Technically Inclined | Ep. 1: Necrophagist

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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Keep it heavy,
Dan

Embracing the Descent: February 14 – 20, 2021

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Hard to believe it’s been nearly a year since I did one of these. This probably matters to no one, but that’s a long time and I miss the mini-review format. So, I’m sitting here having the first drink of the evening and I want to tip this glass back many times, listen to metal, and say some stuff about it. And, all of it will be pulled from the current crop of incoming releases. The deeper in I get, my glass will go from full to empty at least a couple, or three, times so results may vary. Let’s do this and don’t forget to check out the full listing from Monday’s Initial Descent

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Album Review: Eximperitus — “Šahrartu”

They might not be household names yet, because holy hell what a name, but Eximperituserqethhzebibšiptugakkathšulweliarzaxułum, better known as Eximperitus, have certainly made a name for themselves in the death metal scene, both from their cutting-edge technicality as well as their buck-wild aesthetic choices.  On their newest release, Šahrartu, the band seeks to take everything that they have built their brand on and turn it up to eleven, while deepening the mystery and enigma surrounding them and the world they are building up.  Oh yeah, and maybe change the face of death metal while they’re at it.

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Profile: Chris and Aki of Dystopia A.D.

Dystopia A.D.

Long distance relationships have wildly varied results but the recording of New Jersey’s Dytopia A.D.‘s second outing have yielded pretty much gold in the pantheon of proggy technical death metal. Lead guitarist Aki Shishido recorded his parts from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan while being deployed via the U.S. Army and the results resemble the thunderous sound of war captured in a bottle. The fact that the band employs sax, acoustic guitars, and choirs is not lost on the ambitious and epic feel of Rise of the Merciless, it’s a brawny death metal album with unexpected twists around every corner that works like gangbusters and is, surprisingly, cohesive as hell. Ahead of the album’s release we had the chance to chat with Aki and Chris Whitby via our set of Profile questions so head inside to read all the details and be sure to support them from the links contained within. Continue reading

Album Review: Pyrrhon — “Abscess Time”

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Brooklyn experimental tech-death purveyors Pyrrhon returned last week with their new, fourth full-length, Abscess Time. Check out my thoughts in a new video review after the jump!

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