Review: Septicflesh – Titan

Location: Athens, Greece
Genre: Symphonic Death Metal
Released: June 20, 2014
Format Reviewed: FLAC
Feature: Global Conquest – Recent Releases

By: Kris Kotlarik

My first encounter with Septicflesh came in the form of one of the best tours to ever hit the United States: Septicflesh as headliners, with Krisiun, Melechesh, Ex Deo, and Inquisition in support. Being unfamiliar with them at the time, the song that stood out most to me was the title track from Communion, mainly because it’s basically the Meow Mix song from hell.

For those familiar with Septicflesh, not much has changed. The orchestral elements to their sound are all over the place, and the death metal vocals are still as blunt as ever. If you liked The Great Mass, odds are you will enjoy Titan. There’s three aspects to this album’s sound; there are parts of it that are nearly incoherent and sound great because of it; there are others that are completely incoherent and suffer as a result; and the other songs are not captivating in any way.

In the winning camp, we have “Prototype,” which bounces around the intensity spectrum on a dime, has an absolutely brutal brass-influenced chorus, and there even appears to be some female guest vocalists. The ending is a bit weak, which takes some of the wind out of its sails, but is otherwise the best track. “Ground Zero” starts slowly but pushes the tempo pretty quickly, then slows back down in an effective way, introducing some clean vocals to the mix. The intro to “Prometheus” is highly effective; the track itself is one of the slowest tracks on here but is easily among the heaviest. The chorus is the track’s weak point but it still flows well with the rest of the song.

Album opener “War In Heaven” simply has way too much going on; it could have just as easily been one of the earlier songs on Devin Townsend’s Deconstruction. “Burn,” “Order Of Dracul,” and “Confessions Of A Serial Killer” all sound pretty good but contain weird midsections which takes the flow out of them. The closer, “The First Immortal,” doesn’t stand out to me with the exception of some nice drum work following the midway point that is accompanied by female guest vocals.

As for the songs on the losing team, the title track has a decent verse structure, but the rest of it is rather blasé and the ending is the aural equivalent of stubbing your toe. “Dogma” is similar to “Prometheus” in that it is slow, but aside from a decent midsection there’s not much going on.

Overall: The lack of completely satisfying songs puts Titan in limbo.

Rating: 2.5*

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