Last Gridlink record introduces Grind 2.0

The end game, the final unit. The last GRIDLINK record. Recorded over five days in Kyoto, Japan, “Longhena” is a twenty-three minute grindcore opus made real through the emotional ferocity and painstaking calculation of Jon Chang (DISCORDANCE AXIS), Bryan Fajardo (PHOBIA, PLF, KILL THE CLIENT, NOISEAR), Takafumi Matsubara (DISCORDANCE AXIS, HAYAINO DAISUKI) and Teddy Patterson (BURNT BY THE SUN, HUMAN REMAINS, HAYAINO DAISUKI). / Selfmadegod Records

One of the best, technical releases of 2014. Stream and buy here:

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

EP’s Mayhem: Asylum – Committed

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Committed (2014)

USA, Self-released, Technical Death / Black Metal

The Death metal genre in general, tends to be fragmentary by nature, with so many sub-sub genres entering into existence and then fading out as quickly as they arrived. Admittedly, death metal has transmogrified greatly during the past ten years with copious usage of online activities and the inevitable awareness of cross- pollination between sub-genres. Behemoth, for example melds the machine gun riffage of death metal with the mystic overtones and anti-sectarian rebellion of black metal. Thankfully, however, the level of musicianship in the metal community has arisen to virtuosic proportions. It should come to no surprise then black metal should find its darkness permeating in the techdeath genre. This is where Fort Worth metallers, Asylum contributes best. I have read previous reviews on their new e.p, “Committed” (available on Band Camp) calling their particular brand of death metal, blackened technical death metal. I would like to add my own sub-sub genre here and deem them “techblack”. Continue reading EP’s Mayhem: Asylum – Committed