Greek demons SEPTICFLESH have set "The Great Mass" as the title of their new album, due on April 18 in Europe (April 19 in North America). The new opus will be made available in several formats, to be unveiled soon.
A brand new song from SEPTICFLESH's forthcoming album, entitled "The Vampire From Nazareth", was released last month as a digital download. Go to Amazon.com to listen to a 30-second clip. French fans can also find the song on a dropcard that is being offered exclusively with the new issue of Hard Rock magazine.
After a long period of intense work in Athens, Prague and Sweden, the evolution of the band's symphonic death sound was achieved with the help of the Filmharmonic Orchestra of Prague and well-known producer and PAIN/HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren (AMON AMARTH, MARDUK, THERION, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CELTIC FROST, IMMORTAL).
130 musicians were involved in the recording process for the follow-up to 2008's "Communion". Besides the traditional classic orchestra instruments, this time SEPTICFLESH incorporated harpsichord, some bizarre ethnic instruments and a boy soprano to their sound, pursuing a more "horror soundtrack" approach. Of course, the guitars will still shred you to death!
SEPTICFLESH previously stated about the direction of the new material, "The musical result can be described as a great mass of emotional death. One of the dominant elements of the album is the use of the characteristic guitar melodies of the band in a more intense and dramatic way. In combination with the orchestral parts that will surpass everything else that the band has done in the past, the sound resembles to a funeral concerto. Actually, it appears that the whole atmosphere of the album is one step closer to the depths of Hades… Also, as actually SEPTICFLESH is in the wider sense an artistic dark experiment, the nightmarish visual world of Seth Siro Anton that is part of this experiment is going to be expanded towards extremity in order to 'dress' fittingly the soundscapes and the new mysterious lyrical thematology."
SEPTICFLESH's "comeback" album, "Communion", was released in March 2008 via Season of Mist.