Tech-Death Tuesday: INERTIA Merge Chaos And Modern Complexity To Form The Vortex Of Sound That Is Teratoma
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.
Buffalo, New York-natives Inertia has been on my radar since their 2015 debut EP, The Cotard Delusion was released and melted my brain. Towards the end of November 2018, the group put out a new full-length, Teratoma. I didn't get to cover it until now but rest assured this is a jaw-dropping release that may very well blow you away as much as it has blown me away. Inertia calls themselves experimental technical death metal, a tag that I'd say is spot on. They have a deconstructed type approach to death metal that draws from many other metal styles and genres molded together in fascinating varied ways much like Pyrrhon or early The Red Chord, early Ion Dissonance and Psyopus mixed with modern influences from Fallujah, Beneath The Massacre, Decapitated, The Schoenberg Automaton, and Cytotoxin.
My mind can't take how insane Inertia – Teratoma is. I ran behind on jamming it, but I'm rarely this blown away by new music. I can tell I'll be listening to this for years to come. I'm truly and utterly in awe of the scope and insanity on display throughout Teratoma. A bit of post-rock and math-rock style tapping a la chon or animals as leaders combine with calm ethereal vibes adds another dimension to many of the tracks. It's like the first Between the Buried and Me’s sense of melancholy but in a tech death setting. Teratoma is often a gut-wrenching emotive force beyond its deathly force and heft. At the same time, Inertia on Teratoma is just as often going full-blown berzerk buttressed by earth-shaking blurs of heaviness frequently. All in all, Teratoma covers so much ground and has as many beautiful and uplifting parts as it does downright nasty and eye-popping moments, that this album has something for just about everyone.
This album is, in my view, some truly next level shit, one that fans of The Aftermath – Vermine from last year a lot of us loved will likewise love this album for all the same schizophrenic qualities amidst incredibly jaw-dropping material on every single song. So be sure to check out the album below, if you like it you can order it through the Inertia Bandcamp Page. Be sure to follow the group over on the Inertia Facebook Page.