Septicflesh is a symphonic death metal band from Greece and their newest album Codex Omega is their 10th full length album and they have been quite strong with their style of death metal, especially in the past few albums where there is a great focus on symphonic and orchestral compositions. I am a big fan of their last album, Titan, and thus my expectations for hearing Codex Omega were incredibly high and I had great massive anticipation for this release.
Septicflesh waste no time fully blasting you with what this new album will be and what to expect. The first song, “Dante’s Inferno”, starts off simple with bombastic orchestral passages and then pushes hard with powerful death metal riffing and blasting. The combination of the two are quite fitting and Septicflesh nails this particular sound. The production, the levels of the instrumentation as well as the vocal work is satisfyingly profound and loud. At time, the symphonic moments outweigh the metal but it’s minimal at most.
There is a leveled back and forth between orchestra and guitars, all seemingly flow well with the bands writing on Codex Omega. The drumming is outstanding, as Krimh just proves himself on each song with thunderous grooves and high intensity blast beats. Sotiris’ clean vocals pop-up from time to time again and gives the music a nice break from the vocal work that Spiros provides. Spiros himself proves once again that his vocals are not to be messed with as he growls some of the most powerful moments heard in 2017 during Codex Omega.
There are many quality moments found within Codex Omega and the riffs often get stuck in my head. If it’s not that, then the orchestral passages will get stuck in my head and I hum them during my workday. There is something atmospherically satisfying happening here on Codex Omega as well as damn good death metal along side of it.
Septicflesh delivers another massive and wonderful symphonic death metal hit with Codex Omega. One you must experience for yourself, one you must own in your collection.
Release Date: September 1st, 2017
Label: Season of Mist
FFO: Fleshgod Apocalypse, Rotting Christ and Behemoth