Septicflesh - Εσοπτρον

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Release date: 1995
Style: Atmospheric death metal


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01. Breaking The Inner Seal
02. Esoptron
03. Burning Phoenix
04. Astral Sea
05. Rain
06. Ice Castle
07. Celebration
08. Succubus Priestess
09. So Clean, So Empty
10. The Eyes Of Set
11. Narcissism
12. Woman Of The Rings [Re-release bonus]
13. Crescent Moon [Live in Lille, 1999] [Re-release bonus]
14. Brotherhood Of The Fallen Knights [Live in Lille, 1999] [Re-release bonus]

Spiros "Seth" Antoniou - vocals, bass
Sotiris Vayenas - guitars, vocals, keyboards

Additional info
Recorded and mixed at Storm Studios in March-April 1995.
Sound engineer: Yorgos Zaharopoulos (M. W. Daoloth).
Produced by Septic Flesh and M. W. Daoloth.

Re-released with new artwork in June 2013 by Season of Mist as a double gatefold LP (transparent clear coloured vinyl with black, white and grey splatters limited to 100 units) and as digipack CD with bonus tracks.
New artwork by Spiros.
Layout by Adrien Bousson at Season of Mist's graphic desk.

Staff review by
One year after their successful debut album "Mystic Places of Dawn", Chris Antoniou, guitarist and one of the former members of Septic Flesh leaves for now the band in order to continue his guitar and orchestration studies at UK. Spiros and Sotiris remain back to continue the vision of Septic Flesh and in 1995 they release their second attempt, "Esoptron". For one more time the production was made by Septic Flesh and Necromantia's Magus Wampyr Daoloth, a good production but definitely not the best for such a wonderful release. In this album all the music and lyrics were written by Sotiris and it seems that he's pouring his soul into this release exposing his very own esoptron. According to the music, Septic Flesh, when time comes to relate "Esoptron" with their debut album, lower the speed of their compositions, but without losing in aggression, and at the same time the dark and mystic atmosphere becomes more descriptive evoking pictures of our inner self along with the esoteric lyrics. This time the influences from the ancient Greek culture are way more obvious and more intense than the ones in "Mystic Places of Dawn" and they add a unique mystic and ethereal feeling to the whole atmosphere. "Dark Romanticism and Ancient Memory" is what exactly this album is made of.

published 20.09.2004 | Comments (1)

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17.10.2011 - 01:11
Rating: 9
Their best album of the 90's,undoubtedly. Filled with epic melodies and they get the brutality right as well. Excellent work by septicflesh\m/
08.07.2013 - 17:40
Rating: 9
Metal Addict
Brilliant album! While "Mystic Places of Dawn" was still mostly a death metal album, "Esoptron" is much richer in its expressions.
"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
06.09.2016 - 02:17
Rating: 10
I would say that this album is underrated. Their early work was as good as the following albums. Metal fans should check this album out, too.
02.09.2017 - 21:06
Rating: 9
God Alone
While I kinda like their symphonic stuff, I feel they totally lost all the subtlety and genuineness that made them unique back in the 90s. They sure knew how to write intriguing songs and conjure up really dark, gloomy yet serene vibes. The latest albums are still funny to listen to, but overall after Communion they became too turgid and repetitive for my tastes.

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