|Review: Septicflesh - Sumerian Daemons|
Label: Hammerheart Records
Year released: 2003
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: March 23, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
I have to say that I was struck by thunder when I got this album from these Greek musicians. I read in another review that their previous album Revolution DNA was more atmospheric with choirs, symphonic sections and so forth compared to some earlier, more aggressive albums. It was also mentioned that when a band changes musical direction, it doesn't go back to their former style and that's what Septic Flesh did which was like a mistake. I don't agree since in the case of Sumerian Daemons, this album shows the best of both worlds, as far as I'm concerned.
The best of both worlds is maybe an understatement because this album is simply outstanding; a one of a kind sort of a hearing experience. Not only this album clocks in at nearly an hour, but you'll get more than your money's worth as far as a musical treat is concerned. Everything is there, awaiting you, to please and overly satisfy your musical appetite. The artwork of Seth Siro Anton is amazing, surrealistic to go with an even more unreal Metal with a very Avant-gardiste viewpoint. Sumerian Daemons is not just another Metal album but actually a rare gem to be listened to over and over to discover all of its facets.
The great elements are: powerful and awesome riffs, crazy drumming, cool and hypnotic lead guitar parts, demoniacally good deep harsh vocals, haunting choirs, operatic female vocals, samplings (industrial), majestic keyboards - all this woven in a superb melodic structure. Breathtaking, fulfilling opus.. Some kind of dark and haunting aura is felt throughout the compositions and gives the album a sense of mystical ceremony or ritual.
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