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JULY 21st 2014
SEPTICFLESH: TITAN

Review by Metal Mom

Genre: Symphonic Death Metal
Hometown: Athens, Greece
Record Label: Season Of Mist / Prosthetic Records
Release Date: Fri, Jun 20 2014

A little appreciation of what it takes to make this exemplary album.

Titan track listing:
 1. War In Heaven
 2. Burn
 3. Order Of Dracul
 4. Prototype
 5. Dogma
 6. Prometheus
 7. Titan
 8. Confessions Of A Serial Killer
 9. Ground Zero
10. The First Immortal

All lyrics written by Sotiris V., all music composed by Septicflesh.
Recorded: Devasoundz studios (Athens, Greece) and Smecky studios (Prague/Czech Republic) from September to October, 2013.

Seth Siro Anton: (bass/vocals)
Christos Antoniou: (guitars/orchestral)
Sotiris Anunnaki V: (guitar/clean vocals)
Fotis Benardo: (drums)

Part 1 -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0UpkbTXJzw
Part 2 -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x2ygfA0vNc
Part 3 -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKKW-voWh14
Part 4 -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLe2UnWPsBA

Production:
Logan Mader: producer, mixing, mastering
Gerard Marino: orchestral arrangements pre-mixing
Jan Holzner: sound engineering
Steve Venardo: drum tracking
Petr Pycha: music contractor, recording supervisor
Corn Studio: artwork
Alex Logos: costumes
Ioanna Symeonidi: makeup artist, photography
Prokopis Vlaseros FX Studio: costumes
Marios Theologis: photography
Jon Simvonis: photography

Additional musicians:
FILM harmonic Orchestra, Children Choir Of Prague
Adam Klemens: orchestra conductor

Choir:
Antonia Tzitzika, Babis Alexandropoulos, Eleni Konstantaki, Fotini Athanasaki, Giannis Stamatakis, Kostas Zampounis, Lito Messini, Lydia Zervanou, Maria Vlachopoulou, Panagiotis Priftis, Thodoris Aivaliotis, Vasilis Asimakopoulos


Greek symphonic death metallers SEPTICFLESH, whose albums/EP’s -  (Temple of the Lost Race (EP 1991), ( Mystic Places of Dawn (1994), Esoptron (1995),The Ophidian Wheel (1997),A Fallen Temple (1998), The Eldest Cosmonaut (EP 1998), Revolution DNA (1999), Sumerian Daemons (2003), Communion (2008), The Great Mass (2011),and Titan (2014), and performances on tour alongside the likes of Cradle of Filth, Amon Amarth, Gorgoroth, Satyricon, Children of Bodom and more have earned the group international acclaim.

In Greek mythology, the Titan (Greek: Τιτάν - Ti-tan; plural: Τιτᾶνες -Ti-tânes) were a primeval race of powerful deities, descendants of Gaia (Earth) and Uranus (Sky), that ruled during the legendary Golden Age. They were immortal giants of incredible strength and were also the first pantheon of Greek gods and goddesses. SEPTICFLESH are for sure today’s legendary immortal giants. They are the forces of nature, and there is no way to stop them, and no better title to represent this album.

Formed in March 1990 and (formerly known as Septic Flesh,as two words,then when reunited, became "Septicflesh") have released their 9th album in June of this year, and what an album.  To tell you the truth, I am at a loss for words to tell you just how exceptional this album truly is. But I will do my best, in fact I had a taste of what was to come, I was also hooked when they released their first song off Titans, then I had the distinct pleasure of watching them play 3 shows, (Vancouver, BC/Seattle, WA, Portland, OR), which included some of the songs from their newest album. I picked up “Titan” from the Vancouver show, and I haven't stopped listening to it yet. What makes them so different, it's their music, plain and simple. I am not sure if they prepare their music how they like it, or how the fans will enjoy, either way, I flat out enjoy this album to the very core of my being, it gives so much to the listener. Titans is without a doubt one of the most exceptional albums of 2014. How do you top having some orchestration, adding in their own unique style to create sometime that outshines what I have reviewed so far this year. Guitar work, bass, and drums, seem to melt together without any flaws to execute perfect harmony. A child’s choir, who would have thought of adding that into something considered death metal, that would have been considered a real risk for most bands. But it works, SEPTICFLESH pulls it off.  But wait, don't get me wrong, there is still plenty of evil present for you to hear, but pulling this all together to make it work so stunningly, it's truly incredible. This album is brutal and yet angelistic, and combining all of this, creates what I call astounding, almost breathtaking songs. SEPTICFLESH has taken this album to a new level and no other band can equal what they have accomplished here. Pure raw talent.

Don’t just take my word for it, get out and grab yourself a copy of SEPTICFLESH “Titan”, and you will understand why I really could not do this album the justice it deserved. This reviewer, hands down gives this album a 10/10. Now excuse me while I go enjoy it again.


SEPTICFLESH “Burn”: