Septicflesh
Codex Omega


4.0
excellent

Review

by Porky USER (11 Reviews)
September 1st, 2017 | 71 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Septicflesh nail their trademark formula perfectly, without adding anything new to the mix.

After 'Titan' left an unimpressive taste in the mouthes of fans, Septicflesh have now returned with 'Codex Omega', in attempt to wash that taste away with something more pleasant. In that perspective, the record fulfills its purpose with adroitness. With all the classical elements cranked up, subduing guitars at the ready and plentiful ammunition of harsh blastbeats, things soon transcend into grandiose proportions.

The atmosphere present throughout the record is conjured immediately, as the violins cloud over the listener and install a chaotic, yet flawlessly orchestrated feel to the record. With choirs echoing behind the surging guitars and burst-fire of the drums, a remarkably epic sound is materialized from the immensely talented band. The epic soundscape fabricated constantly morphs from sounding menacingly malevolent, to sounding truly magnificent and thought provoking. This is a sublime feature of the record, as it gives the listener small breaks from the instrumental annihilation, which in turn makes the chaos have more of an impact, highlighting the shifts from one mood to another.

Instrumentally, this record is exceptional. The guitarists demonstrate their capabilities to rapidly adapt to the ever-changing mood by forming crushing riffs, which amalgamate with those of a melodic structure. This is all fortified by the bass and drums, which act as an epoxy maintaining everything within its embrace, making sure the turmoil does not lead to a disorganized resonance. This varies from flurries of beats, to bruising blastbeats dealing swift, bruising strikes from the drums. The bass usually hides behind the guitars, which is disappointing as some extravagance could have been exhibited. As well as these instruments, a fair variety of classical instruments are featured, such as violins and pianos, which help form that epic soundscape. This is all perfected by the vocal performance, which serves as the highlight of the record. Menacingly hellish growls are disposed, as well as the occasional spell of operatic clean singing, supported by the backing choir making their intermittent appearance.

Aside from all this, comes the feeling that you've heard this before somewhere. This is due to the band squeezing whatever life they can out of a formula that's become noticeably stale. There is little variance from other records, apart from the fact that the production here is even better than before. Furthemore, this record does not really have any stand-out tracks rife with variation, so the whole record moulds together as one colossal slab of symphonic death metal, rather feeling like an album with plenty of curveballs.

Sadly this means that the record fails to stand out in the discography of Septicflesh, and proves to be just another skillfully constructed release from the band. While being enjoyable to listen to, this does not serve as anything that will make an impact on the extreme metal scene. Moreover, this may be one of the last records the band can set loose before they truly do sound stale, so vast changes will have to be made. So, Septicflesh prove they can still make a superlative record with 'Codex Omega', which will be one to attract fans of the band, and once again steer away those who dislike this metallic concoction. Time will only tell if Septicflesh can still sound great, or whether they will wither and die under a lack of creativity.



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InFlamesWeThrash666
September 1st 2017


6755 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

More of the same is fine for me. There aren't many bands who do this kind of stuff as good as Septicflesh

Digging: Septicflesh - Codex Omega

BlackwaterPork
September 1st 2017


593 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it's working for now, I just don't know if I could listen to a few more albums of the same stuff.

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Mythodea
September 1st 2017


4126 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review, heard this album today. It indeed hasn't much variety, but it definitely sounds awesome. Portrait of a Headless Man and Martyr stood out for me and I'll listen to it a couple more times for sure. I think that says something for its quality, I haven't checked them out before and if this is them on autopilot, their previous works must be perfect.

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BlackwaterPork
September 1st 2017


593 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll agree martyr was very good, and no their previous works aren't perfect, but still very good.

InFlamesWeThrash666
September 1st 2017


6755 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I haven't checked them out before and if this is them on autopilot, their previous works must be perfect.



I wouldn't say they are on autopilot.Sure,they found a sound and stuck with it but they still keep things interesting with their strong songwriting imo



Beardog
September 1st 2017


1539 Comments


Man, the production on this is so fucking good

BlackwaterPork
September 1st 2017


593 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it's pretty spectacular

Madbutcher3
September 1st 2017


1863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeh titan sounded flat as hell and this gives much more space for the guitars

Evokaphile
September 1st 2017


4774 Comments


Never liked this band at all but I feel semi-obligated to jam this anyway.

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BlackwaterPork
September 1st 2017


593 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No harm in doing so, but if you never liked this band the chances are you're probably not going to like this.

Mythodea
September 1st 2017


4126 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I expected the classical sounds on this to be very synthetic and thin, but the work on here is spectacular. Amazing production indeed.



Also, I've been searching about Spiros "Seth" Antoniou and he seems like a really interesting guy, musician and painter. Quite a notable person.

InFlamesWeThrash666
September 1st 2017


6755 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

New video clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kdg4DLAPC4A

BigPleb
September 1st 2017


50986 Comments


Are these guys signed to Season of Mist? Most of their production jobs are great tbh.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
September 1st 2017


8570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

They're under Season of Mist, yea.

BigPleb
September 1st 2017


50986 Comments


They're a great label for production jobs then ye.

kingdedethefifth
September 1st 2017


3807 Comments


Fantastic review, it's always cool to see new reviewers on the rise.

BlackwaterPork
September 1st 2017


593 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gee thanks Dede, very kind words.

cryptologous
Contributing Reviewer
September 1st 2017


1715 Comments


really dig the increased emphasis on riffs with this one

BigPleb
September 1st 2017


50986 Comments


3rd Testament just rips so hard.

BlackwaterPork
September 1st 2017


593 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

On second listen I think Enemy of Truth is my personal favourite here, closely followed by Marytr.



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