Septicflesh
Esoptron


4.0
excellent

Review

by Yeahtoast USER (19 Reviews)
August 8th, 2010 | 16 replies | 6,634 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Septic Flesh step things up with sophomore outing.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

It’s 1995. Death have just released Symbolic and At The Gates have shaped what is widely regarded as one of the most impressive pieces of melodic death metal ever in Slaughter Of The Soul. Following the previous year’s debut album, Mystic Places Of Dawn, Septic Flesh carved out a small but dedicated fanbase due to the diversity of their impressive atmospheric death metal. Their musical approach was an outlet for death metal fans who craved something extra. A year later, the band returned with their eagerly anticipated follow up, Esoptron. An album that would gain the young Greeks deserved esteem from the Hellenic metal press, despite the indispensable masterpieces being constructed elsewhere. Continuing on from and building on their debut, Septic Flesh once again delivered an impressive slab of melodic death metal incorporating a unique atmospheric feel, and it is this release that firmly established the band on the scene.

Esoptron is a step up in many respects from their debut. Most notably, the intensity on this album greatly exceeds the level set on Mystic Places Of Dawn. While their first outing placed heavy emphasis on spacey, melodic passages, Esoptron is more aggressive in terms of the instrumentation utilized. While these passages still remain, they are more aggressively executed by the band and this shows the character and confidence of the Greek outfit expressing their ability more freely. Atmospherics and subtle overtones once again give the album great variation; keyboard interludes intertwining with melodic dual guitar harmonies create ambient auras that are often disrupted by sludgy guitar riffs. Septic Flesh’s sophomore effort contains exactly the creativity and progression required if the band was to survive.

Esoptron sees the grinding riffs present on the debut intensified further. Guitarists, Christos and Sotiris, however, produced something entirely new and different sounding when they combine here; almost doom metal sounding riffs. This new approach is best heard on the impressive “Succubus Priestess” and even the highly melodic “Ice Castle”, giving the record an even more malevolent feel that plays off the dark atmosphere already present. An excellent display of intensity and imagination. Seth’s ever present brooding vocals are perfectly apt for this sludgy approach. Keeping the album firmly rooted to their death metal beginnings, his distinctive throaty performance gives Esoptron its sinister edge and his dreamy lyrics occupy the slow sections with what can only be described as belligerent beauty. The production of each song is brilliantly unique to the next, capturing the atmosphere and feeling of each individually. A partnership, one that continues to the present day, is forged between Seth and the clean vocals of Sotiris. The duet on “Burning Phoenix” is an elegant example and a fantastic addition to the already impressive array of musical talents which Septic Flesh possess. Closing track "Narcissism", exhibits the skills of the band at their compositional best, varying quiet moods with devastating riffs. Neat solos fit the music well with the tone of the music and highlight the aptitude of the guitarists.

With Esoptron, Septic Flesh were instantly hailed as a band who were on the path to greatness on their local scene. The progression and maturity from their debut served them well and ultimately led to a better sound; a sound that would that would remain a trademark for the band for years to come. Fans of Mystic Places Of dawn will surely find this effort enjoyable and a step up in technicality and ability. While the atmospheric nature of Septic Flesh’s sound is entrancing and unique, it would be a while before the band would achieve success on a global level. This album, however, is a major stride in the right direction and one that would have a significant impact on Greek death metal.



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Yeahtoast
August 8th 2010



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review is dedicated to Voivod for helping me get a feel of the impact Septic Flesh’s first few releases had on a very local level rest of the discog. reviews will be a little while coming, need to re listen to the rest get to grips fully with them again.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2010



5896 Comments


Thanx for the good words man, though i think i didn't do anything that any Sputnik user wouldn't.

Anyway...

As it is already past midnight in Hellas, i will read this tomorrow.

Digging: Electric Citizen - Sateen

OhAliceMonster
August 8th 2010



1455 Comments


pos'd great review.
will check em out

OhAliceMonster
August 8th 2010



1455 Comments


pos'd great review.
will check em out

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2010



5896 Comments


Έσοπτροοοοοοοοον!!!!!!!

Yeahtoast
August 8th 2010



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks a lot Alice and goodnight Voivod ^_^

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2010



5896 Comments


A small typo.

...required if the band were to survive.

...if the band was to survive.



An album that would gain the young Greeks deserved esteem from the metal community in their homeland

I think it's better you should write here this:

An album that would gain the esteem of the Hellenic metal press (initially), crafting, literally in no time, a relatively small but really band-dedicated fanbase

It's your decision, though :smile:

Pos'd.

Yeahtoast
August 9th 2010



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Made a few grammatical changes, thanks for the correction ^_^

lostforwords
August 12th 2010



443 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Totally agree with your review, pos.

They got better and better with each respective release. I liked this record more because of its obscure atmosphere than because of the actual melodies, which sounded promising but were to be surpassed with the next few records, again in my opinion.

Yeahtoast
August 12th 2010



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man. Agree with all of the above also, except maybe A Fallen Temple. I hardly consider that album a full length though, more like an experimental stop gap for the next record (which was released later the same year). Just to get some of their old stuff onto an LP rather than just an EP.

scissorlocked
August 18th 2010



3508 Comments


fuck yeah man,that's a great review!!!

keep it up,and I will call Seth to honour you.I've met him a couple of times.

Digging: John Roberts - Ausio

Yeahtoast
August 19th 2010



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow thanks man, and that's pretty cool! Are you from Greece?

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2011



1837 Comments


Undoubtedly their greatest album of the 90's-nicely done symphonics and the brutality of the guitar work here is magnificent. It could have done with the short instrumentals under a minute long being conjoined with the other track that were much longer, but as for the music itself, brilliantm/

seedofnothing
November 30th 2011



3425 Comments


why doesn't this album get much love

i mean look at those titties on the cover

BigHans
March 15th 2013



26455 Comments


Mystic Places of Dawn is better

InFlamesWeThrash666
May 10th 2014



897 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of their best albums

Digging: Overkill - White Devil Armory



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