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AnataFan4Life
08-13-2011, 10:51 PM
AKA "Im gunna try this list thing out guise"

Technical death metal has been a genre that has gained a serious amount of notoriety in the turn of the 21st century. Some bands have managed to pull off the genre tastefully and put out some amazing pieces of work, while others have managed to run it into the ground with mindless wank. So these are my top twenty choices for the cream of the crop in one of my favorite genres of music. I decided to make it a bit more interesting by only including albums that have come out in the 21st century. When it comes to modern tech-death, these are the twenty records that stand out to me the most.

The first album will be revealed soon...

EDIT: I decided to go with twenty instead of ten. Sorry for the false advertising >_<

llama lom
08-14-2011, 07:17 AM
Ooh I'll definitely be watching this one closely.

AnataFan4Life
08-14-2011, 08:24 AM
20. Dying Fetus - Destroy the Opposition

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/2/3/323.jpg?1047

Starting off the list, we have this monster of an album. Along with Necrophagist, they are one of the first bands to really get me into this genre (before then, I only knew a few bands like Death and Atheist). For me, and most people, this is where Dying Fetus hit their peak.

One reason that this album is so awesome is that it houses a variety of influences. While mostly being a brutal tech-death album, there are influences from quite a few other genres, ranging from chaotic grindcore passages, New York style hardcore influenced grooves and breakdowns, and hell, there's even some rap influence thrown in there! Don't let that scare you though, as it's only in the vocals. Another reason why this album made the list is the way the songs are written. One minute you have John shredding out some mind-bending riffs and leads with Kevin Talley destroying his drum kit, then all of a sudden, the band changes gears and beats you over the head with a dumb, catchy mosh-groove riff, or crushes you with a massive breakdown. Its the bands ability to have technicality coexist with simplicity that makes this such an interesting and fun record.

Examples:

Born In Sodom (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TexAFjM7_LE)
Epidemic of Hate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xLvCGp-x6I)
Pissing in the Mainstream (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKa0-vLXReo)

OraclesofAgony
08-14-2011, 10:20 AM
Wouldn't really consider it tech death, but what the hell that fact that you acknowledged this album gets approval from me. :fist:

AnataFan4Life
08-14-2011, 10:59 AM
Wouldn't really consider it tech death, but what the hell that fact that you acknowledged this album gets approval from me. :fist:

Yeah I was a tad bit iffy on its inclusion. There may be a few albums on here that aren't necessarily agreed on as being tech-death, but I tried not to list too many of those.

llama lom
08-14-2011, 07:55 PM
I've only heard bits and pieces of this album. I'll give it a full listen soon.

AnataFan4Life
08-14-2011, 08:57 PM
I've only heard bits and pieces of this album. I'll give it a full listen soon.

It's a pretty easy listen compared to most tech-death albums, as all the songs have at least one catchy mosh riff to balance out the really technical parts.

GarageMetal468
08-14-2011, 09:46 PM
It's a pretty easy listen compared to most tech-death albums, as all the songs have at least one catchy mosh riff to balance out the really technical parts.

This album is actually the inspiration for coming up with my user title! So many moments on this album where I just think... DAT RIFF

mankvill
08-14-2011, 09:46 PM
>Thread title: Top Ten
>First album: #20

AnataFan4Life
08-14-2011, 09:48 PM
>Thread title: Top Ten
>First album: #20

I was gonna do ten, but I decided there were too many awesome albums, so I decided on twenty. Too bad I did this after I made the topic *facepalm*

#19 will be coming soon. Hint? It's another band that got screwed by Earache records.

treghet
08-14-2011, 11:34 PM
I predict that the number one album will be Anata's The Conductor's Departure.

hellawaits77ny
08-14-2011, 11:58 PM
[CENTER]20. Dying Fetus - Destroy the Opposition



FUCK YEAH!!! As someone else mentioned, I'm always a bit hesitant to call DF tech death, but they definately do have aspects of it. And like you mentioned, they really a mix of so many death metal (and hardcore) subgenres. The opening of 'Praise The Lord...' is one of my favorite openers of all time!

Your post made me have to blast this album, which I have been for about a half hour. Pissing In The Mainstream is so GREAT. I agree with the lyrics so much, they're so true.

"I don't give a fuck about the TV ratings game,
The Real World's not a party, just a place for the insane.
If that reflects reality, then pass another drink
You try to be a millionaire, I'll vomit in the sink"

AnataFan4Life
08-15-2011, 04:27 AM
19. !T.O.O.H.! - Order and Punishment

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/8/2/3/5/82355.jpg

Ah yes, the Czech Republic has brought us many strange and unique bands in the realm of extreme metal. !T.O.O.H.! may very well be one of, if not the strangest. The band's name alone should be enough to tell you that something about them will be different! Their music, well...it's pretty inimitable, to say the least. They take the signature deathgrind sound that the Czech Republic made so famous, and proceed to push the musical boundaries into realms not thought possible. Their brand of progressive, quirky, and extremely catchy technical deathgrind quickly drew my interest after I saw them being constantly recommended on underground metal forums.

First of all, the lyrics are not in English, so while I have absolutely no fucking idea what the hell they are singing about, I really can't care when the music is just this fucking GOOD. The vocals...dear god. It sounds like he has an extreme case of the rabies. It's one of the most insane sounding things i've ever heard. You can hear him just WRITHING with spit. The musicianship is impeccable. The guitarists send out barrages of winding, jarring, complex riffs and amazing solos throughout the entire album, yet it's oddly catchy and never comes across as being self indulgent. You can hear plenty of jazz influence in their guitarwork, especially in the solos. They even manage to fit a few clean guitar sections in between all of the insanity going on. The rhythm section is killing it here too. The basslines are a bit more audible than most bands of their ilk, but the real highlight of the rhythm section is the drumming. He has such a clean, fluid, tasteful style not seen often in this style of music that puts many of their peers to shame. Plenty of bizarre fills, and furious blasting. Did I mention these songs are CATCHY? These guys, while being extremely technical, know how to write a fucking song. While the sheer intensity and insanity is always up front, there is an underlying sense of melody that drives the songs. You'll even hear a few SING ALONG parts along the way.

In the end, this band definitely deserves attention from any fan of technical music in general. BTW, "Konec Kontinentalniho Kontejneru" has the most awesome way to end a song, ever. You'll see what I mean. :horns:

Examples:
Al Amin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB3WQEfXDoI&feature=related)
Analyza Zahnedy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iavL2Ce1OE)
Konec Kontinentalniho Kontejneru (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34Jk-68LlqY&feature=related)
Abu Hassan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1WtJHNniHM)
Kali (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWW-EUmrzRU&feature=related)

treghet
08-15-2011, 04:29 AM
Speaking of the Czech Republic... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF6AazbybME

Are they on your list too? :D

AnataFan4Life
08-15-2011, 04:31 AM
Speaking of the Czech Republic... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF6AazbybME

Are they on your list too? :D

You will find out in due time ;)

jd091
08-15-2011, 05:24 AM
Awesome list! :rocker:

I've always loved tech death with a passion. Necrophagist wad the first real "death" metal band I got into, after my Metallica phase. Other than all the big names, though, I don't know a lot of these smaller bands, so hopefully you can help me out here. I'll definitely check these Czech dudes out.

And lemme guess: Anata #1? ;) I'd pick the Conductor's Departure, followed closely by a #2 The Onset of Putrefaction.

AnataFan4Life
08-15-2011, 05:58 AM
Awesome list! :rocker:

I've always loved tech death with a passion. Necrophagist wad the first real "death" metal band I got into, after my Metallica phase. Other than all the big names, though, I don't know a lot of these smaller bands, so hopefully you can help me out here. I'll definitely check these Czech dudes out.

And lemme guess: Anata #1? ;) I'd pick the Conductor's Departure, followed closely by a #2 The Onset of Putrefaction.

The Onset of Putrefaction would totally have been a contender, had it not been released in 1999, which is one year away from my criteria =/

As for Anata, you'll have to wait and see...

larvtard
08-15-2011, 06:38 AM
19. !T.O.O.H.! - Order and Punishment

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/8/2/3/5/82355.jpg

Ah yes, the Czech Republic has brought us many strange and unique bands in the realm of extreme metal. !T.O.O.H.! may very well be one of, if not the strangest. The band's name alone should be enough to tell you that something about them will be different! Their music, well...it's pretty inimitable, to say the least. They take the signature deathgrind sound that the Czech Republic made so famous, and proceed to push the musical boundaries into realms not thought possible. Their brand of progressive, quirky, and extremely catchy technical deathgrind quickly drew my interest after I saw them being constantly recommended on underground metal forums.

First of all, the lyrics are not in English, so while I have absolutely no fucking idea what the hell they are singing about, I really can't care when the music is just this fucking GOOD. The vocals...dear god. It sounds like he has an extreme case of the rabies. It's one of the most insane sounding things i've ever heard. You can hear him just WRITHING with spit. The musicianship is impeccable. The guitarists send out barrages of winding, jarring, complex riffs and amazing solos throughout the entire album, yet it's oddly catchy and never comes across as being self indulgent. You can hear plenty of jazz influence in their guitarwork, especially in the solos. They even manage to fit a few clean guitar sections in between all of the insanity going on. The rhythm section is killing it here too. The basslines are a bit more audible than most bands of their ilk, but the real highlight of the rhythm section is the drumming. He has such a clean, fluid, tasteful style not seen often in this style of music that puts many of their peers to shame. Plenty of bizarre fills, and furious blasting. Did I mention these songs are CATCHY? These guys, while being extremely technical, know how to write a fucking song. While the sheer intensity and insanity is always up front, there is an underlying sense of melody that drives the songs. You'll even hear a few SING ALONG parts along the way.

In the end, this band definitely deserves attention from any fan of technical music in general. BTW, "Konec Kontinentalniho Kontejneru" has the most awesome way to end a song, ever. You'll see what I mean. :horns:

Examples:
Al Amin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB3WQEfXDoI&feature=related)
Analyza Zahnedy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iavL2Ce1OE)
Konec Kontinentalniho Kontejneru (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34Jk-68LlqY&feature=related)
Abu Hassan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1WtJHNniHM)
Kali (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWW-EUmrzRU&feature=related)

:agree:

It's a bit disconcerting when I can tell that they're screaming in a different language though. With most albums, it doesn't bother me, as I wouldn't be able to understand if they were screaming in English or not anyway (example: the grind band Splitter). Still a really good album

treghet
08-15-2011, 06:44 AM
As for Anata, you'll have to wait and see...

Are you going to put their last three albums in your list? :tongue: Really though, they are all worthy of being here. Anata = :lovedup:

jd091
08-15-2011, 06:47 AM
That fucking back-and-forth guitar riff from Downward Spiral into Madness might just be my favorite metal riff, ever. :lovedup: It's just orgasmic every time I hear it.

ShatteredFlame
08-15-2011, 07:10 AM
ahh for a second I thought I hadn't heard it cause it's not in the RYM database at first sight, but it's just the American reissue. Great album!

AnataFan4Life
08-15-2011, 09:41 AM
Here's a hint for the next album in my list: this band is about to embark on a US Tour.

jd091
08-15-2011, 09:47 AM
Here's a hint for the next album in my list: this band is about to embark on a US Tour.

De-fucking-capitated.

AnataFan4Life
08-15-2011, 11:21 AM
18. Decapitated - Winds of Creation
http://www.metal-archives.com/images/4/8/0/480.jpg?0320

JD got it right.

Poland's Decapitated are certainly one of the biggest names in the technical death metal genre right now. After recovering from a tragic accident that ended the life of their very talented drummer, Vitek, the band is now bigger than ever, even going so far as to headline the annual Summer Slaughter Tour, and with a new album under their belt, they are still going strong. However, for me, their finest hour came from the start of their career.

One thing that is amazing about this album is the age of the band members. Sauron, Vogg, Vitek, and Rygiel all average to be about 17. I found it astonishing that such technical, brutal, and well written music was written by a band who was probably still in high school at the time! This album personifies a definitive modern tech-death record. The real standout on this album is Vogg's guitar playing. His guitar tone on this record has a nice, fat crunch to it, which is a nice change from some of the more clean and clinical sounding guitar of other tech-death bands. This album is chock FULL of riffs. Vogg's signature style of swift, choppy riffs can be heard on every song here, and every song here will give you ample chances to headbang to crunchy, catchy, and technically proficient riffage that will leave you with a sore neck. His solos aren't too shabby here either, though they just tend to be standard death metal solos, but they most certainly fit in with the insane riffs. The other highlight is the late Vitek's drumming. It's nice to see a drummer in a death metal band who has this much skill that ISN'T worried about playing as fast as he can. In fact, a lot of times you'll catch him playing some very concentrated beats that focus on keeping a catchy, stomping pace (a good example is album highlight "Blessed"). Topping it all off is Sauron, the only vocalist the band has ever had who actually sounds like he belongs in a death metal band. He mostly sticks to a low growl here, and while there isn't much that really stands out about his vocals, he does a competent job.

If you want to hear Decapitated before the Meshuggah-isms (not that I don't like their later material, but it's nothing compared to this), definitely check it out.

Examples:
Blessed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoRBaIlwIWc)
The First Damned (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=warbjg_kfRE)
Human's Dust (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x43_UPVH7Wc)
The Eye of Horus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoeIAgoiOFA&feature=related)

jd091
08-15-2011, 11:31 AM
Totally agree on the riffs being amazing and the "in beat" drumming, which is refreshing for a change. I actually find it a little crazy you got this album so low on your list. :lol: Nihility better be higher!

AnataFan4Life
08-15-2011, 11:36 AM
Totally agree on the riffs being amazing and the "in beat" drumming, which is refreshing for a change. I actually find it a little crazy you got this album so low on your list. :lol: Nihility better be higher!

You may find the order of some of my albums a bit "crazy" :D

OraclesofAgony
08-15-2011, 12:00 PM
THE EYE OF HORUS!!!!!!!!! :rocker::rocker:

One of my favorite death metal songs. That opening riff is just :drool:

The rest of the album rules as well.

treghet
08-15-2011, 12:02 PM
Glad to see that on here. One of the best tech death albums. :rocker:

AnataFan4Life
08-15-2011, 07:37 PM
Stay tuned, we are going to Canada next aye :D

larvtard
08-15-2011, 07:43 PM
Stay tuned, we are going to Canada next eh :D

Guessing that's what you meant to say...

ShatteredFlame
08-15-2011, 07:54 PM
Gorguts

larvtard
08-15-2011, 08:26 PM
As for a band to rule out: I was gonna include Revocation, but I decided that they were more associated with thrash than death.

haha, people say that all the time, but they're much more of a tech-death band to me. They just have a really thrashy edge.

jd091
08-15-2011, 08:27 PM
As for a band to rule out: I was gonna include Revocation, but I decided that they were more associated with thrash than death.

Eh... I definitely consider Revo a tech death band before thrash.

AnataFan4Life
08-15-2011, 08:30 PM
Idk, they ARE really fucking good. Who knows, maybe I might change it around ;)

AnataFan4Life
08-15-2011, 09:28 PM
17. Martyr - Warp Zone

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/2/9/6/1/2961.jpg

Many tech-death bands have gained notoriety in Canada, and are considered hallmarks of the genre. Cryptopsy, Gorguts, Neuraxis, you name it. One band who seems to slip under the radar, however, is a band called Martyr, who are probably more famous for Daniel Mongrain filling in as Voivod's guitar player than his actual band. Which is a damn shame, because this is one amazing slab of progressive/technical death metal.

One thing I really enjoy about this album is that it isn't particularly fast like most tech-death albums are. The fastest the songs go here is usually about thrash-level speed, and even then, Martyr prefers to hit a mid paced groove to let the mind bending riffs actually stick in your head. The album also makes very good use of odd time signatures in order to create memorable songs, rather than just show you how good they are with their instruments. As I stated, the guitars create some amazing riffs and melodies, tied together with some tasty soloing (Carpe Diem is a good example of their soloing skills). And while there are plenty of insanely technical chops here, they also know when to restrain themselves too. In fact, now that I think about it, a lot of the riffwork on here reminds me of Revocation of all bands. The rhythm section is notable too, for the basslines are actually quite audible and seamlessly weave in between the guitar lines, even getting some solo action at parts. The drumming on this album is pretty shocking, actually, because I don't think I recalled hearing a single blastbeat on the whole album. In fact, a lot of the drumming is centered around insane, jazzy fills and off-kilter time signatures. The thing that bothers people the most about this record seems to be the vocals, which, honestly, don't sound very death metal at all. In fact, Daniel's vocals are very throaty and have a much more thrashy sound to them, and only occasionally does his brother Francois actually throw in a proper death growl. They eventually grew on me though.

If you can warm up to the vocals-hell, even if you CAN'T, you should still give this album a chance, just because the music kicks ass.

I also have to make special note of the last song, which is a collection of riffs from other songs on the album, rearranged with spoken word overtop. It sounds sketchy at first, but trust me, it plays out better than you think.

Examples:
Warp Zone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVewgdyQvkE&feature=related)
Virtual Emotions (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzqt04faIHw&feature=related)
Endless Vortex Towards Erasing Destiny (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdIykpAtA-I&feature=related)
Carpe Diem (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wy5bEAqjAk&feature=related)
Realms of Reverie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QAq9zYzErE&feature=related)

OraclesofAgony
08-15-2011, 09:55 PM
I've been meaning to check this band out for a while now. Maybe I'll start with this one.

AnataFan4Life
08-16-2011, 05:59 AM
I've been meaning to check this band out for a while now. Maybe I'll start with this one.

Check out all three of their albums. They all kick ass! :rocker:

jd091
08-16-2011, 06:31 AM
Huh, this is definitely an interesting album now that I'm checking it out. Vocals could be a lot better, but I'm digging that dirty guitar tone as opposed to most clean-cut tech death. And call me crazy, but it's almost reminding me of Converge at times... :eyes:

Cool choice!

AnataFan4Life
08-16-2011, 06:41 AM
Huh, this is definitely an interesting album now that I'm checking it out. Vocals could be a lot better, but I'm digging that dirty guitar tone as opposed to most clean-cut tech death. And call me crazy, but it's almost reminding me of Converge at times... :eyes:

Cool choice!

They definitely take a much more old school approach to the genre, which plays out in their favor.

AnataFan4Life
08-16-2011, 08:21 AM
16. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Mafia

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/2/6/3/8/263811.jpg

"THATS NOT AN ALBUM ITS AN EP!!11!!!1" This may only be an EP, but it's a damn good one, and while I enjoy all of the band's work, I actually find this to be their peak performance.

This EP is the perfect bridge between their two albums: it's an evolution of the unrelenting intensity displayed on Oracles, by increasing the classical elements in their music, something that would fully manifest itself on Agony, and the songs here have a bit more dynamics than those found on Oracles.

The meat of this EP is the trifecta of intense badassery that is the first three songs. Thru Our Scars, Abyssal, and Conspiracy of Silence all harness the technical brutality of the debut, and add a bit more as far as songwriting goes. People seem to wonder what the octopus on the front is supposed to symbolize, and I think it may be referring to their drummer Francesco, because his drumming here is simply inhuman. Yes, he does a lot of blasting, but it fits within the context of the songs, and boy is he fucking FAST here. Even when he isn't jackhammering his kit at lightning speed, he's demolishing it with insane fills and blistering double bass rolls. The guitarists aren't slouches either. They utilize a mixture of crunchy, chugging riffs, tremolo picking, and spastic neoclassical leadwork to create some of the most intense riffing in technical death metal. As I stated, there are a few experimental elements on display here, one of them being bassist Paolo's clean vocals. These cleans have gotten mixed reaction within their fanbase, but while they aren't the best i've ever heard, they fit the music quite well. There's a few other experimental elements here and there as well, such as the violin on opener "Thru Our Scars". The At the Gates cover and the classical piece at the end of the album are also nice touches as well.

I know most of you probably expected "Oracles" if this band was gonna get on here, but to me, Mafia is the real highlight of the band's output. This album personifies the intense beauty that Fleshgod are able to create in their music.

Examples:
Thru Our Scars (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLQcHZkH8_o&feature=related)
Abyssal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwYHFZtttsw)
Conspiracy of Silence (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btmlf-7TPs0&feature=related)

jd091
08-16-2011, 09:27 AM
>Title is "Mafia"
>Cover is a picture of a Kraken

:confused:

Haven't heard this yet, but I wasn't a huge fan of either Oracles or Agony, so I don't know how I'll feel.

mastodon421
08-16-2011, 11:07 AM
Mafia is a great EP. It served as my introduction to Fleshgod Apocalypse and I've been hooked ever since. Agony is my favorite release by them to date though.

OraclesofAgony
08-16-2011, 12:49 PM
Ummmmmmmm..... FUCK YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Mafia is my favorite work of theirs as well. I can listen to it over and over.

OraclesofAgony
08-16-2011, 12:55 PM
>Title is "Mafia"
>Cover is a picture of a Kraken

:confused:

Haven't heard this yet, but I wasn't a huge fan of either Oracles or Agony, so I don't know how I'll feel.

I think it's a reference to an Italian TV drama "The Octopus" that was about the Mafia. I remember reading that somewhere. And a Google search of "octopus mafia" brings up this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_piovra).

AnataFan4Life
08-16-2011, 01:59 PM
After the brutality of Fleshgod, I think i'll be taking a visit to the more melodic side of tech-death now...

jd091
08-16-2011, 02:14 PM
After the brutality of Fleshgod, I think i'll be taking a visit to the more melodic side of tech-death now...

Nile? :snivel:

larvtard
08-16-2011, 03:30 PM
Nile? :snivel:

Nile, melodic? :lol:

AnataFan4Life
08-16-2011, 03:40 PM
15. Arsis - A Celebration of Guilt

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/8/0/6/38061.jpg

I wasn't familiar with Arsis until I watched an episode of Headbanger's Ball, when they were featured as the backing band for Ballet Deviare. I quickly became a fan of their "melo-tech-death", and while all of their albums kick ass, this one stands out the most, no contest.

As soon as you hear the opening riff to "The Face of My Innocence" you know that this isn't your typical melodic or technical death metal album. This album is definitely one of the more "riffy" albums in the tech-death genre. This album is filled to the brim with nice, meaty riffs that are laced with a melodic touch, without being completely drenched in it. They are quite technical as well, but not in the noodly manner that they would pursue on the next two albums. Instead the technicality manifests itself in an onslaught of riff after neck snapping riff, leaving you begging for more. Another thing I love about the guitars is the raw, dirty tone that they have. James managed to find one of the most unique guitar tones i've ever heard on a tech-death album. It adds a nice crunch to the riffs and solos that would otherwise sound very melodic. I also find it amazing that, with the exception of the drums, James does everything else here. The vocals, the guitars, the bass, all from one guy. Mark, the guy who DOES do the drums, does an excellent job. His fills and beats are done to serve the songs justice, and he really gives a lot of the songs on here a very catchy, bouncy sound to them. He always knows when to blast, when to slow down, and when to throw in a catchy beat or a tasty fill. I'm glad James decided to let him back in the band, because his style fit in the best with Arsis' sound.

This album is just so damn CATCHY. It's just...the riffs. THE RIFFS GODDAMMIT!

Examples:
The Face of My Innocence (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHC9w7pCIMQ)
Maddening Disdain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXpdx-FTrgM&feature=related)
Return (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__17BADdaOc&feature=related)
Carnal Ways to Recreate the Heart (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UevUw8OJ16o)
Dust and Guilt (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbpyD2hVfQs)
The Sadistic Motives Behind Bereavement Letters (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJwQ2eYluVQ)

jd091
08-16-2011, 03:41 PM
Nile, melodic? :lol:

They got... you know... like, the beginning of "Ramses Bringer of War"!

Edit: Woah, that arsis post happened within like, the 5 seconds it took me to type this. :lol:

AnataFan4Life
08-16-2011, 05:49 PM
They got... you know... like, the beginning of "Ramses Bringer of War"!

Edit: Woah, that arsis post happened within like, the 5 seconds it took me to type this. :lol:

Yeah I wouldn't exactly call Nile melodic. Maybe a little bit in certain parts, but I definitely consider them a brutal band.

Sooo...A Celebration of Guilt guize?

jd091
08-16-2011, 06:11 PM
Yeah I wouldn't exactly call Nile melodic. Maybe a little bit in certain parts, but I definitely consider them a brutal band.

Sooo...A Celebration of Guilt guize?

I'm kidding; Nile is like, the antithesis of melodic metal. :lol: I'll have to check Arsis out. I've never given them a fair chance.

AnataFan4Life
08-16-2011, 06:18 PM
I'm kidding; Nile is like, the antithesis of melodic metal. :lol: I'll have to check Arsis out. I've never given them a fair chance.

ACoG is a good place to start. If you like it, check out their other albums too. The next two are more in the noodly vein of tech death like Necrophagist and Decrepit Birth, and Starve For the Devil is a semi return to the first album, but with a more 80's power/thrash influence.

AnataFan4Life
08-17-2011, 06:38 AM
Heads up, we've got a real pioneer coming next :D

JuuKun
08-17-2011, 07:49 AM
Atheist?

AnataFan4Life
08-17-2011, 08:29 AM
14. Necrophagist - Epitaph

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/4/7/3/6/47360.jpg?1153

Ah, the infamous Necrophagist. The band who is both praised and criticized for the insane guitar wizardry of frontman Muhammad Suicmez. These guys pretty much invented the noodly, wanky, "weedly weedly" side of tech-death, and while many bands have adopted this style, few can pull it off like Necrophagist can. I'd say that this and their debut are about equal, but due to the debut being released before the 21st century, we will have to stick with just Epitaph.

Where do I start? With Muhammad of course. When I first heard this album, I was FLOORED by this guy's skill on the guitar. I had never quite heard anyone play like that at the time, and it would lead me to discover a plethora of new bands in this genre. There are so many riffs here that you would probably lose count, and most of them are very short riffs. The riffs are used to build up to the real highlight of the album, which, as most of you know, is Muhammad's solos. While this may sound pretty self indulgent on paper, he manages to make it work. Many bands took this approach and basically pushed it too far, to the point where the whole song is basically a solo, but Muhammad actually gives you something to look forward to. The soloing is some of the best you'll hear in tech-death, making use of almost every technique in the book. Arpeggios, sweeps, tapping, you name it. Every solo is neoclassical in nature, which is another thing the band pioneered. These neoclassical elements actually helped them stand out, something that their followers often failed to do. The rhythm section holds their own as well, as the basslines are often heard soloing before a guitar lead, and the drumming mostly consists of blasting with some rolls and fills here and there, but the majority of the attention goes to the amazing guitarwork. This may not sound very appealing to some, but like I said, it works here. The band knows when to break up the monotony on their songs, such as throwing in classical pieces transferred to guitar, such as "The Stillborn One" and "Only Ash Remains", or even the fan favorite "Seven", which refers to the time signature the song is played in.

If you completely despise clean sounding tech-death, then this album is probably not going to change your mind, as this definitely isn't for everyone. However, this album is a piece of history for me, and you should at lest give it a try.

Examples:
The Stillborn One (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xrt5234jxy8)
Diminished to B (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1HiGDT1d4c&feature=related)
Epitaph (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jHa4AyM6NQ)
Only Ash Remains (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oBGixxuu2E)
Seven (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT8QmxFzQQk)

jd091
08-17-2011, 09:05 AM
I can understand Anata being higher... but other than that... where the fuck are there 13 tech death albums better than this? Come on, man!

llama lom
08-17-2011, 09:13 AM
14. Necrophagist - Epitaph

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/4/7/3/6/47360.jpg?1153

Ah, the infamous Necrophagist. The band who is both praised and criticized for the insane guitar wizardry of frontman Muhammad Suicmez. These guys pretty much invented the noodly, wanky, "weedly weedly" side of tech-death, and while many bands have adopted this style, few can pull it off like Necrophagist can. I'd say that this and their debut are about equal, but due to the debut being released before the 21st century, we will have to stick with just Epitaph.

Where do I start? With Muhammad of course. When I first heard this album, I was FLOORED by this guy's skill on the guitar. I had never quite heard anyone play like that at the time, and it would lead me to discover a plethora of new bands in this genre. There are so many riffs here that you would probably lose count, and most of them are very short riffs. The riffs are used to build up to the real highlight of the album, which, as most of you know, is Muhammad's solos. While this may sound pretty self indulgent on paper, he manages to make it work. Many bands took this approach and basically pushed it too far, to the point where the whole song is basically a solo, but Muhammad actually gives you something to look forward to. The soloing is some of the best you'll hear in tech-death, making use of almost every technique in the book. Arpeggios, sweeps, tapping, you name it. Every solo is neoclassical in nature, which is another thing the band pioneered. These neoclassical elements actually helped them stand out, something that their followers often failed to do. The rhythm section holds their own as well, as the basslines are often heard soloing before a guitar lead, and the drumming mostly consists of blasting with some rolls and fills here and there, but the majority of the attention goes to the amazing guitarwork. This may not sound very appealing to some, but like I said, it works here. The band knows when to break up the monotony on their songs, such as throwing in classical pieces transferred to guitar, such as "The Stillborn One" and "Only Ash Remains", or even the fan favorite "Seven", which refers to the time signature the song is played in.

If you completely despise clean sounding tech-death, then this album is probably not going to change your mind, as this definitely isn't for everyone. However, this album is a piece of history for me, and you should at lest give it a try.

Examples:
The Stillborn One (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xrt5234jxy8)
Diminished to B (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1HiGDT1d4c&feature=related)
Epitaph (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jHa4AyM6NQ)
Only Ash Remains (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oBGixxuu2E)
Seven (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT8QmxFzQQk)

Now if only that new album came out.........

larvtard
08-17-2011, 09:14 AM
Necrofagist just doesn't do it for me.

AnataFan4Life
08-17-2011, 09:20 AM
I can understand Anata being higher... but other than that... where the fuck are there 13 tech death albums better than this? Come on, man!

I see you are a big Necrophagist fan?

jd091
08-17-2011, 10:31 AM
Necrofagist just doesn't do it for me.

Oh you can just shut da fuck up right now.

I see you are a big Necrophagist fan?

Seriously one of my favorite bands of all time. :lovedup: I've been blasting Epitaph for 6 years now. Patiently waiting for new material...

AnataFan4Life
08-17-2011, 10:58 AM
Seriously one of my favorite bands of all time. :lovedup: I've been blasting Epitaph for 6 years now. Patiently waiting for new material...

Why are all of the awesome bands suddendly mysteriously disappearing? :(

AnataFan4Life
08-17-2011, 11:18 AM
#13 will come after I get off work tonight. Everyone needs to hear this one :rocker:

AnataFan4Life
08-17-2011, 09:39 PM
13. Quo Vadis - Day Into Night

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/5/0/50.jpg

Canada's tech-death scene is well known for putting out some of the most quality music in the genre, both old school and newer bands. Quo Vadis is no exception to this, and Day to Night represents the pinnacle of their career in my eyes, and this album really cemented their place in the underground metal scene with their brand of well written, progressive, and melodic brand of technical death metal.

On Day Into Night, Quo Vadis make themselves stand out from most tech-death bands by incorporating a strong 80's metal influence, kind of like another tech-death band we all know and love. There's plenty of riffs that recall 80's thrash, and honestly, Quo Vadis are one of the only tech death bands I know who actually have a NWOBHM influence to their music (the galloping pace in "Let It Burn" being a perfect example). Which this album is full of. Lead guitarist and primary songwriter Bart clearly knows his way around his instrument, producing tons of technically proficient riffs, melodies, and solos. However, he never lets this album turn into a wankfest. He is able to produce some truly beautiful leadwork, such as the epic, flowing melodies and tasty soloing in "On the Shores of Ithaka", even throwing in a nice acoustic passage or clean guitar interlude here and there, and manages to keep all of the songs interesting throughout. Another highlight of this record is Yanic's drumming. Most tech-death drummers are known for their blasting (which this album has none of, by the way) or their insane fills. Yanic's defining trait, however, are those feet of his. Seriously, i'm surprised this guy hasn't put a hole in his drumkit with how he uses the double bass on this album. It serves as a nice and unique replacement for blastbeats. Also worth mentioning are the vocals. This guy is almost a dead ringer for sounding like Jeff Walker of Carcass fame. They would abandon this vocal style on the next album with their slight lineup change.

This album is a perfect example of a classy, catchy, well written tech-death album that doesn't quite get the recognition it deserves.

Examples:
Absolution (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTlgRuISKMs)
Dysgenics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t88H8B7amYM&feature=related)
Let It Burn (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6bhdkEiJr4)
On the Shores of Ithaka (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmSk-EUkwrs&feature=related)
Mute Requiem (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_w8HBo_3qI&feature=related)

mankvill
08-17-2011, 09:56 PM
13. Quo Vadis - Day Into Night

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/5/0/50.jpg

Canada's tech-death scene is well known for putting out some of the most quality music in the genre, both old school and newer bands. Quo Vadis is no exception to this, and Day to Night represents the pinnacle of their career in my eyes, and this album really cemented their place in the underground metal scene with their brand of well written, progressive, and melodic brand of technical death metal.

On Day Into Night, Quo Vadis make themselves stand out from most tech-death bands by incorporating a strong 80's metal influence, kind of like another tech-death band we all know and love. There's plenty of riffs that recall 80's thrash, and honestly, Quo Vadis are one of the only tech death bands I know who actually have a NWOBHM influence to their music (the galloping pace in "Let It Burn" being a perfect example). Which this album is full of. Lead guitarist and primary songwriter Bart clearly knows his way around his instrument, producing tons of technically proficient riffs, melodies, and solos. However, he never lets this album turn into a wankfest. He is able to produce some truly beautiful leadwork, such as the epic, flowing melodies and tasty soloing in "On the Shores of Ithaka", even throwing in a nice acoustic passage or clean guitar interlude here and there, and manages to keep all of the songs interesting throughout. Another highlight of this record is Yanic's drumming. Most tech-death drummers are known for their blasting (which this album has none of, by the way) or their insane fills. Yanic's defining trait, however, are those feet of his. Seriously, i'm surprised this guy hasn't put a hole in his drumkit with how he uses the double bass on this album. It serves as a nice and unique replacement for blastbeats. Also worth mentioning are the vocals. This guy is almost a dead ringer for sounding like Jeff Walker of Carcass fame. They would abandon this vocal style on the next album with their slight lineup change.

This album is a perfect example of a classy, catchy, well written tech-death album that doesn't quite get the recognition it deserves.

Examples:
Absolution (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTlgRuISKMs)
Dysgenics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t88H8B7amYM&feature=related)
Let It Burn (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6bhdkEiJr4)
On the Shores of Ithaka (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmSk-EUkwrs&feature=related)
Mute Requiem (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_w8HBo_3qI&feature=related)

FUCK YEAH MOTHERFUCKER I FUCKING LOVE YOU

I WENT TO BALTIMORE TO SEE THEIR SECOND EVER US SHOW HOLY SHIT IT WAS MIND-BLOWINGLY GOOD!

Absolution was one of my first metal songs! On The Shores Of Ithaka kicks dicks live! HORY SHET I HAPPY

JuuKun
08-18-2011, 06:16 AM
FUCK YEAH MOTHERFUCKER I FUCKING LOVE YOU

I WENT TO BALTIMORE TO SEE THEIR SECOND EVER US SHOW HOLY SHIT IT WAS MIND-BLOWINGLY GOOD!

Absolution was one of my first metal songs! On The Shores Of Ithaka kicks dicks live! HORY SHET I HAPPY

Yeah, they were fucking incredible live. They headlined the first night of New England Deathfest 09, but as soon as Neuraxis got off stage everyone retreated to the bar and for awhile me and my friend were the only ones up front for Quo Vadis :confused:

AnataFan4Life
08-18-2011, 09:58 AM
12. Lykathea Aflame - Elvenefris

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/7/2/0/8/7208.jpg

...and we come to this.

This album is one of those albums that makes you wonder "How the hell did somebody even THINK to come up with something like this?!" I don't know where the idea for this album came from, but i'm just glad they came up with it, because this album is like nothing you've ever heard before. These guys put a progressive, technical, and atmospheric spin on their home country's already unique brand of deathgrind, and were able to create an astounding work of art.

To put it simply, Elvenefris does something that hasn't been implemented in technical death metal, or even death metal in general. They've managed to make a death metal record that has a calm, ethereal atmosphere. Now, this may sound disastrous on paper, but believe it or not, it actually sounds amazing. Where do I start, but with Tomas Corn. Seriously, this guy could give Flo Mounier a run for his money. This guy flat out DESTROYS his kit on this album, as he crushes your skull with smooth fills and hyper blast rolls. As I stated, his style is comparable to the much more famous Cryptopsy drummer, but instead of the more calculated style that Flo employs, Tomas goes for a bit more of an organic sound to his drumming, which really benefits the atmosphere of the album. The riffing is actually a bit more simple than most tech-death albums, but this isn't a bad thing at all. In fact, every riff and melody serves a purpose in perpetuating the ethereal atmosphere of the album. Another thing that makes it very different from most tech-death is that there isn't a single guitar solo on the entire album. Again, this isn't a bad thing, because once you hear the album, you'll realize that there is no place for unnecessary guitar solos on here. Another thing I find very interesting about this album's atmosphere is that it almost sounds spiritual at times. By that I don't mean religious, but maybe in more of a introspective way. There's even a bit of a Middle Eastern, almost Arabic sound going on at times. Hell, some parts of the album even have hymn-like chants squeezed in between the brutal growls! It's kinda hard to describe; you'll have to listen for yourself.

"Atmospheric Progressive Technical Deathgrind" is a mouthful, but it's honestly the best way to describe what is going on with this record. It's what I like to call "brutiful".

Also worth mentioning is the 11 minute ambient track at the end, "Walking Through the Garden of Ma'at", which is a soothing end to an intense album. It's not for everyone, but it's definitely an interesting way to end the album.

Examples:
Land Where Sympathy Is Air (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF6AazbybME)
To Become Shelter and Salvation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IEqf9mo93w&feature=related)
Bringer of Elvenefris Flame (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiDK8ieH0b0&feature=related)
Flowering Entities (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYOX-W3Jri4&feature=related)
A Step Closer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Dx8TP9UMX8&feature=related)
An Old Man and a Child (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_DmmiCObOc&feature=related)

idrinkwine732
08-18-2011, 10:14 AM
An excellent addition. That is such a tough album to get into, but it's brilliant.

AnataFan4Life
08-18-2011, 11:45 AM
An excellent addition. That is such a tough album to get into, but it's brilliant.

Yeah, I can see where some death metal fans might get turned off by how "soft" it sounds.

treghet
08-18-2011, 12:36 PM
I am pleased. :party: That is one of my favorites.

AnataFan4Life
08-19-2011, 05:18 AM
I hope you guys like Egyptian stuff...

;)

jd091
08-19-2011, 05:26 AM
I hope you guys like Egyptian stuff...

;)

HMMMM I WONDER WHO IT WILL BE...

AnataFan4Life
08-19-2011, 07:46 AM
11. Nile - Annihilation of the Wicked

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/7/1/1/9/71195.jpg?3018

When it comes to the more brutal side of technical death metal, Nile are one of the best. By eschewing the Suffocation worship and incorporating Egyptian influence into their music, Nile have truly carved a place of their own into the subgenre, and what better way to show this than with their 2005 release, Annihilation of the Wicked?

What Nile have managed to do on this album is create brutal technical death metal that stays fresh and interesting throughout the entire album. The Egyptian influence is obviously one of the reasons. They use it as a songwriting tool, not as a gimmick, and they really give songs like the title track a dark, foreboding sound, whether it be through a guitar melody, acoustic passage, or a chant. However, that isn't the only reason why this album stands out. They also do this with sheer songwriting skills. Nile knows that nothing but fast songs can get a bit monotonous to some listeners, so they throw in some longer, epic tracks that experiment with a variety of tempos, and Nile can really show how unique they are when the songs slow down. They already played with the idea of epics on their last two albums, but this is the album where they really became a signature part of their sound.

The musicianship is extremely proficient here. Dallas and Karl employ a bit of a dual vocal style. Dallas uses a more traditional death growl, while Karl's growl is much deeper and bellowing, giving off a darker, more evil sound that will send chills up your spine. They also happen to be the two axemen for the band, and they sure as hell know how to use them. They deliver an assault of brutal, crushing riffs throughout the record. They know when to be technical and when to just be fucking HEAVY. Karl's leadwork in particular is amazing. This is where a lot of the Egyptian influence shines. He truly creates some cryptic, evil melodies on this record. His solos are very shreddy, but are tastefully done, and unlike a lot of more brutal tech-death bands, the solos are actually quite common. I like it in particular when he places a fast one after a slower section, which kinda adds a chaotic element to the sound. Where would a discussion of a Nile album be without mentioning the skills of George Kollias? This guy is inhuman when put behind the kit. This guy blasts away and throws out octopus-like drum fills, obliterating his drum set with the best of them. However, Kollias also changes it up a bit, going for slower, more epic sounding drumming, utilizing that double bass down there very well, and exploring for various different sounds and getting a bit creative behind there. His skills are revered for a reason.

What else can I say? If you want a quality brutal technical death metal album that goes beyond Suffocation worship, this album will be right up your alley!

I HATH BEEN MADE TO EAT FECES AND DRINK URINE:rocker:

Examples:
Cast Down the Heretic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ5QleN03DU)
Sacrifice Unto Sebek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRM1zw_v-NM&feature=related)
The Burning Pits of the Duat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y32aUtvwYpw)
Chapter of Obeisance Before Giving Breath to the Inert One in the Presence of the Crescent Shaped Horns (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om8zO4b2fnU)
Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lta-5A7TUmE&feature=related)

ShatteredFlame
08-19-2011, 08:01 AM
Their best album imo. :horns:

jd091
08-19-2011, 08:46 AM
The Egyptian influence is obviously one of the reasons. They use it as a songwriting tool, not as a gimmick, and they really give songs like the title track a dark, foreboding sound, whether it be through a guitar melody, acoustic passage, or a chant.

Yep. Agree 100% here, and that's why I love Nile. They're probably tied with Behemoth as my favorite death metal band out there. I love the "feel" of their death metal, too. Something about that whole egyptian/lovecraftian theme lends a far darker, sinister feeling to it than any gore/satan-themed metal. :horns:

That being said, I do like "Those Whom" slightly better than this album, which may seem like sacrilege to hardcore Nile fans. :eyes: Still a great album, front to back. Oh, and

:rocker: LAAAAAASHED TO THE SLAVE STIIIIIIICK :rocker:

xStructualDefect
08-19-2011, 05:38 PM
Quo Vadis sound fucking awesome. I've heard of them but never bothered to check them out because I thought they'd be just another death metal band but this stuff is legit. I'll look into them more.

mankvill
08-19-2011, 05:43 PM
man this thread blows the deathcore and nu-metal ones out of the water

OraclesofAgony
08-19-2011, 05:45 PM
The title track is probably my favorite Nile song. It's so damn awesome. As is the album.

llama lom
08-19-2011, 05:55 PM
Yep. Agree 100% here, and that's why I love Nile. They're probably tied with Behemoth as my favorite death metal band out there. I love the "feel" of their death metal, too. Something about that whole egyptian/lovecraftian theme lends a far darker, sinister feeling to it than any gore/satan-themed metal. :horns:

That being said, I do like "Those Whom" slightly better than this album, which may seem like sacrilege to hardcore Nile fans. :eyes: Still a great album, front to back. Oh, and

:rocker: LAAAAAASHED TO THE SLAVE STIIIIIIICK :rocker:

This. TWTGD is slightly better in my books, although this album has my absolute favorite Nile song. Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten has to be one of the most sinister songs ever. I love the Lovecraft ending too. :P

AnataFan4Life
08-19-2011, 07:06 PM
Halfway there! Here's the recap so far:

20. Dying Fetus - Destroy the Opposition
19. !T.O.O.H.! - Order and Punishment
18. Decapitated - Winds of Creation
17. Martyr - Warp Zone
16. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Mafia
15. Arsis - A Celebration of Guilt
14. Necrophagist - Epitaph
13. Quo Vadis - Day Into Night
12. Lykathea Aflame - Elvenefris
11. Nile - Annihilation of the Wicked

Number 10 coming soon! These guys are a real up and comer...

larvtard
08-19-2011, 07:15 PM
I've never liked the NIle instrumentals. To me, they sound like Karl Sanders going "OH HEY WE'RE EGYPTIAN-THEMED, SO WE SHOULD PROBABLY DO SOMETHING THAT SOUNDS SORTA EGYPTIAN LOL." Nile's guitar tone is one of my absolute favorites, and their fast shit is just beyond brutal, but their slow stuff is sooooo boring.

jd091
08-19-2011, 09:02 PM
I've never liked the NIle instrumentals. To me, they sound like Karl Sanders going "OH HEY WE'RE EGYPTIAN-THEMED, SO WE SHOULD PROBABLY DO SOMETHING THAT SOUNDS SORTA EGYPTIAN LOL." Nile's guitar tone is one of my absolute favorites, and their fast shit is just beyond brutal, but their slow stuff is sooooo boring.

The slow stuff is the best, motherfucker.

AnataFan4Life
08-19-2011, 09:15 PM
10. Beyond Creation - The Aura

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/0/1/5/301580.jpg

This one might comes as a bit of a shock, especially with how high it is on the list. These guys are Canada's newest recruit to their ever expanding technical death metal scene. These guys may be young, but they will soon be a force to be reckoned with in the tech-death world, and they prove this with their debut, The Aura.

Basically, this album is a progressive/technical death metal album, and while they aren't exactly reinventing the wheel, this album is amazing just because of how well written the songs are. Every song takes the best elements of their peers and combines them into a sound all their own. You can hear the brutality of Cryptopsy, the melody of Neuraxis, the progressive sound of Augury, everything that is great about the Canadian tech-death scene is radiated on this record. Every song manages to engage the listener without boring them with overindulgence. The riffing is quite simply top notch. These guys take a lot of cues from bands like Necrophagist and Obscura in their flowing technicality, yet they also add a more brutal crunch to their guitar playing, which will please those of you who find those two bands to be too melodic. This album is chock full of crushing and mindwarping riffs, broken up by the occasional breakdown, but don't let that scare you, as there is no cliche deathcore to be found here. The leadwork is fucking awesome. The solos sound very similar to Augury's Matheiu Marcotte, in that they are very neoclassical in nature, yet there is also an emotive side to them. This record also makes use of some dissonant melodies not too far removed from the likes of Martyr, Anata, and Quo Vadis. The percussion is also top notch, making use of a lot of interesting fills and proper use of blasting. Another big selling point about this record is the almighty Forrest on bass. This guy is a fucking class act on every record he plays on. How he is able to make some of the sounds that he makes on the bass is just beyond me. While I don't believe that this is his top performance, he is still in fine form here, with his flowing, emotive basslines really making themselves stand out when need be.

Now, the way I described this album may seem like nothing more than a "tech-death compilation" album, but the way they combine the various influences, along with their progressive approach to songwriting, gives them a sound all their own. If I had to describe these guys in one sentence, I would say that they are what Obscura would sound like if they came from Canada. These guys have a very bright future ahead of them with the direction they are going on this album.

If anything, at least listen to the title track. Seven minutes of fucking awesome.

Examples:
No Request for the Corrupted (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnpxRKzFNiE&feature=related)
Coexistance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MzAnRLfZOY&feature=related)
Omnipresent Perception (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWzSZWftu8U&feature=related)
The Aura (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeVtjpnja6Q&feature=related) 4:50 to 5:30 = :drool:
The Deported (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA0zEIJ0jq0&feature=related)

OraclesofAgony
08-19-2011, 09:35 PM
I just heard about this band a few days ago. I'm gonna give this a listen soon.

Rocco44
08-19-2011, 09:50 PM
Hmmm... definitely gotta check them out.

Great call with Quo Vadis btw

AnataFan4Life
08-20-2011, 11:24 AM
9. Nile - Those Whom the Gods Detest

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/2/4/9/6/249645.jpg?4856

...and Nile gets the honor of being the first repeat band on the list.

If I had to name the pinnacle of Nile's career so far, it would be their latest effort. While their previous outing, Ithyphallic, was still a great album, it was a bit of a letdown after the fucking awesomeness of the epic Annihilation of the Wicked, and I wondered if the band would ever be able to top such an achievement. Looks like I got my answer, and it was with a resounding yes.

Everything that made Annihilation of the Wicked such an amazing record is taken and is somehow improved, whilst adding a few new tricks here and there. As soon as the powerful opening riff to "Kafir!" hits your ears, you know you're in for a kickass album. The guitar tone is GREAT on this album. The riffs have more punch than any other Nile album i've heard thus far. On that note, the guitar playing is some of the best in Nile's catalog to date. There's plenty of stuff going on here, from Nile's usual fare of blistering, technical riffage, to the powerful, chilling Egyptian style melodies, to the bombastic, blazing solos. Speaking of which, this album has some of their best leadwork to date. Every song has at least one amazing solo, an element that was somewhat lacking in the last Nile record. Mr. Kollias is of course at the top of his game, as he bulldozes his way throughout the album with clinical precision on his kit, yet he never does it just to show off. Perhaps the biggest achievement made on this album are the songs themselves. Nile have really made sure that each song stands out, which can be tough to do in the more brutal side of tech death. The brutal, fast songs will tear you apart, and the slower, more epic tracks will crush you like a ton of bricks. This album also happens to be a bit catchier than the rest of Nile's catalogue. The Egyptian influences are incorporated better here than on any other album of theirs, from the clean vocal break right before the solo in "Kafir!", to the chants in "Hittite Dung Incantation", to the sinister darkness of the title track and "4th Arra of Dagon", this album will keep your attention held throughout.

Nile have truly outdone themselves with this record, and they have proven that they haven't run out of steam yet, and they don't seem like they will anytime soon.

Examples:
Kafir! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG13hWknobU)
Utterances of the Crawling Dead (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOE5o_Hmytk&feature=related)
Those Whom the Gods Detest (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr-m9TiUw6Q)
4th Arra of Dagon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn6X0s-dbbA&feature=related)
Iskander D'hul Karnon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igSEHmfy828&feature=related)

treghet
08-20-2011, 12:24 PM
That Beyond Creation album is really good. I'm glad to see others enjoying it. It seems that not many people know about them yet.

AnataFan4Life
08-20-2011, 07:58 PM
That Beyond Creation album is really good. I'm glad to see others enjoying it. It seems that not many people know about them yet.

I feel like they are gonna get big pretty soon. The same thing happened with Augury a few years ago.

llama lom
08-20-2011, 08:19 PM
Those Whom the Gods Detest has one of the best solo sections on any Nile song I've heard. For some reason, Kollias' part, even though it sounds simple, is just fucking amazing. I really need to watch that "Making of" video they released not too long ago.

AnataFan4Life
08-21-2011, 07:19 AM
8. Revocation - Existence is Futile

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/2/4/3/3/243352.jpg

Ah hell with it, I couldn't in all conciousness leave this album off the list! Revocation are a band that have quickly exploded onto the metal scene as of late, with their extremely potent blend of modern technical death metal and old school 80's thrash metal. When you listen to any of their albums, it's quite evident that they are onto something, and I think their sophomore effort, Existence is Futile, is the best example of this.

One thing these guys have that isn't seen very often in this style of music is ENERGY. Nothing sounds cold or calculating about their sound. Instead, it sounds like these guys wanted to pick up their instruments, and just have some fucking fun playing some fucking metal. They just know how to write catchy, exciting technical death/thrash that's just fun to listen to. There's just the right amount of 80's cheesy-ness to counterbalance their precise playing ability. They definitely aren't afraid to show where they draw influence from, blending many 80's thrash styles with their brand of tech-death. Whether it be the bludgeoning, D.R.I.-esqe crossover sounding "Pestilence Reigns", the Megadeth style mid-paced thrashing of "Deathonomics", the title track's old school death metal sound, the outlandish Voivod chording of "Across Forests and Fjords", the Watchtower noodling of "Dismantle the Dictator", or even the traditional heavy metal galloping section of "Leviathan Awaits", these guys make sure that each song is a unique experience of their own. The real highlight of the album is the up and coming guitar hero, David Davidson. This guy has some of the classiest, most smooth guitar playing in technical death metal, but he's not out to prove anything, because he has nothing to prove. He's just playing his own style of music, and he just fucking ENJOYS doing it. He doesn't waste a single riff on this album, making sure every single one of them flow perfectly, and that they are all catchy and will make you want to hit the repeat button. His solos are quite unique. Rather than playing in a melodic, neoclassical style or atonal shredding like a lot of tech-death bands, David opts for more traditional sounding guitar solos, recalling 80's guitar gods like Joe Satriani or Van Halen, and it never comes off as being pretentious at all. The rhythm section are not slouches at all though. A few nice basslines pop up throughout the album, and the drummer doesn't use very many blastbeats, instead preferring to keep up a catchy beat to deliver the songs with.

This album is just a BLAST to listen to. It's an amazing piece of well written technical death/thrash metal. If anything, Existence is Futile is proof that tech-death doesn't always have to be SUPER SERIAL. :tongue:

Examples:
Pestilence Reigns (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUV0IrfMC0w&feature=grec_index)
Deathonomics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bosKL4THxnM&feature=related)
Existence is Futile (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEjRywf5AwY&feature=related)
Across Forests and Fjords (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tMqo1epJA0&feature=related)
Reanimaniac (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PP_H8yRyapM&feature=related)
:rocker:Leviathan Awaits (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kRZ1YG5ugY&feature=related):rocker:

jd091
08-21-2011, 07:57 AM
Holy living shit, I take a break from this thread and 3 fucking amazing albums appear. :eek: :bowdown: :rocker:

Beyond Creation is definitely awesome. I need to listen to that album more, but it's very solid for tech death. Existence is Futile is amazing, of course. Some of the best "riffs" of any metal band out there in years.

But the best here, without a doubt, is Those Whom the Gods De-fucking-test. :shred: Nile's best album so far, honestly. They finally managed to take all their crazy awesome energy, riffs, and talent, put them together, and write an album full of great songs. They're very catchy for death metal, which I fucking love. You'll be singing the riffs back to yourself all day. And all of the songs are better live! ;)

AnataFan4Life
08-22-2011, 05:05 AM
7. Anata - Dreams of Death and Dismay

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/7/3/5/4/7354.jpg

Ever since Anata bursted onto the scene with their rough but powerful debut, "The Infernal Depths of Hatred", they have made legends out of themselves in the metal underground with their unique, progressive, and passionate take on technical death metal. With their sophomore effort, "Dreams of Death and Dismay", Anata make their stand as a standout band in technical death metal.

This album takes the melodic edge of the previous album, and adds a more progressive spin on it, with increased technicality and a wide variety of tempos. The songs themselves are never boring, and you can tell they really put a lot of thought and emotion into the compositions and where everything should go. One thing that separates this record from their other albums is the crunchy guitar tone. As opposed to the more fluid sound they would later pursue, this album finds Anata using a bit more of a darker, more buzzing sound that isn't too far removed from the Swedish death metal guitar tone of the early 90's! Anata are honestly the only tech-death band i've ever heard who has actually tried this. Fredrik and Andreas really know how to write some DAMN good riffs, as there are plenty of them. They are extremely technical and progressive in nature, yet they also happen to be very catchy and have the slightest hint of melody. This also happens to be the album where Anata really begin to use their counterpoint melodies to their advantage, which truly gives the guitars an element all their own. The leadwork is some of the most tasteful in the tech-death genre. The soloing is very melodic, and is only used when it actually compliments the music, not to show off their skills. Another note must be made about their drummer Conny. His percussion skills will leave you in awe. While Robert did a good job on their debut, Conny simply blows him out of the water. His fills are more fluid and technical, his blastbeats are faster, and he knows just when and what beat or tempo to play in at the right time, and yet he knows when to restrain himself and play something a bit more simple.

This album is kind of the "black sheep" of Anata's discography, being overshadowed by the rest of their work. That sucks, because this album is a real gem in the prog/tech-death heap. Listen for yourself, as a mere explanation doesn't do this justice.

On a sidenote, the album art is BADASS :rocker:

Examples:
Faith, Hope, Self Deception (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mHUYebc3jo)
Metamorphosis by the Well of Truth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGwwWaZwVLU)
The Enigma of Number Three (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtQNbqc1G5w)
Drain of Blood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUtHZIJbQxU)
The Temple/Erratic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Af-R-3hHNq4&feature=related)

mankvill
08-22-2011, 05:25 AM
I had no idea you liked Anata!

AnataFan4Life
08-22-2011, 08:59 AM
I had no idea you liked Anata!

:eek:

Natrlhi
08-22-2011, 12:27 PM
...and Nile gets the honor of being the first repeat band on the list.>implying there will be others

Anata, perhaps?

But seriously, I'd better start seeing some Origin around this motherfucker, or somebody's gonna get slapped in the mouth.

AnataFan4Life
08-23-2011, 05:21 AM
6. Augury - Concealed

http://www.cmdistro.com/images/xlarge/25890.jpg

When it comes to technical death metal nowadays, having a sci-fi or space theme just seems to be an inevitability. However, Canada's Augury were the first band of the genre I had ever heard who really attempted to tackle this theme musically, not just lyrically. Coming out in 2004, Concealed may not have been the first album to do this (that honor would go to Nocturnus' The Key), but they more or less took this theme and headed in their own direction with it, creating a rather unique, progressive, and textured sound that allows them to stand out from the tech-death heap.

One thing that may surprise you about this album is how brutal it is. A lot of bands who dwell in the more progressive and melodic realms of technical death metal are often criticized for their lack of bite and heavyness, but Concealed has a much more abrasive sound than most bands of their style. This works in Augury's favor, as the more brutal edge allows the more melodic and progressive parts of their sound to really stand out. These guys really know how to write a damn good song. Rather than the technicality being used to just show how well they play, on this album it is utilized to make the songs twist, turn, and flourish into all kinds of varied dynamics and exceptional song structuring. The guitars create some very extraterrestrial sounding stuff here. From brutal tremolo riffing, to more technical, progressive chording, to insane soloing, to weird melodies and crazy sound effects, Patrick and Mathieu do it all here. While both guys play leads, there is a very distinct contrast in their soloing styles. Mathieu takes on a more melodic, fluid, and neoclassical sound, whereas Patrick favors a much more atonal, experimental style of leadplay (such as the closing solo of Beatus). Speaking of Patrick, he is also the band's lead vocalist, and boy does he have a RANGE. Everything from typical growls, to brutal bellowing, to an almost black metal-style shriek, he is all over the place. He even throws in a few Obituary-esqe growls in a few songs! His cleans are a bit tough to get into at first, sounding like a mix between 80's James Hetfield and folk, but they will grow on you, and they are simply amazing. This album also employs a female singer, who would leave the band after this. Her voice is quite beautiful, giving songs like the crushing "In Russian Dolls Universes" and the epic "Lair of Purity" an odd sense of mystique with her almost operatic vocal style. This album is another that happens to host the talents of the amazing fretless bass player Forrest. He really gets a chance to show what he's made of on tracks like the jazzy "Cosmic Migration", as his basslines bob and weave throughout the songs in a very classy manner. He never comes across as "HEY GUIZE I CNA PALY BASS RLY GEWD", but instead you will hear some of the classiest bass playing in tech-death. The drumming is probably the least standout element of the album, but that isn't to say he's bad. He does an excellent job at playing technically but tastefully, and keeps the songs flowing like they should.

This album really opened my eyes as to what bands in this sub-genre can really do when they get creative with their playing skill. This is an amazing debut of a band who would later go on to become a rising star in the world of technical death metal.

Examples:
Beatus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hlSMQ-_WAU)
Cosmic Migration (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ayt7tTV1zk&feature=related)
Nocebo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJV6tWt9Rwc)
In Russian Dolls Universes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgQl18SXDRI)
The Lair of Purity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DlWQr8wYvY):drool:

AnataFan4Life
08-24-2011, 12:25 PM
5. Obscura - Cosmogenesis

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/2/2/3/0/223077.jpg

I became interested in Obscura when they actually sent me a friend request on Myspace (back when everyone actually used it) and I noticed they had members of Necrophagist and Pestilence. After checking out their debut and being impressed by it, I had a feeling Cosmogenesis was gonna be a great album, but I never expected it to be THIS good. This album's brand of cosmic-themed, progressive, technical death metal sent waves across the metal community, and for a good reason.

One thing that I really enjoy about this record is that they are able to mix old-school and modern sounds so well. One minute you will hear elements that are similar to what you'd find on a Necrophagist (obviously) or a Decrepit Birth record, and next you'll hear something that harkens back to the days of Cynic and 90's Death. However, don't mistake these guys for simply worshipping their idols, as they take these influences and mix them with their own sound, rather than just copying it. While this record may not be exactly groundbreaking, it doesn't matter because it's just so WELL WRITTEN. Vocalist/guitarist Steffan and former Necrophagist guitarist Christian really take command of their guitars, with Christian really showing how much he has evolved since being in Necrophagist, as he and Steffan really know how to write riffs that are both catchy and complex, whether it be the mind warping fury of "The Anticosmic Overload" or the Human meets Focus style sound of "Incarnated", all of the riffs are well structured and have a somewhat proggy structure to them, and they really know how to give this album an extraterrestrial atmosphere with their use of melody. The soloing is in the neoclassical vein ala Necrophagist, but I like the solos better here, as they show a bit more melody and passion (the solos in "Noospheres" is a good example). Steffan's vocals are also nicely done, ranging from a Chuck Schuldiner style screech to a more modern sounding death growl, and he even throws in a few Cynic-esque vocoder parts. Another big highlight for the album is Jeroen Paul Thesseling, who also lends his talents to Pestilence. It's a shame he left, because his basslines are amazing. He also play a big part in giving the album it's extraterrestrial sound, as his basslines are very unique for tech-death, in that they tend to have a somewhat dark, ominous sound to them, such as in "Choir of Spirits", where Jeroen plays a tremolo riff on his bass. Hannes has also evolved since his time in Necrophagist. He doesn't blast as much on this album, but he really explores some new avenues behind the kit on this record, showing off a bit more of a tasteful sound here.

Obscura definitely earns their place on the list with their sophomore effort. By kicking things up to the next level from their debut, Cosmogenesis has plenty to offer and left a lasting impression with me. At the very least, it's something to check out while you patiently wait for the new Necrophagist record. :tongue:

Examples:
Choir of Spirits (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEMSlHCEu8A)
Incarnated (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzjKMYsiGyk)
Infinite Rotation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff8HS2PR_y0&feature=related)
Noospheres (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdAK0sb7ok8&feature=related)
Centric Flow (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44D7K-trJew&feature=related)

OraclesofAgony
08-24-2011, 12:41 PM
I've enjoyed Omnivium a lot more. I haven't given this one as much of a chance though.

NecroRob
08-24-2011, 01:36 PM
I've enjoyed Omnivium a lot more. I haven't given this one as much of a chance though.

I like Cosmogenesis much more than Omnivium. Omnivium just lacks something for me...I still need to listen to it more though.

Also, this list is great so far :rocker:

OraclesofAgony
08-24-2011, 01:57 PM
I like Cosmogenesis much more than Omnivium. Omnivium just lacks something for me...I still need to listen to it more though.

Also, this list is great so far :rocker:

Yeah I need to listen to Cosmogenesis more. The only songs I remember well are Universe Momentum and Incarnated. Universe Momentum is a fantastic song though.

NecroRob
08-24-2011, 03:38 PM
Yeah I need to listen to Cosmogenesis more. The only songs I remember well are Universe Momentum and Incarnated. Universe Momentum is a fantastic song though.

The solo in Universe Momentum is one of my favorite solos of all time :lovedup:

jd091
08-24-2011, 04:15 PM
Cosmo is good, but I enjoyed Omnivium much more personally.

AnataFan4Life
08-25-2011, 05:49 AM
4. Anata - Under a Stone With No Inscription

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/3/2/5/2/32522.jpg

Look who decided to come back! Anata, the merchants of a much more passionate and emotive variant of progressive/technical death metal, hit a real home run with this one. By stepping up their songwriting, technique, and sheer creativity, Anata have managed to put out this quality piece of work that is difficult, and I mean DIFFICULT, to put down (I know it is for me).

Right from the abstract artwork, you know this album is gonna be something special from the get-go. There's just so much to enjoy on this album. Fredrik and Andreas really take it to the next level on this album. This album is just a neverending flow of awesome riff after motherfucking awesome riff. They really manage to pull off some awesome sounding stuff on this album, whether it be the smattering of awesome riffs on "Shackled to Guilt", the finger tapping section of "Entropy Within" (I warn you: once you hear this part, you will be doing a SHIT TON of rewinding), the flowing, melodic soloing of "Sewerages of the Mind", or the jarring, chaotic beauty of "The Drowning", they manage to pull off something in each song that makes it unique, and it doesn't always necessarily have to be a solo. Speaking of which, there really aren't that many of them on this album. Only about half of the songs have a proper guitar solo, but you won't really care or even notice, because they are doing so many awesome things on their guitar, but no matter what crazy things they may be doing, you can always tell that they are passionate about what they do. A lot of tech-death albums can be viewed as pretentious and overindulgent guitarwise, but this is not one of them. Even down to Fredrik's vocals, you can feel they put their hearts into this music, which is a very admirable quality to have in a genre like tech-death. Conny Petterson, holy shit did he step up his game. I love the way his drumming sounds. Every fill, every blastbeat, every pedal kick, just sounds so fluid and smooth. This guy really goes insane on this album, possibly moreso here than any other Anata album, but he never goes overboard and always manages to stay in the context of the song. He really knows how to lace these songs together perfectly with his jarring yet flowing skills behind that kit of his.

Holy fucking shitballs, this one hell of an album right here folks. Whether you are a guitar guy who wants to hear awesome riffs, a drum guy who want to hear some crazy drumming, or you just want tech-death that's fucking ENJOYABLE to listen to, you'd be hard pressed not to find it here. This is truly an achievement for the genre.

FIGHTING THE ENEMIES WITHIN, FIGHTING THE ENTROPY WITHIN :rocker:

Examples:
Shackled to Guilt (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ksiYPr21Wc)
A Problem Yet to Be Solved (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtsWkRq7MCg&feature=related)
Entropy Within (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e_XYowIzEc&feature=related)
Sewerages of the Mind (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0608FLtwbA&feature=related)
The Drowning (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5X5nfh-Mw8)
Any Kind of Magic or Miracle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vKt8PTQWEs&feature=related) :drool:

jd091
08-25-2011, 06:58 AM
:rocker:

And if The Conductor's Departure isn't in the top 3, you're crazy.

AnataFan4Life
08-25-2011, 07:17 AM
Anyone wanna take a crack at the top 3?

GarageMetal468
08-25-2011, 09:30 AM
Origin, Decrepit Birth, and I'm guessing another Anata album

Rocco44
08-25-2011, 10:19 AM
The Conductor's Departure, Gorod, Psycroptic

jd091
08-25-2011, 11:33 AM
The Conductor's Departure, Gorod, Psycroptic

Ah, that's true! I forgot about Psycroptic. I don't know if they're top 3 material, though. Top 10, for sure.

AnataFan4Life
08-25-2011, 11:46 AM
I'll go ahead and say this: none of them are Psycroptic. Good band, but they don't really stand out when compared to some of the other big names in tech-death.

jd091
08-25-2011, 12:14 PM
I'll go ahead and say this: none of them are Psycroptic. Good band, but they don't really stand out when compared to some of the other big names in tech-death.

More Decapitated, maybe? :snivel: And you didn't rule out Gorod, so I'd say them, too.

NecroRob
08-25-2011, 03:40 PM
The Faceless? Gorguts? Atheist? Demilich?

jd091
08-25-2011, 04:43 PM
The Faceless? Gorguts? Atheist? Demilich?

Yeah, what's the list so far? If there's no Faceless in it... I'll be mad!

mankvill
08-25-2011, 05:20 PM
lol at these tards thinking The Faceless deserves a spot with Gorguts, Demilich, Atheist, etc.

larvtard
08-26-2011, 05:51 AM
not a huge tech-death fan, at all, but your descriptions make me want to listen to these albums :party: Which is obviously the best compliment you could get... ;)

as far as tech-death goes, I really like Origin, Neuraxis, and Gorod, and that's pretty much it, so it would be cool if one of those bands' albums was on here :rocker:

AnataFan4Life
08-26-2011, 07:18 AM
3. Augury - Fragmentary Evidence

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/2/3/4/0/234054.jpg

Most tech-death fans probably wouldn't even have this album in their top "whatever" list, let alone having it ABOVE Concealed, but this album has actually grown to be one of my favorites in the genre. When I first heard that Augury had another round of celestial themed progressive/technical death metal headed our way, I was quite excited, especially with how awesome Concealed already was. However, I never expected something of THIS magnitude.

This record has quite possibly the best use of dynamics I have ever heard on a tech-death record. These songs have a LOT of things going on in them, which explains the longer song lengths. One minute they are tearing you apart with insane blasting and brutal riffs, and the next they could be riding on a melody, acoustic guitars, or an atmospheric section. I feel the difference in dynamics is stronger here than on their previous record, and so is the extraterrestrial atmosphere. Every song gives off a feeling of exploring the unknown. It's hard to describe, but it manages to capture the mystical, celestial atmosphere of Concealed and strengthen it, making everything more varied and textured.

The guitarwork is amazing. One thing you can tell is that their technicality has increased from Concealed, but so has their compositional ability and creativity. This album has a lot of catchy, headbangeable riffs, ranging from brutal, shredding riffs, to the more noodly, proggy sections in songs like "Orphans of Living". The acoustic breaks have an almost folkish atmosphere to them, and there's also a lot of clean guitar sections. These sections have a very jazzy, mystical sound, and do well to tie together the more abrasive parts of the songs. This record also has more guitar solos than their previous one, but don't mistake them for being mindless wank, as the leadwork is very moving, a good example being the amazing solo that opens up "Skyless". The solos are mostly neoclassical like their last album, but they seem more memorable on this record, and are never thrown in for the sake of having a solo. While the band no longer has the female vocalist, Patrick's vocal range sounds better than ever. His lows are more brutal, his highs are more terrifying, and his cleans are more moving. This record also makes use of a few guest singers, such as Aborted's Sven De Caluwe and Leilindel of Unexpect. This can sometimes be a risky thing to do, but on Fragmentary Evidence, they are used tastefully, and never sound like they were just tacked on just to have guest vocalists. Unfortunately, this is the last album where Augury would have fretless bass sensation Forrest before he left to join Beyond Creation, but boy did he go out with a BANG. This is by far his best performance in his career so far. His smooth, wavy basslines hold the songs together like an adhesive, shown is songs like "Simian Cattle" or the classy bass solo in "Aetheral".

On this album, Augury has shattered the boundaries they already set on Concealed, by making the songs even more captivating and adding more variety and textures to move the songs forward. It's hard to explain, but trust me, this album is just fucking GOOD.

P.S. Oversee the Rebirth. Listen to it. ALL OF IT :drool:

Examples:
Simian Cattle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6HyF5eonNg&feature=fvst)
Orphans of Living (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MqwBqfD47k)
Jupiter to Ignite (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-_NsAKNeao&feature=related)
Sovereigns Unknown (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEZQM1dtPSY)
Skyless (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrAHhZuSeSY&feature=related)
Oversee the Rebirth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM94mzCQI-8)

jd091
08-26-2011, 07:34 AM
Listening to Oversee the Rebirth right now. This shit is gooooooood.

mastodon421
08-26-2011, 07:45 AM
lol at these tards thinking The Faceless deserves a spot with Gorguts, Demilich, Atheist, etc.

:finger: Nice pick with Augury, Fragmenting Evidence is such a great record. Jupiter To Ignite and Simian Cattle especially standout to me, the bass is:drool:

GarageMetal468
08-26-2011, 08:09 AM
Thats definitely one of my favorite album covers ever! For some reason I do like FE more than Concealed but I havent given the latter too many listens

AnataFan4Life
08-26-2011, 09:19 AM
Glad to see this album is being so well received. It's pretty underrated, but I love it.

Rocco44
08-26-2011, 07:31 PM
I have listened to Concealed and liked it quite a bit. I will have to check this one out as well.

#2 maybe Leading Vision and #1 obviously Conductors

AnataFan4Life
08-27-2011, 06:19 AM
2. Obscura - Omnivium

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/2/9/4/7/294750.jpg

You guys didn't think I was going to forget about this, did you?

I honestly didn't know if it would have been possible for Obscura to top an album like Cosmogenesis. That album had all the makings of not only an amazing tech-death record, but an amazing metal record in general, and was easily a highlight of 2009. So when they announced that they had a new album in the works, expectations were obviously very high, and they had a pretty high bar to raise.

Well, those expectations were surpassed, and the bar was risen even HIGHER.

This is without a doubt Obscura's most progressive album to date. With this album, Obscura move forward with a bit more of a darker sound. This album's ominous, cosmic atmosphere is a lot stronger than on Cosmogenesis. While their last album was a well done mixture of old and new, this time we find Obscura discovering their own sound. One thing I really like about this album is that even though all of the songs are tied to a concept (Friedrich Schelling's "On Nature's Connection to the Spirit World), each song is distinct. Every song has something that makes it stand out from the rest of the songs. Whether it be the acoustic dynamics of "Septuagint", or "Ocean Gateways" and it's sludgy, twisting crawl, or even the dissonant, warped atmosphere of the black metal influenced "Velocity", every song has something in it that will make you want to listen to it again.

Another new aspect of the album is the use of seven string guitars. They really give the riffs and solos THAT much more impact. Speaking of which, there are some great riffs on this album. Steffan and Christian really stepped up their game in that regard, writing some amazing riffs that blow you away with their technicality, yet they are very well structured and will stick in your head. Christian handles most of the lead guitar on this album. The soloing is some of the best in the genre, HANDS DOWN. The solo in "Vortex Omnivium" has to be one of my favorite guitar solos of all time. Steffan's vocals are more or less the same as they were on the last record, but he does experiment a bit on this album with things like pitch shifted vocals and just a bit more clean vocoder vocals than on Cosmogenesis. On bass we sadly have Thesseling's final performance with Obscura, but boy is it a FANTASTIC performance. Just listen to the beautiful bass solo in the aforementioned "Septuagint" to see what I mean. I'm not sure where the hell he comes up with stuff like this, but few can match his level of skill and creativity with the instrument. Hannes does an EXCELLENT job. Not only has he managed to upstage both his performance on Necrophagist's "Epitaph", but also his performance on Obscura's previous record! His blasting is tastefully used and is faster than it's ever been in his entire career. His technical chops are better here than on anything else he's done, with amazing usage of fills and tempo changes.

Omnivium is truly a testament to one of my favorite genres of music. With extremely talented musicians at the helm who have a penchant for amazing songwriting, Obscura have crafted one of my personal favorite records. Bravo gentlemen, bravo.

Examples:
Septuagint (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQgED2w1Yzw)
Vortex Omnivium (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eafxe8mql1w&feature=related)
Ocean Gateways (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbwlSyLA_AA)
Prismal Dawn (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KgrOpV5ehE&feature=related)
Velocity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAPpXcvGpps&feature=related)
Aevum (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6Cb001n2s8&feature=related)

jd091
08-27-2011, 07:01 AM
2. Obscura - Omnivium

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/2/9/4/7/294750.jpg

You guys didn't think I was going to forget about this, did you?

I honestly didn't know if it would have been possible for Obscura to top an album like Cosmogenesis. That album had all the makings of not only an amazing tech-death record, but an amazing metal record in general, and was easily a highlight of 2009. So when they announced that they had a new album in the works, expectations were obviously very high, and they had a pretty high bar to raise.

Well, those expectations were surpassed, and the bar was risen even HIGHER.

This is without a doubt Obscura's most progressive album to date. With this album, Obscura move forward with a bit more of a darker sound. This album's ominous, cosmic atmosphere is a lot stronger than on Cosmogenesis. While their last album was a well done mixture of old and new, this time we find Obscura discovering their own sound. One thing I really like about this album is that even though all of the songs are tied to a concept (Friedrich Schelling's "On Nature's Connection to the Spirit World), each song is distinct. Every song has something that makes it stand out from the rest of the songs. Whether it be the acoustic dynamics of "Septuagint", or "Ocean Gateways" and it's sludgy, twisting crawl, or even the dissonant, warped atmosphere of the black metal influenced "Velocity", every song has something in it that will make you want to listen to it again.

Another new aspect of the album is the use of seven string guitars. They really give the riffs and solos THAT much more impact. Speaking of which, there are some great riffs on this album. Steffan and Christian really stepped up their game in that regard, writing some amazing riffs that blow you away with their technicality, yet they are very well structured and will stick in your head. Christian handles most of the lead guitar on this album. The soloing is some of the best in the genre, HANDS DOWN. The solo in "Vortex Omnivium" has to be one of my favorite guitar solos of all time. Steffan's vocals are more or less the same as they were on the last record, but he does experiment a bit on this album with things like pitch shifted vocals and just a bit more clean vocoder vocals than on Cosmogenesis. On bass we sadly have Thesseling's final performance with Obscura, but boy is it a FANTASTIC performance. Just listen to the beautiful bass solo in the aforementioned "Septuagint" to see what I mean. I'm not sure where the hell he comes up with stuff like this, but few can match his level of skill and creativity with the instrument. Hannes does an EXCELLENT job. Not only has he managed to upstage both his performance on Necrophagist's "Epitaph", but also his performance on Obscura's previous record! His blasting is tastefully used and is faster than it's ever been in his entire career. His technical chops are better here than on anything else he's done, with amazing usage of fills and tempo changes.

Omnivium is truly a testament to one of my favorite genres of music. With extremely talented musicians at the helm who have a penchant for amazing songwriting, Obscura have crafted one of my personal favorite records. Bravo gentlemen, bravo.

Examples:
Septuagint (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQgED2w1Yzw)
Vortex Omnivium (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eafxe8mql1w&feature=related)
Ocean Gateways (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbwlSyLA_AA)
Prismal Dawn (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KgrOpV5ehE&feature=related)
Velocity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAPpXcvGpps&feature=related)
Aevum (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6Cb001n2s8&feature=related)


YEEEEAH! :party: Definitely in my top 5 this year, and way better than Cosmogenesis. Nice pick! But that is eliminating a lot from the top spot... since as we all know...

http://www.routerfreak.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/highlander.jpg

THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!

AnataFan4Life
08-27-2011, 08:58 AM
Well, we are almost to the end of the list! Here's one last recap:

20. Dying Fetus - Destroy the Opposition
19. !T.O.O.H.! - Order and Punishment
18. Decapitated - Winds of Creation
17. Martyr - Warp Zone
16. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Mafia
15. Arsis - A Celebration of Guilt
14. Necrophagist - Epitaph
13. Quo Vadis - Day Into Night
12. Lykathea Aflame - Elvenefris
11. Nile - Annihilation of the Wicked
10. Beyond Creation - The Aura
9. Nile - Those Whom the Gods Detest
8. Revocation - Existence is Futile
7. Anata - Dreams of Death and Dismay
6. Augury - Concealed
5. Obscura - Cosmogenesis
4. Anata - Under a Stone With No Inscription
3. Augury - Fragmentary Evidence
2. Obscura - Omnivium

#1 will come shortly...

DethMaiden
08-27-2011, 09:01 AM
I was gonna be pissed at the lack of Death/Cynic/Atheist, but oops, "modern."

Hey, at least you have the two best Nile records on the list. Don't particularly care for any of the rest of these bands though.

AnataFan4Life
08-27-2011, 09:13 AM
1. Rings of Saturn - Embryonic Anomaly

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/2/7/5/7/275728.jpg

Yep.
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http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_vRNhzwaOFlk/S-SHWybsguI/AAAAAAAAAYQ/lJWiemUhoFk/s1600/Real_Trollface_by_Ukinojoe.jpg

I couldn't do that to you guys in all conciousness :lol:

Will post the REAL #1 tomorrow.

jd091
08-27-2011, 09:37 AM
:lol: :party: Well done, sir. Well done.

But seriously, the fact that Antithesis isn't on here so far worries me. A lot.

AnataFan4Life
08-27-2011, 09:44 AM
:lol: :party: Well done, sir. Well done.

But seriously, the fact that Antithesis isn't on here so far worries me. A lot.

Antithesis is an awesome album, but it had too much competition IMO.

I take it you're a big Origin fan?

jd091
08-27-2011, 09:51 AM
Antithesis is an awesome album, but it had too much competition IMO.

I take it you're a big Origin fan?

Yeah, I love Origin. Kind of sad that they're not gonna be on this list; they definitely deserve it.

AnataFan4Life
08-27-2011, 09:58 AM
Yeah, I love Origin. Kind of sad that they're not gonna be on this list; they definitely deserve it.

There were a lot of albums I wanted to include, but just couldn't fit. Some bands I thought about including, like Immolation and Hacksaw to the Throat, ended up being omitted because I didn't think that they were considered technical by most people. I tried to just stick with the twenty albums I personally enjoyed the most out of them all. It was a tough list to make, considering that there's hardly ANY tech-death that I don't like.

AnataFan4Life
08-27-2011, 08:27 PM
1. Anata - The Conductor's Departure

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/9/9/3/8/99381.jpg

I'm pretty sure everyone saw this one coming.

This album. THIS FUCKING ALBUM. Where do I even start?! Merely calling this the pinnacle of Anata's career so far would be an injustice to this masterpiece. When someone asks what a technical death metal album should sound like, the correct answer would be to hand them a copy of this album. Not only is this what every technical death metal band should strive for, but this is also what a metal album in general should sound like. This album right here makes me proud to tell everyone that I am a death metal fan.

The songs are very progressive in structure, but without the pretension. The instrumentation is technical, without being self-indulgent. The brutality is bonecrushing, without becoming monotonous. The atmosphere is powerful, without being overbearing. The melody is emotional, without being cheesy. They have taken every facet of their sound, and polished it to a razor fucking sharp point. Most albums have that one part where you have thoughts like "They could have done without this song", or "This part should have lasted longer", or "Why is this section here?" This album has none of that. Bad songs do not exist on this album. Boredom? NOT HERE, ASSHOLE. The entire 54 minutes that this album runs, they are doing SOMETHING to catch your attention. Whether it be a catchy riff, a breathtaking melody, a jawdropping solo, a tasty drum fill, you name it, it's here.

This is a progressive/technical death metal album that has NOTHING to prove. This album has four guys who pick up their instruments, and proceed to blow away every single stereotype that you may have possibly concieved of their genre, just because they CAN. This album is bursting at the seams with passion and emotion. Fredrik and Andreas use every necessary skill on their guitars to achieve one of the most unique sounds in the technical death metal realm. Every riff, every solo, every melody, is EXACTLY where it should be. Just listen to the counterpoint riffing of "Downward Spiral Into Madness", or the moving, back and forth melodies of "Better Grieved Than Fooled" or the jagged, passionate, juggernaut known as "The Great Juggler". Brutality and technicality coexist with emotion and melody here. Not a single goddamn note is wasted on any type of meaningless filler. Even the interlude "Children's Laughter" is an amazing display of emotive clean guitar. A lot of the guitarwork on this album sounds...sentimental. That may be an odd way to describe it, but it's true. They are quite possibly the only death metal band i've ever heard to capture such an emotion and channel it through ten tracks of technical insanity. Fredrik's vocals stick to his tried and true "wild boar" style growl, but there's something different. He's not just trying to sound "brutal" or "evil", but his growls are truly coming from within his soul. How he manages to come off as being this sincere with death metal vocals is beyond me. Then we have Conny. Christ this guy has really done it this time. He has displayed COMPLETE control over that drumkit of his. Every fill, roll, beat, and blastbeat is in the right place. He never tries to show off, never tries to play "REEL FUKIN FAST DOOD", and never gets stale, lazy, or repetitive. His fluidity is at its finest here. Everything sounds COMPLETELY natural. He is obviously an amzing drummer, but he never tries to shove this fact in your face, and never overpowers the guitars like in some albums. Henrik Drake, their bass player whom I regrettingly failed to mention until now, is even a standout here. His basslines are quite possibly the darkest part of the album, and while they may not be at the level of technicality of the rest of the band, they play a VERY important part, as they give the album much of the low end that allows for such a moody, melancholic atmosphere. Yes, you're reading that correctly. A tech-death album that achieves melancholy.

Umm...why the FUCK are you still reading this?! Why aren't you listening to this?! With The Conductor's Departure, Anata have taken the entire genre of technical death metal, and proceed to completely shit upon it's altar. They have taken the crown, and rightfully claimed their spot on the throne as the kings of this genre. They rightfully stake their claim as the number one band on my list and...JUST LISTEN TO THE FUCKING ALBUM AND GET YOUR COLON BLOWN OUT OF YOUR GODDAMN SHITHOLE.

BTW, the title track will be the best eight minutes of your life. FACT.

Examples:
Downward Spiral Into Madness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvCdgZRlGhI)
Complete Demise (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZF3Vaj-0PM)
Better Grieved Than Fooled (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77IGJKmFAbg&feature=related)
The Great Juggler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIqPbZ20EXI)
Cold Heart Forged in Hell (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwnnzwmZA24)
I Would Dream of Blood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II_2MTJQ3do)
Discordance Pays (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZdVHQ0gS0Q&feature=related)
Children's Laughter (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhGwuhFx9Sc)
Renunciation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmUpX_YnTIg&feature=related)
The Conductor's Departure (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbC50C_J7ws)

(That's right, the entire goddamn thing :rocker:)

llama lom
08-27-2011, 08:31 PM
I saw this coming from a mile away. :lol: I will agree with you though. When my friend gave me a copy, bricks were shat. I fucking LOVE this album. :rocker:

treghet
08-27-2011, 08:52 PM
I predict that the number one album will be Anata's The Conductor's Departure.

:cool:

jd091
08-27-2011, 08:54 PM
1. Anata - The Conductor's Departure

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/9/9/3/8/99381.jpg

I'm pretty sure everyone saw this one coming.

This album. THIS FUCKING ALBUM. Where do I even start?! Merely calling this the pinnacle of Anata's career so far would be an injustice to this masterpiece. When someone asks what a technical death metal album should sound like, the correct answer would be to hand them a copy of this album. Not only is this what every technical death metal band should strive for, but this is also what a metal album in general should sound like. This album right here makes me proud to tell everyone that I am a death metal fan.

The songs are very progressive in structure, but without the pretension. The instrumentation is technical, without being self-indulgent. The brutality is bonecrushing, without becoming monotonous. The atmosphere is powerful, without being overbearing. The melody is emotional, without being cheesy. They have taken every facet of their sound, and polished it to a razor fucking sharp point. Most albums have that one part where you have thoughts like "They could have done without this song", or "This part should have lasted longer", or "Why is this section here?" This album has none of that. Bad songs do not exist on this album. Boredom? NOT HERE, ASSHOLE. The entire 54 minutes that this album runs, they are doing SOMETHING to catch your attention. Whether it be a catchy riff, a breathtaking melody, a jawdropping solo, a tasty drum fill, you name it, it's here.

This is a progressive/technical death metal album that has NOTHING to prove. This album has four guys who pick up their instruments, and proceed to blow away every single stereotype that you may have possibly concieved of their genre, just because they CAN. This album is bursting at the seams with passion and emotion. Fredrik and Andreas use every necessary skill on their guitars to achieve one of the most unique sounds in the technical death metal realm. Every riff, every solo, every melody, is EXACTLY where it should be. Just listen to the counterpoint riffing of "Downward Spiral Into Madness", or the moving, back and forth melodies of "Better Grieved Than Fooled" or the jagged, passionate, juggernaut known as "The Great Juggler". Brutality and technicality coexist with emotion and melody here. Not a single goddamn note is wasted on any type of meaningless filler. Even the interlude "Children's Laughter" is an amazing display of emotive clean guitar. A lot of the guitarwork on this album sounds...sentimental. That may be an odd way to describe it, but it's true. They are quite possibly the only death metal band i've ever heard to capture such an emotion and channel it through ten tracks of technical insanity. Fredrik's vocals stick to his tried and true "wild boar" style growl, but there's something different. He's not just trying to sound "brutal" or "evil", but his growls are truly coming from within his soul. How he manages to come off as being this sincere with death metal vocals is beyond me. Then we have Conny. Christ this guy has really done it this time. He has displayed COMPLETE control over that drumkit of his. Every fill, roll, beat, and blastbeat is in the right place. He never tries to show off, never tries to play "REEL FUKIN FAST DOOD", and never gets stale, lazy, or repetitive. His fluidity is at its finest here. Everything sounds COMPLETELY natural. He is obviously an amzing drummer, but he never tries to shove this fact in your face, and never overpowers the guitars like in some albums. Henrik Drake, their bass player whom I regrettingly failed to mention until now, is even a standout here. His basslines are quite possibly the darkest part of the album, and while they may not be at the level of technicality of the rest of the band, they play a VERY important part, as they give the album much of the low end that allows for such a moody, melancholic atmosphere. Yes, you're reading that correctly. A tech-death album that achieves melancholy.

Umm...why the FUCK are you still reading this?! Why aren't you listening to this?! With The Conductor's Departure, Anata have taken the entire genre of technical death metal, and proceed to completely shit upon it's altar. They have taken the crown, and rightfully claimed their spot on the throne as the kings of this genre. They rightfully stake their claim as the number one band on my list and...JUST LISTEN TO THE FUCKING ALBUM AND GET YOUR COLON BLOWN OUT OF YOUR GODDAMN SHITHOLE.

BTW, the title track will be the best eight minutes of your life. FACT.

Examples:
Downward Spiral Into Madness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvCdgZRlGhI)
Complete Demise (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZF3Vaj-0PM)
Better Grieved Than Fooled (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77IGJKmFAbg&feature=related)
The Great Juggler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIqPbZ20EXI)
Cold Heart Forged in Hell (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwnnzwmZA24)
I Would Dream of Blood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II_2MTJQ3do)
Discordance Pays (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZdVHQ0gS0Q&feature=related)
Children's Laughter (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhGwuhFx9Sc)
Renunciation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmUpX_YnTIg&feature=related)
The Conductor's Departure (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbC50C_J7ws)

(That's right, the entire goddamn thing :rocker:)

:party: Downward Spiral Into Madness is still probably one of my favorite songs of all time. Jesus fuck. And this totally deserves the #1 spot. Well done! I enjoyed this list a ton, man.

jd091
08-27-2011, 08:57 PM
:cool:

:lol: Page 2! Well done, sir.

AnataFan4Life
08-27-2011, 08:58 PM
:party: Downward Spiral Into Madness is still probably one of my favorite songs of all time. Jesus fuck. And this totally deserves the #1 spot. Well done! I enjoyed this list a ton, man.

Glad you liked it! :D

I had a lot of fun with this, and hopefully this list has gotten some of you to check out some truly awesome albums. :rocker:

larvtard
08-28-2011, 07:31 AM
I played the title track...WOW. I definitely know what you mean by them being able to convey emotion. They're just...WOW.

Alduin
01-03-2012, 01:28 PM
I find the lack of Pavor's 2003 album "Furiso" on this very saddening

Natrlhi
01-03-2012, 03:29 PM
I'd better start seeing some Origin around this motherfucker, or somebody's gonna get slapped in the mouth.Remember this?

http://bostinno.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/monkey-slap1.jpg

Don't say you weren't warned.