|Review: Septicflesh - Sumerian Daemons|
Label: Hammerheart Records
Year released: 2003
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: April 1, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4.47/5 (89.41%) (17 Votes)
This is a band I long avoided just because their name evoked a kind of splatter/gore/grind in which I have no interest at all, but in fact Septic Flesh are one of the more iconoclastic and original extreme metal bands at work today. This was their sixth album before a long hiatus (which ended with this year's Communion) and judged by many to be their best work.
Septic Flesh start with a Death Metal base, but they pull in so many other influences and sounds that they're hard to categorize. They get compared to Rotting Christ a lot, but I don't hear much of that. But then I've never liked RC very much. Septic Flesh mix in orchestrations and epic arrangements that lift them far above the merely brutal — though they are quite brutal — and into their own sound. Flourishes of Gothic and electronic music accent the heavy attack, combining with the dense and occult lyrics to create a powerful and menacingly arcane album. From furious attacks like "Unbeliever", through more varied songs like "Virtues Of The Beast", "Red Code Cult" and "Magic Loves Infinity", Septic Flesh never let up on the heaviness or the melodic complexity.
You could make comparisons to Dimmu Borgir or Eternal Tears Of Sorrow, but that would be doing a great disservice to this band. Septic Flesh, despite the terrible name, are blazing their own trail, and manage to make the eclectic mix of their sound into a blistering, unified whole. A stunning tour-de-force from an overlooked band.
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