4. Decrepit Birth – Axis Mundi
Making us wait a ridiculous seven years for Decrepit Birth‘s new album marks these Santa Cruza’s out as very naughty boys but damn, did they deliver the goods on Axis Mundi!
Decrepit Birth needn’t apologise for their lethargy though, they’ve been an integral part of the tech death scene for so long now that they’ve nothing inherently to prove. Fortunately then, Axis Mundi proved to be a masterclass, home to the kind of masterful compositions and mind-blowing performances that makes tech death so thrilling when delivered with this much passion, fury and forthright conviction.
2017 was a year in which fans found themselves drowning in tech death releases but with Axis Mundi, Decrepit Birth still managed to burst through to the surface….and we expected nothing less!
3. Archspire – Relentless Mutation
Canada’s Archspire relentlessly hammered away with mind-blowing proficiency and technical audacity on Relentless Mutation, their 3rd album in 7 years.
This kind of technical death metal has long since needed to conform to generic death metal rules – technical death metal is meant to challenge and bewilder – but, fortunately, there was much more to Archspire than just dazzling complexity.
With Relentless Mutation, Archspire consistently impressed while still delivering that most important aspect….actual songs! That’s right, this wasn’t no showboat that looked pretty while hiding its hollow core. Oh no, this meaty fucker actually set sail and its destination was tech death heaven!
2. Hideous Divinity – Adveniens
Somehow, with Adveniens, Hideous Divinity managed to improve on 2014’s Cobra Verde and served up an album that even the most trepidatious tech death fan could fall in love with!
These Italians delivered big on an album that was 3 years in the making, and their supreme talent and obsessive attention to detail resulted in 50 mins of aural violence that promised much….yet bestowed so much more than was expected.
With flawless performances throughout, Hideous Divinity solidified their place at the forefront of the brutal/tech death scene amidst a whirlwind of ultra-harsh vocals, insane drumming and no end of innovative riffing.
Devastating brutality finessed to the nth degree!