Hey there tech-fiends! As I mentioned before, each Tech-Death Tuesday this May will feature an early exclusive stream by a different band. But before we get into what that means for the creeptastic release streaming below by Replicant, I want to take a moment to discuss First Fragment. If you missed my stream of Dasein yesterday here at MI, then listening to the music in that link is 100% required listening. As always, all prior editions of this series can be perused here.
New Jersey based self-described "unorthodox death metal" group Replicant are today's focus. While a fairly new band, some of you will be familiar with the band that Replicant shares members with, fellow New Jersey death metal act Dystrophy. Whose 2015 album, Wretched Host, tore a hole into my soul and replace my mind with dreams of endless acts of arson. Worthless Desires is Replicants first release, and its a welcome addition to the growing horde of dissonant and weird death metal groups to pop up in the last decade.
While the four horrific songs on Worthless Desire definitely reflect an older Gorguts influence, there is also a prominent dimension of old school death metal prominent throughout in a Ripping Corpse and other older death metal gods of old sort of way who inspired this as Replicant themselves told me. Plus some more modern chaotic skronk-y passages woven throughout that often reminds me of Pyrrhon's spastic and unconventional take on death metal. The focus on Worthless Desires is never on breaking the sound barrier through mind-numbing speeds, but rather is a creepy exercise in powerful soul draining murk that unfolds at a mainly mid-tempo rate. This is technical death metal attempting to merge the past and present together, and the end result is definitely worth your time. Replicant-Worthless Desires officially comes out this Friday, May 20th through PRC Records. And can be pre-ordered here. Be sure to follow the band on their official Replicant Facebook Page too.