92 – Trent-setter

Wow, both Eden and I are together again! And it’s a long episode! It’s like back in the old days. This week we have some news, some new music, some old music, and some other random stuff. Spawn of Possession call it quits, Nolly leaves Periphery, Hip-hop/R&B has surpassed rock, Trent Reznor puts his foot in his mouth. Then we have stuff from Trivium, Dyscarnate, First Fragment, Primus, Caligula’s Horse, Adimiron, Ne Obliviscaris. We talk about Fractal Cypher, and Roadrunner United and Nuclear Blast All-Stars. Finally, cool people time regarding Pyre, PUBG, Total War, and more. Enjoy!

By the way, the teaser for the NYN album Entropy: Of Chaos And Salt is finally here, so check it out!

Virulent Depravity – Fruit of the Poisoned Tree

While tech death has seen a consistent stream of high-quality albums over the past few years, it’s stood for a little while now that the genre presently seems to lack a globally identifiable vanguard of sorts. Meanwhile, bands that have traditionally occupied this role have since gone down a series of different paths:  Necrophagist lay…


Fellow tech death enthusiast Ahmed joins me this week and we geek out about tech death for over an hour! Since Eden isn’t cool like us, we don’t get a chance to do this while he’s around, so we really went deep with this opportunity! We discuss some news first, like new music/content from Opeth, Meshuggah, Ion Dissonance, Anaal Nathrakh, Astral Path, VOLA, and an interesting Patreon by The Reign of Kindo. Then we go into tech death, how it has evolved historically and geographically; what its watershed moments were, and we discuss some of the most important and influential albums in the genre. Enjoy!

Connecting the Dots: Obscura

Connecting the Dots explores side-projects and associated bands featuring members, past and present, of bands we know and love.

In today’s Connecting the Dots, we’re going to be talking about Obscura, who’ve become the closest thing there is to a household name amongst tech death enthusiasts. Obscura have recently undergone some significant lineup changes, but their Omnivium roster — arguably their most well known — is what we’ll be focusing on today

Deep Dive – Context Within A Discography

Picture this: a young music enthusiast (disclaimer: I am the music enthusiast), who is constantly on the prowl for new music to jam — as music enthusiasts are wont to do — finally gets around to listening to a certain band he’s heard of in a positive light quite a number of times. Said music enthusiast eventually peruses the band’s discography and searches for a starting point. Once the starting point is identified, the jamming begins: good times are had, and all is right with the world. And so I, a music enthusiast and more specifically one of Heavy Blog’s resident tech death geeks, decided to set my sights on the Australian tech death band Psycroptic, after many months of constantly being reminded that they are a band whose work was bound to match my tastes.

Omnihility – Dominion of Misery

Dominion of Misery’s intro track, appropriately entitled “Intro”, is rather minimal and eerie until a haunting organ line kicks in, the execution somewhat reminiscent of Spawn of Possession’s “Inception” off of 2006 record Noctambulant. The similarities don’t end there — for first-time listeners, both tracks are fairly inoffensive past their dark overall tone, and both give little to no hints whatsoever of the chaos that is to ensue. Instead, the only difference is in the nature of the chaos that is to follow: whereas Spawn’s sound is all about counterpoint-based technicality, Omnihility’s modus operandi is to work entirely at relentless, breakneck speeds, pounding the listener’s head to a pulp with an onslaught of riffs.

Hey! Listen to Abhorrent!

Whilst Abhorrent may be a new name for you, its members likely aren’t. Comprised of Nick Brown on vocals, Marlon Friday on guitars (Absvrdist), Lyle Cooper on drums (ex-Faceless, Absvrdist) and Erlende Caspersen on bass (Spawn of Possession), it will come as no surprise to learn these guys are playing technical death metal; and brutal technical death metal at that.

Panopticon – Autumn Eternal

Like good science, sometimes good music comes from the simple question of “what would happen if we mixed this… with this?” The results can be absolutely spectacular when the sparks fly. Just take a look at some of the incredible results of this process: An Autumn For Crippled Children’s 2013…