Technical Tuesday

Technical Tuesday – Don’t Be a Hater!

Deathcore crept up on us like a wicked hangover. There were fun times preceding it, and as it started to form we thought maybe it would pass by without being a big deal, like maybe if we ignored it then it would just go away. But then BOOM, a legion of headaches lined up to assault the skulls of metalheads (and not in the good way).

However, ‘core doesn’t have to be a dirty word. Unlike a wicked hangover, deathcore has some very redeeming qualities, especially when preceded by “technical” or “progressive.” To emphasize this point, I want to check out two bands per tag that I believe could persuade listeners not to be such haters.

The TDM Best of 2012 Staff List feature technical deathcore titans Rings of Saturn and Abiotic, while staff writer Goshuggist has spouted his disappointment for this year’s Faceless album. As these names, as well as Veil of Maya (review forthcoming) were already mentioned and were the partially impetus for this post, I will leave them only with this passing mention (as their awesomeness has already been stated). First, the technical side of things…

Burning the Masses – Offspring of Time (2010)Burning the Masses - Offspring of Time

The second full-length from this Californian five-piece features Cameron “Big Chocolate” Argon on vocals, and, in the opinion of this technician, will be hailed as quintessential part of technical deathcore. Offspring of Time has some of the most visual guitar lines I’ve ever heard, injecting your eyes (by way of your ears) with whatever hallucinogenic compound lead to the creation of that cover art. Take a trip to the beach with “Tsar Bomb,” and enjoy the resulting flashbacks for the rest of the week.

Thy Art is Murder - The AdversaryThy Art is Murder – The Adversary (2010)

The Adversary preceded the critically-hated Hate (2012), which dropped some of the tech (now why would that ever be a good idea?!) The first full-length from the Australian five-piece excels at stop-and-go neckbreaking via rigid riffs, but can get pretty gritty and ugly like brutal death metal. The Adversary is wickedly modern, bludgeoningly heavy, infectiously memorable, and wailingly technical… and not to be missed. Be crushed by “Decrepit Purification!”

And, now moving on to the progressive part of our program today …

Shadow of the Colossus – Shadow of the Colossus (2010)shadow of the colossus

Shadow of the Colossus borrowed their name from a Playstation 2 videogame of equally weighty proportions. What makes this Californian four-piece interesting isn’t the shadowy heavy end, but rather the progressive rays of light that shine through the windows into the ancient labyrinth. Shadow of the Colossus is uplifting – well, as uplifting as a stone titan can be. Be enlightened by “Labor, the Enslaver.”

Born of Osiris - The DiscoveryBorn of Osiris – The Discovery (2011)

I have actively tried to dislike this band. Seriously, I scoured all three full-lengths looking trying to find bad things. And I just can’t do it, even now. The American six-piece may be one of the big names, and they get that “djent” tag at times, but Born of Osiris deserve your attention as an open-minded deathhead, even with the semi-underground acceptance. The Discovery is progressive, technical, slightly electronic, and filled with chunky stop-and-go riffing, sudden song changes, and unusual keyboard elements. The group will be remembered as one of the forefathers of the progressive deathcore movement, and rightfully so. Be impressed and surprised by “Devastate.”

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2 thoughts on “Technical Tuesday – Don’t Be a Hater!”

  1. Thanks for the compliment on the opening. I was really excited when I came up with that simile to a hangover.

    I agree about Big Chocolate, and I think this is his finest work. Well, to be honest I don’t dislike his work, more of some of those loud-mouthed fans. Sure, everyone is entitled to have their favorite vocalist, but I don’t get the legion of ‘core heads worshiping the ground he walks on. Overall, I love the psychedelia of “Offspring of Time,” especially the weird beach part. It’s so out of place, but fits so perfectly.

    “The Adversary” was the same thing for me, a complete surprise from left field. I had never heard of the band, and with the name I was prepared to cringe at some standard melodic metalcore. And then BOOM, the metal gods slapped me in the back of the head and said “Hey man, these guys slay.” And I said, “Oh. Indeed. They most definitely do.” It’s a shame “Hate” was so lackluster.

    And I really do wish the “Unspoken King” sounded like “The Adversary.” What a better place the metal world would be. If only Cryptopsy hadn’t dropped the ball on that one… if only…

    Man, I am glad other techdeatheads share my opinion on some of that Sumeriancore. I really dig Born of Osiris, and Veil of Maya, especially their later records. I have always had a good time when I saw After the Burial, but I don’t know any of their material well. I have seen the name Circle of Contempt a bunch, and I thought they may be along similar lines, but I must confess I don’t know their material well. I will hafta check them out.

    I had this one track by Animosity a long time ago, and I can’t remember what it was. It was something from forever ago, like from when mp3.com was a thing, and it was the one track the band offered as that one download track. I remember really digging on it. The first time I ever saw the term “deathcore” was on a sticker describing the first God Forbid full-length, before they got all the annoying, emo clean vocals, and they sounded like a combination of straight death metal and discordant metallic hardcore. Their early stuff is really pretty solid, in my opinion. As for Red Chord, those guys never disappoint, but to be honest I don’t spin them nearly as much as they deserve. I will get on top of that right now, in fact.

    See, I really liked “Eclipse.” I felt like it was a more mature, more evolved, less gimmicky release. I was very pleased with them. I never listen to their first two albums – do you?

  2. “Deathcore crept up on us like a wicked hangover. There were fun times preceding it, and as it started to form we thought maybe it would pass by without being a big deal, like maybe if we ignored it then it would just go away. But then BOOM, a legion of headaches lined up to assault the skulls of metalheads (and not in the good way). However, ‘core doesn’t have to be a dirty word. Unlike a wicked hangover, deathcore has some very redeeming qualities, especially when preceded by ‘technical’ or ‘progressive’.”

    ^ I love this opening. It’s so awesomely worded and true.

    I remember when I first heard Burning The Masses I wasn’t the biggest fan but revisiting ‘Offspring Of Time’ was more than enough to change that. What a brutal, psychedlic mindfuck of an album. Hell, I even like Big Chocolate on it and I usually can’t stand his work.

    ‘The Adversary’ was such a wonderful surprise. Easily one of my favorite deathcore albums of all time. It’s the closest thing deathcore has to an old school Cryptopsy release. If only ‘Unspoken King’ sounded like ‘The Adversary’ eh?

    A lot of the ‘Sumeriancore’ bands are guilty pleasures of mine since they’re way better than most metalheads give ’em credit for (Veil Of Maya, After The Burial, Circle Of Contempt) but Born Of Osiris really astounded with ‘The Discovery’. I like their previous two albums but ‘The Discovery’ really is a progressive deathcore milestone.

    Have you ever checked out Animosity? I love their work. It bums me out that they disbanded. I really don’t know why more deathcore bands don’t think to play the literal combo of Death Metal and Converge style Metalcore the genre started out as. The Red Chord is the only active band still doing that. Speaking of which, when the hell is their latest coming out?

    I noticed you’re reviewing ‘Eclipse’ by Veil Of Maya. I was really disappointed by that album. I really like ‘Common Man’s Collapse’ and ‘(id)’ was one hell of a follow up but ‘Eclipse’ is just kinda ‘meh’. It doesn’t suck but after ‘(id)’ I was expecting so much more.

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