Archspire, "Lucid Collective Somnambulation" Guitar Playthrough Video — Exclusive



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I love death metal, and happen to love plenty that's crazy technical, but I really, really hate this cold, sterile production that plagues death metal and particularly tech death. Why would you attain such a level of drumming ability only to sound like a machine? Why would you write parts that you can't pull off without looping, triggering, quantizing, etc?

Sometimes it's a given that a track demands to be recorded piece meal, but when these bands insist on recording like that all the time, they make what should be brutal music sound like tame, sterile, and delicately performed guitar exercises, layered perfectly over what sounds like a drum machine. They miss out on the death metal rawness, and whatever they do that's instrumentally impressive is wrecked by the fact that it doesn't sound like a band playing.



i have seen them 30 times live and they sound better live and this album is killer



To be honest, almost every single band in terms of Technical Death Metal do those things in-studio. It's to keep things tight in order to make it feel too real. Nearly every band uses triggers in studio and some even on stage. When you're going that fast, it's better to not break something on-stage trying to get acoustics to sound full. Loopers are not great, though. It sounds fake to me. Have you ever seen a video of Spencer Prewett (drummer of Archspire)? He drums as if he really IS a machine. It's basically a compliment due to how extreme he is.

The rawness of Death Metal isn't always the focus. Spawn Of Possession is a legendary name, yet they don't have the same feeling. Almost every Tech Death band has this different feeling. These bands can pull off what they're doing, that's why they go touring and people actually attend. While I do agree that a change would be nice, I understand that bands use these equipment pieces to tighten everything up.

Rings Of Saturn is a great example. They have to record in many pieces to keep everything tight and not sound like trash. When they go on stage, they play it amazingly. Plus, some bands write music first, record it, and then learn to play it as a whole. Definitely not ideal for some, but if the band is releasing and touring faster with the same ability as if they learned to play what they write first, it shouldn't matter.

That's just my thoughts on it, but yeah, Archspire doesn't really care too much about rawness. This album is way more dry than their first, All Shall Align. Of course, it's still freakishly technical, and it's still amazing Tech Death. Stay Tech.

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