Best of Technical Death Metal 2021


So, the question on everyone’s lips: who had the craziest chops of 2021?


Number Five: Sleep Terror – Above Snakes


Let’s start with a fun one! Luke Jaeger’s band Sleep Terror released a spaghetti Western-themed tech-death album this year, and it’s great! You get a great show of musicianship from the tech-death side of things, but also from the Country music side of things, with calls to Albert Lee and others! Fantastic job!


Number Four: Ophidian I – Desolate


One of the surprises of the year: Reykjavík’s Ophidian I, with one of the best over-the-top tech-death albums of 2021! Their debut album leaves its mark after it’s done with you. So, expect to hear from them again when they come up with an inevitable follow-up album!


Number Three: First Fragment – Gloire éternelle


You can’t go wrong with Beyond Creation’s bassist and Chthe’ilist’s guitarist, as well as other experiences experts of their instruments. First Fragment surprised the world with Le Serment de Tsion, and on Gloire éternelle, they bring back their Baroque influences on a concept album and riff salad. It’s a dizzying album from start to finish, and that’s why I love it!


Number Two: Archspire – Bleed the Future


Amazing production, killer riffs, but, most importantly, 350 BPM gravity blasts! Archspire have been for some year the spearhead of tech-death, and although their impressive musicianship has lost its novel appeal and surprise factor, it’s still some of the best out there, and it’s endlessly entertaining to listen and try to figure out just how they manage to play it!


Number One: Vitrified Entity – Eternal Vitreous Dissolve


That’s certainly the most impressive album of the year in tech-death. It’s a bit short on production quality and length, but we’re here for the riffs, and those are definitely the wildest riffs of the year, and all played by seventeen-year old Caleb Simard! What an impressive feat! Hopefully, we can expect a long musical career from this guy!


Notable Releases

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Friday, 1 January

Zac Leaser – Ostiārius

48:21
technical death metal
Fort Worth, Texas
Independent

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Friday, 12 February

Abiotic – 生き甲斐

50:28
technical death metal
Miami, Florida
The Artisan Era

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Friday, 26 March

Sleep Terror – Above Snakes

27:24
technical death metal
Seattle, Washington
Independent

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Friday, 16 April

Intonate – Severed Within

40:16
technical death metal
Montréal, Québec
Willowtip

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Ophidian I – Desolate

38:27
technical death metal
Reykjavík, Iceland
Season of Mist

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Friday, 23 July

Prognostication – Collapse

51:10
technical death metal
Kirksville, Missouri
Independent

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Friday, 10 September

Īnferī – Vile Genesis

43:44
technical death metal
Nashville, Tennessee
The Artisan Era

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Friday, 17

Swelling Repulsion – The Severed Path

24:35
technical death metal
United States
Independent

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Saturday, 25 September

Vitrified Entity – Eternal Vitreous Dissolve

28:29
technical death metal
Quebec City, Québec
Independent

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Friday, 15 October

Deviant Process – Nurture

46:22
technical death metal
Québec City, Québec
Season of Mist

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Friday, 29

Archspire – Bleed the Future

31:30
technical death metal
Vancouver, Canada
Season of Mist

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First Fragment – Gloire éternelle

71:28
technical death metal
Montréal, Québec
Unique Leader

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Primordial Ooze – Parasitic Intoxicant

30:33
technical death metal
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Independent

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Friday, 26 November

Palsied – Certain Death Austerities

22:16
technical death metal
New Jersey
Independent

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Friday, 3 December

Dormant Ordeal – The Grand Scheme of Things

39:30
technical death metal
Kraków, Poland
Selfmade God

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Friday, 31 December

Hadal Maw – Oblique Order

18:45
technical death metal
Melbourne, Australia
Independent

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Best of 2021

01/01 – Best of Afrobeat
01/02 – Best of Atmospheric Black Metal
01/03 – Best of Avant-Garde Black Metal
01/04 – Best of Brutal Death Metal
01/05 – Best of Classical
01/06 – Best of Death Metal
01/07 – Best of Deathcore
01/08 – Best of Doom Metal
01/09 – Best of Folk
01/10 – Best of Grindcore
01/11 – Best of Hardcore
01/12 – Best Improvisation
01/13 – Best of Indie Rock
01/14 – Best of Jazz Fusion
01/15 – Best of Jazzcore
01/16 – Best of Math Rock
01/17 – Best of Mathcore
01/18 – Best of Metalcore
01/19 – Best of Modern Jazz
01/20 – Best of Noise Rock
01/21 – Best of Nu Jazz
01/22 – Best of Nu Prog
01/23 – Best of Pop
01/24 – Best of Post-Hardcore
01/25 – Best of Post-Metal
01/26 – Best of Post-Rock
01/27 – Best of Progressive Metal
01/28 – Best of Progressive Rock
01/29 – Best of Punk
01/30 – Best of Sludge
01/31 – Best Synth Music
02/01 – Best of Technical Death Metal

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