Album: Modern Primitive
Label: Nuclear Blast
Release Date: 05/20/2022
Location: Athens, Greece
The first time I heard SepticFlesh was during their Communion era back in 2008. At the time I’d never quite heard anything like it. The giant orchestra, disaster causing, powerful riffs, and the low growls of vocalist Spiros “Seth Siro Anton” Antoniou hooked me in mere seconds of turning it on. I knew that this was a band I was going to be with for a long time.
Modern Primitive carries the torch of their last album, 2017’s Codex Omega. Which made my top 3 albums that year. The sounds here are similar except SepticFlesh have managed to find even better production that before now on Nuclear Blast the album sounds like it cost a lot more to make and with the addition of european folk music passages and a lot more clean vocals than ever before, they have found a sound that is like nothing else out there. They stand alone.
The first single “Neuromancer” is a ripping banger, swinging in and out of complete brutality and utter beauty. “A Desert Thrown” pushes forward the bands absolute heaviest moments with tastes of black metal thrown in just to make them feel even more full of life and yet completely bleak at the same time. Closing out the album with the driving “A Dreadful Muse” with so much utter brutality and yet somehow calculated progressiveness Modern Primitive is a pure joy of a death metal album.
SepticFlesh has become the first name when someone mentions Symphonic Death Metal for a reason. Their experimental and yet traditional approach to the genre have made them a must listen for anyone who enjoys bands like Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, and old school Opeth.
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