T3chn0ph0b1a
Grave New World


3.0
good

Review

by pizzamachine USER (220 Reviews)
December 15th, 2010 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: so this is what psychopathy sounds like.

Strangely, this is industrial black metal, but it sure doesn’t seem similar. All of those intentionally science fiction sounding synthesizers sound silly, and they do not bring on the depressive atmosphere commonly found in black metal albums. What did you expect really, I mean, come on, the band is named T3chn0ph0b1a. There’s going to be absurd electronics in there, and they will be catchy. They’re going to be so incessantly, mind-numbingly catchy that they screw up the mind despite all efforts to wrench them out. This usually means that the drummer will execute the simplest of beats, dance beats, as those accursed synths sing simultaneously in sickeningly sugary style. Does the band stink of malignant, atrophic excrement" They do indeed, yet somehow they still surprisingly stir.

The worst or at least the most unnerving aspect of T3chn0ph0b1a is the lead vocals. The lead vocalist screams in about every way imaginable, and most of those ways are annoyingly agonizing. He may occasionally attempt to sing and scream at the same time, but he fails at both. I’m all for variation in vocalization, but when a vocalist can’t do it without sounding like a complete moron, they might as well give up the mike. Of course, the screamer isn’t a complete failure, and can even employ appropriate screams quite often, but the rest of the time the only thing that he’s good at is getting on everyone’s nerves.

The best aspect of the band is not their futuristic soundscape (although it remains intriguing), but their guitars. The bass guitar is surprisingly audible and adds a nice thump to their sound. Their lead guitars are also rather well-done despite being substantially simple - the band is defiantly heavy and do not let up for a second. Despite the cheesiness of the synths, the shamelessly rude guitars are front and center, lined up and ready to crush skulls. The combination of the trance-like synths and pulverizing guitars means melodic arrangements, which is pleasing for obvious reasons. Amongst the strange confusion, their melody is perhaps the only thing besides their dance beats that glue the band together. So ultimately, despite all of the obscurities and annoyances, this can be a shockingly enjoyable album if patience is exercised.



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pizzamachine
December 15th 2010


14183 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

'twas a quick write-up!

bloc
December 15th 2010


56317 Comments


How did I know this would be kintups?

I was gonna check this out a while back, but decided not to.

Digging: UNKLE - Psyence Fiction

pizzamachine
December 15th 2010


14183 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

BLOC, you know me well! I wouldn't recommend this unless you're bored to death.

bloc
December 15th 2010


56317 Comments


The synths are catchy as hell on this, I kinda wish it wasn't mixed with black metal.

pizzamachine
December 15th 2010


14183 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, I wonder what it would sound like.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
December 15th 2010


8574 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice little review kintups.



Album's pretty good but got old kinda quick. Also, as for the vocals, they definitely aren't the best part of this band, but considering the general psychotic nature of this band, they didn't bother me.

pizzamachine
December 15th 2010


14183 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha true, it kind of suits them in a strange way. Btw, is this the first time you've called me kintups?

Metalstyles
Emeritus
December 15th 2010


8574 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not the first for sure, but I'm just used to calling you by your current name. I guess bloc's mention of kintups made me want to use it again myself, since that brings back memories haha.

pizzamachine
December 15th 2010


14183 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It sure does! Which is funny 'cause I, kintups, only joined Sputnik on: 01-28-09.

Jethro42
December 15th 2010


15904 Comments


Cool coincidence right here: ProgJect just posted an album called Grave New World. I am the original, you are the copy haha.

pizzamachine
December 15th 2010


14183 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Lol, I didn't notice.

FistfulOfSteel
December 15th 2010


897 Comments


worst band name ever.

pizzamachine
December 15th 2010


14183 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yup.

Jethro42
December 15th 2010


15904 Comments


Good review Pizz. Another 'throw a cat out the window' kind of sound? haha

Irving
Staff Reviewer
December 16th 2010


7502 Comments


Pizza, you make my days with your reviews. Keep it up. (that's what she said)

Pos.

JustJoe.
December 16th 2010


6369 Comments


Psychopathy sounds pretty good. I'll have to give it a listen.

Butkuiss
January 7th 2012


4574 Comments


Just got rec'd this band but now I don't know if I want to check out. Abduction Station didn't sound too bad tho.

Butkuiss
January 7th 2012


4574 Comments


Starfleet* Also, I agree with the Bloc, the synths on this are catchy as fuck.



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