Hey there, tech fiends. It's that time of the week again. Before we dive into today's focus, here's the usual weekly reminder that if you're looking for even more sick bands to hear, all prior editions of this series can be perused here.
Today I’ll be focusing on the killer Toledo, Ohio-based duo Galactic Mechanics. The project formed in 2010 and has released one self-titled demo and three EP’s thus far. Some of you will likely already be aware of Galactic Mechanics guitarist Alex Ocaña’s fantastic main project, Subnuba. I was completely unaware of Galactic Mechanics until a week ago but am quickly becoming hooked on them.
The band released their third EP, The Ominious Quadrant, in early April. Galactic Mechanics has an interesting sound that reminds me of what would happen if Decrepit Birth, Deeds of Flesh, and Origin joined forces. Consisting of 4 songs and a light 14-minute run time, The Ominious Quadrant, is a filer-free slice of prime tech-death that I find myself putting on repeat a lot lately. This is a really impressive release, especially since a lot of the technical brutal death metal sphere is incredibly one-dimensional and bland. Galactic Criminal’s elaborate inclusion of progressive death metal tranquility as a foil to their consistently punishing approach adds a lot of depth and memorability to the material here.
The band released two EP’s in 2019 as well which I’ve only now jammed once a piece today for the first time but also found them to be excellent releases with a lot to intake in a very short span of time. Evidently they must have stockpiled a lot of good material over the years to be able to crank out three quality efforts in a one year span. Given that their only release prior to 2019 was their self-titled demo from 2011 that makes perfect sense.
For a fun and creative take on technical brutal death metal, it doesn’t get much better than The Ominious Quadrant. The release is embedded below for you to check out and you should definitely check out their two 2019 EP’s as well. You can follow the group over on the Galactic Mechanics Facebook Page.