Septic Flesh - The Great Mass
Label: Season Of Mist
Reviewer: Azmo Lozmodial - 2012-09-05
Highlights: Pyramid God, Oceans of Grey, Apocalypse
Solidity has always been performed By the stamps of Peter Tagtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain, ex-Bloodbath), and we can glance his absolute producing works expressly in "Immortal - Sons of Northern Darkness" and "Dimmu Borgir - Spiritual Black Dimensions" and "Dark Funeral - The Secrets of the Black Arts", And now Peter continued his work by producing other great albums this year (such as Belphegor - Blood Magick Necromance , Septicflesh - The Great Mass).
For those who don't know Septic Flesh, They are a Death Metal band from Athens, Greece, They started their career in the beginnings of the nineties and released about eight full-length albums, And this year they released the masterpiece "The Great Mass" for those who adore the flawless extreme metal music, This album is simply one of the best Metal albums this year without any exaggeration.
We always felt that the Orchestra has a twin called "Black Metal", And we can notice that in "Abrahadabra, Death Cult Armageddon - Dimmu Borgir", but The Great Mass proved the existing of another orphaned twin, a twin called "Death Metal". The Filmharmonic Orchestra of Prague has been chosen to do the orchestral parts and the choirs, with more than 150 members, and two female vocalists to do the soprano vocals, Androniki Skoula (Chaostar) and Iliana Tsakiraki (Meden Agan).
"A Great Mass of Death
A Great Mass of Silence
I am the Destroyer of Life,
I hear you chanting for me..."
Ten perfect Orchestral\Death Metal tracks, every track here is a standout track and has its own charming melodies with very memorable melodies and unforgettable grim riffs, no one single hidden melody here, in spite of the complex chemistry of the songs, everything is audible. You can hear The Great Mass till the last moment of your life without finding any flaw.
The Orchestral arrangements Lead the other instruments in some tracks (such as Pyramid God, Oceans of Grey, Apocalypse, Mad Architect), But the opposite happens in the tracks (A Great Mass of Death, Five-Pointed Star), but both of the orchestral arrangements and the other instruments go through with each others in the tracks (The Vampire From Nazareth, The Undead Keep Dreaming, Therianthropy), But the track Rising don't have any obvious Orchestral arrangement, so this album will satisfy every listener with its marvelous variations. The vocals of Seth are still exploding like an atomic bomb and the clean vocals of Sotiris are doing the role of a big cloud over the bomb, So everything looks very hellish here. Benardo Did a great drumming work in this album, his wrathful blastbeats shall dig a million needles through the existing of your Ego.
"Our inspiration and our emotions at the time, lead us to specific directions of expression. The Great Mass is an album with more diversity than communion but also more intensity. It is a very vivid, spiritual journey to bizarre dreams. The result is grandiose in an almost visual way, so no wonder why a sense of epicness prevails.", Sotiris said.
Overall, If you want a brain-crasher release that can set your skull into a thousand pieces, and If you want an Ear-Eruption Ecstasy, then here is the deal, The Great Mass has been made for you and you are in the right place, with these flawless compositions and heavenly orchestra, brutal Guitars and infernal drumming, extremely grim Vocals, you will remember this album till the last day of your life.