The Design Abstract: With choppy electronic arpeggio punches…..

The Design Abstract - Parallel Projection


Today we at Permafrost offers symphonic/industrial melodeath from the band The Design Abstract and their new album Technoteism.

The track Parallel Projection is a official lyric video Sci-Fi melodeath from the band The Design Abstract. New Sci-Fi Album Technotheism Out Now via Abstrakted Records.

«Parallel Projection is a whirlwind of a song driven by synthetic arpeggiated synth sounds and double-kick. It could be considered a tribute to some of the non-symphonic influences the band has been inspired by, particularly with its more straightforward and contemporary song structure, as well as its catchy guitar and vocal writing».

Unleashing their melodic death sci-fi escapade Technotheism on Jan 29th, Ontario, Canada’s The Design Abstract are sharing with fans their latest lyric video for the track Parallel Projection in support of the full-length. The song is choppy electronic arpeggio punches along with the kick drum in perfect time, creating a more synthetic sound than most of the songs before it on the record. It features a very traditional song structure and some of the catchiest guitar parts you will on Technotheism.

The band adds:

«Parallel Projection is a very unique track in the context of Technotheism, since it contains almost no orchestral elements whatsoever. This track is the furthest we have ever gone into combining arpeggiated industrial electronic music with fairly straightforward melodic death metal. You could say it’s the most minimal track on the album if there even is such a thing with a band like us. The bridge was inspired by Gojira, which is an influence that also sets it apart from the rest of the album. We knew very early on that this song was going to be single material».

The Design Abstract’s new album Technotheism invokes the futuristic sounds of science fiction, as the band takes a step away from the traditional use of orchestral writing, by making it the soundtrack for anything space or cyberpunk related.

Still, in the experimental age for the band, each song is written completely differently and by different members of the band. Technotheism’ is purely a science fiction story told as such in a monumental thirteen track work of symphonic melodic death metal. It tells a cyberpunk story of a group of rebels fighting to regain control of Earth. It ranges from technical guitar work to atmospheric electronic passages, and just about everything in between. The band explains the album:

«CWe incorporate a blend of metal, orchestra, and industrial music that hasn’t been done in this way. Nobody can top the orchestral metal masterpieces like Death Cult Armageddon by Dimmu Borgir or Codex Omega by Septicflesh, however, we push this genre into the distant future, with the sounds of a cyberpunk dystopia punctuating every release».

This album is the absolute pinnacle of what the band is currently capable of, which speaks volumes to the fact that most of it was written so long ago. Most metal bands who incorporate orchestral writing do so in a pointedly antiquated way: the goal is to sound a bit archaic. The sound of The Design Abstract is rooted in futuristic science fiction. It’s a classically scored orchestra, but it sounds anything but old fashioned.

The dramatic, grandiose music is presented in an articulate, but extreme wall of sound suitable for fans of science fiction, and melodic death metal and bands such as Fleshgod Apocalypse, Machina, and Dimmu Borgir.

The Design Abstract is a two-piece sci-fi-themed symphonic melo-death band from Ontario, Canada consisting of Logan Mayhem (guitar, songwriting, synth programming), and Voiicide (bass, vocals, scoring, additional sampling/programming). The band formed with a single goal: to create a blend of industrial-influenced symphonic metal that had never been done before.

 Since the debut album Emanate in 2017, The Design Abstract has sought to shed the antiquated tendencies of orchestral metal bands, instead pushing far into the future conceptually and lyrically. With each subsequent release (Corrupt in 2019 and Esoteric in 2020), the band pushed further intomelodic death metal” territory, brandishing more comprehensive riffs, technical drum writing, and more guttural vocals, but never lost the industrial-electronic edge or the massive and dramatic orchestral passages.

A grandiose display of musicality, technicality, and narrative, the sophomore full length is a monumental 13-track work of symphonic melodic death metal that tells a cyberpunk story of a group of rebels fighting to regain control of Earth. It ranges from technical guitar work to atmospheric electronic passages, and just about everything in between. One thing you’ll notice about Technotheism is how it’s structured and how it all flows together. The pattern of the types of tracks, the order, and their function was very carefully planned out in a way that few albums are. 

Track Listing:

1. Relentless (2:05)

2. Deus Est Machina (6:33)

3. The Apotheosis (1:54)

4. Among the Stars (1:36)

5. The Resistance (4:37)

6. Voidwalkers (3:46)

7. The Omnisphere (1:32)

8. Data Shield Attack (6:18)

9. The Return (3:41)

10. Elucidate (1:11)

11. Parallel Projection (3:46)

12. Annihilation (3:46)

13. A World of One (4:00)

Album Length: 44:50 


About Ulf Backstrøm (7413 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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