|Review: Septagon - Deadhead Syndicate|
Label: Cruz Del Sur Music
Year released: 2016
Review online: March 30, 2016
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
Septagon was born from a collaboration between Lanfear's mastermind Markus Ullrich and Atlantean Kodex frontman Markus Becker. Paying homage to the old-school US Speed/Thrash Metal scene, the band fires their debut album Deadhead Syndicate our way with technicality and proficiency, and will make fans of the genre very happy.
Septagon possesses a very strong identity and Deadhead Syndicate is actually pretty original in many ways, especially in the fact that it doesn't always rely on the generic "verse–bridge–chorus–solo" formula. Of course, there are still conventional tunes like the good "Unwanted Company" and "Exit...Gunfire", but the album has songs with no chorus whatsoever, songs with long introductions, changes of pace between sections of a song, etc. The production is not that polished and this hurts the final product at times, but nothing that ruins the experience. This is an album that must be heard non-stop while paying full attention, because you will most likely need more than one listen to fully enjoy the effort.
Deadhead Syndicate will most likely get praised on many metal circles, and with good reason. Relying on the abilities of respected musicians, the album shows a mature effort from a new band, with a few standout tracks and some awkward ones, but it still has room for improvement. Keep an eye on this band, because Ullrich and Becker made very clear that this isn't a side project, but a full-time act.
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