Reptilian Agenda (2013)
USA, Deepsend Records, Technical Death Metal
That’s what I like in extreme music. Murderous pace, uncompromising vocal and unwavering technique that bends the laws of physics all the time. In overall, “Reptilian Agenda” is close to perfection. Brutal death metal is chased by technique. Still, the guys are able to spread their wings and hop on the melodic “blasts in the face”. These transitions blend nicely but are quite rare. Breaking pace is interesting as well. It breaks the fucking spine in itself but interaction with the vocals is weak. I feel that sometimes guys served us too much of everything. They wanted to cram too much into a half hour session. The intensity of different riffs force us to think about the meaning of life, and above all – about the need of such intensification. Eventually, the band decided to squeeze here more than common sense requires and thus created a specific, specialized environment. This can be liked because such measures allow to explore the way the songs are played and a composition structures. However, some may say they vomit on complexity and want to feel the band is beating the living shit out of them. In this case, Embryonic Devourment is not be the best choice. This gentlemens, beyond extreme technicality, put a lot of passion creating rich structures. They create them using many tools. There is lots of stop&go action and pleasant, supporting rhythms. They are ubiquitous elements on the album in parallel with slowing – stretched – tempo, harmonics, breaks and pull offs. Another important element is the progression. It exists and operates as a full time part of the “Reptilian Agenda”. These are the kind of progressive passages that can turn into a tornado riffs. The connection is a bit like Cephalic Carnage recent achievements. Continue reading Review: Embryonic Devourment – Reptilian Agenda
In the deepest recesses of space, the furthest corners of nonesxistance, there pass few travelers. From this void, from this infinite plane of nothing, comes a voyager with a commentary of the cosmic kind. Messages from beyond the veil… messages of cosmic technical death metal. Here are the words of the witness, the Witness to the Void, of the alien races heard on each album.
This secondary alien chronicles are of three beings that possibly threaten the existence of man. The first, a relentless crusher of human bones… the second, a galactic destroyer set on the destruction of man… the third, a reptilian invader through somewhat more subtle, but no less destructive, means… Continue reading Technical Tuesday – The Alien Chronicles (Part II)
Today began dreary and overcast, the perfect weather for seriously misanthropic music. Not one to miss out on this, I spun some Anaal Nathrakh and Mistress, who, although not very technical, definitely know how to bring the metal. Anaal Nathrakh play an absolutely virulent blend of black/grind/industrial/death with some falsetto power metal vocals thrown in for good measure, while Mistress (with 4 of 5 members also being in Anaal Nathrakh) deliver some of the most disgusting music I have ever heard. Its sludge/grind for waking up facedown in the gutter. Continue reading Technical Tuesday – Which did not start very technical at all
Technical Tuesday II – The Return
Welcome to the second annual (weekly) Technical Tuesday! In case you missed last week’s program, I will be giving a short description of each complete album I listened to today, and choosing a weekly victor. I was really looking forward to this week for two big releases, or at least what I thought was supposed to be the release date for two big releases: Koloss by Meshuggah and A Perfect Absolution by Gorod. Unfortunately, my usual retailers (iTunes and Amazon) decided not to offer Gorod’s new album for digital purchase, so it looks like I am going to have to wait. Anyway, that doesn’t prevent me from listening to the new Meshuggah… Continue reading Now Playing: The Second Annual Technical Tuesday