Septicflesh
Sumerian Daemons


4.0
excellent

Review

by Yeahtoast USER (19 Reviews)
August 4th, 2010 | 42 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Masterfully composed symphonic death metal from Greek veterans.

Prior to their October 2003 break up, Septic Flesh released arguably the album of their careers thus far via Hammerheart Records. Sumerian Daemons is a culmination of a number of elements that made their earlier releases interesting and distinctive. Rudiments ranging from the debatably over experimental Revolution DNA, to the more progressive style of the band’s earlier work are all combined here with Septic Flesh’s signature brute force and aggression to form something new. The band have crafted an album that marks progression, maturity and exhibits the Greeks in their comfort zone.

While incorporating many of the same styles and techniques as their competitors, Septic Flesh employ a full orchestra, as well as the soprano vocal styles of Natalie Rassoulis to increase the punch they pack, as well as a way to leave their own unique stamp on the genre in chilling fashion. Sumerian Demons is a work of true flair in terms of musical composition and lyrics while remaining conjectural in every form of its nature. While tunefully based on the solid debut, Mystic Places Of Dawn, this record is a much darker and for the most part pacier affair due the orchestrations which provide a magnificent and often sinister atmosphere. Backing choir vocals offer another layer to Septic Flesh’s profound sound and give the album a haunting theme while not at all distracting focus from the sound of the band itself.

Septic Flesh offer fans of death metal something more diverse than other bands on the scene. While impressive operatic and symphonic themes sets the band and record apart from others, the signature melodic death metal sound portrayed by the band on Sumerian Demons is the most impressive of their career. Chris Antoniou and Sotiris Vayenas’ guitars carve the melody and anger into the album and their characteristic sound is not hampered by under par production. Each song is wonderfully different in sound and structure to the last, from sharp frantic riffing combined with blast beats from the pedals of Fotis Benardo, to the slower melodic sections led by choir and other assorted orchestrations. Seth’s aggressive guttural vocals adjoin all components of the music into one impressive song structure as he vehemently growls and snarls on this impressive return to form for the whole band. Keyboard melodies are integrated also to give the album a malevolent feel at certain points such as the intro to the wonderfully melodic “Magic Loves Infinity”. The compositional brilliance and talent for song structure of Septic Flesh is best heard however on “The Virtues Of The Beast”. Dark, gloomy atmospherics are perturbed by a gargantuan riff and a dominating vocal performance from Seth that spans the song’s entirety. Solid drumming and beautiful choir vocals ambiently guide the track along its dark path.

Sumerian Demons is a solid performance from a band who were carving their own sound. A sound that is reinforced by the immense orchestrations that give Sumerian Demons its vast depth, emotion and imagination. An album that displays the raw talent and wealth of ideas this band possess to all those who were previously unconvinced. While not without minor flaws, impressive song structures as well as instrumentation make this record a captivating and at times punishing affair that is sure to keep the any listener’s attention right through to the end. A truly focused record from Septic Flesh that would keep them in good stead despite their temporary hiatus and one that would cement their place at the top of the Greek death metal pile.



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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 4th 2010


8393 Comments


Good review. I've got a shitton of stuff to listen to right now so I won't be adding this to my list though.

Yeahtoast
August 4th 2010


2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Magnus, I'm in the same boat on that note. I have a shit load backed up to listen to. This one though, I've been meaning to review for a while.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 4th 2010


8393 Comments


Yeah and the fact I haven't been home for more than 2 weeks now (and still am not) isn't helping the case either.

Yeahtoast
August 4th 2010


2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, vacation?

BallsToTheWall
August 4th 2010


44805 Comments


Good album/review.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 4th 2010


8393 Comments


Haha, vacation?
not exactly. Fixing up my grandparents' summer cottage just because I'm nice like that. It's being a bitch though since it turned out to be a lot more work then I hoped it would.

Yeahtoast
August 4th 2010


2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers Balls.

Magnus: that's a mighty nice deed man, hope your luck picks up.

Ponton
Emeritus
August 4th 2010


5820 Comments


album's pretty great, but i prefer Communion

Digging: Gates - Bloom and Breathe

Yeahtoast
August 4th 2010


2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I liked Communion a lot too, but the only song I really listen to anymore is Sangreal. Awesome clean vocals.

East Hastings
August 4th 2010


4393 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i didn't really care for this album.

Dryden
August 4th 2010


13285 Comments


Album Rating: 4

lol

Canyons of Static
August 4th 2010


638 Comments


sup

scissorlocked
August 4th 2010


3511 Comments


good job man

Sceptic Flesh deserve recognition

Digging: Low Roar - Low Roar

Canyons of Static
August 4th 2010


638 Comments


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Yeahtoast
August 4th 2010


2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I see what you did there -.-

thanks scissor.

Canyons of Static
August 4th 2010


638 Comments


call of the wretched sea

Yeahtoast
August 4th 2010


2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm yet to check that one out :/

scissorlocked
August 4th 2010


3511 Comments


hahahahaha!!!

Now Im hungry for a toast

East Hastings
August 4th 2010


4393 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

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scissorlocked
August 4th 2010


3511 Comments


fuck,i really dont know how to upload images...

I really suck



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