Technical Death Metal

Monolith of Inhumanity

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

Incurso

Artist: 
Spawn of Possession
Label: 
Relapse Records

 

Sounds Like: 
Cynic, Decrepit Birth, At the Gates
Name: 
Jonathan Cohen
Date Reviewed: 
04/18/2012

Son of Perdition

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

Doctrine

Artist: 
Pestilence
Label: 
Mascot Records

Maree Noire

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

Heir to Thieves

Artist: 
Misery Index
Label: 
Relapse Records
Sounds Like: 
Dying Fetus, Napalm Death
Name: 
Jonathan Cohen
Date Reviewed: 
11/10/2010

Retribution

Artist: 
Obscura
Label: 
Relapse

These guys are a pretty good death/tech band that happens to feature 2 former members of Necrophagist. They're not really as experimental in their instrumentationl as Necrophagist, though.While the music often does contain plenty of tempo changes, technical riffs, and blast beats, most of the songs also have more of an old-school death metal feel that reminded me of bands like Suffocation quite a bit. They even cover their song "Synthetically Revived," along with Morbid Angel's "God of Emptiness." Overall, this is a nice and heavy album that is sure to satisfy any death/tech fan.

Sounds Like: 
Arsis
Sounds Like: 
Suffocation
Sounds Like: 
Decrepit Birth
Name: 
Alex Lopez
Date Reviewed: 
11/03/2010

Reflections Within Dissonance

Artist: 
Arkaik
Label: 
Unique Leader Records

Normally I am a fan of technical metal bands.  Not so with Arkaik.  Their songs are too similar to one another.  I understand having a theme for an album or something, but for these guys, sometimes it feels like one continuous, long song.  This isn't the worst thing in the world, but it does get boring when reviewing a CD.  Every song does have its own unique points.  Mostly this comes in the solo and changes in the rhythm, but to me, the overall feel and sound of each song is the same.  I don't want to detract from Arkaik's technical skills as the guitari

Sounds Like: 
Immolation