Psycroptic – As The Kingdom Drowns

Our most recent encounter with Tasmanian tech death band Psycroptic saw the four-piece shift gears for the second time in their career. Where the band’s preceding releases demonstrated a groove-focused style of death metal, 2015’s self-titled release pivoted towards a more overtly thrash-influenced look — and further away still from the maniacal…

Death’s Door – September 2018

Given the nature of these columns, it might seem counterintuitive to include a subpar album among our selections for the month. That’s why I’ve accosted this intro spot to say my piece about Deicide, and specifically their latest album Overtures of Blasphemy. Coincidentally, the same month these Floridian antitheists released their 12th…

Beyond Creation – Algorythm

Seems it was just yesterday when Beyond Creation emerged from the ever-bountiful wellspring of Quebecois technical death metal, fully formed, boasting an impressive level of technicality and confidence on 2011 debut The Aura. But 2014 brought a vastly different album in followup Earthborn Evolution, which maintained the core sound the band had established,…

Revocation – The Outer Ones

Nothing can compare to the nuttiness that can be tech death. Blast beats plus virtuoso riffing is simply candy to the ears. The only problem, if it can even really be defined that way, is that tech death is rarely “dirty”. I mean that in the way that old school death metal or thrash bands can be dirty. Playing things a little looser and dialing back on the production qualities while also turning up the distortion is very rarely in the playbook for tech death bands. Fortunately, the fans of dirt have Revocation, a band that consistently blurs the lines between thrash and technical death metal. The Outer Ones is a great example that bands can play things a little loose while also being technical masters of their instruments.

Irreversible Mechanism – Immersion

Man, technical/progressive death metal’s really been having somewhat of a boom at the moment, huh? Rivers of Nihil, Obscura, Alkaloid, Monotheist, and Augury have all put out great albums this year, and 2017 saw some landmark drops as well with the likes of Archspire, NYN, Artificial Brain, and Cytotoxin. And as much as I enjoy name-checking bands to remind…

Hey! Listen to Dividium

Uk based melodic tech-metal band Dividium recently released their latest EP, entitled T.H.R.E.E. Having previously supported such acts as Devin Townsend and Tesseract, this EP sees the band more than ready to break into the mainstream, being chock full of infectious yet technical riffs, singalong choruses and huge grooves. In…

Hey! Listen to Gardenjia!

Every so often an album arrives that changes the game. Think Ride the Lightning for thrash or Planetary Duality for American tech death. Fallujah’s The Flesh Prevails had a similar impact within its sphere of influence, with other bands quick to adopt various elements of Fallujah’s sound into their own.…

Hey! Listen to Fleshmeadow!

December is a shocking month to release music in. If you’re thinking about doing so, don’t. Most publications have already settled on their end-of-year list, and if they haven’t been published yet they’ll be coming soon. Music journalists are going into shut-down mode as they give themselves some time off and try to recover from the mountain of listening they did in preparation for their end-of-year list. Listeners are on holidays and are enjoying their time off with loved ones. If they’re listening to music it’s going to be their personal favourites and not some new record that’s dropped. What this all means is that albums released in December are likely to get lost, falling into an abyss from which escape is near-impossible even for those with a formidable PR machine behind them. When you’re independent you’ve almost got no chance. That’s my theory for how an album as great as Fleshmeadow’s debut Umbra slipped through the cracks in late 2016 and why they’re still a largely unknown quantity. But we’re trying to fix that because these blackened death metallers are ready to rip your face off.

Hadal Maw – Charlatan

Hadal Maw have been one of the most promising acts to emerge from the tech death underground in recent years. They’re also one of the most frustrating. The Melbourne outfit seem forever poised upon the precipice of greatness. However, now two-and-a-half albums into their career, it’s starting to seem like…