Abiotic – Ikigai (2021) – Review

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Ah, yes. The blood-soaked, often ice-cold lands of the Japanese isles. Rich in history and home to many a myth, martial arts, and intricate rules that are hard to fathom by our mushy Western minds.

It is with this somber world of ninjas and samurais, bloody battles, and bloodthirsty monsters that the undead of Abiotic hit our review pipe. And hit it hard with a Tech Death piece that made us sit up straight after the first few beats.

That’s pretty unusual, by the way. Our relationship with this genre has always been contentious at best. Because quite often, … [...] Click to raid more!

Cult of Lilith – Mara (2020) – Review

Last updated on 12 February 2021

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I don’t like tech death very much, I don’t like the mayhem it creates, and I don’t like the lack of coherence it usually engenders. Good dissonance is distinctly different and just screaming your way through a complicated mush of styles often leaves many of these bands on the road to perdition. A desolate place where only an imbibed few will utter the praise they crave.

Because their style – like it or not – will never hit those large fan crowds. And besides, just showing your wares as a tech master will … [...] Click to raid more!

Pyrrhic prescribe their fans Vile Slumber!

Last updated on 1 October 2020

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Technical Metal. This excuse to go wild on any lick, hook, and element you might think of. True, RockmusicRaider already covered a few pretty good Tech Death bands out there. But it remains a troubled and hectic approach to your metal. A tendency of haste and untamed arrangements that often are counterproductive, to say the least.

Now imagine you go ahead and heap anything blackened that seems to fit on top of all the death elements you can think of. Now that would be what? Technical Black Metal on deathly meth? Well, whatever.… [...] Click to raid more!

Black Passage – The Veil (2019) – Review

Last updated on 2 October 2020

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Never, ever cease to look for those mutineers. For those bands that step outside the proverbial boundaries that somehow appeared. Invisible borders, not necessarily decreed by law, but more often by elitist popularism.

Driven by few to imprint their beliefs onto the masses that oftentimes gladly submit to the yoke of unified thought control and overcooked political correctness. A very Orwellian world, but one that we do see emerging more and more these days.

In music, ‘specialists’ will categorize everything that sounds into genres. And it seems that more is … [...] Click to raid more!