Thursday, January 4, 2018

Septicflesh: Codex Omega (2017)

Septicflesh is a band whose back catalog I have been exploring in depth this year.  I have been into the Greek symphonic death metal band for several years now and typically come on strong in my end of the year lists.  This release is no different.

Always at the forefront of the symphonic extreme metal genre, Septicflesh has managed to release what is quite possibly their strongest album to date.  And I say that as a big fan of the band.  They have mastered their craft after all these years, a seemless blend of brutality and beauty.  There have been a few missteps along the way, although they have typically confined them to individual songs, rather than entire albums.  But this is their strongest album overall yet. 

The biggest improvement in the band has been their songwriting.  It is harder to tell now whether this is a symphonic band incorporating metal elements or a metal band incorporating symphonic elements.  The songs are simply crafted so well that the elements of the band's sound blends together perfectly. 

I cannot stress enough that this is an excellent album by the band.  I have been a big fan for years and this year delved way deep into their prior releases, including demos and EPs from their early years.  This is the best I have heard from them, and that is a very high standard.

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