Technical Death Metal

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Technical/progressive (or tech/prog) death metal is considered a legitimate genre by some (or even two legitimate genres), while others argue that it is a pseudo-genre. Bands included in this genre take emphasize technicality in their music, in the form of complex riffs and/or complex song structures, while others apply the ethos of progressive music more broadly without straying from their basic death metal sound. Death, Cynic and Atheist are considered central bands in the establishment of tech/prog death metal. Some bands, like Necrophagist, Obscura, and Braindrill, emphasize technique in their style and are considered technical death metal acts, while others, such as Opeth, Neuraxis, Sectu, and Nocturnus are considered primarily progressive death metal. Sometimes, jazz death metal is listed as a separate subgenre and comprises artists who incorporate elements from fusion jazz into their death metal style, such as Atheist, Cynic and Pestilence on “Spheres”. Given that brutal death metal bands tend to emphasize technique and compositional complexity, many brutal death metal bands, such as Suffocation and Hate Eternal, are also categorized as technical death metal bands. Some tech/prog death metal bands are so progressive on some releases that these are considered progressive metal rather than death metal, as is the case of some Atheist, Opeth and Cynic releases, that they are filed under progressive metal in the MMA rather than under death metal.

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CHTHE'ILIST Le dernier crépuscule

Album · 2016 · Technical Death Metal
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Chthe'ilist. I can spell it. I am not so certain I can pronounce it. But I recognize it as something H.P. Lovecraft would have dreamed up - or nightmared up. I first saw the name on a Kerrang list of Canadian bands I needed to know now. Then they showed up on Hellbound's web site among the ten best Canadian albums of 2016. Then again, I saw the band reviewed on Angry Metal Guy. When I checked them out on BandCamp, the comments left below sung praises.

Chthe'ilist are a death metal band from Quebec who have fashioned their sound after some of Finland's best: Demilich, Crematory, Abhorrence, and early Xysma. Their BandCamp page also name checks influences from Pestilence, Nocturnus, and Ripping Corpse. So we are quite nicely set up here. The band formed in 2010, but has only released a short ep and one full-length - this one - which many people were calling the best death metal album of 2016. And when I say many, I mean at least five or six.

The music is very dense, resembling the artwork of the album cover. The drums are what you would expect from a death metal band and so is the guitar, though I like this particular style of playing where these almost spring-like open strings bound in after rapid bursts of tremolo picking and blast beats. The lead guitar can be rather melodic but it's also unpredictable. These songs have no usual place for a guitar solo so the lead breaks are surprises.

One interesting thing is that as the album plays on, some slap bass begins making itself more prominent. A lot of tech death bands from Quebec go the fretless bass way, so here with slap bass we get something different.

I love the overall atmosphere of the album. But I'll confess that it was the vocals that were the selling point for me. The main vocals are delivered in ultra-deep death growl style, similar to those of Demilich. But there's a second voice that comes in from time to time that I can best describe as sounding like they come from a human-sized raven, or possibly a pterodactyl. It's this dry cackling growl and it sounds so inhuman that I love it. As I listened to this album and stood in the supermarket today, I felt as though roots would grow up from the abyss below, wrangle through the soles of my feet, burrow into my veins, and siphon my soul out, sucking it down into some cavernous, dank expanse where hideous beastly things dwell and feast on pillaged human souls.

There are also some interesting ambient sound parts of two tracks that reminds me of something Nile has done on some of their albums. In particular, the sounds at the end of "Into the Vaults of Ingurgitating Obscurity" (now there's a fun song title!) create an image in my head of some pterodactyl-like creature of Hades and some other disgustingly large, bloated beast gorging themselves contentedly on what I image to me human limbs. There's this crunching and snapping of bone noise and a wet fleshy noise and that raven voice happily crushing flesh-encased skeletons while deep grunts and snorts attest to the presence of its grotesque companion.

There is just something about this album that really appeals to me. I have to agree with all those people on BandCamp and the folks at Kerrang that Chthe'ilist is a treat to hear. That is if you're comfortable with listening to the end of the world coming from the denizens of some Lovecraftian Inferno being unleashed upon our world.

ENDLESS CHAOS Paths to Contentment

Album · 2017 · Technical Death Metal
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I only got into death metal a few years ago and even though I have many of the classic albums plus a good stack of more recently released albums, I wouldn't consider myself an expect or connoisseur of death metal by any means. Still, if a band can do something that doesn't sound like something I already have heard a half dozen times, then I'll give them two open ears and one open mind.

So here comes Endless Chaos, a band that appeared on Kerrang's 2019 list of "20 Heavy Canadian Bands That You Need to Know Now." The remarks sounded promising and so I went over to BandCamp and found the band. A few quick cursory listens rewarded me with enough thrills that I decided to order the album, "Paths to Contentment" soon.

One of the things I really like about this album are the frequent uses of melodic lead guitar. Right from the start, there's almost a power metal/speed metal feel until the vocals come in and the music abruptly changes to brutal assault. But those melodic leads come back, sometimes reminding me of Megadeth. There's a very strong thrash metal feel in some of the songs, especially in the third track, "Stack Their Heads". The opening sounds like Sacrifice, with dive-bombing and wailing guitars. Once the song kicks into speed, it does sound like thrash metal pumped up with death metal vocals. In fact, the vocals effortlessly shift between a guttural bark and a black metal-ish, throat-shredding shriek/roar.

One thing I appreciate is that the band's music allows their bass player to come to the spotlight from time to time. Once again, I'll mention "Stack Their Heads" which has a part where the bass is singled out for a lead melody. The are some other parts that stood out for me where the guitars paused for a few seconds to allow the drums to pound out a tribal rhythm while the bass held the riff as in "Condemned to the Pit", or other little standout highlights of riff changes like in "Jackal" or melodic lead guitar breaks.

Another point I like is that even though Endless Chaos can scorch along at blistering speeds, they'll drop in a breakdown where the tempo slows a bit and the atmosphere is reset. I think it's their thrash side showing through when they do this.

"Paths to Contentment" is fast and furious but with attention to precision and switch-ups in the pace of the song. There are death metal albums I will listen to because the overall sound appeals to me and then there are albums I will listen to because there are tracks and parts of tracks that have those "favourite parts" I'm looking forward to hearing. This album is one of the latter kind.

There's only one disappointment, and that is that the album isn't even over 30 minutes. Given that their only other release is a three-song ep from 2014 that was only available as a download and on very limited edition vinyl, I would have loved if the band had added the ep's three tracks to this CD. I hope the next album will be a couple of songs longer. I really dig what their doing.

MIAZMA North

Album · 2016 · Technical Death Metal
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MIAZMA comes from the heart of Australia in the outback desert city of Alice Springs which is probably one of the remotest inhabited places on the planet! This band has been around since 2008 and has risen in the ranks of the technical death metal world after the release of the debut “Bacteria Of This Earth” in 2013 when they went on tour with The Amenta and Party Vibez. In 2011 the band cofounded “The Black Wreath Collective” which is a self-funded record label and recording studio that serves the vastness of Australia’s desert interior.

Not surprisingly, in a town of only 26,000 inhabitants and hundreds of miles from the nearest city, the band’s lineup has remained stable with Jackson Smith (vocals), Shaun Howell (guitar), Malcolm McDonald (drums), Tim Glyde (guitar) and Daniel Simmons (bass). This band has mastered an amazing display of tech death that has kept them busy touring with Tasmania’s Psycroptic, the black metal band Impiety from Singapore and supposed King Parrot at the Blacken the Globe Festival in their home city.

NORTH is the band’s second album and was released in 2016.Sounding most like France’s Gojira, MIAZMA deliver pummeling guitar riffs, fast paced bass and drums with twisted labyrinthine progressions most reminiscent of 90s Death. The Swedish band Bloodbath as been cited as an influences as have Slayer, Blotted Science and Cattle Decapitation. NORTH is a consistently brutal delivery of nine tracks that showcase an intense brutality coupled with blistering technical workouts. Like many tech death bands, the tunings are slightly untuned for dissonant jangles and intense abrasiveness. Smith’s vocals are on the lower side of guttural with both growls and intense shouting.

The technical aspects are quite impressive but the band maintains a sense of keeping the compositions somewhat rooted to old school death metal rather than completely going off into the stratosphere with the progressive touches. Overall NORTH is a decent slice of brutal tech death metal that will please all the hardcores out there. The weakest aspect of MIAZMA in general is not unusual for bands like this, namely lack of originality. While the performances are excellent and the tracks are enjoyable, there aren’t really enough elements that would make anyone recognize this band’s sound. They sound most similar to France’s Gojira but not quite as creative as that band. Despite it all, MIAZMA is definitely a band to watch out for. They got the rest of the tech death thing down pat.

PSYCROPTIC The Isle of Disenchantment

Album · 2001 · Technical Death Metal
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"The Isle Of Disenchantment" is the debut full-length studio album by Australian, Tasmania based death metal act Psycroptic. The album was independently released in January 2001. Psycroptic formed in 1999 and they didn´t release any official demos before recording and releasing "The Isle Of Disenchantment"...

...and maybe that´s why "The Isle Of Disenchantment" features a sound production which is raw and not way above demo sound quality. The sound production suits the furiously fast-paced and chaotic nature of the material though, so it´s not a huge issue, although a little more clarity and balance in the mix could have provided the music with a little more punch and heaviness. Stylistically the music on "The Isle Of Disenchantment" is very brutal and relatively technically well played death metal. Loads of breaks, tempo changes, and an almost chaotic sounding atmosphere are some of the characteristics of the album. Lead vocalist Matthew Chalk is one of the more varied extreme metal vocalists out there, as he screams, growls and speaks (even sings) his way through the album with great passion and conviction. He is a skilled vocalist who brings a lot to the music. The instrumental part of the album is very well performed too, and there are more than one jaw-dropping moment found on the album.

The material on the 9 track, 39:09 minutes long album are well written and relatively memorable for the genre, although the tracks aren´t easy to tell apart unless the album is given many spins, but Psycroptic do understand the importance of variation, and they incorporate details here and there to keep things interesting throughout. An example is the slow and heavy opening to the second track of the album "The Sword of Uncreation", which is a simple yet effectful way of changing style and pace after the brutality and chaotic technical chaos of the opening track "Carnival of Vulgarity". Of course "The Sword of Uncreation" picks up the brutal chaotic frenzy soon enough, but it´s those little details which make "The Isle Of Disenchantment" an intriguing listen.

Upon conclusion "The Isle Of Disenchantment" is a quality brutal technical death metal album, and although it´s not a perfect release the album features more than enough promise and high quality features to deserve a 3.5 star (70%) rating.

BENEATH THE MASSACRE Fearmonger

Album · 2020 · Technical Death Metal
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Must admit to never having come across Beneath The Massacre before. Fearmonger is the fourth album from these Canadian technical death metallers. It’s a sub-genre where I have my favourites like Nile and Death but a lot of it can leave me cold despite the obvious virtuosic musicianship on show which I do enjoy.

Beneath The Massacre fall into the category of bands I admire rather than love, though there’s songs where I did enjoy it. It’s pretty much as I was expecting - Fantastic musicianship, drums that are a blur of blast beats and lightning speed double kicks and fills. Guitar parts that are for the most part a blur of notes and vocals that are of the deep guttural growl variety. Beneath The Massacre do this stuff as well as most bands of their ilk but also suffer from the lack of memorable songs where technique takes precedence over a great riff that I often find with the sub-genre. None of the songs outstay their welcome though with most around the three minute mark or less and with a total running time of just under thirty minutes it’s the perfect length. They do slow things down occasionally and when they do it’s very welcome and they can get quite inventive with it locking into a less complex syncopated groove for a while. The guitar solos are also impressive, even adding a touch of melody here and there. With death metal I generally prefer the production dirtier and on the organic side. Here as is common with this sort of stuff, it’s very clinical but nevertheless clear and powerful.

If this is your type of thing then I can recommend you check Fearmonger out, you may well love it. I warmed to it myself with a few plays and they really nail it at times, favourites probably being Treacherous and Tarnished Legacy which closes the album in fine style capturing them at their most inventive. For myself I’d probably rate it three stars but within the confines of the sub-genre they don’t do much wrong so it’s 3 and half.

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