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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: Incarnator – Caeca Superstitio


Russia, Progressive/Technical Death Metal, Self-released

Does your calendar read 1993? Sometimes mine does. It would seem Incarnator’s does too, because despite forming in 2007, the band plays formative era tech/prog death straight from the good ole days. If this makes you think “Oh, you mean the best kind?” then you owe it to yourself to pick up Caeca Superstitio immediately. Preceded by two demos, two EPs, and one prior full-length, this 56-minute record fuses Individual Thought Patterns with Heartwork for a detailed and trend-refuting reminder of yesteryear.

Incarnator lists the aforementioned genre-defining bands as influences, which shows particularly in the bass/guitars and vocals, respectively. However, they do not list the labyrinths and differential equations which the song structures resemble. Furthermore, and perhaps more importantly, Caeca Superstitio contains that element rarely mentioned in these sorts of outlets: catchiness. Continue reading Review: Incarnator – Caeca Superstitio