Inherently the trouble with tech death is to make memorable music. A flurry of notes, while impressive from the standpoint of musicianship, does not necessarily a song make. In contrast, top-tier acts inject a bit of something extra, be it more symphonic or organic parts, to keep songs from degrading into squealing blast fests. In line with this methodology, debut The Demonization from Ahtme (formerly called The Roman Holiday) makes sure to pair their musical fireworks with a down-to-earth, violent swagger.
Regarding the album, which was self-released in 2013 under the band’s previous moniker, Ahtme had the following to say:
When we hit the studio to lay down The Demonization in 2009, we really wanted to come away with something that emulates the aggression and ferocity that we feel play huge roles in our live performances And what we walked away with was exactly that. We really focused on making the music angry, fast, and most importantly groovy, and the vocals absolutely follow suit. We all threw in our two cents and the lyrical themes span a pretty vast subject field touching a lot on religion, personal psychedelic experiences, and really just the overall absurdity of what life on present day earth has come to. The Demonization really is an excellent introduction into what we as “Ahtme” have come to embody.