I said that death metal is a colorful genre and today I am proving that with two excellent symphonic death albums.
First up is Septicflesh's "Communion". "Communion"; the first record after the Greeks reunited back in 2007.
Here the band decided to go overboard by adding The Philharmonic Orchestra Of Prague (unbelievably cool orchestra, one of my favs because of this) that consists of 80 instrumentalists and a 32 singer strong choir. Septicflesh became a staple symphonic death band because of their classical-heavy sound that started with this very album.
As you can imagine, "Communion" sounds absolutely massive, the orchestra adds so much layers.
The band sounds refreshed because of it, Seth's growls sound like the call of the Underworld itself and by pairing it with Sotiris's nasal-like cleans, the duo sounds brutal but accessible.
Fotis's drumming is amazing, casually implementing very short and intense blastbeats which always make my breathing a bit heavier. The bass sounds clear and provides a nice backbone. Solid production, has plenty of room for everything to be heard.
While this is their shortest record, it is also the one of the most focused and hard hitting one. "Anubis", "Sangreal", "Babel's Gate", the title track, "Sunlight Moonlight", "Communion" has some of the band's best material.
Brutal, symphonic and sophisticated, this is a great return to form and is considered to be one of their finer work. Fans of classical and/or brutal music rejoice, this is the band for you.