Germany’s Necrophagist are pioneers in the field of technical death metal. These virtuoso players have been honing their craft since 1992, but due to founder and guitarist Muhammed SuiÃ§mez’s meticulous perfectionism, they have only managed to release two albums, 1999’s Onset of Putrefaction and their 2004 masterpiece Epitaph.
Loyal fans across the globe have been waiting for over a decade for the release of the follow-up to Epitaph. The band swears that they are still actively working on the new album and that it will be released when SuiÃ§mez feels that it is ready. Let’s hope that the wait is worthwhile and the prolonged production hasn’t taken any of the bite away from their assault, because as it stands now, the only competition that Necrophagist faces in the world of technical death metal comes from their own canon.
My selection for this Massive Metal Monday is the second track of Epitaph and it is called “The Stillborn One.” Enjoy and keep your eyes open for that new record… just don’t hold your breath for it.
Allegaeon‘s music is so heavy and technically intricate that it needs a bit of comic relief. That’s why the technical melodeath band from Fort Collins, Colorado are as well known for their wacky and lighthearted videos as they are for their epically crushing compositions. There is something oddly satisfying about a band whose songs deal with subjects as weighty as astrophysics, trigonometry, extraterrestrial life, and stem cell research making goofy videos. In the clip for their recent single “1.618” (a song about the so-called “golden ratio”), they mocked the ridiculous modern metal scene by spinning the “wheel of subgenres” and then morphed hilariously into the corresponding fashions.
In the video for today’s Massive Metal Monday track “Threshold of Perception,” they visit the beach for a little fun, sun and death metal. You ain’t seen nothing until you’ve seen a blast beat on children’s sand pails or a death metal singer brushing his teeth while growling gutturals! So check it out, crank it up, and enjoy. And, if you dig what you’re hearing, pick up a copy of Allegaeon’s brilliant new album Elements of the Infinite on Metal Blade Records.
Polish technical death metal titans Decapitated have had a storied career, from signing their record deal while still in their teens in the late 1990s to a bus accident in 2007 that left their drummer dead and their singer in a coma. The band went on a two-year hiatus after the tragedy before deciding to continue with a new drummer and singer.
2011 saw Decapitated make a triumphant return with the critically acclaimed album Carnival Is Forever. Now comes the band’s sixth album, Blood Mantra, which already has the metal world abuzz.
Boston-based technical death metal legends Revocation are preparing to drop their fifth album, which is the first since their signing to legendary metal label Metal Blade. The disc, titled Deathless, will hit the streets on October 14th.
In the meantime, the band has granted us a taste of the record in the form of the title track and first single. Check out “Deathless” and prepare for the return of one of death metal’s most talented and versatile bands.