The Great Mass

Orchestral death-black-gothic metal

Release date: 18 April, 2011
Playing time: 44:03

Septicflesh previous CD “Communion” is a bombastic monument, where the osmosis between metal and symphonic music is perfectly found: forever in my hall of fame.

The Hellenes are back with the Filmharmonic Orchestra and Choir of Prague for “The Great Mass” and describe my expectations as high is a euphemism. But no reason to be afraid because our Greek friends have the talent and they work hard! I have actually proven my trust by ordering “The Great Mass” special edition with DVD weeks ago and I have just picked it up at Musikkhjørnet in Arendal.

The record starts with a fragile female voice, then come the strings, then the percussions and the brass instruments, then the explosion of heavy distortion and growls with the whole orchestra. “The Vampire from Nazareth” ends with melody and the choir “We offer the sun!”. So strong, so good!

No need to describe each song when Seth Siro Anton is summerizing this way in the bonus DVD: ”The big step for Septicflesh, in the Great Mass, is that the orchestra works like a single member, which blends harmonically with the extreme form of art”.

Could not agree more with him, because the osmosis is still here, but not just between two musical worlds. I am talking about the almost perfect dark, intense harmony between the music, the lyrics, Seth Siro Anton’s artwork and growls, Sotiris Anunnaki V’s clear voice I really like, the guests vocals of Androniki Skoula (Chaostar) and Iliana Tsakiraki (Meden Agan). This needed a top production and Peter Tägtgren did a great job.

Is “The Great Mass” better than or not as good as “Communion”, it is like comparing “Master of Puppets” and “...and Justice for All”: nonsense. Both are masterpieces!

I would like to say ευχαριστώ, děkuji and tack så mycket to everyone who made this piece of art possible.


1. The Vampire from Nazareth
02. A Great Mass of Death
03. Pyramid God
04. Five-Pointed Star
05. Oceans of Grey
06. The Undead Keep Dreaming
07. Rising
08. Apocalypse
09. Mad Architect

10. Therianthropy

Label: Season of Mist
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Philippe Leconte
Date: 7 May, 2011