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Many see the volatile natures of death metal and orchestral music and attempt to grasp both with one hand. As we've seen throughout history there aren't many who do it well. The quality of bands who actually attempted the fusion exists at the two extremes of glorious or terrible -- the middle ground is slim. There really can't be, you can't "just be okay" at creating music with such a high level of gravitas. Its successes can be counted on one hand, one such success being the long-running Septicflesh.

Across their massive discography, the one qualifier which adequately defines Septicflesh's music is over-the top. From Mystic Places of Dawn onward, this Hellenic unit's dedication to world-crushing textures and wider-than-the-horizon presence has been an ever-rising focal point.Codex Omega, the band's tenth studio album (and fourth since their 2007 reformation), pushes the envelope even further. The heavy, rhythmic element is carved with a sharper blade, the orchestra ebbs and flows with the arc of the music, and the band's trademark "epic" sound remains a constant. Of course, creating "epic" music is difficult, especially if the music builds upon that sound as a base. Songs like "Enemy of Truth"'s intimidating atmosphere strengthen Septicflesh's presence in the upper echelon of extreme metal bands, always building tension and pushing to the breaking point, but never giving way.

Codex Omega will be released by Prosthetic Records and Season of Mist on September 1st. Listen to "Enemy of Truth" below.

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From the band:

In the past it was much easier for someone in a position of power to silence an “irritating” mouth. In our age, with the evolution of communication and the high speed that information can be spread to the four corners of the world, new elaborate methods are being employed. And many claim to fight in the name of truth, but essentially they fight against it… Many voices making noise vs few voices speaking clearly. Can this turn the other way around?

-Christos Antoniou

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