Review Date: March 2021
Released: 2021, Independent
Tectonic Displacement are a relatively new band from Kiruna, Sweden, and they’ve released their debut EP called THE FUTILITY OF MAN. The recording, mixing, and mastering was done by Johan Karlsson, and the cover artwork is from Andreas Johansson. Musically, it will probably be classified as melodic death metal.
If that’s the right genre, then it doesn’t follow the typical melodeath formula. Songwriting and structure seem to be the focus, rather than really fast tempos and blastbeats. The production is excellent, and I can hear all of the instruments clearly. There’s no lack of aggression though, and “The Futility of Man” kicks the EP off with some heavy riffing.
The band’s name is inspired by the Mortal Engines book series, and I got the impression that the music is telling a story. I imagine that Tim Engström and crew are influenced creatively by various books and movies with dystopian themes, bleak outcomes for humanity, etc – because you can hear it in the music. “The Human Condition” is a good example, especially around the 3:00 mark where the song goes on an instrumental journey.
Clocking in at over eight minutes, “Halycon” is an epic track that incorporates some blastbeats in true melodeath style. All throughout the song the band showcase their technical abilities with lots of leads, tempo shifts, and complex structures. It’s a great song but Human Condition is still my favorite.
For being a new band these guys have produced an impressive EP. Maybe when the world gets back to normal (whatever that is) they’ll be able to tour and get some exposure. Highly recommend for fans of modern metal with some progressive and death metal influences.