Greek symphonic death metal warriors SEPTICFLESH’S tenth studio album Codex Omega has finally arrived today via Prosthetic Records. A follow-up to 2014’s Titan and a return since their 2008 Communion resurrection. SEPTICFLESH has stepped up their inventive plate, creating one epic masterpiece. Despite having a few DIMMU BORGIR similarities, Codex Omega stands on its own as one hell of an apocalyptic journey filled with bombastic orchestrations mixed with chaotic extremities.
This album could be argued as the best in their career as it fills our eardrums with endless terrifying drum patterns, cinematic landscapes, powerful orchestrations and glorious guitar hooks. It is relentless from beginning to end, leaving no mercy nor sympathy to all who listens. It is one that will keep you grounded and moving, thanks to the impeccable song structure and blistering tenacity. The record opens up with the suspenseful track “Dante’s Inferno.” Its long silent introduction holds you in complete anticipation and within a few seconds, you begin to wonder if you are on the opposite side of the Ionian Sea listening to Italian extreme metallers FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. Roughly thirty seconds later, the song takes you on a mystified escalated treat towards heavy obliteration while being reassured you are listening to these Greek metal gods.
Madness continues with “3rd Testament (Codex Omega),” exploring breakdown passageways, reminding us what the gates of Hell would sound like amongst its operatic backgrounds and insane drum pedalling. We soon enter a horror version of Disney’s Fantasia during the opening of “Portrait of a Headless Man” as it intensifies towards complete insanity. The moment “Martyr” takes over, you will become enthralled and won’t be able to contain yourself from the excitement. The movement in this track is well composed with suspenseful truculent diversities and brutal screams.
You have a moment to breathe during “Enemy of Truth” and “Dark Art” during their soothing introductions. However, softness does not last long as they pick up while ripping your skull for one invasive awakening. The following songs, “Our Church, Below The Sea” and “Faceless Queen” have exploding introductions yet move with diversified arrangements. Stylistically, the album significantly changes at the end with “The Gospels of Fear.” The song showcases different guitar riffery while the final track, “Trinity” cools things down with its melodic death approach. For those who need to hear something more soothing following the ten riveting tunes, the second disc provides you that with three instrumental tracks – “Martyr of Truth,” “Dark Testament,” and “Portrait of a Headless Man.”
SEPTICFLESH’s Codex Omega stands out from the herd of 2017’s new releases. It will easily resonate in your mind with what could seem as endless tenacity. Essentially, it’s a mandatory listen.
STANDOUT TRACKS: ALL OF THEM
-ZENAE D. ZUKOWSKI