire everyday, and it rained several days.

          • Although I have only presented at 2 conferences, I would totally take up a bet to present in full coveralls. Presentations are all about the content right? lol

            GL

          • Scrimm

            I used to wear coveralls. My uniform for my last job was shorts and a t shirt. Even as the boss 🙂

          • Any luck on the job front, buddy??

            GL

          • Scrimm

            A friend has some family that said they will make sure I get an interview with their company. I’m putting in the app today. It’s just for a grocery store but I can’t complain. I have to start over but it’s better than trying to go back to what I was doing. Pretty much renders all my training and education null, but a job is a job

          • That is great! Keep us in the know. Your luck has to turn around soon! Also, when I typed “around” I thought of this song. You like?

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u8teXR8VE4

            GL

          • Scrimm

            I sure did when I was a youngster before Maiden swooped in and changed everything. Ratt got unfairly shat on a lot.

          • KJM

            I liked ‘Out Of The Cellar’ back then but, except for ‘Wanted Man’, it hasn’t really held up for me over the years.

          • VVayne Brady

            That’s what’s up.

          • KJM

            And I don’t own a chain saw…

    • Based Tapir

      Why buy overalls when all you need is this?
      (Refresh for image)

    • KJM
    • more beer

      You could join the navy and they will give you a free pea coat.

  • RustyShackleford

    Me likes The Zenith Passage! Cosmic Dissonance is a damn fine album. Also that Ritual Aura track is bangin. Never heard of them before. Yep.

  • Jointsalot

    Beyond Creation parted ways with their bass player. Thats such a downer

  • Tina…The Brutal Fey

    Theoktony, The Ritual Aura (#stralia), Continuum and The Zenith Passage all to look forward to… My ears weep in anticipation/trepidation…

    • Lacertilian

      Ritual Aura eh?
      Might have to look into this.

      • Tina…The Brutal Fey

        Pretty sure they’re the only Tech Death band I’ve heard that uses a Chapman Stick.

        • Lacertilian

          Chapman stick just sounds dirty.