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 all prior editions of this series can be perused here.
The UK tech-death scene has definitely been on a hot streak for a while so I'm glad to help launch a new song today from another band in the region called Where Deprivation Lies. The last time I covered this British quintet was back in 2018 when I listed their EP, Psalms to the Synthetic Divine on my year-end list for this column that year.
For anyone new to the group. it might help to back up a bit, as several members of Where Deprivation Lies cut their teeth live and on studio releases under the name Circle Spectre Haunting for many years prior to this current project getting off the ground. Although I didn't get around to covering that project, the music was damn good and all of their time spent developing as musicians in that project prior to the formation of WDL shows in the quality music that Where Deprivation Lies creates.
I think the best way to cut at the heart of what they do is to think of their music as cutting into two dual tech-death intersections at once, on one front that would be the more Vale of Pnath and The Black Dahlia technical melodic death strains of technical death metal. And, at the other end of their sound, a focus on Soreption and The Zenith Passage inspired ideas, which means groovy, brutal, and progressive death metal-inspired tech-death ideas that do feel sort of cyber-ish for lack of a better qualifier. The end result is still something I've not heard many bands in the tech-death sphere create which is why I'm excited to help launch "Riches to the Conjurer" today. The song comes off the group's debut album, Tempest which will see release on December 4th. Prior to the launch of today's single, you can also check out the debut single, "Valkyrie" which features a ripping guitar solo from Cognizance mastermind Alex Baille.
The band was kind enough to share with us today that "Having released the first single "Valkyrie", today we launch the next blistering track, "Riches to the Conjurer", a crushing barrage of technical death metal journeying through the dystopian hellscape of the cyberpunk world, to create a distinctly intense auditory experience, designed to fire up the synapses and truly immerse the listener."
Although I have not heard all of Tempest in full, I'm fairly certain it'll be worth your time and money based on the two singles available and the sonic groundwork laid on their prior 2018 EP. So be sure to check out "Riches to the Conjurer" below along with "Valkyrie" and Pslams to the Synthetic Divine from 2018 if you haven't heard it yet. Pre-orders should be up sometime today on Bandcamp. You can follow the band over on Facebook and Instagram.