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The Top Tech in 2013

top2013The process by which TDM calculates annual lists involves numerous people, a points systems, and blind submissions. This takes a lot of time, wracks the nerves, and always results in extended discourse.

However, none of that happened this year, because everyone was busy with other stuff, so now you are stuck with only me, resulting in a best of 2013 list going to press in August. Of 2014. Sorry about that one.

“If it’s so late, why even bother?”

Let me share a short story that, along with some reader comments, rekindled my drive to complete this list. In recent weeks I saw a list that placed Deeds of Flesh in only the honorable mention. On a list of 40! I was livid. I raged. How could the writer miss that!?

In short, I hope this list inspires the same reaction. Or, gets some listeners to check out some new bands. Sorry if I left out your favorite, as I make no claim to having heard all the possible albums (even some of which are covered by other writers on this site, sorry guys)… and if I did, please let me know in the comments.

– Witness to the Void Continue reading The Top Tech in 2013

Review: Deeds of Flesh – Portals to Canaan

DEEDS OF FLESH
Portals to Canaan (2013)

United States, Unique Leader, Technical Brutal Death Metal

On Portals to Canaan, the eighth full-length (in 20 years!), Deeds of Flesh boasts a new lineup, featuring bassist Ivan Munguia (Arkaik, Brain Drill, ex-Odious Mortem) and lead guitarist Craig Peters (ex-Arkaik).  An apt description is the title and content of the track “Rise of the Virvum Juggernaut,” which features a sample from “The Thing”:

The juggernaut
Awakened
To Consume
The Enemy
The ultimate
Weapon…
Staying hidden
Then Snatching
All forms of life
And growing

Deeds of Flesh has always written complex and contorted songs, but on Portals the combination of the new talent has resulted in a captivating blend between ten-ton sledgehammers and precision lasers, pairing old Suffocation with modern Spawn of Possession. This is meticulously calculated obliteration, moved from the decaying crypts to alien landscapes. The guitar work changes pace masterfully, accenting a variety between crunchy chugs, running gallop, and slow discordance. Continue reading Review: Deeds of Flesh – Portals to Canaan