Woohoo, it’s new segment time! Technically Inclined will be a new jam here on the Audio Thing, devoted primarily to appreciating the oft-overlooked — at least on this blog — genre of technical death metal.
Tech death: Buke’s known and loved it for years; Dan’s neutral and limited in his knowledge of it. And so, Technically Inclined will celebrate the genre by having Sensei Buke educate Padawan Dan on its many intricacies — one album (or in this case, one band) at a time. (Plus, with these goons, you know there’ll be jokes and banter involved. It’s basically written into our contracts at this point.)
So! For our first (and hopefully not only) venture into this world, jump on in and join us for our thoughts on dormant German tech legends NECROPHAGIST!
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It’s August, which I feel is enough time to start building the argument that one of the releases destined to end up on my 2020 EOY list is a compilation of demos that were originally released in 1990. One of my “safe places” during this shitstorm that is the current world politic has been retreating to the sounds that made me fall in love with metal, metal that moved beyond the hairspray and whirlwind solos that attracted me in the first place.
With that in mind, I want to focus this edition of Nine Circles ov… on the absolute treasure trove that is Divebomb Records (not to mention parent company Tribunal Records). The work they’re doing releasing obscure and oftentimes unrecognized early metal gems—not to mention some great packaging when it comes to physical releases—has been exemplary, and the chance to highlight some of the many, many great pieces I’ve found digging through their Bandcamp page is one I couldn’t pass up. Continue reading →
Sometimes when discussing a bands newest release, it’s crucial to speak about their history to provide the reader with a proper understanding of what they are getting into. Architects were formed in Brighton in 2004 by twin brothers Dan and Tom Searle. Through their formative years they mixed and matched various styles of metallic and hardcore musings until they really found their footing on 2014’s fantastic Lost Together//Lost Forever. Following up with the monstrous All our Gods Have Abandoned Us, Architects were on a mission that seemed unstoppable. Then, tragedy struck the band in 2016 with the untimely passing of founding member/guitarist/main song writer Tom Searle.
No one would have blamed Architect’s for calling it a day after such a loss. However, they have soldiered which brings us to their eighth and latest album, aptly titled Holy Hell. It represents a band rising up from the darkest depths imaginable. Putting iron to forge, Architects have manufactured a musical amalgamation that unfolds in waves of visceral anger, desolate sadness and in venturing to such depths, finds catharsis. Continue reading →
Anyone complaining that there hasn’t been a great week for metal thus far in 2016 needs to go immediately and start over, but there won’t be any complaining after this week. Mostly due to Neurosis‘ highly anticipated eleventh full length Fires Within Fires finally seeing the light of day. But that’s not all; Fatalist are back with their insanely good Swedeath saturated The Bitter End, Predatory Light further their black metal chaos on Predatory Light, Trap Them punch you in the mouth with their fifth album Crown Feral while Witchskull breaks out the bluesy doom on The Vast Electric Dark. Switching gears a bit, Dysrhythmia bends time on their progressive instru-metal album The Veil Of Control — let the dissecting begin. And last but not least, Insomnium‘s epic fifth full length Winter’s Gate is a blast. As stated, its another stacked week here on Initial Descent and literally, there’s something for everyone. So hit that ‘continue reading’ link. Continue reading →