December 15, 2014 § Leave a comment
Greek extreme metallers SEPTICFLESH have recruited Kerim “Krimh” Lechner (DECAPITATED, BEHEMOTH) as their new drummer following the recent departure of Fotis Benardo (a.k.a. Fotis Gianakopoulos).
Commented Krimh: “I feel very honored to join such a great band which has been one of my favorites since years.
“SEPTICFLESH‘s music is outstanding and unique. It is melodic and heavy but with groove. Exactly how I like it!
“I can’t wait to start a new chapter with SEPTICFLESH and see you on the road.”
SEPTICFLESH‘s latest full-length album, “Titan”, was released on June 24 via Season Of Mist in Europe and Prosthetic in North America. The new CD consists of 10 songs that were recorded once again at Devasoundz Studios in Athens, Greece and in the Czech Republic with the collaboration of the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra And Choir. From there, the album was mixed and mastered in Los Angeles by acclaimed producer Logan Mader (GOJIRA, FEAR FACTORY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY).
Says the band: “We worked hard with Logan to bring you the ultimate death metal soundtrack for your darkest dreams. The compositions are progressive with a lot of emotional peaks, while at the same time the songs sound very aggressive and powerful. We also had the chance to work for the first time with a full children’s choir besides the regular adult choir, and that helped us dive deeper into darker cinematic atmospheres. We have achieved a new level of extreme emotions.”
December 14, 2014 § Leave a comment
Project Name : Arcade Messiah
Album : Arcade Messiah
Release Date : 01.12.2014
Record Label : Stereohead Records
Genre : Progressive Metal
Reviewer : G. Damgacı
Arcade Messiah is a new progressive metal album project of John Bassett, an English multi-instrumentalist, singer – songwriter and producer who is known for his works with the progressive rock act KingBathmat.
There are not a lot of instrumental projects going on in today ‘s metal music. Also, for today’s listeners who are almost used to lyric-oriented music, it is not easy to listen to a whole instrumental project without any prejudice. I usually have no issue about it and I like instrumental projects more than others. But when I listened to Arcade Messiah for the first time, I got to say that it didn’t sink in easily. The reason that I wasn’t so comfortable with the album was that it’s not about its instrumental nature, but mostly about John Bassett‘s combining elements from lots of different genres. It is not a bad thing; especially for a musician with a background in progressive music. But I thought the whole album was a mess of genres when I first listened to it. I couldn’t understand what exactly he wanted to do. Gathering a bunch of different ideas in a single project or experimenting on sub-genres and go with them? I wasn’t sure about it. Having said it didn’t sink in easily, it is not a bad album at all. My musical taste is about acoustic phrases, ambient textures, minimalist guitar partitions which are almost blended in to the whole concept even if it is a rock sub-genre or not. Within this ambient concept, I like the progression of sounds and instrumental parts. I don’t like too much technical music since I have been raised with Pink Floyd and others and so I saw that the less can be more. Maybe this is why my ears didn’t accept Arcade Messiah when I listened to it for the first time. But then I remembered that I loved “Unearth” (March 2014) so I said to myself “Why don’t you give it another chance and listen to it more?” So I did.
Although I can say after “Unearth” I wasn’t expecting such a different album, the more I listen to Arcade Messiah, the more I like it. It is from another dimension of progressive world. It is harder, heavier, darker, almost abstract, full of despair and anger. As John Bassett said, it has “enormous riffs, sorrowful, yet powerful musical refrains”. Some riffs repeat themselves too much for my taste but it appeals to listeners from various sub-genres including Stoner Rock, Sludge Metal, Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal, Doom metal and Post-Rock.
“Arcade Messiah” is a nice instrumental progressive metal album which is rich in sub-genre elements. You will see darker side of John Bassett in this album. So if you are looking for another “Unearth” or more acoustic guitar phrases then you will be disappointed. But if you are into instrumental phrases which echoes darker, heavier, more technical side of progressive music, you will definetely like this album. Regardless of your musical taste, you will find something that appeals to you. “Aftermath” is my favourite song in this album.
Rating : 8/10
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