Tech Death Thursday: Vimana

All aboard the magical flying pyramid! It’s Tech Death Thursday!

Behold:

  • The Zenith Passage have stopped teasing us and finally gave us a new track. Turn your ears towards “Holographic Principle II: Convergence” for magical space music.
  • If that one was a bit too nice and/or clean for you, worry not; Wormed have also graced us with a new track. Check out “Pseudo-Horizon” right here and look for Krighsu on March 18th.
  • Weirdly-named Parasite of Human Side have an album coming out on the 25th, entitled Constellations. This one might tide you over until the new Vale of Peenath comes out; give “Obsolescence Serenade” a listen to see what I mean.
  • More new Obscura, and it’s an odd one to be sure. Fountainhead’s fretless guitar work is in full force on this one, and of the three tracks revealed so far, it has my favorite riffs by a long shot. Check it out at MetalSucks.
  • Weekly reminder that Brain Drill is still a thing.

Ah, who am I kidding? I harp on Brain Drill all the time, but the fact of the matter is I love them for what they do. They were Archspire before Archspire was Archspire, dragging tech death as far down the rabbit hole as they could. The difference is that Brain Drill doesn’t try to be tasteful in their songwriting; it’s all speed for speed’s sake, and they do it unabashedly. It’s borderline unlistenable, excessive in a genre about excess, and it’s perfect the way it is. With that, I give you: Vimana.

Featuring current and former members of Cephalic CarnageVale of Pnpaptph, and, uh, Swashbuckle, Vimana are another of those bands that takes the genre to its logical extreme. They occupy a space between the aforementioned Archspire and Brain Drill; they tend to err on the side of good taste, but they aren’t afraid to stray into full-on wank territory. “Resent Complacency” and “The Walking Plague” both are savage riff-driven tunes, and “Fire Is Born” is a creeping progressive piece, but “Destroy Industry” sounds like somebody tossed a guitar in a blender and hit record. It’s propelled forth by brain-bending tapping leads and jolts you around with sudden tempo changes and an awkward riff played using a killswitch instead of picking/strumming/what have you. It’s the audio equivalent of a Tilt-A-Whirl.

I know that doesn’t sound like a winning endorsement, but trust me; if you have any stomach for pure instrumental showmanship, it’s absolutely sublime. It’s a wonder that this sort of thing can be played accurately in the first place, and if you can keep up, you’ll notice there is coherency in the chaos. Though I doubt all but the tr00est of tech nerds will dive into The Collapse, it’s a beautiful storm should you choose to weather it.

If you like what you heard, check out Vimana on their Facebook and give them some monies at the Bandcamp link above. Until next time,

Stay Tech

  • Guppusmaximus

    First! Just kidding *smirk*

    • Spear

      The genre has been slowly changing over time. If nothing else, I feel like the next Obscura album will be a game changer.

      And if you want jazzy tech RIGHT THE FUCK NOW, there’s always Beyond Creation and A Novelist.

      • Guppusmaximus

        Thanks for the heads up! I’ll have to check those out…

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        I remember A Novelist from reading this site!

        • Spear

          <3

  • COAL ROLL

    anywhere else to listen to that Obsucura besides the site you linked?

    • Spear

      Metal Injection might have it too, but y’know.

      • COAL ROLL

        even worse!

      • Isn’t that just the bottom feeder site of Metalfucks?

        • Spear

          Pretty much, yeah.

      • more beer

        Nice showing Vimana some love I have turned a few people here on to them in the last couple of months. They absolutely tear it up live. I am going to go see them again on the 29th with Cephalic Carnage. I am not just saying that because a couple of them are friends of mine. But because they are that good.

        • You said they have new thing on the way right? I like thing!

          • more beer

            Yes they are working on new stuff.

          • ..

          • more beer

            I am seeing them on the 29th. I will ask Zac about what’s going on and when to expect it that night.

      • COAL ROLL

        Thanks JB

      • COAL ROLL

        yeah this is cool

      • Ohhh…

        I liek.

        (but I miss Jeroen).

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Now this doesn’t sound half bad. But dammit, they need to annihilate that robotic Cynic-like voice. I just can’t make it through any Cynic album just because of those vocals. No matter how refined the instrumentation is.

        • Cynic <<<<<<<<<<<<<

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I tried to listen to their albums time and time again. But those vocals just kill everything for me.

          • Terrible.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Absolutely cringeworthily terrible.

          • @disqus_9CmX83EGqz:disqus and i are gonna beat u up

          • Can’t wait.

          • apology accepted

  • I wonder how many technicians die from tech related deaths each year. Hmmm.

  • Dubs

    I’d give Stockhausen’s left kidney for a new Cephalic Carnage LP.

    • How generous!

      • more beer

        At least it was a kidney and not his liver.

    • more beer

      You won’t have donate Stocky’s left kidney. I was hanging out with Lenzig last Friday night at Black Sky Brewery. I asked him what was up with new music. He told me they have some new songs and are working on others. That they were taking their time because this next album is their last one with Relapse. That they want to make sure it is an incredible album.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        This might be the best news I’ve heard all week.

        • Dubs

          You said it, Frank!

          • more beer

            My pleasure guys.

      • Awesome. Thanks for the info, man!

        • more beer

          No problem Link.

  • Sorry this is totally unrelated, but work deadlines have been holding all my time up during the day, so just wanted to post that I’m (hopefully) seeing this in two days assuming the weather doesn’t shit on me.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7L8vBfbW40

    • Spear

      Weather shits. Damn skyarrhea.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      I’m dying for snow out here. I want a blizzard of Blashyrkean proportions.

      • Fuck, I think the storm is barely going to miss me.

        • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

          Theyre talking about us getting 5-8in now

          • That’s what they are saying for us now. 3-8 or something like that, that’s nothing.

          • LVL 10 BLACKBEARD

            I want the void to fall upon this place. I dont have to work this weekend

          • My invocation to the Snow Daemons worked! Boston will get next to nothing(so they say).

          • more beer

            We have been getting beaten up here so far this winter. I am good with it being on the east coast this time.

          • Janitor Jim Duggan

            Same with my area.

      • Forever enshrouded within your frozen and frostbitten kingdom

        • CyberneticOrganism

          Always. Plus I have snowshoes I wanna try out.

  • I’m hoping the best with this Obscura album, Spear!

    • Spear

      Me too! It’s sounding really good so far.

  • Brain Drill makes my ears puke

    • Spear

      Mine too, but in a good way.

    • Sir Tapir The Based

      Tech Death makes my ears puke

  • Eliza

    Vimana is the best thing I heard today. Thanks Spear!

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Yep, good stuff.

      • Eliza

        Very good stuff.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          And usually I’m not a big fan of the modern overly techy death stuff (when it comes to tech death I’m more of a Gorguts, 90’s era Death and Ulcerate fan). But this actually as a good and much needed dose of agression.

          • Eliza

            You’re right. It’s not overly violent and aggressive, hitting just the right balance.

          • more beer

            I am not either. But when it is done well I like it.

          • Ulcerate >>>>>>>>>>

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Death metal bands with abstract riffing make my mouth water. Gorguts, Ulcerate, Immolation, Suffocation, old Morbid Angel…YUM!

        • more beer

          You should see them live. They are ridiculously good.

          • Eliza

            If I’ll ever have the opportunity, I won’t miss them.

          • more beer

            Like them I live in Denver so I get to see the whenever they play. One of the members is a friend. I always go out and support my friend band.

          • Eliza

            Cool!

    • Will check it out after my weekly anger-relief courtesy of Carnage.

    • Spear

      I aim to please!

      • Eliza

        You hit the bullseye this week!

  • If you are based in Lithuania you should attend this.

    http://i.imgur.com/IctTotV.jpg

  • …When did Archspire try to be tasteful with ANYTHING?

  • Stanley

    Here’s some tech death that I can get behind. It’s monstrous.

    https://hellsheadbangers.bandcamp.com/track/absolute-metal

    • I’m no techdeathologist, but this is the opposite of tech death.

      • Shrimp in a Pizza Box

        Good music?

        AYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

    • Oh damn, this is rockin.

    • Count_Breznak

      That’s tech cheese.

      • Stanley

        Eugh, Absolute Metaaaaaallllll.

    • Bossicus thee Rossicus

      I saw this on your bandcamp. Pretty jamming.

      • Stanley

        Yep. I pre-ordered the green/oxblood vinyl.

        • Bossicus thee Rossicus

          I think i might have to as well. The band sounds good and that vinyl sounds pretty bad ass.

  • Waynecro

    I’m pretty psyched about all these albums–even Brain Drill’s. Following the utter destruction of my pancreas, a quack doctor conducting research at the hospital I was in equipped me with an experimental technology that enables me to derive energy from musical notes; therefore, Brain Drill is like rocket fuel for me.

    • Slow down, sir! You’re going to give yourself skin failure!

      • Waynecro

        That’s a risk I’m willing to take!