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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Nucleus is an album that, by all accounts, should not have happened. Not only has it been seven years since Deeds of Flesh put out any new music, it’s also been two years since the tragic passing of vocalist/guitarist/songwriter and Unique Leader founder Erik Lindmark. His legacy is gigantic, and his mark on the extreme metal scene cannot be calculated, and to try to put together an album without him would take an army of talent. Fortunately, that’s exactly what happened when the band teamed up with friends old and new for a fitting tribute to a fallen brother.
It takes a lot of perseverance to remain true to yourself in the music industry. Most bands dream of the day a major label takes notice and sponsors their wildest dreams, but oftentimes there are unforeseen consequences and caveats that sour the rockstar dream. It’s not easy, but some bands, like Germany’s Profanity, prefer the “DIY or Die” route. While it’s an awful lot more uncertain, the payoffs are totally worth it. Their latest offering, Fragments of Solace, showcases that the creative fire is still burning strong, as is their strong work ethic and commitment to staying underground.
2020 is a year that, as we know, is chock full of surprises, and it seems that the overwhelming majority of them are of the unpleasant variety. It seems that all we can do to keep sanity and optimism hanging around is to do for each other and look out for the ones who are in it the deepest, not the least of which are the artists and musicians among us. While not a complete surprise, tech-death darlings Inferi have decided to give back and spread some good vibrations with the release of their impromptu EP Of Sunless Realms.
Well folks, it’s Ian again. Capitalism has stricken my esteemed colleague and brother down, so it’s up to me to carry the torch this glorious Friday. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Atræ Bilis’ Divinihility andBlaum Bros Distilling Company’s Oak Reserve Gin. Continue reading →