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Review: Septerra - Freedom of the Dark One
Freedom of the Dark One

Label: Independent
Year released: 2016
Duration: 58:55
Tracks: 11
Genre: Progressive Power Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: September 23, 2016
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
Readers Rating
Freedom of the Dark One

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)

Septerra hails from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and this is their debut album. Formed in 2005, they play a form of Progressive Power Metal with more aggressiveness than progressiveness, if that makes any sense. Relying heavily on keyboards and tuned-down guitars, Freedom of the Dark One is a very interesting album; vocalist Filippe ZK has a unique gruff voice which separates him from the vast majority of Prog/Power singers, while Marcio Fernandez is the sole responsible for the guitar work, and does a hell of a good job at it.

The album is conceptual and tells the story of a man with a dark heart who loses himself in his own nightmares and past wrongdoings. Mixing dark and dense songs with faster ones, the whole album succeeds in delivering a solid atmosphere to back the songs and the lyrical content. Special mentions to "Nightmare (The Terror From Within)", "The Awakening" and the title track.

Surgically executed, coherent and well produced, this debut album proves that Septerra is on the right track to being respected in the scene. A promising band that deserves attention.

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