Officially formed in 2012 – Technical Work is: Juan Carlos Gonzalez (Vocals), Julio Portillo (Guitar), Jorge Herrera (Guitar), Abraham Martinez (Bass) and Boris Roude (Drums). Through their own grinding and bone-crunching brand of AfroVenezuelan Metal, Technical Work has been laying down the ground-work to unleash their brand new Ep which is currently in the finishing stages. Every now and then a somewhat unknown band will take an unexpected leap in artistic capacity and create something beautiful.
Technical Work accomplished just this with some of the tracks from their upcoming EP. While using the predictable and familiar song structure which ensures their accessibility, one of their strengths lies in their ability to fully flesh out the songs with elaborate hard-hitting arrangements.
From the opener “Without A Trace”, Technical Work is as subtle as a fist to the face. The production is crystal clear, the levels perfectly mixed (that means an audible bass), the guitars an even balance of melodic and heavy, and the vocals emotional and strong.
The band’s influence spectrum is vast, but this five-some probably listened to the influential greats and created their own bigger and better sound to become gods of their own rage-energetic realm. This sound is alive.
From the first bars, “Once” promises high-octane drama, and this is exactly what we get. The track blisters along with pounding guitar riffs and that classic vocal roar from Juan Carlos Gonzalez. He has the ability to get his voice sounding extraordinarily heavy while retaining all the tone, texture and tune to his vocal parts.
It is pretty impressive to listen to and is a defining characteristic of the band’s sound. “Overturned” contains more riffs than you’d like to count. It’s frantic, hectic even, but sounds slick on the ears, as it switches between tempos and tones, and then from soft to loud. The production is tight and expertly put together.
If you’re looking for some awesome, straight forward, in your face, heart pumping heavy metal that makes the rest look like yesterday’s news, lay your ears into “Blackout”. The guitars and bass have a huge sound.
It’s not so much that it’s a heavy in the sense of “heavy metal” kind of heavy, but it’s a very large engulfing sound that would probably take down a few buildings if you turned up the volume too high. In between the band infuses heavy percussion into the arrangement to give it a unique Latin flavor.
Technical Work truly reigns from the topmost tier of rock and metal, taking an art that can quickly become repetitive and turning it into a mind-boggling sensation of multiple sounds blending into one astounding taste of ear candy.
The tracks from this EP sound primed and ready to cut it with the best of them, as Technical Work delivers their specific brand of metal that sits at the core of their sound. It is edgy, angry and in your face, yet is full of tone, musicality and an evident sense of craftsmanship.