This week’s Technical Tuesday begins with a bit of an editorial on my part. Both Gorod’s A Perfect Absolution and Gory Blister’s Earth Sick are not available through my preferred retailers, Amazon and iTunes, which is a problem for me. Furthermore, Gorod’s new album, which I have been looking forward to for months, was released in Europe on MARCH 12th! A Stateside release is not going to happen until APRIL 18th! C’mon guys, what are you doing here? I could pay the extra money to have the album imported (Amazon quotes the import at nearly four times the digital download price), I suppose, but then I just feel silly because I could use that extra money to buy other albums, like Earth Sick.
I have never heard Gory Blister, but they are on the top of my Last.fm recommendation list, and with a name such as they have, I can anticipate what kind of sounds are on the record…however, I cannot hear them. Despite a release date of April 16th in Europe, Earth Sick is still not available for my digital purchase on Amazon or iTunes. To these two companies: What are you guys doing?! As for me, I guess I am stuck waiting, because paying the price for the import does not seem very appealing (especially when I am trying to avoid buying physical copies of anything).
Alright, complaining aside, this week’s Technical Tuesday was taken over by Italy. At work I was writing about an Italian company, which had me thinking of Italy, and Italian locations, which eventually lead to neo-classical death metal later in the day. Here are the competitors:
Enfold Darkness – Our Cursed Rapture I intended on starting the day with some blackened death metal, which these guys have a hint of, but I had no idea they were so technical! They are from the US, not Italy, to avoid confusion. The vocalist has some metalcore moments, which aren’t exactly my favorite, but the album is still an excellent blend of technical death and blackened death metal. I am excited to see how this band develops.
Fleshgod Apocalypse – Agony I bought Agony on the day of release, being a huge fan of Fleshgod Apocalypse and thinking I knew what to expect, so nothing could go wrong. After hearing two songs with the keyboards and operatic vocals, I filed the album away as a huge error on the band’s part. I attempted two more listenings of the technical Italian’s latest, with much the same results. Due to positive sentiments from the TDM staff I gave Agony another try… and realized that the error was all mine. Fleshgod’s Agony is bold, visionary, distinct, and solidifies them as leaders of the scene (if there were any questions to begin with).
Illogicist – The Unconsciousness of Living Oh Unconsciousness of Living, how I love thee. I could go on, and on, and on, about how awesome Illogicist is, especially on this record, but instead I will keep it short. Illogicist, from Italy, bring a progressive technicality akin to later era Death, which is pure awesome in my book.
Natron – Grindermesiter The last in the line of Italian technical death metal for the day, Natron’s Grindermesiter has a thick, beefy, crunchy production that instantly won me over. Natron plays technical death metal drug from the crypts after the zombie apocalypse, and was a complete impulse buy on my part, since I had never heard the band until today. Available for less than 8$ on Amazon, Natron’s Grindermeister was a pleasant surprise.
Beneath the Massacre – Incongruous TDM seems to have mixed opinions on these juggernauts of technical death (metal? core? I will let you decide). Beneath the Massacre has always appealed to me because every time I spin one of their albums I noticed some new intricacy that makes each listen more rewarding. Incongruous keeps in line with this tradition – it gets better with every listen, rather than getting boring.
Neuraxis – Asylon I ranted last week on Neuraxis, on how I didn’t listen to this band nearly as much as they deserve, so I am trying to remedy that. Asylon keeps the head banging with complex riffs and technicality, but at the same time showcases a band really coming into a very distinct individuality, achieved through memorable song writing.
Spawn of Possession – Incurso Incurso is neo-classical death metal at its best. I recently saw a review in a big name metal magazine giving the new Spawn of Possession a 5 out of 10. I agree completely that Incurso deserves a 5. That is, if the scale we are using goes up to 5.
Psycroptic – The Inherited Repression I have never listened to Psycroptic as much as they deserve. The razor whirlwind of The Inherited Repression initially struck me as bit focused on the midrange, but now I find the songs to be absolutely infectious. I cannot get enough of The Inherited Repression, which makes me realize that Psycroptic deserved a higher score on our staff review, at least from me.
Italy had a strong representation in this week’s event, with three entries. However, the album that really impressed me, that really stuck into my memory into the next morning, was Psycroptic’s The Inherited Repression. If I had a time machine, the first thing I would do would be to return a few months in time and give this album a better rating on our staff review. Its complex, intricate, and downright catchy, somehow all at the same time. I will definitely be boosting the Psycroptic plays in the near future.