Tech Death Thursday: Virial


Today on Tech Death Thursday, we face the mind-crushing vastness of the cosmos with Virial!

Let’s get some news out of the way first:

  • Obscura unveiled the secret behind the countdown that started on their homepage last week: another countdown. My new theory is that this is simply a clock that counts down to the end of the week and will continue to reset every Sunday until time ends.
  • Former Vale of Pnath vocalist Stevie Boiser has joined Tethys, whose first single can be heard here. I feel like I’ve been making comparisons to Inferi a lot lately, but this very much resembles the songwriting on Path of Apotheosis, from the piano intro to the arpeggiated riffs to the super fast tapping bits.
  • Kardashev are streaming Peripety in full at HBIH, which several Toileteers have described as sounding like The Flesh Prevails minus the production woes. Get on that.
  • The Zenith Passage have posted some studio footage from the recording sessions of their new album. If that’s your thing, take a looksie right here.
  • Maestros of mindfuckery Coma Cluster Void have a new song streaming at No Clean Singing. Look for Mind Cemeteries to be out sometime next year.
  • Do you like tech? How about brutal death? Epitasis asks, “Why not both?” Why not both, indeed. Check out “The Silence of Extinction” on their Bandcamp page and keep an eye out for the rest of Decimation of Gaia later this month.
  • Following the incarceration of Youri Raymond, Killitorous have brought on Mathieu Dhani on vocals until Youri is released. I don’t know much about Dhani, but he seems to be sufficiently brutal. He will be debuting with the band on their upcoming tour with Erimha this November and December.

It seems that the infinite depth of outer space will never cease to be a wellspring of tech death subject matter. From The Faceless to Decrepit Birth to Alkaloid, it seems that every band who’s flirted with the genre has looked to the sky for inspiration at one time or another. This isn’t without reason; besides the wealth of subject matter it provides (alien invasion, the birth of the universe, space exploration), the universe’s enigmatic nature creates a perfect backdrop for a genre that is based on pushing the boundaries of metal musicianship.

Italy’s Virial are the latest in the long line of tech death artists to tap into that inspiration. I usually expect younger bands like this to be pure Obscura worship (they covered “Anticosmic Overload” on their demo, for Christ’s sake), but while there’s some of that present on Organic Universe, I was surprised at the somewhat harsher take on the same sound. Opening track “Coincidence of Existence” and closers “Viminas” and “The Ultimate Fate,” with their lightning guitar harmonies and weird counterpoints, bear the closest resemblance to Germany’s premier tech band; however the majority of the album brings Alustrium to mind. The riffs are similarly vicious, and the drums bring plenty of groove between streams of blastbeats. There’s a lot of cool stuff happening with the bass, too. While I’m not terribly keen on the tone, there are some clever passages on “Calculated Genetic Selection” and “Close Encounters” that add to the alien vibe. The album is equal parts gut-punching rage and technical prowess and is better for it.

Organic Universe is available now; as always, check out the band on Facebook if you like what you heard here.

Until next time,

Stay Tech

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  • Vote for Jeb

    I’m far less into tech death than I used to be, but “Doctrine of Genesis” is scratching a weird itch.

  • JWEG

    I say it in some way or other every week, but Tech Death Thursday makes my only-early-workday each week bearable.

    …this and lots of coffee, in fairness. But once I have had both I’m good to go for the rest of the day.

    • Spear

      I feel you. Weedlies and near-fatal amounts of caffeine are my lifeblood.

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain


      • Yeah no shit. Some incredible drum work as well.
        Brandon Thomas was a beast.

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Yeah, no shit! Love his drums on The Dying Light’s first album.

          • Shit, that’s one band I really have not dug into. I’ll make sure to check that album out.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            The first one is better than the second one. Survival Guide to the Apocalypse.

          • Noted!

  • CyberneticOrganism

    I’m waiting for the SunnO)))-esque space lyrics band that takes advantage of the stretched time scales and makes 3 hour droning songs.

    • I too cannot wait to not listen to that.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        It’s workin’ music

      • Imagine that…

        Sunn O))) ft. Par Oloffson.

        • Based Potoo

          But I like Sunn O))) and don’t like Par Oloffson :[

    • Vote for Jeb

      This is the closest I’ve found.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        RIP crushed dick. Hey those guys aren’t too far from me.

      • CyberneticOrganism


        • Vote for Jeb

          Hahaha, is this on that label? I hadn’t seen it yet.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Yeah saw it at the bottom

          • Vote for Jeb

            Imma check it out (and maybe mini-review).

        • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

          Didn’t they tour with Cockgrabber?

        • Abe Vigoda’s Oily Stool Sample

          Subtle, yet sophisticated.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    That breakdown around 2:20ish can fuck off.

  • I’m checking Kardashev. It’s not that bad, Spear! The bassist is good and uses a fretless.

    • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

      ^^^This. Go to here now.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Those are some seriously German names. Opening track reminded me of this:

      • Vote for Jeb

        Too bad this band jumped the shark on Flesh is Heir.

    • more beer

      That shit is sick just listened to it.

  • Guppusmaximus

    “It seems that the infinite depth of outer space will never cease to be a wellspring of tech death subject matter.”

    Well, if “singing” about real impending doom and utter death & destruction is the basis for most Death Metal then The Universe definitely offers the best subject matter. It surpasses a mere mortal’s experience of death on such a massive level. Seriously, when the Sun explodes because its life as a star is over then whose going to survive that brutal shit?! Never mind the fact that outer space is not an inhabitable environment for the Human species without Science / Technology and this genre wouldn’t survive without computers, amirite?! I mean, what measly human could replace EZDrummer?

    • CyberneticOrganism

      We are not meant for space, and will perish in the void

      • Guppusmaximus

        I’m not sure what you meant by using the term ‘meant’ though. It could be construed, historically & presently, that we aren’t really “meant” for this planet either – Roughly 90% inhabitable aka The Ocean, Natural Disasters reek havoc on what’s left, Wildlife isn’t necessarily friendly, Diseases, Birth Defects, our species evolved into an inferior machine to survive Nature,etc.

        It took us millions of years to finally & imperfectly adapt and survive in our “natural” surroundings,so, it doesn’t surprise me that Mars would present similar problems for our species. But, that doesn’t mean I want to move to Mars, either 🙂

    • Abe Vigoda’s Oily Stool Sample

      Moonsorrow’s ‘V: Hävitetty’ was exactly about that, actually (a man watching the sun as it dies).

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    For second I got excited at the news of new Epistasis, but upon further review I noticed the slight spelling difference (EpiStasis vs. Epitasis) and now I’m sad ?.
    Check out Epistasis if you haven’t yet, especially if you like awesome progressive BM that’s a bit dissonant and skronky, yet also just fucking rocks!!

  • Waynecro

    Thanks for another kick-ass Tech Death Thursday. This shit always makes my day.