|Review: Septicflesh - Codex Omega|
Label: Season of Mist
Year released: 2017
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: January 13, 2018
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4/5 (80%) (8 Votes)
The last Septicflesh album I really loved was Sumerian Daemons from way back in 2003, and that was right after they switched from their older, weirder style to the more modern sound they have adopted since Revolution DNA. This has always been a strange band, who do things their own weird way, mixing symphonic keys and an epic songwriting approach into their rather technical Death Metal attack. They sound a lot like Behemoth crossed with keyboard-infested bands like Atrocity or Hollenthon. It's a small pool, and they are a big fish in it.
I have not found their more recent albums terribly compelling, but this one is pretty decent. I really most enjoy this band's older works like the obscure Esopteron and Ophidian Wheel, and their newer direction is much more technical and glossy. As always, their riff attack is precise and sharp, their sound is big and encompassing, and their songwriting is just too choppy and disjointed to really captivate you. These compositions just never gel onto anything that holds together as a real song, and what you get is an album full of good parts that don't seem to add up to anything. This is propulsive and heavy, but it lacks identity and cohesion.
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