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Unearthing The Metal Underground: The Technical Death Metal Scene

That familiar old school and brutal sound is the foundation on which much of extreme metal is based, but death metal has come a long way since its origins, and plenty of bands have taken it closer the extremes of human ability.

Technical death metal pushes the boundaries of the style, making the music faster, more intricate, and sometimes absurdly complex. Tech-death also generally puts the bass more up toward the front than in either the brutal or melodic varieties, which often leads to some crossover into “progressive” territory and adds a grounding in melody for a point of reference in the storm of metal.

While acts like Obscura and The Faceless get plenty of press and are fairly well known in the metal world, this week we’re going to unearth three lesser-known acts that should be in your technical death metal rotation.

Ophidian I

This newly formed Icelandic group is getting ready to release a debut album later on during the summer, dropping an apocalyptic death metal bomb filled with blistering solos and plenty of brutality. The tracks that have been released so far will definitely appeal to fans of Necrophagist or similar acts. Check out tech-death insanity below by listening to the title track off the new album “Solvet Saeclum” or the earlier demo track “Zone of Alienation.”

Beyond Creation

Beyond Creation is one of Canada’s best kept metal secrets, and it’s long past time for the word to get out. The band’s debut album “The Aura” is easily on par with the top-tier monsters in the genre, and a metal fan wouldn’t at all be out of line to mention Beyond Creation in the same breath as Obscura or other star acts. Dig it for the crazy bass noodling, the insane guitar work, or the throat-shredding screams, but whatever you do just make sure to listen to this criminally underrated band. You can listen to two tracks cut off “The Aura” through the YouTube players available below.

Incarnator

Our final look at tech-death acts this week is Russian band Incarnator, which keeps up the complexity and more prominent bass presence, but also throws in some extra thrash influences and a bit of a black metal leaning in the vocals. So far Incarnator has released a debut full-length titled “Under the Death Influence,” as well as the follow-up “Chains of Belief” EP last year. You can listen to Incarnator’s music via Facebook, or check out the songs “Cyber Disorder” or the “Chains of Belief” title track below.

There are definitely more stellar technical death metal bands out there, and these are just three of the more quality acts in the underground. Let us know what you thought of these acts, or give your own recommendations for tech-death in the comments below, and be sure to check back in again next week as we continue to unearth more underground metal bands.

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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1. silvermountains writes:

great to know that the underground tech death is becoming more these days. Lot more underground bands getting on tours recently and it's great to be able to support them whenever they roll through.

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