Hey there tech fiends, it's that time of the week again. Before we dive into today's focus, here's the usual reminder that if you're looking for more sick music, all prior editions of this series can be perused here.
In the last few years, there's been a sea change of sorts in the world of technical brutal death metal, specifically when it comes to groups freshly charting a heavily dissonant infused take on the style sparked by it's best acts like Wormed, Disentomb, Defilementory, and Unfathomable Ruination. Even now, it's still a fairly rare thing to find in the world of technical brutal death metal, so I'm happy to hear Switzerland-based bludgeoners Anachronism have gone down this path on their new album Orogeny we're doing the early stream for today ahead of its official release this Friday, July 6th.
Having covered the group’s previous 2015 release at NoCleanSinging, it was obvious then that they had talent but were lacking a singular and cohesive framework with which to switch between the brutal and progressive death metal opposing ends within their sound. This time around on Orogeny everything feels much more intricate and sharp, incredibly dark and terrifying yet thunderously brutal, this album is one to be reckoned with. It's what I like to call "intelligent" brutal minded technical death metal, it's incredibly heavy and devastating, yet there is an air of sophistication to it few in the world of this style are capable of achieving.
I have been listening to this album daily for five weeks now, and I can’t get enough of it. If you liked Wormhole that I did the early stream for last year, this one will be a new favorite for you. It’s a similar mix of tech-slam and brutal death with some typical tech-death and prog-death very subtly embedded in and mixed about in a ton of different formulas. To explain the music on Orogeny succinctly, it sounds like the unholy offspring off Artificial Brain, Wormed, and Disentomb given extra flair from progressive death metal and shards of mathcore-esque heaviness and chaos in certain moments. The magnificent and eclectic riffs combined with first-class songwriting is what steals the show, but Orogeny is just damn good on all levels honestly. From the artwork by Adam Burke, to the menacing and fierce vocals of guitarist Lisa, to the audible in the mix and energetic bass playing (which I found out is a virtual instrument as their bassist left–it fooled even my ears), and solidly rounded out by the busy as fuck machine-like drumming of Florent Duployer.
If you feel a lot of brutal death or technical brutal death is one-dimensional and mind-numbing, Orogeny is its intelligent counterpoint, and really showcases dissonant infused technical brutal death crafted on a high level few have done it at. So jam our early stream of the album below, and if you're digging it, you can pre-order it through the Anachronism Bandcamp Page. Be sure to follow the group over on the Anachronism Facebook Page.