TovH Exclusive – ‘The Producer Series’: Pt. 6 – Brutal Death Metal

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Today our mysterious producer teaches you the secrets of slam.

Want to record that perfect take? Write the riff to crush all genitalia? Get that perfect drum tone? Need album direction ideas? Well today we have something extra special for all you aspiring musicians, the Producer Series. This exclusive to TovH will put you in touch with one of the leading names in metal production today, helping you get the edge over the endless stream of new bands/artists all seeking those sweet yet ever-dwindling record deal dollars. Last time we spoke, B.S gave us the insider tips on how to get inside the 1’s and 0’s with Djent. Here in the sixth installment, he’s going to slam down a big mug of brootuhl.

So far we’ve sent your riffing into outer-space with Tech-Death, got you in touch with nature with all things Atmospheric, helped you create the harshest of Noise, blazed through Stoner metal and helped you become a proper Djentleman/woman. Once again, due to contractual obligations and other such legal restrictions imposed by those pesky record labels and other suit-wearing corporate scum, we’re not allowed to officially name the producer we’ve been in contact with. So for the purposes of this series, they’ll be referred to by their initials, B.S. I’m sure some of you who are more knowledgeable in the music industry have already worked out who it is, but for those who haven’t, let’s just say they’re a pretty big deal, having worked across a couple of decades, covered a plethora of sub-genres and collected ideas from all aspects of the music industry. What matters here for us though, is that we’ve got exclusive access to their insights and tips on how to breecome the most brutal band of all time and write the most punishing slamz ever conceived.


A. Buy An Old Medical Textbook

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You’ll need it. For your song names, lyrical concepts and even band name, you’ll need a solid grounding in fancy medical jargon. I know what you’re thinking – “learning stuff isn’t brutal.” Rest easy, you don’t have to actually learn medicine. All you really need is the index. If you’re really fussy, you can check the glossary to make sure that they’re actual things. Look for long complicated words and combine them, simple as that. If you find some action shots of surgery or some obscure skin disorder in passing, by all means use them in the album booklet, but for the most part, all you need is the lexicon. Contrary to what some say about brutal death metal being thematically played-out and lacking in innovation, I think the genre is literally writhing with vigour and youthful zest. Look at the news; practically every week a new disease is being discovered. Viruses mutate. Prions… do prion stuff. Point is, you’ll never run out of new and interesting material to write about. Inside the illustrious confines of medicine, brutal death metal will remain perpetually virulent.

B. Choose Your Direction

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This is generally the most important decision a Brutal Death Metal band will ever make. This choice will not only define your album, but it will define your career path. We know the music must be brutal and/or slamming, that’s a given. To make it in this genre you’ll have to pick a direction between splattering everything in blood or diverging down the path of spiky alien landscapes. Now I know what you’re thinking. Pointy-stuff? Aliens? That’s tech-death territory! Did I mention purple? No. Not purple, not tech. Think brown. Remember though, you won’t be able to afford the luxury of having a Dan Seagrave masterpiece crafted just for your album this early in your career, or maybe ever. So if you aren’t confident in your ability to source a contorting spiked brown hell, don’t feel down; simply get the red out and splat it over that unique corpse-looking thing your guitarist sketched from his cool horror poster until you’ve made it truly original. Also, if on the extremely rare chance that the cover appears to look similar to another band’s, just include a sewer or toilet.

AB. Be Surgical

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You want to be brutal? You have to be surgical. Your riffing must have the precision of tech-death, without those wussy weedlies and deedlies of course. The palm muting must be so tight that your listener actually feels tight around the throat. If your hand technique isn’t strong enough to choke, turn on the backup noise gates and chuck on extra compression. Your drummer must match the intensity put forth by your guitarists. To round out the rhythm section, the bass must be in complete unmoving unison with the guitars. Everything must be rigid and exact. What’s the best way to reinforce this precision? To have stark contrast. Juxtapose this meticulous rigour with a sloppy piccolo snare (or two) and have your vocalist try their best to emulate the sound of a septic tank gurgling (sewerage=filthy, filth=brutal). But apart from those two completely minor sonic details, everything else must be surgically performed and recorded, because as we all know, nothing is more brutal than complex medical procedures.

O. Dismiss Other Genres

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There’s a reason you’re into brutal death metal, and you’ve known it for quite some time. Ever since metal began some half a century ago, things have been progressively getting more and more heavy. You’re just simply ahead of the pack. You’re just more metal. People who are still languishing in the long forgotten doldrums of standard, non-brutal death metal will eventually realise the error of their ways. Those pussies who diverged down the purple path after watching Avatar too much (more than once) and formed tech-death only did so because they don’t have what it takes to slam. And deathcore? HAH, don’t even start. Basically, everyone else is a a giant sissy who just can’t handle the sheer brutality. Easiest way to spot these posers is to ask them to tell you the difference between slamming BDM and brutal slamz. If they can’t do that simple task, they just aren’t as metal as you and are frankly unworthy of your time.


Previously in the Producer Series – 

Tech Death
Atmospheric Metal
Noise
Stoner Metal
Djent


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  • Spear

    Not gonna lie, section AB made me want to listen to brutal death for the rest of the day. Thanks, BS!

    • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

      Is None So Vile brutal or tech? According to BS, it has too many weedlies but with its popping snare tone and slamming riffs, it could be brutal.

      • Zeke

        I always considered that album technical death grind. not “tech” though. back then technical meant complex riffing without actually weedling and deedling (think early cryptopsy, deeds of flesh, mortal decay)

        • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

          I like what I’m reading, Zeke.

          • Zeke

            word. like as an example, I would consider old deeds of flesh to be as technical as it gets. but when I saw them play, the guitarist only had the top 4 strings on his guitar. no weedles or deedles, he just shredded the shit out of his bottom strings

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            That’s pretty freaking awesome.

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        Slit Your Guts is genuinely physically painful to play, so I guess that’s pretty brutal.

        • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

          I can only imagine.

      • i think at some point we have to realize that genre labels exist simply for convenience. AKA what “gets the listener in the door”

        • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

          Most definitely.
          I was just playing with the article.

          • dang it, i always do this!
            *accepts crotch kick from Bt”H”R*

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            *Refuses to deliver pain to fellow toileteer

  • It’s all about dat tight ass snare bitches. Ya know wat I’n saying?

    http://www.obsceneextreme.cz/content/gallery//OEF2014/02/EPICARDIECTOMY/d0911_187.JPG

  • Rob M

    I thought “O” was just part of Heavy metal 101

  • Fuck, Lizard. I’m with Spear this one. I just want to listen Suffocation, jajajaja!

    Great feature. Thanks for reminding me that the other genres sucks.

    • Scrimm

      So good. Looking forward to more from them

    • BobLoblaw

      Didnt know they were still around.

      • Scrimm

        Just reformed recently

        • BobLoblaw

          Nice, I remember them being pretty sweet.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    *breeeeeeeeeeeee*

  • Defeated Sanity master race

  • Dubs
    • Lacertilian

      That clean guitar tone is pretty cool.
      Also, they got dem brownz.

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        I can give you some brownz.

        • Lacertilian

          Kinky.

        • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

  • Dubs

    Based on his use of “sewerage,” I’m guessing B.S. is Australian. Or British. Or Canadian.

    • Lacertilian

      Oh, that’s my fault. Just a simple transcribing error from our phone convo.

  • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

    These keep getting better and better.

    https://youtu.be/ppYmVe4S3U8

  • Scrimm

    Doesn’t get much better than this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-8YqQLHpbE

    • Lacertilian

      I watched this jaw agape last time you showed me but I’ll be damned if I didn’t just watch the whole thing again. Australia done right.

  • Waynecro

    Another work of pure genius. Thanks, lizardbro!

  • In some cases you need like 4 singers and have the other guys do mosh moves behind you when they are not singing.

    http://youtu.be/bp1R7VWnzm4

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    You forgot to specify if the blood was positive or negative.

    • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

      It’s brutal death, the negative is a given

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        I should have guessed.

      • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

        Is it……………………. *puts on shades*………….

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFwYJYl5GUQ

        • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

          I thought about making a Type O Negative joke…. good man.

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            Lol, I couldn’t resist the low hanging fruit. :-p

  • 365ChaosRiddenDays

    4:30 minutes of satisfaction before the inevitable explosion of your skull: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCN7jP5j1CM

  • Scrimm

    My favorite recent slam release. Ridiculous but I love it. https://rottenmusic.bandcamp.com/album/the-6-level-purge

    • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

      I haven’t listened yet, but by just looking at that page i can tell they followed all the rules.

      • Scrimm

        It’s pretty sludgy. Love the guitar sound, at least for this type of stuff.

        • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

          I will check it out.

        • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

          So much sluuuuudgggeee. They nail the septic tank gurgle vocals.

          • Scrimm

            Yeah like I said, ridiculous

    • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns
      • Scrimm

        A little. haven’t checked the whole album yet

  • Zeke

    this was my shit when I was in high school
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo1GmtPTx4A

  • DVRKBEVRD

    now, im not saying i was into this band, or that i still own a hoodie, but they were pretty dope live with Cannibal Corpse and Dying Fetus
    https://youtu.be/lpkjLHtylu0

    • Zeke

      I loved used to love the choking on bile demo

    • DVRKBEVRD

      or the album all brutal death metallers should aspire to:
      https://youtu.be/AZUH8IR8L2Q

      • Waynecro

        MORTICIAN!!! Though I do get tired of having to skip all the needlessly long song intros.

        • DVRKBEVRD

          why are you skipping them?

          • Waynecro

            Because I came to rock, not to listen to a bunch of samples from horror movies.

          • J Pop Power Metal Hot Buns

            Because that’s what kills most of their albums. Needless horror movie samples are best left to old school industrial bands.

      • more beer

        What is really brutal is the way they got out of their contract with Relapse. I was told the story by both of them. All I will say is it involved a hammer and a lot of threats. I really can’t believe they didn’t go to jail for it.

        • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

          Story?

          • more beer

            It was told to me in confidence. I will keep it that way. Use your imagination.

    • Scrimm

      Some good music in there. I wish the genre would grow up a little though as far as subject matter.

      • DVRKBEVRD

        lost cause, i think.

      • Stockhausen

        YEAH BUT TUFF

  • Why are some people getting their panties in a wad over a new Metallica album in the year 2016? Not like it’s gonna be any good.

    • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

      Hey man, Metallica is the greatest heavy metal band of all time, this album will be so heavy my head will explode with ectasy… oh wait, for a second there I forgot I had decent taste in music…
      https://greenyeti.bandcamp.com/

    • more beer

      It has only been 30 years since they put out a decent album. The only thing that is going to change. Is the amount of years since they put that out. The number will only get higher.

    • I’m glad I don’t know of anyone like that.