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Release date: 18 April 2011
Style: Extreme symphonic metal

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Disc I
01. 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

Disc II [Limited edition] [DVD]
01. Making Of…
    1 - We Offer The Sun
    2 - Writing The Apocalypse
    3 - A Concerto Of Sadness
    4 - I Am The Destroyer Of Life

02. The Great Mass 5.1
    1 - The Vampire From Nazareth
    2 - A Great Mass Of Death
    3 - Pyramid God
    4 - Five-Pointed Star
    5 - Oceans Of Grey
    6 - The Undead Keep Dreaming
    7 - Rising
    8 - Apocalypse
    9 - Mad Architect
    10 - Therianthropy

The Best Symphonic Metal Album Of 2011
Top 20 albums of 2011: 6

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Additional info
Europe: April 18th
North America: April 19th

Available in the following formats:
- CD + Blu-ray digipak
- Collector's book, including 2 CDs + Blu-ray 12" gatefold LP
- CD jewel case
- Digital download

Recorded at Devasoundz Studios, Athens.
Produced by Peter Tägtgren.

Staff review by
DerRozzengarten

Rating:
9.0
According to Orthodox Easter, Christ will be resurrected by the end of this specific week, springtime unfolds its wings in a shy way, slowly but steadily, the flowers bloom, the butterflies dance and "The Vampire From Nazareth" is about to be awakened. Well, my dear friends, this is the most appropriate moment of the year for a new Septicflesh album.

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Candlemass - 18.06.2011 at 10:46  
Rating: 5 Meh...only an handful of bands know how to mix orchestra and metal...This isn't a prime example of one of them.
Mr. Doctor - 18.06.2011 at 12:54  
 
Written by Candlemass on 18.06.2011 at 10:46

Meh...only an handful of bands know how to mix orchestra and metal...This isn't a prime example of one of them.


Communion was pretty boss if you ask me

But yeah, this is a bit meh.
Destructo - 20.06.2011 at 18:03  
Rating: 7 This album is good....but try as much I can, I just cannot get into this band for some reason !!! Not my cup of tea I guess.
Deadmeat - 20.06.2011 at 18:13  
Rating: 9
Written by Destructo on 20.06.2011 at 18:03

This album is good....but try as much I can, I just cannot get into this band for some reason !!! Not my cup of tea I guess.

try also "Communion" and "Summerian Daemons". also AMAZING albums and different from each other. Communion is more Brutal than the Great Mass and Summerian Daemons is very different too.
Cynic Metalhead - 21.06.2011 at 04:12  
Rating: 8 Well, if i step in to the phase of comparison then I must say that this album isnt that good compare to "Communion". This album has covered all the aspect of what they do which they are doing it up till now...very normal...but what strikes this stuff differently from the other albums is less orchestra and more of palpably Death Metal. Indeed, it gonna be 9 from my side for sure.
Tatras - 21.06.2011 at 12:57  
Rating: 6 Nothing special here... very decent.
Destructo - 22.06.2011 at 05:11  
Rating: 7
Written by Deadmeat on 20.06.2011 at 18:13

Written by Destructo on 20.06.2011 at 18:03

This album is good....but try as much I can, I just cannot get into this band for some reason !!! Not my cup of tea I guess.

try also "Communion" and "Summerian Daemons". also AMAZING albums and different from each other. Communion is more Brutal than the Great Mass and Summerian Daemons is very different too.

I heard "Communion" long time back. It's much better than this one, in my opinion. Will give "Summerian Daemons" a try. Thnx for the recommendation.
Deadmeat - 22.06.2011 at 10:52  
Rating: 9
Written by Destructo on 22.06.2011 at 05:11

Written by Deadmeat on 20.06.2011 at 18:13

Written by Destructo on 20.06.2011 at 18:03

This album is good....but try as much I can, I just cannot get into this band for some reason !!! Not my cup of tea I guess.

try also "Communion" and "Summerian Daemons". also AMAZING albums and different from each other. Communion is more Brutal than the Great Mass and Summerian Daemons is very different too.

I heard "Communion" long time back. It's much better than this one, in my opinion. Will give "Summerian Daemons" a try. Thnx for the recommendation.

also like communion more (communion a 10, this one a 9 though!haha!). summerian daemons is something very different. brutal, more atmospheric but with less orchestral parts...
Hinokokera - 25.06.2011 at 19:34  
 
Written by Vonpire on 17.06.2011 at 18:34

Written by Hinokokera on 12.06.2011 at 00:42

Written by JD on 09.05.2011 at 11:43

Written by Troy Killjoy on 08.05.2011 at 18:12

Written by JD on 08.05.2011 at 16:43

Written by garmling on 08.05.2011 at 13:37

but this is not Death Metal!!! and judging by your cliche Death Metal taste, this thing is definitely not for you...

Yeah its not Death metal and i hope this album not win any Award in the Death metal section this year, maybe will win in the "Operatic Symphonic Metal" section, or what ever their genre is...

If anything it would simply be symphonic metal - we won't have a separate category for operatic.

Fair enough.

i dont care about travias. and also about genre . the only thing i know is that it's awesome neither it is death nor its symphonic!


And the ONE SURE THING is that you are a troll vote abuser. PERIOD!

haha how fool you would be!
i don't have enough time to vote all MS albums . Actually i'm not a idler like you the stupid one!
Hinokokera - 25.06.2011 at 19:35  
 
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 13.06.2011 at 01:04

Written by Mr. Doctor on 12.06.2011 at 12:10

Written by Pyramid God on 12.06.2011 at 03:34

but I still think votes of 1 shouldn't be counted as its obviously a spiteful vote.


Sorry brah but that's just...uh.... your opinion man

Well done for filling in for TheBigRossowski there ;]

Vonpire - 27.06.2011 at 12:58  
Rating: 9
Quote:

haha how fool you would be!
i don't have enough time to vote all MS albums . Actually i'm not a idler like you the stupid one!




What a dumb guy. Kill yourself.
advent - 28.06.2011 at 12:45  
Rating: 8 A good album and more melodic from the previous one, on the other hand u get bored quickly from it, my fav. songs are "A Great Mass Of Death" & "Apocalypse".
SwingOnThis - 03.07.2011 at 08:30  
Rating: 9 Love the album. I think its sounds like it could be used as a soundtrack to a horror film. I preferred Communion only slightly more than this but only because I prefer bombastic over the more horror like theme. "Seth" is a vocal inspiration of mine as well. Septic Flesh put out another great one!
1muya1 - 04.07.2011 at 03:14  
 
Written by Candlemass on 18.06.2011 at 10:46

Meh...only an handful of bands know how to mix orchestra and metal...This isn't a prime example of one of them.


Actualy it is.
For example, Metalical S&M pretty much an orchesra playing along with Metallica songs.
The Great Mass on the other hand, sounds like a soundtrack to me.
Just a effortless symbiosis of metal and symphony perfectly complamenting each other.
The 5.1 dvd is breathtaking through the surround sound! Epic !
So looking forward to see Septicflesh for the 1st time this month with Devin and Omnivium here in the city of champions!!

Sadly, your oh so tiresome "Meh" axiom of a post could'nt list even one example.
Obvioulsy you cant, anymore then you can list specific reasons why Septicflesh dont know to mix orchestra and metal.
Candlemass - 04.07.2011 at 10:47  
Rating: 5
Written by 1muya1 on 04.07.2011 at 03:14

Actualy it is.
For example, Metalical S&M pretty much an orchesra playing along with Metallica songs.
The Great Mass on the other hand, sounds like a soundtrack to me.
Just a effortless symbiosis of metal and symphony perfectly complamenting each other.
The 5.1 dvd is breathtaking through the surround sound! Epic !
So looking forward to see Septicflesh for the 1st time this month with Devin and Omnivium here in the city of champions!!

Sadly, your oh so tiresome "Meh" axiom of a post could'nt list even one example.
Obvioulsy you cant, anymore then you can list specific reasons why Septicflesh dont know to mix orchestra and metal.


Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, S&M, Most Symphonic Black Metal = shitty.
Biomechnical, Samael, some Moonsorrow = good mix of orchestra instruments and metal.

I find The Great Mass closer to the first. Just too much orchestra for me. Its so overdone without tact.
And worst of all it replaces the need for good riffs.
garmling - 05.07.2011 at 11:47  
Rating: 10
Written by Candlemass on 04.07.2011 at 10:47

Written by 1muya1 on 04.07.2011 at 03:14

Actualy it is.
For example, Metalical S&M pretty much an orchesra playing along with Metallica songs.
The Great Mass on the other hand, sounds like a soundtrack to me.
Just a effortless symbiosis of metal and symphony perfectly complamenting each other.
The 5.1 dvd is breathtaking through the surround sound! Epic !
So looking forward to see Septicflesh for the 1st time this month with Devin and Omnivium here in the city of champions!!

Sadly, your oh so tiresome "Meh" axiom of a post could'nt list even one example.
Obvioulsy you cant, anymore then you can list specific reasons why Septicflesh dont know to mix orchestra and metal.


Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, S&M, Most Symphonic Black Metal = shitty.
Biomechnical, Samael, some Moonsorrow = good mix of orchestra instruments and metal.

I find The Great Mass closer to the first. Just too much orchestra for me. Its so overdone without tact.
And worst of all it replaces the need for good riffs.


wtf? Biomechanical, Samael and Moonsorrow have no orchestra in their music, those are keyboards (apart from Samael I can't stand those 2 other bands)! so, it's obvious that you don't like the bands that use actual symphonic orchestra (I like Dimmu Borgir (some albums), Cradle of Filth (some albums) etc) and it's obvious that you don't like classic music, at least in that soundtrack tone...so, since you're probably aware of what to expect from this album (it was heralded all around internet...death metal with real orchestra, symphonic metal etc) I wonder, why did you even bore to listen to this?
and one thing more, I don't care if there's more orchestra and less riffs or the opposite way as far as it sounds good! and please don't say it has no tact, it's just pointless since this album has been done with such care (orchestra was composed by a band member who graduated classical music) that in my opinion has no any filler songs! even Biomechanical with its imo annoying "hundred riffs-tones per second" style has tact!
garmling - 05.07.2011 at 11:59  
Rating: 10 And one more thing! can you please tell me how can you find so many good riffs in Samael and Moonsorrow? sorry but I can't! and where is orchestra in Biomechanical? perhaps on 2 or 3 songs which I missed...so, now your comment is even more pointless!
Candlemass - 05.07.2011 at 12:29  
Rating: 5
Written by garmling on 05.07.2011 at 11:47

wtf? Biomechanical, Samael and Moonsorrow have no orchestra in their music, those are keyboards (apart from Samael I can't stand those 2 other bands)! so, it's obvious that you don't like the bands that use actual symphonic orchestra (I like Dimmu Borgir (some albums), Cradle of Filth (some albums) etc) and it's obvious that you don't like classic music, at least in that soundtrack tone...so, since you're probably aware of what to expect from this album (it was heralded all around internet...death metal with real orchestra, symphonic metal etc) I wonder, why did you even bore to listen to this?
and one thing more, I don't care if there's more orchestra and less riffs or the opposite way as far as it sounds good! and please don't say it has no tact, it's just pointless since this album has been done with such care (orchestra was composed by a band member who graduated classical music) that in my opinion has no any filler songs! even Biomechanical with its imo annoying "hundred riffs-tones per second" style has tact!


Have you ever heard Biomechnical or your shitting me?
I heard The Great Mass is good, so I gave it a few spins. I didn't like it.

To my standard of what 'good' metal is, this isn't it. If I want to listen to Orchestral soundtracks I'll listen to them. If I want some killer energetic guitar riffs I'll listen to metal. The mix of the two should be with tact, I don't find it in bands like Dimmu Borgir etc. They overdo everything and the final product is a cheesy, mostly devoid of content, superficial music. - No good riffs, no good orchestra. Just cheesy atmosphere (good drummer tho).

I find Septicflesh at the top of these (tactless) bands. They have much more content, but its still tasteless for me. Biomechnical do a near perfect combination.
Parasomnia - 10.07.2011 at 03:39  
Rating: 8
Written by garmling on 05.07.2011 at 11:47

Written by Candlemass on 04.07.2011 at 10:47

Written by 1muya1 on 04.07.2011 at 03:14

Actualy it is.
For example, Metalical S&M pretty much an orchesra playing along with Metallica songs.
The Great Mass on the other hand, sounds like a soundtrack to me.
Just a effortless symbiosis of metal and symphony perfectly complamenting each other.
The 5.1 dvd is breathtaking through the surround sound! Epic !
So looking forward to see Septicflesh for the 1st time this month with Devin and Omnivium here in the city of champions!!

Sadly, your oh so tiresome "Meh" axiom of a post could'nt list even one example.
Obvioulsy you cant, anymore then you can list specific reasons why Septicflesh dont know to mix orchestra and metal.


Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, S&M, Most Symphonic Black Metal = shitty.
Biomechnical, Samael, some Moonsorrow = good mix of orchestra instruments and metal.

I find The Great Mass closer to the first. Just too much orchestra for me. Its so overdone without tact.
And worst of all it replaces the need for good riffs.


wtf? Biomechanical, Samael and Moonsorrow have no orchestra in their music, those are keyboards (apart from Samael I can't stand those 2 other bands)! so, it's obvious that you don't like the bands that use actual symphonic orchestra (I like Dimmu Borgir (some albums), Cradle of Filth (some albums) etc) and it's obvious that you don't like classic music, at least in that soundtrack tone...so, since you're probably aware of what to expect from this album (it was heralded all around internet...death metal with real orchestra, symphonic metal etc) I wonder, why did you even bore to listen to this?
and one thing more, I don't care if there's more orchestra and less riffs or the opposite way as far as it sounds good! and please don't say it has no tact, it's just pointless since this album has been done with such care (orchestra was composed by a band member who graduated classical music) that in my opinion has no any filler songs! even Biomechanical with its imo annoying "hundred riffs-tones per second" style has tact!


+1
Night Sight - 11.07.2011 at 11:00  
  At the first listen it did n't impressed me
but i gave it more listens
now it really grows on me
Pétur - 11.07.2011 at 23:19  
  One of the few times I agree with Marcel. Hollenthon is better.

The Great Mess, is a decent album but nothing more than that. Lot's of it sounds the same, nothing really stands out that much. Hollenthon's songs have a face of their own, even The Monolith Deathcult's Trivmvirate does it better than The Great Mass. And Trivmvirate is technically a far worse album. However The Great Mass, is still better than other big hyped Death metal bands releases, mostly thanks to it's symphonic fluff.
drdml - 19.07.2011 at 13:44  
Rating: 10 Best album i've heard this year.
Sleeping Dragon - 23.07.2011 at 22:19  
Rating: 8 My only complaint is the extremely annoying, whiny clean vocals... which is more than enough to entirely kill some tracks for me.

Aside from that, I love this album. (Personally, I don't think the orchestral/symphonic elements sound overdone at all.)
SceneryOfLoss - 25.07.2011 at 23:06  
Rating: 9 I got the Disc II as offer from a bought I made on Season of Mist
Dark Cornatus - 01.08.2011 at 06:01  
Rating: 8 I really like it, but i do agree that it has a bit too much symphonics and not enough Aggression when it is needed.
Fradd - 03.09.2011 at 11:55  
Rating: 5 This and agony are both overrated.. I'd give them both 7, no more.
RockeRoy - 03.09.2011 at 14:48  
Rating: 9 This guys know how to mix orchestra and metal, much better than Fleshgod apocalypse. Dimmu borgir is the masters stil, but these guys have awsome riffs and vocal, and the drummer is a fucking beast
Opethian - 12.09.2011 at 04:43  
Rating: 8 Just got it, this album fucking Destroys! If your getting tired of bands like Behemoth, this will cure you haha. 9/10 for me.
His Eminence - 16.09.2011 at 19:37  
  I didn't think they could do it, but this album is even more enjoyable to me than Communion.
Mehdi Taba - 17.09.2011 at 15:14  
Rating: 9 Orchestra Parts Was Awesome .
JD - 20.09.2011 at 12:38  
Rating: 3
Written by Mehdi Taba on 17.09.2011 at 15:14

Orchestra Parts Was Awesome .

But the Metal parts sucked IMO. Having said that.
Marcel Hubregtse - 20.09.2011 at 12:45  
 
Written by JD on 20.09.2011 at 12:38

Written by Mehdi Taba on 17.09.2011 at 15:14

Orchestra Parts Was Awesome .

But the Metal parts sucked IMO. Having said that.



But to award it a 1 means it's even worse than anything by The Great Kat or St. Anger by Metallica.
JD - 20.09.2011 at 12:53  
Rating: 3
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 20.09.2011 at 12:45

Written by JD on 20.09.2011 at 12:38

Written by Mehdi Taba on 17.09.2011 at 15:14

Orchestra Parts Was Awesome .

But the Metal parts sucked IMO. Having said that.



But to award it a 1 means it's even worse than anything by The Great Kat or St. Anger by Metallica.

Well to be honest at first I gave it a 5, then after seeing all these comments I gave it a 3, then I watched the horrible bonus dvd and I gave it a straight 1.

PS: I only have two "1 votes" in my collection, I don't like to bash bands or anything, but I just hate this album, NOT the band.
Marcel Hubregtse - 20.09.2011 at 13:00  
 
Written by JD on 20.09.2011 at 12:53

PS: I only have two "1 votes" in my collection, I don't like to bash bands or anything, but I just hate this album, NOT the band.


But to award it a worse ever is a bit over the top, don't you agree? There's loads worse stuff out there.
And no I don't like The Great Mass at all, imo it's the single most overrated album this year. The symphonies are okay, nothing more, and the metal parts are just weak.
JD - 20.09.2011 at 13:12  
Rating: 3
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 20.09.2011 at 13:00

But to award it a worse ever is a bit over the top, don't you agree? There's loads worse stuff out there.

Yeah I do agree, but there is a difference between not liking an album because it's bad, and hating an album because it's overrated\sell-out, there are many bands used symphonic\orchestra in their music, they are not the first band doing that. I don't know what the big deal about it, it's just a normal album.
Marcel Hubregtse - 20.09.2011 at 13:19  
 
Written by JD on 20.09.2011 at 13:12

...there are many bands used symphonic\orchestra in their music, they are not the first band doing that. I don't know what the big deal about it, it's just a normal album.


I totally agree with you on that. But then again I never understood any of the big deal concerning SeptciFlesh's previous albums either.
JD - 20.09.2011 at 13:27  
Rating: 3
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 20.09.2011 at 13:19

Written by JD on 20.09.2011 at 13:12

...there are many bands used symphonic\orchestra in their music, they are not the first band doing that. I don't know what the big deal about it, it's just a normal album.


I totally agree with you on that. But then again I never understood any of the big deal concerning SeptciFlesh's previous albums either.

I really don't know, nothing special about it, but it was surely more metal than this one.
InnerSelf - 20.09.2011 at 14:33  
Rating: 7 ^ Communion was great actually , it was fresh and balanced. here the orchestral parts are good but the metal parts are almost just fill-ins. can't understand anyone choosing this over the last one
Deadmeat - 21.09.2011 at 11:01  
Rating: 9
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 20.09.2011 at 13:19

Written by JD on 20.09.2011 at 13:12

...there are many bands used symphonic\orchestra in their music, they are not the first band doing that. I don't know what the big deal about it, it's just a normal album.


I totally agree with you on that. But then again I never understood any of the big deal concerning SeptciFlesh's previous albums either.

communion and summerian daemons are 2 awesome albums. fresh and refreshing, also completely different from each other.
Lit. - 27.09.2011 at 00:21  
  I'm gonna have to say FA - Agony is far better. I couldn't even get past the first 2 tracks on this.
Death - 27.09.2011 at 00:47  
Rating: 6 Is it just me that don't come to love this album?

I really like this new release but not that much to rate "excellent" or "perfect".

Probably the singer's voice is what I can't adapt to.
Fradd - 12.10.2011 at 15:15  
Rating: 5 Is this a good album? Maybe.
Does this deserve to be in the top 10 of the year? Fuck me.

Now, I rated this album 7, which stands for "good", but now that this overblown record has reached 8.6, I'm tempted to change my rating to 3 or something
Troy Killjoy - 12.10.2011 at 19:48  
 
Written by Fradd on 12.10.2011 at 15:15
I'm tempted to change my rating to 3 or something

You tell 'em Freddy!
Fradd - 12.10.2011 at 21:15  
Rating: 5
Written by Troy Killjoy on 12.10.2011 at 19:48

Written by Fradd on 12.10.2011 at 15:15
I'm tempted to change my rating to 3 or something

You tell 'em Freddy!

Would you rate it any higher than 3?
Troy Killjoy - 12.10.2011 at 21:19  
 
Written by Fradd on 12.10.2011 at 21:15
Would you rate it any higher than 3?

I'd rate it a 5 which correlates to "not good".
Fradd - 12.10.2011 at 21:21  
Rating: 5
Written by Troy Killjoy on 12.10.2011 at 21:19

I'd rate it a 5 which correlates to "not good".

Which is what I've done.
Deadmeat - 12.10.2011 at 21:23  
Rating: 9
Written by Fradd on 12.10.2011 at 15:15

Is this a good album? Maybe.
Does this deserve to be in the top 10 of the year? Fuck me.

Now, I rated this album 7, which stands for "good", but now that this overblown record has reached 8.6, I'm tempted to change my rating to 3 or something

i guess that it has more meaning when someone votes an album with the rating he believes that it deserves. YOU and everyone else are not GOD to judge or decide if an album deserves to be in a top list... it isnt YOUR top list....
Troy Killjoy - 12.10.2011 at 21:25  
 
Written by Deadmeat on 12.10.2011 at 21:23
YOU and everyone else are not GOD to judge or decide if an album deserves to be in a top list...

LOL @ bringing GOD into the equation.
Fradd - 12.10.2011 at 21:30  
Rating: 5
Written by Deadmeat on 12.10.2011 at 21:23

i guess that it has more meaning when someone votes an album with the rating he believes that it deserves. YOU and everyone else are not GOD to judge or decide if an album deserves to be in a top list... it isnt YOUR top list....

As a matter of fact, I am. So I have arbitrarily decided that this album deserves a 5, and so it shall be.
Troy Killjoy - 12.10.2011 at 21:34  
 
Written by Fradd on 12.10.2011 at 21:30
As a matter of fact, I am. So I have arbitrarily decided that this album deserves a 5, and so it shall be.

Nicely done, Father.

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