May 14, 2014

TECH DEATH WEEK PART III: Artificial Brain - Labyrinth Constellation (2014)

I'm gonna phone this one in a bit because I spent all day chilling and had no time for horrific death metal, but that shouldn't deter you from checking out today's tech death band.

Meet Artificial Brain, hailing from New York. This band gets one thing right from the get-go: the cover art is an accurate depiction of the music itself. Just look at this massive Warhammer 40.000 inspired monster: you've got some cybersoldiers looking a lot like Necrons battling weird robot insect-like creatures on a crumbling planet with explosions and solar flares going on in the background. I was sold instantly just by looking at the cover.

And the music is just as crushing as the cover suggests. Take the dissonant, angular riffs of Portal, further mangled through a futuristic filter, replace the Curator's otherworldly vocals with some bowel-churning, gravel-throated vocals fit for a cosmic war between hostile races, drench all instruments into cavernous reverb, add a ton of crypto-scientific lyrics about colliding planets, cyborg sentient molecules and billions of worms exploding out of human carcasses and you end up with Labyrinth Constellation. Technical death metal to invade haunted, barren planets to.


- That fucking Warhammer 40k artwork
- Strong sci-fi lyrics and imagery
- Recommended if you like cavernous death metal with a technical edge


- Necrons were my favorite race but idk they were kinda expensive and too god damn slow

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