Category Archives: Technical Classic

Classic Tech Death Album: ‘Killing On Adrenaline’ By Dying Fetus

WHO: One of the most influential and genre defining bands in all of Death Metal, Dying Fetus has been separating the metalheads from the posers since 1993 and to this day shows no sign of stopping. Although enduring many line up changes throughout the years, many fans (including myself) will maintain that Dying Fetus’ golden age was between the release of their first independent EP ‘Bathe In Entrails’ and their third full length ‘Destroy The Opposition’. Their very best material is a subject that many different metalheads have countless opinions on. Most maintain that ‘Destroy The Opposition’ was their pinnacle. Others have said that after ‘Purification Through Violence’, the band went soft and sold out. Almost no one maintains that ‘Stop At Nothing’ or ‘War Of Attrition’ is their best with any knowledge of the band’s previous work. Continue reading Classic Tech Death Album: ‘Killing On Adrenaline’ By Dying Fetus

Classic Tech Death Album: ‘None So Vile’ by Cryptopsy

CRYPTOPSY
None So Vile (1996)

Canada, Wrong Again Records, Brutal Technical Death Metal

1996 has always been one of my favourite years in humanity’s shoddy history, for 2 reasons specifically. The first reason is that I was born in 1996, so I have to celebrate it as the year that I first entered the world and first starting pissing people off. The second reason is this album. It stands out more than any other album I’ve ever heard, except maybe for Cephalectomy’s An Epitaph To Tranquility. In fact, this album was released just 20 days before I was. Continue reading Classic Tech Death Album: ‘None So Vile’ by Cryptopsy

Classic Tech Death Album: ‘Colossal Titan Strife’ By Kronos

WHO: A shining example of the astounding creativity omnipresent in French Death Metal, Kronos formed in 1994 as a Slayer influenced Thrash outfit. After a change in line up, they began to play the crushing technical/brutal Death Metal their fans know and love. 2001 saw the release of their debut LP ‘Titan’s Awakening’ from the now defunct record label ‘Warpath Records’. ‘Titan’s Awakening’ is to this day a fantastic release, but it wasn’t until 2003 that Kronos released ‘Colossal Titan Strife’, which many fans (including myself) regard as their masterpiece. Uncompromisingly brutal, technical without showboating and with a key understanding of musical progression to boot, ‘Colossal Titan Strife’ is responsible for turning more metalheads away from the mythological stylings of Nile than any other band I can think of. Continue reading Classic Tech Death Album: ‘Colossal Titan Strife’ By Kronos

Classic Tech Death Album: ‘Nespithe’ By Demilich

WHO: The best example of a group disbanded much too soon, Demilich hailed from the eastern region of Finland, although their music leads me to believe this was simply a recorded excerpt from an unfathomable alternate dimension. Despite ‘Nespithe’ being their only full length release, Demilich are hailed as one of the best technical death metal bands in the history of the genre and rightfully so; across eleven tracks, dissonance, atonality and brutality merge to create not only fascinating material, but some of the most wholly original work in all of metal music. Continue reading Classic Tech Death Album: ‘Nespithe’ By Demilich

Classic Tech Death Album: “Focus” by Cynic

Cynic – Focus on the Spiritually Progressive

WHO: Cynic, the quintessential artisans of jazzy sand spacey progressive death metal. Focus featured Paul Masvidal (vocals, guitar, guitar synth) and Sean Reinert (drums, keyboards), both famous for recording on Death’s Human. The album also featured Jason Grobel (guitar, guitar synth) from Monstrosity’s Imperial Doom and Sean Malone (bass, chapman stick). Continue reading Classic Tech Death Album: “Focus” by Cynic