Scottish technical death metal band Zillah wrote on their Facebook page that For the rest of December you can grab all of our digital back catalogue for FREE from our bandcamp page. This includes their full length Substitute for a Catastrophe from 2006, originally released on Retribute Records.
This is angular and dissonant technical death metal. The sound is rough and abrasive, nothing slick or triggered here. The songs are complex and contains the requisite spastic breaks and mathy riffs, but also contains many very headbangable passages and even a few quite catchy parts. Many technical metal albums sound detached; the musicians are concentrating on getting all those nice technical bits right, and have no time to express any emotions. Substitute for a Catastrophe has an almost hardcorish sense of furious anger, mainly due to the vocals and the loose playing. Zillah brilliantly infuses their technicality with a raw nerve.
The band has been on hiatus due to lineup issues. But last year a one track demo appeared (also available on the Bandcamp), and now a new album has been slated for release in 2013.
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