Septicflesh are a Greek Death Metal
band that first formed in 1990. Originally a Death
act, they put out six albums before breaking up in 2003. The group reunited in 2007 and released Communion
, a New Sound Album
that combined their old sound with Symphonic Metal
, the following year. Since then, they have put out three albums, with their latest, Codex Omega
, dropping in September 2017. In 2018, they signed with Nuclear Blast records, and are set to release a new album in 2021.
- Spiros Antoniou harsh vocals, bass (1990-2003, 2007present)
- Cristos Antoniou guitars, vocals, orchestration (1990-2003, 2007present)
- Sotiris Vayenas - guitars, clean vocals (1990-2003, 2007present)
- Kerim "Krimh" Lechner - drums (2014-present)
- Mystic Places of Dawn (1994)
- ΕΣΟΠΤΡΟΝ (1995)
- The Ophidian Wheel (1997)
- A Fallen Temple (1998)
- Revolution DNA (1999)
- Sumerian Daemons (2003)
- Communion (2008)
- The Great Mass (2011)
- Titan (2014)
- Codex Omega (2017)
- Temple of the Lost Race (1991) - heavily reworked versions of all songs later appear on A Fallen Temple
- The Eldest Cosmonaut (1998) - contains the final two parts of the "Underworld" saga, as well as the previously unreleased "Woman of the Rings"
- Forgotten Paths (The Early Days) (2000) - remastered version of their Forgotten Paths demo from 1991, re-released as a mini-album
This band contains examples of the following tropes:
- Absentee Actor: Sotiris Vayenas rarely, if ever plays live with the band (apparently due to his day job), and songs that prominently feature his vocals either omit them or use backing tracks.
- Contemptible Cover: The album art◊ for Sumerian Daemons is pretty disturbing.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: The cyborgs alluded to throughout Titan; their loss of humanity leads them to kill the Earth in an attempt to make it lifeless and artificial like them.
- Darker and Edgier: Communion and the albums that follow it are noticeably more intense and less melodic musically than their earlier material. Lyrically, they aren't that much darker, with the exceptions of Titan and Codex Omega that focus on a cybernetic apocalypse and anti-religious screeds, respectively.
- Deal with the Devil: "Faust".
- Death/Doom Metal: Their earlier material is this with noticeable shades of Gothic Metal.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The Ophidian Wheel and A Fallen Temple feature a few operetta-style tracks with harpsichords, synths, spoken word and very little in the way of electric guitar.
- The Ferryman: "Dark River" is narrated by Charon as he crosses the Acheron to the underworld; he even refers to himself as such.
- Filk Song: They have a couple; "Our Church, Below the Sea", as an example, is about the lost city of R'lyeh.
- Genre Roulette: Many of their albums cover a wide variety of metal sub-genres, though Sumerian Daemons is particularly notable for really embodying this trope.
- Sumerian Daemons runs the gamut from atmospheric gothic Doom Metal ("Virtues of the Beast", "Magic Loves Infinity"), aggressive blackened Death Metal ("Unbeliever", "Faust", "When All is None", "Red Code Cult"), Melodic Death Metal ("Dark River", "Infernal Sun", "The Watchers"), to Industrial Metal ("Shapeshifter") or some mix of the four ("Sumerian Daemon", "Mechanical Babylon"). The whole album is practically a mash-up of all the sounds they explored in their first five albums.
- Genre Shift: From Gothic-tinged Death/Doom to Symphonic Metal.
- Gothic Metal: While their early material is more aggressive than is typical for the genre, the gloomy, keyboard-aided atmospherics and ethereal melodies of their pre-Communion albums definitely qualify as such.
- Communion and the albums that followed it more-or-less dropped keyboard atmospherics in favor of faster and heavier songwriting backed by bombastic orchestration, but their old influences still crop up occasionally, as demonstrated by "Sunlight/Moonlight", "Narcissus", "Therianthropy", "The First Immortal", "Martyr", and "Trinity".
- Heavy Mithril: Many of their songs take inspiration from Egyptian, Greek, and Sumerian mythology and mysticism, the Bible, and fantasy fiction.
- Jerkass Gods: "We, the Gods" depicts them being far from generous and forgiving.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "The Ophidian Wheel" is a fairly heavy and tonally dark death metal song with light, flowery High Fantasy lyrics.
- Metal Scream: Spiros Antoniou is a Type 2.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Mystic Places of Dawn is a pretty solid 10 barring three songs note , ΕΣΟΠΤΡΟΝ is a 9-10, and The Ophidian Wheel through Sumerian Daemons are generally in the 7-9 range, with a few songs reaching even lower note . Post-reunion they usually hover between 9 and 10, though they sometimes drop to an 8.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: The primary genres on this page are vague descriptors at best; they've also incorporated elements of Industrial Metal, Melodic Death Metal, Black Metal, Post-Metal, and many other genres in their material.
- New Season, New Name: After regrouping and changing their name from "Septic Flesh" to "Septicflesh", the band considers themselves to be in "Phase 2".
- New Sound Album: While earlier albums dabbled in the genre, Communion marked the move to full-on symphonic Death Metal.
- Propaganda Machine: "Enemy of Truth", which criticizes fake news.
- Purple Prose: They often write their lyrics in the style of Renaissance epic poetry like Orlando Furioso, sometimes to the point of extreme obtuseness. They've gotten much better balancing allegory and directness in their lyrics over time, though, and some of their recent lyrics can be pretty darn direct - compare the abstract "Smiling Marble Face" to the decidedly pointed "Enemy of Truth".
- Religion of Evil: "Red Code Cult".
- Religion Rant Song: They'll have at least one song per album portraying Christ and His followers as evil, deranged, or both, or is otherwise highly critical of organized religion in general. "The Vampire of Nazareth", "Babel's Gate", "Red Code Cult"...the list goes on.
- Codex Omega is more-or-less composed of these mixed with their usual Heavy Mithril. The title song in particular is a decidedly pointed Type 2.
- Science Fantasy: They have a number of songs about gods and demons manifesting through technology, especially on Revolution DNA and Titan.
- Soprano and Gravel: Some songs feature clean vocals from Sotiris Vayenas to contrast Spiros' Harsh Vocals.
- Symphonic Metal: One of the hardest bands in this genre apart from Fleshgod Apocalypse. Notable in that the introduction of symphonics made their music heavier.
- Our Werebeasts Are Different: "Therianthropy".