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Best of 2016, Tech-Death Tuesday

Tech-Death Tuesday: A Retrospective Look At The Best Technical Death Metal Of 2016

Posted by on December 27, 2016 at 3:24 pm

Hey there Tech-fiends, it's that time of the week again. I thought I'd do something special to end the year with and do an extensive 2016 best of feature for Tech-Death Tuesday. Then once 2017 begins, I'll be right back at it with plenty of early exclusive streams and new underground acts to show you all year long. So until next year, have a good one.

I really hate having to rank my favorites, as they are numerous, and I genuinely rarely think of my favorite releases for any year in a ranked way. So the following list of my favorite 2016 tech-death full-lengths (and the secondary list for favorite EPs) will be unranked to save me the stress and fretting over placing them in some highly specific order. Instead, place a little blind trust in me that each one listed is well worth investing time in (though you'll gravitate to some more then others depending on your tastes) if its one you haven't heard so far. I'm going to place all my lesser known favorites first and the ones from established names after, that way you can get a sense of what you might have missed in an easy streamlined way.

My favorite technical death metal albums released in 2016

Crator – The Ones Who Create : The Ones Who DestroyListen
Infinite Density – Recollapse Of The UniverseListen
Australis – Spaces Of HopeListen
Polyptych – Defying The Metastasis – Listen
Intonate – The Swerve Listen
Deviant Process – ParoxysmListen
Coma Cluster Void – Mind CemeteriesListen
Azooma – The Act Of EyeListen
Unfathomable Ruination – Finitude – Listen
Dawn Of Dementia – The Immolation Of Avernis – Listen
Spheron – A Clockwork Universe  – Listen
Solinaris – Deranged  – Listen
Virvum – IlluminanceListen
Destroying The Devoid – ParamnesiaListen
Breeding Filth – Perverse DevolutionListen
Vipassi – Śūnyatā  – *Since the band got signed, the album is being re-released in 2017. It's not up in full anymore.
Burial In The Sky – Persistence Of ThoughtListen
Slave One – Disclosed Dioptric Principles  – Listen
Karmacipher – NecroracleListen
Wormhole – Genesis  – Listen
Riftwalker – Green & Black – Listen
Neurogenic – Ouroboric Stagnation  – Listen
Caecus – The Funeral Garden   – Listen
Convulsing – Errata  – Listen
Brain Drill – Boundless ObscenityListen
Obscura – Akróasis  – Listen
Hannes Grossman – The Crypts Of SleepListen
Allegaeon – Proponent For Sentience  – Listen
First Fragment – Dasein  – Listen
Wormed – Krighsu  – Listen
The Zenith Passage – Solipsist  – Listen
Entheos – The Infinite Nothing   – Listen
Mithras – On Strange LoopsListen
Ulcerate – Shrines Of ParalysisListen
Defeated Sanity – Disposal Of The Dead // Dharmata  – Listen
Vale Of Pnath – II  – Listen


My favorite technical death metal EPs released in 2016

Gorguts – Pleiades Dust  – Listen
Mephistopheles – In Reverence Of Forever  – Listen
Cognizance – Illusory  – Listen
Equipoise – Birthing Homunculi  – Listen
Proliferation – Rebirth: The Journey Through Soil  – Listen
A Million Dead Birds Laughing – Umbilical Dystrophy / Air Missile Defense Battle LabListen
Singularity – Voidwalker  – Listen
Enigma – Stars Misaligned  – Listen
Cancerous Womb – It Came To This  – Listen
Malignancy – Malignant Future  – Listen
Divinity – The Immortalist Pt. 2 – Momentum  – Listen
The Noumenon – Terminus   – Listen
Conflux Collective – The Inception  – Listen
Sunless  – Demo 2016  – Listen
Nightmarer – Chasm   – Listen
Unflesh – Transcendence To Eternal Obscurity   – Listen
Brought By Pain – Crafted By Society  – Listen
Boreworm – Entomophobia   – Listen
Torturous Inception – Void  – Listen


  • Skirsdag

    that vale of pnath record is the shit

  • mitchell271

    Gonna show this list to my guitar teacher, he's one of the guitarists for First Fragment

    • Matt M.

      That is amazing man, does it intimidate you? Haha

      • mitchell271

        A little lol. Great teacher though!

        • Maxime Carbonneau

          May I ask how much does it cost for you to have him as a teacher?

          • mitchell271

            I do it through the local Long & McQuade, so it's $46/hour

    • Good Guy

      Phil is a monster, you're lucky to have him as a teacher!

  • David Everard

    Did everyone forget about Allegaeon's release this year?

    • Goldicot

      I mean, it's on this list.

  • Drew

    Definitely down with the Burial in the Sky and Mithras picks. I'd have to add in Eyexist – The Digital Holocaust and Atlantis Chronicles – Barton's Odyssey as a couple that caught my ear. Fallujah wound up not ranking as high as I expected it would, and I still haven't tried the new Allegaeon, just because I hated Grey Matter Mechanics and it's damn 7-minute acoustic flamenco outro, but I'm sure I'll listen eventually. I liked their first three well enough. Honorable mention for Dichotomy, Inferi, and Quo Vadis, none of whom put out anything in 2016, but all of which I discovered this year and got a shit-ton of spins in my car.

  • Brian Barry

    Happy to see Vale of Pnath get some love. I thought metal injections album review was unfair, and just plain wrong. We all have opinions but that review really stuck with me all year.

  • Jonru

    Nogah, Progressive Death Metal Band from Costa Rica

  • lagerbottoms

    What about Nucleus? They released a killer debut full length:

    • Nucleus is fucking excellent but not tech death

      • lagerbottoms

        alright then

  • Mike Hunt

    Check out Athanatos:
    Prog/ Tech Death from Texas!

  • nn

    Like 40 "favorite" albums..? :-)

  • Good to see Wormed is on the list.