Septicflesh – Titan
Release Date: June 26, 2014
Riding the waves of success off their eighth studio record, The Great Mass, comes the best Septicflesh record to date. Titan is a brilliant blend of death metal and classical that will give you the familiar urges to burn things down as well as an overwhelming sense of beauty that cannot be ignored. Septic Flesh brings this much-needed change of pace from the constant brutality to a mix of savage guitar work and truly epic symphonic elements. With this new record, there is definitely a stronger presence of the orchestral elements that really separates Septicflesh from the rest of the death metal world. You can tell from just casually observing the artwork or just a quick listen the incredibly amount of detail and thought poured into this record. It’s incredible how intricate everything becomes once you sit down and really look into it.
From the beginning, starting off with the track “War in Heaven”, you’re met with this massive wall of orchestral might and symphonic grace. I have never even conceived music that can fluidly go from these soaring, magnificent stringed movements to blast beats and growls and back again. It’s absolutely breath-taking to say the least. “Burn” is an even better example of this incredible musical prowess. Starting off aggressively with the unnerving chanting of, “burn”, the song works its way into this stunning orchestration that would make Vivaldi cry. This entire record is non-stop in bringing chills to your arms and tears to your eyes. The orchestration is absolutely magnificent in how flawlessly it’s blended with the distorted guitars and aggressive drum work. The track, “Order of Dracul” further proves my argument that Septicflesh is the only band to make a harpsichord sound cool, ever.
One of my favorite tracks, which was really hard to decide on, has to be “Prototype”. I cannot even begin to describe how incredible this song is. From the blaring brass sections creating a feeling of dissonance to the ever incredible drum work, this song is a perfect example of how skilled the guys of Septicflesh are when it comes to writing. My favorite part though, has to be the combination of the growls and children’s choir with the massive stringed section behind it all. The sheer amount of power and grace packed into that single song is absolutely incredible.
I understand this type of music might not be for everyone, being it’s quite a bit different from your more standard types of metal. That being said, I am absolutely sold on Septicflesh’s new(ish) approach on their records. Having gone from more stock type death metal to this incredible hybrid of metal and classical was probably the best move they could have made. Not only are they markedly unique and as original as it gets, but they seem to be paving the way for a new style of metal that I really hope takes hold. I know I’m not alone in my appreciation of classical music and combining it with my other favorite genre only makes me love them that much more. This is a record that easily sits above the rest due to the sheer amount of musicianship and extravagant beauty that radiates from every note. I cannot stress enough how much you need this in your collection, or if you don’t have one, this is a perfect place to start.
— Written By Dallas Luckey