Reviews – Modern Primitive – Phoosi

01. The Collector
02. Hierophant
03. Self Eater
04. Neuromancer
05. Coming Storm
06. A Desert Throne
07. Fashionable Primitives
08. Psychohistory
09. A Dreadful Muse

SEPTICFLESH have by no means been a band that suffers from an absence of ambition. Even way back to the Greeks’ 1994 debut “Mystic Locations of Daybreak”, their want to sound extra intrinsically spectacular than their underground friends was apparent. However because the band’s 2006 reunion, a slight change of title (from Septic Flesh to SEPTICFLESH, because you ask) and the large reputational enhance that adopted the discharge of 2008’s “Communion”, they’ve more and more appeared like a band with actual mainstream crossover potential, albeit with all the standard blasphemous and subversive caveats.

When SEPTICFLESH collaborated with an orchestra in Mexico Metropolis in 2019, as captured on 2020’s “Infernus Sinfonica MMXIX” dwell set, it felt extra like a logical subsequent step than any type of leap of religion. Consistent with the bombastic and multi-layered method that made that efficiency so memorable, “Fashionable Primitive” is much more extravagant and dynamic than 2017’s “Codex Omega”. Though firmly rooted in their very own distinctive pressure of blackened demise metallic, there are lots of chic orchestral prospers and different esoteric diversions, every one including a contemporary layer of pleasure and depth to the anticipated, technically masterful assault.

None of that will matter if the songs had been garbage, after all. SEPTICFLESH have lengthy since outgrown the intuition to artlessly batter folks with velocity and aggression, and whereas there’s nonetheless loads of velocity and aggression out there, these songs communicate of a way more refined method and loftier creative targets. “The Collector” establishes the degrees of energy and pomp on supply, with Spiros Antoniou‘s authoritative roar scorching throughout a pristine deluge of Hellenic fireplace ‘n’ fury, whereas “Hierophant” is a chameleonic gargoyle of a tune, with catchiness and abstruse viciousness in equal quantities. Elsewhere, “Self Eater” and “A Desert Throne” execute impressed amalgams of thunderous symphonic extremity and opaque, progressive textures, whereas the (almost) title observe has all of the brooding charisma of the best ’80s gothic rock however welded to a colossal outpouring of orchestral opulence and strident, deathly riffing. Equally, “Psychohistory” is a dizzying avalanche of riffs, embellished with pressing, stabbing strings and hellish horns. As followers of this band have come to count on, the entire thing sounds huge and overblown, however with such sharp, incisive edges and so many sensible musical concepts, even the densest, maxed-out moments resound with finesse and effective particulars.

Nonetheless one of the fearlessly formidable metallic bands round, SEPTICFLESH have mixed the trendy, the primitive and the otherworldly, and polished it to a blinding sheen. A powerful option to be soundly steamrollered, all instructed.

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