Review by Adam M on September 20, 2017.
Septic Flesh continues with their symphonic overtones on Codex Omega. This album is bombastic and not for the faint of heart. The music is truly heavy and involving at once. Though the songs do take some time to make their impact, once this presence is made it is enormous.
The melding of the symphony and death metal aspects in done in a fine fashion, much like Shade Empire does with their music. If you’re looking for this style of music, Septic Flesh is certainly the place to find it. Though there is a large integration of the symphony portions, the music is still able to be as punishing as one would expect. In fact, the band has become almost predictable at these points. Since Communion, Septic Flesh have stuck to the same formula and it might be worth investigating if they can tweak the formula at all. It’s not that the music here is inferior by any stretch of the imagination, it’s just that I don’t want the band to become redundant sounding. Much like Enslaved, the band has a good formula, but their new releases don’t sound as intriguing anymore.
I still do believe the band to be somewhat one of a kind. There is simply nothing out there that sounds exactly like them and this is a huge compliment to the band. There should be maximal excitement for this kind of symphonic metal and it should be music that is hugely influential to other outfits. I still can’t get over the fact that Septic Flesh are stuck in a bit of a rut and performing music that is similar to their last couple of releases. If they can bring new elements into the mix there might be something interesting to be found, but as it stands this is yet another solid entry to the band even if the formula is wearing a bit thin.
Rating: 7.6 out of 10