(Austin Weber introduces our premiere of a new song by Defect Designer.)
It seems like a long time since Defect Designer last appeared on our site in 2013 courtesy of Islander posting about them. Now in 2015, this multi-national death metal supergroup are set to release a scathing hellstorm of twisted fury on their soon-to-be-released record, Ageing Accelerator.
If you haven’t heard of these guys yet, you really need to. They are in my estimation one of the finest modern death metal acts, combining far too many influences to count into a formula that generates numerous deadly riffs alongside numerous unique, non-repeated segments per song.
To give you a bit of background, the band’s founder and songwriter is Dmitry Sukhinin, a skilled multi-instrumentalist who performs bass, guitar, and vocals on the record. He recently joined the Oslo death metal group Diskord, about whom I’ve written numerous times on our site, which should give you an idea of the caliber of his skill and talent.
While the band has a different live line-up, one other member is present on the record — Martin Storm-Olsen (Trollfest) on guitar and clean vocal duties. The rest of the line-up for the record consists of an array of jaw-dropping guest talent, such as drummer Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy), Christos Antoniou (SepticFlesh), who provides sampling and orchestration, and guitarist Stelios Mavromitis, who played live guitar for SepticFlesh for several years.
Together, the combined force of these talents is a terrifying yet smile-inducing thing to witness in action on the song we’re premiering for you today — “The Terrible”.
It’s tough to pigeonhole or give you a clear point of reference for the school and style of death metal displayed on “The Terrible”, as it’s clearly the by-product of many different takes on the genre, with a fair bit of acidic black metal evilness churning within its depths. But needless to say, if you like your death metal fast, decimating, and complex, without veering into tech-death, then this is for you.
There are many distinct movements within “The Terrible”, a superbly composed song that includes many moving parts. Not content to repeat the same riffs from start to finish, “The Terrible” boasts a rewarding style of songwriting that keeps things transitioning into new sonic terrorities while satiating your need for bestial bloodlust at every vicious twist and turn. My favorite moment, however, comes when the the song’s blackened blood really starts to drip and seep out partway through.
While it’s not a totally straightforward journey, the seething intensity and morbidly developed atmosphere on “The Terrible” keeps you hooked from start to finish. From the ghostly projection of the growls, to the endlessly varied and surprising riffing, to the dazzling leads and slick solos, the oddball synth/orchestration, the satisfying and deep bass-guitar low-end, and the bone-crunching drumming, “The Terrible” contains all the necessary ingredients to get your head banging hard enough to risk self-decapitation.
Defect Designer’s Ageing Accelerator drops July 13th via Sleazy Rider Records and can be pre-ordered at the band’s Bandcamp here:
*If you’d like to hear more, the band previously released a song/video for one other track from this new record called “Crusaders”, and we’ll include that below “The Terrible”: