It is once again time, my friends, to stay tech. This time, our purveyors of sweeps, notes, and convoluted solos are Virginia's The Eating Cave, who released their previous album, Ingurgitate, last year which garnered more than a few listens in Heavy Blog circles. However, The Miscalculation, due to drop this Friday, is a wholly different beast; grander, more ambitious, and sporting engineering by none other than Keith Marrow, The Miscalculation is The Eating Cave's sound taken to the next level, bristels shined and teeth bared for the kill. If you like your technical death metal like I do, that is incredibly heavy, thick, and aggressive rather than coldly technical, you're going to want to give this one a listen. Scroll on down below to do just that!
Yes, my friends, this is indeed that good stuff. Clicking play on the opening track, "Ubiquitous", will immediately acquiant you with the breadth that Marrow was able to extract from this vicious album. The guitars feel like they're constantly collapsing on top of you, even as they sharply move between killer riffs to weird, Archspire-like inflections like so many sharks swimming in bloody waters (although the next track, "The Discovery", probably has my favorite of those inflections). I also love how present the groove section is, both drums and bass effortlessly keeping up with the breakneck pace to deliver the powerful underbelly that this kind of death metal requires to stay coherent and engaging.
Rest assured these elements are only elaborated upon and articulated further throughout the album - every track has at least three or four ideas, compositions, or throwbacks that will make you either go "huh" or do the good ol' stank face. Throw in some excellent growls and even more delicious, high pitched, aggressive screams and you've got everything you need for when you need to be absolutely pummeled by your death metal. The Miscalculation releases this Friday, April 21st, and you can head on over here to pre-order it. Do it! Stay tech!