Tech Death Thursday: Vermingod and Pronostic

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The structural integrity of your face was spared last week. Let’s rectify that with double the tech.

First for some widdly tidbits:

  • Tech death heroes Vale of Pnath (which I steadfastly refuse to believe is pronounced any way other than “P-nath”) have launched a Kickstarter running for their second full length, complete with nerdtastic video. If the Guitar Pro tracks used in the video are indication, this album will be leagues ahead of their first in terms of songwriting.
  • Vipassi have a new song ready and waiting to caress your eager earholes.
  • Abhorrent’s Intransigence and Contrarian’s Polemic both dropped last Monday on Willowtip. Stop whatever you’re doing and go buy them.
  • This week on “Deathcore Bands That Don’t Suck,” we have Thirteen Bled Promises with The Black Legend. The band has grown a lot since 2012’s Heliopause Fleets, relying far less on br00tal breakdowns and bringing some nasty riffage to the table.
  • Ending Tyranny have released their sophomore effort, Evolution of Deceit. Also not for those averse to deathcore.
  • Milwaukee-based Khazaddum have emerged from their dwarven caverns with their Tolkien-inspired debut EP, In Dwarven Halls. It definitely sounds appropriately, uh, dwarfy with its use of timpanis, dirty production, and imposing harmonies. Plus, it’s name-your-price!
  • If your broke ass can’t afford all this sweet, sweet tech, don’t worry: Empirine has your back. The Vermilion King is much lighter (and probably more tasteful) than many of the bands featured here today, so if you’re looking for something proggy, synth-driven, and free, this is your album.
  • Spawning Abhorrence have announced the release of The Sleepless One for next year on Kings of Decay Records with a new single, “The Writhing Rhetoric.” Check it out here.
  • This next song is so tech it’s named after tech. Check out “Tech Death,” from Formless’s long-awaited Eon for the techest tech to ever arch a spire. (No, really- it’s actually really good)

Starting the subject line of your promo with “FFO: AllegaeonArsis” is a good way to get my undivided attention. When I hit play on An Atomic Decision, I was initially disappointed that it didn’t really resemble either of the former, but that disappointment faded quickly as it proved to be just as beastly. Pronostic play in the same field as Son of Aurelius, using their considerable technical skill to craft razor-sharp melodic death metal with equal degrees of style and substance. Each song is a veritable cornucopia of riffs; they rarely return to an idea, but remain cohesive by starting with a theme and building around it.

If I had to level one complaint against this album, it’s the lack of bass presence. While the other instruments each fit snugly together in the mix, the bass is disappointingly low. This isn’t something I’d normally bring up, but with this particular style of tech death, the bass has a lot of room to do some cool stuff. That potential is unfortunately squandered on this album, but I can see them bringing it forth in the future. Minor complaints aside, An Atomic Decision is an excellent album worthy of any tech- or melodeath-head’s time.


Up next we have Vermingod with Whisperer of the Abysmal Wisdom. In case the name didn’t give it away, these dudes are of a much darker persuasion than Pronostic. Whisperer oozes a thick Kronos vibe, with the same tightly honed brutality, and could have easily occupied a place in their discography between The Hellenic Terror and Arisen New Era. Though this is certainly brutal death, the hailstorm of blastbeats occasionally parts to unveil a pulverising groove. These moments are some of the most headbangable on the album, “Shades in my Sleep” and “Half A God” standing out in particular.

So there you have it; two great tastes that taste great together. Or something. If you like what you heard, be sure to check out Vermingod and Pronostic on Facebook and pick up their shit on Bandcamp. Your support keeps the machine turning. Until next time,

Stay Tech

  • Eliza

    This segment deepened my appreciation of Tech Death.

    • Guacamole Jim

      Handsome Spear certainly knows how to pick Tech Death that I find enjoyable.

      • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

        Hes a sexy one, for sure

        • Eliza

          Such sexy, much wonder.

      • Eliza

        I think that his picks are good as well. It’s the main reason why this is on of my favourite segments on this site.

    • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

      What are some good Romanian tech death bands? Or death metal bands in general.

      • Eliza

        I don’t of any Romanian tech death bands and I’ll do some research on that, but you can check out Bucovina. I like them a lot.

        • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

          I posted them a few weeks ago. Love ’em! More black and folk metal, but fucking awesome all the same!

          • Eliza

            I remember now. Cargo and Phoenix are two other very good bands. Not death metal, though. Trooper is also awesome.

          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

            I can show one band, but how close is Hungarian to Romanian?

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_7l1bLrejE

          • Eliza

            Very close. Transylvania was a part of Hungary until 1918. Actually, I live near the Romanian-Hungarian border.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Pronostic has some tight-ass grooves. You’re right about the bass presence, but the music is pree good!

  • Dubs

    Vermingod is p cool. Khazaddum is cool. Dwarf metal!

    • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

      *dorf

      Ftfy

        • 100% PURE BLACKBEARD

          Thats racist

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          What the hell is this?

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Obsolete humor

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I don’t get how this is humorous in any way whatsoever.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            You would.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I just don’t get the humor behind it.

          • it was a simpler time, homie

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            It must have been.

          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

            If you don’t find midgets funny, you have no soul.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            I don’t get it.

          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

            What next? You’re tell me Ernest and Gallagher weren’t funny?

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Gallagher is funny thoigh.

          • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts
        • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

          Dear god, I actually remember that film! And pretty much everything Dorf did. (secretly adding it to my queue of films to watch again, and probably order)

        • JWEG

          One year as a kid I decided to take (group) golf lessons through the local Rec Center.

          The instructor blew an entire session on “Dorf on Golf”.

    • tertius_decimus

      Never gets old.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      So much mugging

  • Spear
    • forgiven, handsome spear

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      I was just about to burn yer arse for this. With a swift strike you have redeemed yourself, but considers this not over.

      • Spear

        I have long accepted that I will meet my end being mauled by one of your cohorts.

  • Khazaddum sounds great, aside the awesome lyrical content, the music kick ass and it have blasts and shit. I’m sold, I will try to doomload this one.

    *starting to make sacrifices to the Internetz Godz so the doomload doesn’t stop in the middle*

    I’m listening Pronostic too. The melodic riffing is right up in the Link’s Alley. Sadly the production is kinda flat, but the song-writing is +++.

    • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

      Production on that one sounded good to me, but then again it’s most likely in MP3 format.

  • JWEG

    A good representation of my TDT spirit-animal:

    http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_liyk04kdvh1qanr6lo1_400.gif

    • Spear
    • COAL ROLL

      I just watched my neighbor’s dog chase its tail for 10 minutes and I
      thought to myself, “Wow dogs are easily entertained” Then I realized, I
      just watched my neighbor’s dog chase its tail for 10 minutes

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        100/10, would watch.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Awww. That kitty is adorable.

      • JWEG

        [NB: to be read while imagining an Australian accent]
        That’s not an Adorable Kitty, THIS is an Adorable Kitty.

        Side note: I’m actually disappointed my sister didn’t think to name her ‘Nermal’. Generational difference, I guess…

        • Awww. That kitty is adorable.

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          Awwwwwwww.

  • tertius_decimus

    Vipassi’s fretless bass FTW! Variability of moods and melodies within one composition makes me feel good. In most cases technical death lags behind early works in the genre in songwriting. Being technical is good but being interesting and listenable is much better. This band is worthy to be heard.

    • Yea even though I don’t normally go for instrumental stuff, I’m eagerly anticipating that one.

      • tertius_decimus

        I love instrumental better.

  • Abe Vigoda’s Ghost Farts

    Pronostic’s intro into the second song = fucking awesome! #ButtOfficiallySlicedOff

    • CyberneticOrganism

      I… don’t hate this

    • Hold up, is this synth tech or…what is this? Do I like this? What is life?

    • tertius_decimus

      Skwisgaar Skwigelf on the gee-tar.

  • Vale of Pnath’s Prodigal Empire is my favorite Tech Death album ever. Also is it not pronounced that way?

    • Vale of Fnaf

      • welp gues im gonnna pronounce them and Allegaeon wrong for enternity

        • on the topic of wrong pronunciations, make sure to sound like a pirate every time you say “Arsis”

        • Dubs

          Uhleejuhn.

    • Spear

      They’ll tell you it’s pronounced “nahth.” Don’t believe them.

  • Stockhausen

    Curse you my school for blocking Bandcamp. I’d like to weedle these deedles.

  • Waynecro

    Another killer Tech Death Thursday, Spear! Thanks oodles. My dog and I are raging hard to that Vermingod. I backed the shit out of the new Vale of Pnath album. I WANT A SHIRT WITH A LOGO NO ONE CAN READ AND A BAND NAME NO ONE CAN PRONOUNCE!!!