Sunday, May 12, 2013

Septekh - Apollonian Eyes





(Abyss Records)


  Whether it's fortunate or unfortunate that geographical locations are often used to describe a band's music is difficult to say, especially in the case of metal.  References such as Bay Area thrash, Japanese hardcore don't really hurt but rather aid both a listener and give a reviewer an easy reference points.  It's fairly easy to know what you're in for when you're told a band is Swedish death metal although on Septekh may well be from Sweden, the band's  latest release "Apollonian Eyes"  is much more than run of the mill old school death metal.  There's a potpourri of metallic styles at work that is reminiscent of Demontage.

Vitriolic deathly vocals are spat out in the title track but there are mixture of blackened death metal riffs with chunks of Maiden.  It's also  clear that these guys are fans are of early Kreator especially in "Burn it To The Ground" which sounds like it could have been written in the early eighties by the German thrashers.   In places the drums don't sound quite as tight though but that only contributes to an even grittier death and roll sound.  Tasty  power metal and new wave of British metal chunks are dealt out on "Vlad Tapes" and regardless of your poker face,  it's definitely a winning hand .  The usage of both the traditional metal riffs and blackened metal within their old school death metal style, it's clear Septekh are not content to keep to the stale cookie cutter pattern.

The main complaint with this release is its too short.   The band keep this listener wanting to hear more from them.

4/5

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