Tech Death Thursday: Vacuus


Prepare to have your minds blown: this tech death album cover features gold shit flying through space. It’s Tech Death Thursday, and we’re listening to Vacuus!

First, the news:

  • Some guys called Intonate came out of nowhere (read: Montreal) and dropped some weird death metal on us. As Dubbbz pointed out, The Swerve sounds like someone took Gorguts and old Cynic and mashed them together somewhat haphazardly, but the result is still pretty awesome. Props to Jack Bauer for finding these dudes in the first place.
  • Speaking of awesome debuts, The Odious Construct just released their self-titled EP over the weekend, and I’d be featuring it today were it a bit longer. I need more! Check it out for some excellent synthy tech.
  • Monumental Torment also released an EP over the weekend, and while the music itself is quite good, its production is headache inducing. I’d still recommend it to the most tech-hardened listeners, but prepare yourself for what is quite possibly the worst drum sound ever.
  • After several months of delays, Heresy Denied has finally released Innerception. Give it a listen if you like your melodeath more on the technical side.
  • Serpentspire, who I covered on my very first Tech Death Thursday, are re-releasing The Cosmic Throne with their new lineup and improved production. You can stream their revamped debut over at No Clean Singing.
  • In much shittier news, Arkaik had a significant amount of gear stolen from their practice space last week… right before a tour. The band has started a fundraiser to help replace their equipment; head here if you want to donate.

It occurred to me that I’ve been talking about a lot of modern-sounding bands lately on TDT, so it’s time to mix things up a little. Let me introduce you to Vacuus. They’re a new band, yes, but their sound is firmly rooted in the past, sharing much more in common with Atheist or Cynic than the likes of Archspire or Obscura. It’s a refreshing change of pace in a genre that is becoming increasingly homogenized, even if the band doesn’t bring the genre to any new places themselves.

Of course, you don’t have to break boundaries to make good music, and Vacuus are damn good at what they do. Their attack is vicious, coming in at odd angles with a continually shifting form. The amorphous song structure and pseudo-melodic approach to songwriting are reminiscent of their predecessors, but they play with the focus and drive of a modern band. What really gets me about Vacuus’ music is that they seem to have actually learned from the past; they feel like they’ve built on the foundation laid for them rather than simply reflected it. As I said, it’s not really anything new, but it feels like a culmination of sorts. I feel like the modern landscape of technical death metal would look a lot more like this if the anomaly that is Necrophagist hadn’t been introduced.

If there’s any one part of Eternal Continuum Hallucination that feels contemporary, it’s the guitar solos. They tend to be much more melodic than the tracks behind them, with plenty of legato runs and harmonized passages offsetting the general ugliness of the sound. It’s an interesting dichotomy that works surprisingly well, and while there aren’t a lot of solos, they offer a welcome (if bizarre) reprieve from the album’s steady assault.

All in all, this is a fantastic effort from a new band. It does more than simply offer a nostalgia trip; it shows that there are still ways that the genre can grow and flourish. Eternal Continuum Hallucination is out now and can be picked up at their Bandcamp page, with physical versions coming sometime in the near future. Vacuus is also on Facebook; stop by their page and tell them to jump in the Toilet. They might not understand, but they’ll learn. That’s all for this week, folks; until next time,

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  • Dubbbz

    I’m digging Vacuus, my dude.

  • Joaquin Stick

    Enjoying Intonate so far. I’m not exactly sure how to pay with an autoCAD drawing, but they are only asking for one CAD or more, which seems super generous.

    • I dunno dude. I spent like an entire semester working on a drawing of a screw jack. I’d rather just give them SEKs

      • Dubbbz

        you’re a trollop.

        • Joaquin Stick

          No, hes a prostitute, paying with seks.

      • As someone who spends 40% of my time doing drawings for parts, I can appreciate your comment.


    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      Draftsight is way better.

  • Abradolf Lincler

    this Vacuuumus isnt terble

  • Heliocrat

    Haven’t been here for a long while now and haven’t been paying too much attention to new releases. Can anyone suggest me the best records of 2016 so far?
    I’ve enjoyed Inverloch, Gevurah, Vektor, Kringa, Voidnaga, Zhrine, Oranssi Pazuzu, Irkallian Oracle, Howls of Ebb.

    Gimme some nasty Death and Black metal suggestions please, folks!

    • Abradolf Lincler

      some Toilet favs: Skaphe, Nadra, Hostium, Ihsahn, Uada, just to name a couple

    • BobLoblaw

      Shrine of insanibilis, Geryon and Enthean come to mind.

    • do a Toilet search for “cavernous”

      • Heliocrat

        Thanks for the tip Bozo, but I’m trying to do as little work as possible,

        • all right, i can’t tell if you’re being serious or not. so i present two options:
          A) you’re being serious. if so, this site posts quality content on a daily basis, it’s not difficult to sift through it yourself. no need for name calling.
          B) you’re joking around. in this case i was humorously making a reference to the fact that almost all high quality music coming out contains the descriptor “cavernous”.

          • Heliocrat

            Two things:
            I was joking, and I did as you said, thanks for the suggestion.

          • we have survived this miscommunication unscathed!

          • Heliocrat


          • RJA

            I enjoy your new “option” format of commenting.

          • i’m taking this stuff way too seriously.

    • Also… Ifrinn, Cadaveric Fumes, Paroxsihzem, Withered, Ritual Chamber, Cave Man Cult, Gateway, Goath, Gutter Instinct, Voidnaga, Eggs of Gomorrh, Ululatum Tollunt, Draped Urn, Autokrator, Blood Chalice, and Goathammer.

      • RJA

        That Eggs of Gomorrh is pretty sweet – can’t say I’m too fond of the band name though. I’m sure I listened to that on a “tyree bought albums” recommendation so thanks.

      • Eating Frisbees In Pyongyang

        Gutter Instinct is definitely tops!

      • RJA

        Oh shit – this Draped Urn is oppressive! Listening right now and digging quite a bit – NYP on bandcamp also.

    • Eating Frisbees In Pyongyang
    • Owlswald

      Not all Death and Black Metal but Abbath, Ripper, Entheos, Borknagar, In Mourning, and Gorguts are a few of my favorites so far.

    • CyberneticOrganism
    • Eating Frisbees In Pyongyang

      As far as death metal, this one definitely comes to mind for the best of 2016.

    • Chthe’ilist, Nucleus, Zealotry, ufonaut, ragehammer, I’d give you links, but I’m on mobile because my PC but the dust yesterday.

      • Heliocrat

        No need for links, that I can handle myself.
        Thanks for the tips!

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      Destroyer 666

  • The description sounds interesting. Atheist were a big factor in getting me into death metal in the first place, so I feel like I should check this out.

    But I left my headphones at home today and I kind of just want to die.

  • Eating Frisbees In Pyongyang

    Definitely sensing some Suffocation influence on this one.

    • pick one:
      A) welcome to the toilet
      B) if you are who i think you are, then NOICE avatar and name!

      • Dubbbz

        It’s KJU

        • that was my B

        • Eating Frisbees In Pyongyang

          No, it’s Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Mr. Former President Of Best America.

      • Eating Frisbees In Pyongyang

        B. *takes a bow*

        • Joaquin Stick

          Is this some Dark Tower shit?!?!

          • Eating Frisbees In Pyongyang

            What’s Dark Tower?

        • Count_Breznak

          CRAB BATTLE ?!

          • Eating Frisbees In Pyongyang

            Yepper. And they’re creeping up on him, reaching speeds of 0.000005 miles per hour.

        • JWEG

          Crabs are one thing. Crabs possessed by ancient samurai warriors, though, are a whole ‘nother level:

  • Hans Müller

    Baalsebub would like a word with you regarding shitty drum sound.

    Anyway, this tech stuff is still proving too nerdy for me. Back to that Dungeon Synth.

  • Waynecro

    I’m really digging The Odious Construct. Thanks, Spear!

    • Spear

      I’m really looking forward to a full album from those guys.

  • I’m digging this Vacuun, oh mighty one! Thanks for your neverending source of killer recs!

  • tertius_decimus


  • Count_Breznak

    From that song id go with “Dim Mak and Malignancy” instead of “Atheist and Cynic”

    • Spear

      Yeah, that’s probably a better comparison. JB pointed out some Origin similarities as well.

      • Count_Breznak

        The bassdrum sounds very longstreth-y.