Technical Death Metal

Artist: 
Obscura
Label: 
Relapse Records

I was very excited to get my hands on this album. Me and some mates had listened to the single "Sermon of the Seven Suns" when it was released on Youtube and we were blown away. "God damn you, Obscura!" we shouted at the screen as we jokingly contemplated giving up music since we'll likely never be on Obscura's level. That song made me subconsciously set a bar for the rest of this album, and I suppose I expected a little bit too much.

Sounds Like: 
Obscura trying to be more "Obscura," resulting in many soft and/or jazzy breaks between intense phrases.
Name: 
Joey Johnson
Date Reviewed: 
02/11/2016
Artist: 
Aborted
Label: 
Century Media

Have any of you ever been to disneyland and went on the haunted mansion ride? The first song reminds me of that. Anyway, Aborted comes together for this harsh and blast beat filled extended play. It sounds like a few different voices are used throughout the songs which adds an incredibly nice dynamic to the brutal music. Bound in Macrimony is probably my favorite track on here with it's incredibly sick drums and brutal vocals. This EP is very enjoyable to me and I am not a metal head. 

Sounds Like: 
Decapitated
Name: 
Colin Bauer
Date Reviewed: 
02/10/2016
Artist: 
Exmortus
Label: 
Prosthetic Records

Hey! You there! I see your heartrate is below 150 bps and you lack the proper equipment and mindset to ride into an armageddon style battle for the fate of the universe alongside literally anything that can rain down death and destruction upon their foes. But fear not! This album is here to help!

Sounds Like: 
Nekrogoblikon
Sounds Like: 
Dethklok
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
01/28/2016
Artist: 
Cattle Decapitation
Label: 
Metal Blade

 PeTA Metal? Hardly in tactics as these are the sounds that could qualify as cruelty if played against the desired will of another living being. New dimensions of extremity that have yet to be created describe the sound of Cattle Decapitation's 7th album not counting a demo and EPs (5th on Metal Blade). Hailing from San Diego, California from the Three One G family, Cattle Decapitation has been consistent in a message of misanthropy through highlighting the perceived horrors committed by mankind.

Sounds Like: 
Aborted, Gaza, Exhumed
Name: 
Jonathan Cohen
Date Reviewed: 
05/01/2012
Artist: 
Spawn of Possession
Label: 
Relapse Records

 

Sounds Like: 
Cynic, Decrepit Birth, At the Gates
Name: 
Jonathan Cohen
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2012
Artist: 
Wretched
Label: 
Victory Records

 Wretched's previous album, Beyond the Gate, was my first exposure to the band. I was impressed with their technical skill and songwriting ability. "At the First Sign of Rust" gave me the impression that they would be experimenting more with melody and clean guitars, which reminds me a lot of All Shall Perish's album, 'Awaken The Dreamers'. Surprisingly, that's the only really mellower song. The rest of the album is heavy, fast, and technical.

Sounds Like: 
All Shall Perish
Sounds Like: 
The Black Dahlia Murder
Sounds Like: 
The Faceless
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
04/09/2012
Artist: 
Pestilence
Label: 
Mascot Records

Artist: 
Beneath The Massacre
Label: 
Prosthetic Records

This EP is fucking kick ass! I love "Maree Noire" by Beneath the Massacre! Every track on here is good except for Drill Baby Drill, its like an excerpt or something its short little testament only about 45 seconds long, but everything else is so sick! This is an album I've been looking for! Its amazing technical, would probably expect a progression band to play like this but it also has the gut retching screams that death metal has. This album just plain out rocks! I hope this band keeps making albums like this because they are epic songs!

Sounds Like: 
Brain Drill
Sounds Like: 
Viraemia
Name: 
Anthony Dominguez
Date Reviewed: 
12/07/2010
Artist: 
Misery Index
Label: 
Relapse Records
Sounds Like: 
Dying Fetus, Napalm Death
Name: 
Jonathan Cohen
Date Reviewed: 
11/10/2010
Artist: 
Obscura
Label: 
Relapse

These guys are a pretty good death/tech band that happens to feature 2 former members of