This week, we are trying something a little different. While we are still reviewing albums (as we do every week) and we do always tend to discuss the production of said albums, we are making that the focus of the show. With the release of the 10th Anniversary Edition of As the Palaces Burn inspiring the idea, and the fact that Brian had a few remastered albums sitting on his desk, we decided to give a bit of analysis to those reworks. We do also discuss the merits of the albums themselves because, save for Palaces, we hadn’t heard the others before, so you may not have either! We also have two brandy-new albums thrown in there for good measure.
Reviews: Gigan – Multi-Dimensional Fractal-Sorcery and Super Science (Willowtip); Impaled – The Dead Still Dead Remain (Willowtip); Hypocrisy – Penetralia/Osculum Obscenum (Nuclear Blast); Lamb of God – As the Palaces Burn: 10th Anniversary Edition (Prosthetic/Razor & Tie); Seeker – Unloved (Victory)
Lamb Of God – As The Palaces Burn
Hypocrisy – Penetralia/Osculum Obscenum
Impaled – The Dead Still Dead Remain
Victory Brewing Company is much better than Victory Records. I just watched the show Brew Dogs in which they visited Victory Brewing Company.
That second Hypocrisy song wasn’t bad. I’d never heard their stuff before.
Hey Nick, don’t rag on my Line 6 Pod XT from 2002 that I use as my main amp modeler and effects box!
Gigan’s album is yet another disappointing technical death metal release in 2013. Gorguts, Fleshgod Apocalypse, and Arsis were all disappointing to me. Probably the best tech death album I listened to in 2013 was Pronostic and that came out last year. 2012 had a bunch of very good tech death albums, including Allegaeon, Spwan of Possession, The Faceless, and Cytotoxin (if you can stand the pig squeals).
I have some Victory in my fridge right now! Agreeeeeeed.
I too have a Line 6 Pod XT (bass model) that I use all the time. ….but I don’t use any of the presets.
My Pod XT has a preset for Eruption by Eddie van Halen that is awesome! But I’m guessing the bass version of the Pod might not have that preset because there’s no bass in that song.
I agree with the disappoint Tech-Death we have listened to this year. I feel like we may be missing the best ones. And, while we only agree with popular criticism some of the time, there was a lot of great praise for Gorguts and Fleshgod. Granted, Fleshgod is more Symphonic than Technical, but Gorguts is certainly technical. I do want to give at least Gorguts another go now that it has been a while since I listened…just to be fair.
Arsis was a little disappointing mostly because, like other albums we reviewed recently, all the songs are good enough, but it is too much of the same. They needed some more of the variation and hooks from Starve for the Devil and some other past albums. But, of your aforementioned albums, that may be the best of them…except Pronostic. Pronostic easily wins.
Hopefully, the couple of Tech Death albums we have coming up in 113 with change the stats.