SEPTICFLESH are now revealing the first monumental song taken from their forthcoming tenth full-length, ‘Codex Omega’, which has been scheduled for release on the 1st of September.
The Greek masters of symphonic death metal are exclusively streaming “Dante’s Inferno” via the official premiere partners listed below.
Metal Obsession (AU)
Metal Hammer (DE)
Radio Metal (FR)
Rock Overdose (GR)
Lángoló Gitárok (HU)
Metal Italia (IT)
Metal Hammer (NO)
Antichrist Magazine (UA)
Metal Hammer (UK)
SEPTICFLESH comment: “We are proud to present the first track from the upcoming album ‘Codex Omega’. The song is appropriately entitled ‘Dante’s Inferno’, acting as a gateway to hell… As it was inscribed on the top of the Hellgate in the famous poem by Dante Alighieri, ‘Through me you pass into the city of woe; Through me you pass into eternal pain; Through me among the people lost for aye’. This is just the first glimpse, the entrance to our new album. Stay tuned as more will gradually be revealed with the release date of our new album getting closer… ”
SEPTICFLESH are furthermore revealing the artwork, which has been created by frontman Seth and track-list of ‘Codex Omega’. Both can be viewed below.
1. Dante’s Inferno (5:34)
2. 3rd Testament (Codex Omega) (4:08)
3. Portrait of a Headless Man (5:00)
4. Martyr (5:07)
5. Enemy of Truth (4:55)
6. Dark Art (5:24)
7. Our Church, Below the Sea (3:59)
8. Faceless Queen (5:20)
9. The Gospels of Fear (3:41)
10. Trinity (4:07)
SEPTICFLESH are painting an apocalyptic vision and make full use of their impressive musical palette consisting of death metal and orchestral colours on their tenth full-length, ‘Codex Omega’.
From their alpha EP ‘Temple of the Lost Race’ that was released one year after their founding in 1990, the Greek musicians have pushed the limits of the metal genre and continued to explore new sonic path with every following release from their debut album ‘Mystic Places of Dawn’ (1994) to the stunning ‘Sumerian Daemons’ (2003), which have in the meantime all been re-issued by Season of Mist.
Yet SEPTICFLESH had clearly come into their own sound when they unleashed their celebrated comeback album after a five-year hiatus that re-charged their artistic batteries. ‘Communion’ (2008) offered a well-balanced amalgamation of metal elements that were freely drawn from the darker side of the genre including death, black, and gothic metal with epic orchestral arrangements. This symphonic excellence was based on guitarist Christos Antoniou bringing to bear the fruits of his academic studies of classical composition, which he passed with honours and distinction.
With a clear musical compass to navigate, SEPTICFLESH continued to explore their sound and the compositional possibilities of this new-found metal continent. ‘The Great Mass’ (2011) and ‘Titan’ (2014) saw the Greeks evolving at fast speed and at the same time gathering adherents as well as critical praise in ever growing numbers. Extended touring on both sides of the Atlantic and performances at about every important festival further consolidated the bands burgeoning status.
Although the biblical omega marks the end, SEPTICFLESH on the contrary are reaching their current peak with ‘Codex Omega’, an album that clearly witnesses the Greek visionaries having come to maturity and expert craftsmanship in every sense.
SEPTICFLESH are the undisputable masters of symphonic death metal and ‘Codex Omega’ is the perfect proof for this bold statement.
Seth Siro Anton: vocals, bass
Christos Antoniou: guitar, orchestration
Sotiris Anunnaki V: clear vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar
Kerim “Krimh” Lechner: drums
Giannis Poupoulis: oud (on “Martyr” and “Faceless Queen”)
Vahan Galstyan: duduk (on “Portrait of a Headless Man”)
FILMharmonic Orchestra of Prague conducted by Adam Klemens
Soprani: Flora Tzini, Christina Alexiou, Margarita Papadimitriou
Alti: Antonia Despouli, Kandia Bouzioti, Kiriaki Trohani
Tenors: Michalis Platanias, Romanos Papadimitriou
Basses: Nikos Tsachalinas, Romanos Papadimitriou
Conducted by Margarita Papadimitriou
Zero Gravity Studios (Athens, Greece)
Smecky Studios (Prague, Czech Republic)
Fascination Street Studios (Stockholm, Sweden)
Produced by Jens Bogren and SEPTICFLESH
Sound engineer: Terry Nikas
Sound engineer for the orchestra recordings: Jan Holzner
Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios assisted by Linus Corneliusson
Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios
Style: Symphonic Death Metal
Cover art: Seth Siro Anton