Greece, Season of Mist, Symphonic Death Metal
Symphonies in metal will no doubt inspire an uproar among the old guard, oftentimes rightfully so; cheesy keyboards and overblown quasi-epic passages got old decades ago. However, in the case of a select few bands, the addition of strings and horns (especially in the form of real musicians and not a Casio) serves not to detract from the deathly parts of a record, but instead to augment them. Such is the case of Titan, wherein Septicflesh utilizes a full orchestra to enhance the rhythmic ebb of the band’s doomy core, resulting in an atmospheric yet crushing entry into the necronomicon of death metal.
Titan shows that “atmospheric” needn’t inherently equal boring, poppy, pompous, or fluffy. Sudden bursts of precision drumming harken clearly to more technical outfits than melodic mass-appeal, and increase the overall level of headbanging, as well as complexity. Simultaneously, the bombast of the orchestra carries an oppressive yet memorable atmosphere. Septicflesh summons the full demonic might of a complete classical troupe to augment aggressive riffing, resulting in a visceral tapestry of malevolent music. Continue reading Review: Septicflesh – Titan