Third Time’s a Charm
I would like to begin this Tuesday with an apology. I let you down, metalheads, and I am very sorry for this grievous error on my part. It is with the greatest of shame that I admit… I did not listen to the new Meshuggah today. “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, but why?! How could you not listen to such a great album on Technical Tuesday?!” someone yells.
And so I respond, “It was Goshuggist’s fault! He got me on a big Dying Fetus kick!”
And so, here are this week’s competitors:
Starting Technical Tuesday off right with these titans of tech! I was like a little kid waiting for a toy in the mail when I bought this album – I was so excited, and the album art was no letdown at all. I would imagine most people reading this site know what Brain Drill sounds like, so I won’t say too much here, except that I liked Apocalyptic Feasting a bit more than Quantum Catastrophe. Unlike Origin, who I really enjoy when they throw in the headbangable riffs (see Antithesis), I just just love hearing over-the-top wheedly tech nonsense from Brain Drill.
Quoth Goshuggist, from his recent technical classic review of Killing on Adrenaline: “everything a brutality craving, technicality loving, society hating metalhead could possibly dream of is here; mind erasing guitar/drumming face-fisting slams, inhuman growls/shrieks, gore & genuine meaning colliding and more moshtastic numbers than most bands will ever write.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Dying Fetus – Destroy the Opposition
Again, quoth Goshuggist: “Most maintain that ‘Destroy The Opposition’ was their pinnacle.” I am the 99% here, and say that Destroy the Opposition was the perfect blend of brutal death, technical death, slam death, and deathgrind. But honestly this may just be nostalgia. Dying Fetus was one of the first death metal bands I really liked, and I can listen to them all day and not get sick of them. I have absolutely worn my “Destroy the Opposition” t-shirt into faded glory. I still remember the sense of accomplishment I felt when I had gotten the last of my Dying Fetus cd’s in the mail, completing my collection (up to Stop at Nothing at the time) and laid them all out in a binder together. They looked like a powerful little death metal army in there.
Dying Fetus – Descend into Depravity
I was really impressed by Dying fetus’ latest, but that may have been partially as a result of not being as into the previous album War of Attrition. 2009’s Descend showcased a re-energized, reinvigorated, and re-malevolent Dying Fetus that brought not only the heavy, the technical, and the political lyrics, but a general feeling of pure menace. Well done, gentlemen.
More technical thrash than death, but the point remains:Revocation know how to play the beejezus out of their instruments! If I am not mistaken, Metal Sucks voted their guitarist as the best in modern metal. Even the instrumental on Empire of the Obscene is captivating! Revocation captures the much coveted perfect blend of horrific death material (“The Fields of Predation” makes me think of a giant predator stalking its prey) and gory fun. An absolutely perfect blend of thrash headbanging and tech noodling.
Burning the Masses – The Offspring of Time
Technical deathcore at its best. “Eclipse of Autonomy” showcases the finer points of Burning the Masses. No, scratch that, it highlight the finer points of the entire subgenre of technical deathcore- it techs out, it hits with the sledgehammer of brutal death, and has this alien abduction thing going on. Confused? Check it out, you won’t be disappointed. Not to mention The Offspring of Time‘s cover art has this acid-hippie-trip-organic-bubbles thing going on, which is pretty cool.
At first I wasn’t so sure about Sedition, because I was a big fan of The Vile Conception. However, after a few listens, it has really grown on me. The best analogy I have for this album is a refined beast, like a Mr. Hyde, that destroys everything in its path, relentlessly attacks religion and society, and possesses an absolute bestial fury…but in a refined manner. As I mentioned before, I bought this on a complete impulse because I didn’t know what else to review for the week, and I am very happy with my purchase. The album flows very fluidly.
Kronos – The Hellenic Terror
Absolutely titanic (not like the film), the stuff of legends… Kronos brings a bludgeoning the size of giants, swinging clubs the size of buses. I don’t usually like samples very much, but the riddle spoken during the middle of “Suffocate the Ignorant” matches so perfectly with the complex riffing and haunting keyboards. And the solo that kicks off with the end of the sample soars. The first time I listened to this album I did a cartoon double take and asked out loud “Who ARE these guys?!”
This week’s winners seem kind of obvious. Dying Fetus destroyed the opposition here with their political assault, gunfire double bass, jackhammer guitars, and extreme tech squeals. Which album specifically? Take your pick, they are all excellent.