In the 1980s there grew something hideous. A dark and fierce presence was birthed into the metal world, driving the genre further into depravity and disgust. Within a few years this monstrosity ravaged the international community, spreading around the globe with an unquenchable taste for flesh.
Yet just as quickly as the beast that is death metal rose to a skeletal throne of dominance, it changed. Always built on technicality, musicians took this bloody genre to new heights of extremity, while also diversifying it with new elements. The godfather of Death Chuck Schuldiner began to incorporate neoclassical composition and spirituality; Cynic explored the afterlife with jazz; Demilich pulled the avantgarde and H.P. Lovecraft from another dimension; Atheist ventured into the heavens with samba and Flamenco; Edge of Sanity dipped into ’70s progressive rock; Gorguts redefined weird; Nocturnus traveled through time with haunting keyboards; Pestilence took to the deepest reaches of space; the list continues for dozens of names. And this was only the beginning…
No longer confined to gore and blasphemy, the genre that once fed on corpses metamorphosed quickly. Rooted in the “pure” death metal of yesteryear but constantly evolving and pushing forward, technical death metal took the dexterous virtuosity of the genre’s founders to a new place. A dehumanized place, one where a high degree of difficulty and musicianship slaughtered melody and accessibility.
Such is the world described in the posts on Technicaldeathmetal.com. A world where heaviness, musicianship, innovation, darkness, and the generally strange all collide. The music here is not radio rock, and may frighten small children or the neighbors, or disgust friends and family. However, this music represents what many view not only as the highest demonstration of musical prowess, but the ultimate incarnation of some of the most important elements of death metal; which we hope you can see, and discover, through the content here.
- The TDM Staff