Contrary to popular belief, there’s a lot more to tech-metal than just rehashed Meshuggah and Dillinger Escape Plan riffs. as we see here. remember a band called Far, the legendary alt.rockers from Sacramento, the same city that spawned Deftones? or perhaps Dredg – one of the names that rose to prominence during nu-metal’s glory years? Well, members of both outfits have joined forces in
BLACK MAP, and second album IN DROVES (KKKK) revisits some of the alt. rock brilliance you’d be hoping for, along
with a nice dollop of tech-y crunch.
When it comes to bludgeoning deathcore, meanwhile, FIT FOR AN
AUTOPSY have a bit of a headstart in super producer/guitarist Will Putney, who’s twiddled knobs for the amity affliction and Miss May I.their fourth fulllength THE GREAT COLLAPSE (KKKK) is disgustingly heavy, bouncing between razor-sharp tech-death precision, to the mad pulses Gojira have melted minds with.
Finally, Dutch metallers THE ROYAL have also been busy putting their own spin on tech, with second album SEVEN (KKK) kicking the mid-tempo stomp of Gothenburg’s finest melodeath bands into wallshattering beatdowns. It’s only downfall is that the glassy postrock ambiences are so good, you almost wonder what this record would have sounded like with a bit more breathing space.
all in all, though, these three win by technical knockout.