The Key to Travel Time and Space
WHO: Time-travelers from the early 90s, Nocturnus consisted of Mike Browning (of Morbid Angel and Acheron fame) on vocals and drums; Mike Davis and Sean McNenney on guitars; Jeff Estes on bass; and Louis Panzer on keyboards. Additional backing vocals were provided by Kam Lee (Mantas, Massacre, etc.) Browning was later kicked out of his own band after the next album (1992’s Thresholds) when Davis, McNenney, and Panzer trademarked the Nocturnus name. Browning went on to form After Death, and under this name played tracks live from The Key, as well as old Morbid Angel material. Cover art for The Key was created by Dan Seagrave.
WHEN: The Key, released on Earache Records, lit fire to the metal scene in 1990. Contemporaries to the early years of Death, Cynic, and Atheist, Nocturnus provides the missing link between the rabid, thrashing, Slayer-influenced death of the late 80s, and the progressive vibe that swept in during the 90s. This was before “technical” meant mechanical and cold, a time when “technical” meant organic, vibrant, and burning. Continue reading Classic Tech Death Album: ‘The Key’ by Nocturnus
WHO: Terminally Your Aborted Ghost, a Massachusetts Brutal Death Metal band formed in 2001 and disbanded in 2008. In those seven years, ‘Slowly Peeling The Flesh From The Inside Of A Folded Hand’ was the only full length album the band ever put out along with three EPs and a single demo. Given the soul crushing quality of ‘Slowly Peeling The Flesh From The Inside Of A Folded Hand’ it makes perfect sense the band disbanded so soon. They were simply too insane to survive. Continue reading Classic Tech Death Album: Terminally Your Aborted Ghost – Slowly Peeling The Flesh From The Inside Of A Folded Hand
The (old) new age of Progressive Brutal Death
WHO: Lykathea Aflame, formerly Appalling Spawn, and later reformed with a new lineup as Lykathé.
WHERE: Prague, the Czech Republic.
WHEN: 2000, after which the band ceased playing together. Plans for a future album were announced under the name of Lykathé, but no release date has been announced.
WHAT it’s all about: Old world themes to get at new age philosophy and mysticism: reincarnation, spirituality, salvation, sympathy… you know, the typical brutal death metal topics. Continue reading Classic Tech Death Album: ‘Elvenefris’ by Lykathea Alame
WHO: Arguably the single most important band in the development of modern Death Metal, Suffocation have influenced/inspired so many aspects of the genre taken for granted these days; death growling, slams, exploration of the blast beat, speed, intensity, the list goes on and on. Since 1990, Suffocation have simultaneously defined and revolutionized Death Metal with each release. However, many fans are split on the question of their very finest work. There is no such thing as a bad Suffocation album of course but deciding which of their downright mythological accomplishments is the most astounding takes time and lots of reflection. Having taken the time and reflected as much as I possibly could, I decided on ‘Pierced From Within’. Not only is it Suffocation’s finest release but it’s also Death Metal’s finest release. Yes, I wrote exactly what you think I just wrote; ‘Pierced From Within’ is the greatest Death Metal album of all time from the greatest Death Metal band of all time. Continue reading Classic Tech Death Album: ‘Pierced From Within’ By Suffocation
WHO: One of the most innovative and criminally underrated technical death metal bands of the modern era, Malignancy has been releasing material since April of 1993. Their first full length, ‘Intrauterine Cannibalism’ was indeed a fantastic debut and is still a recording to be reckoned with. However, it wasn’t until 2003 with the release of this EP that Malignancy fully defined their wholly original and utterly divisive modern sound. Many fans of ‘Intrauterine Cannibalism’ think of ‘Cross Species Transmutation’ as the moment Malignancy completely lost their mind, rendering them incapable of anything except pinch harmonic abuse. As someone who discovered their recent work first (‘Inhuman Grotesqueries’ to be exact) I can say without hesitation that ‘Cross Species Transmutation’ is entirely deserving of reverence, respect and canonization as an American Death Metal classic. Continue reading Classic Tech Death Album: ‘Cross Species Transmutation’ By Malignancy