Communion marks the return of Greek symphonic death metal band Septic Flesh after a hiatus of several years. After the release of Sumerian Daemons in 2003 their former label went bankrupt and the band disbanded. Some members ended up in other bands like Firewind and Nightfall. Other members started their own projects, like Chaostar for instance. Without further ado, let’s take a closer at their comeback album.
The album starts with Lovecraft’s Death, a raging composition full of massive choirs and ditto symphonic elements, combined with a slumbering dark atmosphere only Septic Flesh can deliver. The use of choirs and symphonic orchestras isn’t a novelty anymore in metal nowadays, however the level of sophistication of incorporating them as integral parts of the song material is truly amazing on Communion. Anubis and Babel’s Gate are further proof of that.
The album’s true showpiece is Persepolis with its massive chorus, blazing guitar riffs and tasteful arrangements. It’s about the fatal command of Alexander The Great to torch the ancient capital of the Persian Empire in a drunken haze. Sunlight/Moonlight and Sangreal are two other equally powerful tracks. The album’s closing track features a guest solo by Greek guitarist Marios Iliopoulos (Nightrage)
Sound wise Communion is skilfully handled by Fredrik Nordström (In Flames, Dark Tranquillity). He gave the album its powerful and transparent production.
Communion is a very strong music statement from a unique band in extreme metal. This album is a modern classic, clear and simple.
Written by Raymond Westland