Marasmus
Necrotic Overlord

Here’s some tech death from the best heavy metal label in existence, Transcending Obscurity. If you don’t believe my words, you can always check my year end list where I mentioned this. Once again, though, that’s in my words, so if you don’t believe it here, you won’t there. Anyway… Here’s some new tech death from this always reliable, stellar label in the form of Marasmus, their third full length overall, but first for TO.

They don’t waste much time getting into it with the opener, which is called “Ectoplasmic Violation.” No ambient extended intros here. They’re just going to go for your throat with the vocals starting almost immediately. There’s a solid hook in the chorus, which is complemented by a little bit of a tech death style “widdly widdly.” It’s short, punchy, powerful, and a hell of an opener.

“Appeasing Thantos” is the next one I’ll mention, which is track 3. It definitely toes that line between brutal death metal and tech death, but let’s not pull punches here. A large amount of this album does the same. There’s a great, although buried verse riff, and a solid “outro” section, which is a far cleaner guitar passage than you’ll hear on the rest of the album.

Overall, my favorite track is “Voices of the Wailing Deceased.” It’s track number 5 and is the longest one. I dig it because of the vocal hook which occurs in the chorus. You know, the place where the vocal hook should happen. I mention this only because a lot of bands of this ilk unfortunately do not know how to write hooks and therefore make the songs less than memorable. No problem here, friends.

I’ll bring up Track 9, “Pagan Orgies to Human Sacrifice,” which needs mentioned just because of the name. It’s also a pretty fast-paced banger which rarely (read: never) lets off the gas.

On the closing track, “Forsaken Graves of Infant Kings,” the band takes a little more of a different route. It begins with a dissonant guitar part with some “ohms” emanating from beyond. A heavy, grooving guitar part begins before the vocals do. On this one, they spread their wings, but not too much, and it’s over pretty much before it starts.

With tech death, the same questions for me always arise; Do they write good songs? If so, do they write great songs? Lastly, is the production good? Well, yes, yes, and yes. The production here is better than 95% of tech death out there, and the songs are as well. The one minor complaint is that it’s maybe one track too long. Yes, it’s still barely under 40 minutes, but perhaps a track could have been cut off. Usually, this is not my sub-genre of choice, but I do indulge in it on occasion. If you have an itch for some well-played, well-produced tech death, this’ll scratch it.

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Written by J Mays
February 25th, 2021

Comments

  1. Commented by: F.Rini

    Nice review James. That production is awesome and it’s a damn good album.


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