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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: Gorguts – Colored Sands

GORGUTS
Colored Sands (2013)

Canada, Season Of Mist, Groove / Progressive Death Metal

New Gorguts release, after so many years was really anticipated. Especially for the fans of twisted, extreme music. “Colored Sands” has brought little surprise for them but if anyone knows what to expect from Gorguts is probably Luc Lemay, only. Their style has evolved into much more massive attack. More lively and muddy sound came in more atmospheric regions. It reminds me sludge – progressive – groove / death metal. Heavy like a tanker but also subtly speeding through the ocean of unusual melodies. It always been this way but this Gojira/Meshuggah inspired feeling combined with rock crushing Demonic Death Judge (and similar), wiped me from the earth! Gorguts with their music looks inside our bodies through the throat. They put their hands, abusing our mortality. In the middle of the album they present symphonic story about battle of Chamdo and the next step is offensive blow in “Enemies Of Compassion”. This is a powerful message. Given the titles and the cover, I think the whole concept applies to the Chinese army’s actions in Tibet to unite it with People’s Republic of China in the years 1950-1951. These are my suspicions because my promo does not contain such information. You have to admit, however, that the subject is just as original as the band itself. Thanks to this music we can expand our knowledge and put interest in the subject. Gorguts beside decapitation can also state a message. The ways to do so are also not trivial. Technical bass work for a single moment does not give up. He also has his solo moments and shakes our entrails. Excellent sound! Guitars often fall into the progressive slippage and catch the doom alike slowdowns. This was done with incredible sensitivity, though. Continue reading Review: Gorguts – Colored Sands

InexorableRotting’s Top 25 Death Metal Breakdowns

I’ve seen a great number of people nowadays confusing the term “breakdown” with  “open-note chugging”. Now, all the deathcore/metalcore fans drool over them, while death metal fans hate them. Now that, if you ask me, is wrong. Here are my top 25 songs that gave better, brutal meaning to the term. The order doesn’t count for anything here, this is mostly a list of my favourites rather than any kind of ordering. All of these are good, and that’s what matters. Continue reading InexorableRotting’s Top 25 Death Metal Breakdowns

Classic Tech Death Album: “Obscura” By Gorguts

WHO: One of the very finest examples of a band that pushed the limits of an already provocative genre, Gorguts. Starting from high expectations with their debut, they proceeded down the path that would ultimately lead them to this work of art. Unfortunately, Roadrunner Records saw fit to drop the band after not garnering the necessary attention due to the second wave of Black Metal kicking into full gear. This would prove to be a grave mistake.

WHEN:  After a five year hiatus that some presumed to be the death of Gorguts, resilient frontman Luc Lemay returned in 1998 with a brand new lineup to shake metal music itself to the very core.

WHERE: After recording the album in Studio Victor, Montreal the disc was distributed by Olympic Records. Thankfully, the impact was felt beyond the regional scene of Canadian Death Metal, which had already given the metal world other classic bands like Cryptopsy. Continue reading Classic Tech Death Album: “Obscura” By Gorguts