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.
If 2020 tech-death has one definitive narrative worth dissecting, it's that the old lesson from Severed Savior continues to hold true that Brutality Is Law! This has been one of the strongest years for numerous strains of technical brutal death metal in many years. With that in mind, it's important to highlight this year's new album from Goreworm, Prodigy of the Grotesque.
The Ontario-based project has only been around since 2018 and has already dropped an EP called The Path To Oblivion in 2018 in addition to this year's album, Prodigy of the Grotesque. Both of which came out through the often stellar Canadian label CDN Records. While doing a bit of research, I see that fellow Metal Injection writer Jason Deaville had in fact covered the band here in 2018 already!
The best thing about Goreworm is that they don't follow a stereotypical technical brutal death sound, this is a really diverse, well written, and outside-of-the-box take on the style that I can only compare to Torturous Inception and Wormhole really. If you're familiar with those bands, the points of reference signal a sound that constantly jumps all over the place but does so in a refined way that I rarely if ever hear. Prodigy of the Grotesque is a beautiful collision of brutal death and tech death and slam spliced up in a myriad of varied and interesting ways in each song. Rounded out by some surprising melodic death metal and black metal elements that work quite nicely and adds additional flair and uniqueness to the sound the group plays. I'd say the aforementioned melodic death metal and black metal touches are certainly what takes this release over the top and helps it stick out in my mind.
If you haven't heard Prodigy of the Grotesque yet, it's embedded below for your listening pleasure. I'm really excited to hear what these guys come up with next. Especially given that they're already working on their next release and have enlisted drummer Robin Stone (Virulent Depravity, Ashen Horde, live for Convulsing, Gods of Eden, etc.) as a session player who is a goddamn machine. If you like the release, you can order it here and here. Be sure to follow the group over on the Goreworm Facebook Page.