Septicflesh - The Great Mass


8.7 | 991 votes |
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: 4

Additional info
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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published 22.04.2011 | Comments (27)

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26.04.2011 - 01:10
Rating: 7
RedHawk
Personally, I think this is a step down from Communion. Im not saying its a bad album, but it is definitely lacking and a step in the wrong direction IMO.
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26.04.2011 - 14:58
Rating: 8
likantropo
Very good album
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26.04.2011 - 15:17
Rating: 7
InnerSelf
proofread free
Written by RedHawk on 26.04.2011 at 01:10

Personally, I think this is a step down from Communion. Im not saying its a bad album, but it is definitely lacking and a step in the wrong direction IMO.

exactly ... but I will give it more time
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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27.04.2011 - 14:41
Daydream Nation
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Rated down a little more on repeated listens-- FAR too bland for my liking. Needs experimentation and surprises!
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28.04.2011 - 04:03
Rating: 10
ChibiDemigod
Maybe you don't known the perfection!
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28.04.2011 - 07:41
Rating: 3
RobHalford
This is an extremely boring album. It can barely be called death metal. The intensity just isn't there.
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28.04.2011 - 07:51
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by RobHalford on 28.04.2011 at 07:41

This is an extremely boring album. It can barely be called death metal. The intensity just isn't there.

I'm thinking that's my problem with this, the lack of intensity. It's just...kind of there. And I poke it with a stick as if it were a dead body and it doesn't move. I don't bother phoning it in either, I just keep walking.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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28.04.2011 - 19:31
Rating: 10
garmling
Septicflesh rules! This new album is just so intense, so adventurous and so powerful that I cannot stop listening it for days now...symphony, art, lyrics, wickedness, everything...damn, thank you so much Seth, Cristos, Sotiris, Fotis for such an jewel in this nowadays boring world of metal!!!
and yes...I wouldn't call it death metal album in any way...there is very little death metal on this album, except for those vocals...man, this is so much more than death metal, gothic metal, black metal, symphonic metal...this is an abomination (in a positive way) of all this genres, and it has unique monstrous face of it's own!!!
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29.04.2011 - 03:47
Rating: 10
MaiSweettShaadow
PERFECT
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29.04.2011 - 05:23
Rating: 3
RobHalford
Written by Troy Killjoy on 28.04.2011 at 07:51

Written by RobHalford on 28.04.2011 at 07:41

This is an extremely boring album. It can barely be called death metal. The intensity just isn't there.

I'm thinking that's my problem with this, the lack of intensity. It's just...kind of there. And I poke it with a stick as if it were a dead body and it doesn't move. I don't bother phoning it in either, I just keep walking.


I was listening to the new Vomitory today and remarking at the difference in energy. Septicflesh try so hard to be dark, but it's not what they're good at. Albums like Sumerian Daimones are brilliant because they build on a fitting atmosphere, not this rousing orchestral crap they're trying now. They're trying far too hard to make an "epic".
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01.05.2011 - 18:11
Rating: 10
Alexbridger
This album is best of the best !!!
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02.05.2011 - 00:57
Rating: 10
agalloch19
For those who say, SF nowadays plays death metal/modern/old or even metal, in my opinian, you are wrong, they no more are in metal, The Great Mass is a perfect mariage with extreme music + classic.
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02.05.2011 - 08:32
Rating: 8
Umideath
Excellent work ...
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02.05.2011 - 21:22
Kennoth
How did I miss this? Well, I'm checking this out for sure!
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*insert something deep and profound*
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03.05.2011 - 12:17
Rating: 9
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict
Really an excellent work. Pretty close to being a masterpiece. Septicflesh really do know how to put the orchestra to the full use so as to make the album sound more epic but not to let the other instruments drown in it.
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"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
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03.05.2011 - 23:09
Rating: 8
Parasomnia
Written by Troy Killjoy on 20.04.2011 at 13:59

Written by Deadmeat on 20.04.2011 at 10:48

How the fuck can you call it "modern death metal"? it's symphonic dm not modern...

How the fuck people can call it that is because it's a death metal album, and it's new: hence, modern.


Ha, I'd just call it music. Who gives a shit if its Modern Death Metal, Symphonic Metal, Progressive Death metal. Who cares lol? It's fucking METAL \m/(>.<)\m/
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04.05.2011 - 01:41
Daydream Nation
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To the guy above, read previous comments before you make statements like that. We just talked about the context of the original "modern death metal" comment.

I'm absolutely shocked this is #1 in 2011 so far. Bland.
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04.05.2011 - 18:00
Rating: 9
Ag Fox
Angel No More
Calling it a masterpiece is way over the top, but after putting much thought into it, I finally realise I really enjoyed it to give it a 9 ( though a very low 9). A lot of people seem to buy into the symphonic parts. I personally love classical music, so I don't have a problem about these bits and bobs making it less "metal", but I only like it when it's integrated into the music seamlessly which this album does not quite manage to pull off in a slick manner.

That being said, I've only heard one band do it properly, so I'm not really complaining too much. Songs like Five-Pointed Star, Rising and the last track were highlights for me as I loved the clean vocals a lot. :3
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04.05.2011 - 22:59
MechanisT
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Written by Ag Fox on 04.05.2011 at 18:00

Calling it a masterpiece is way over the top, but after putting much thought into it, I finally realise I really enjoyed it to give it a 9 ( though a very low 9). A lot of people seem to buy into the symphonic parts. I personally love classical music, so I don't have a problem about these bits and bobs making it less "metal", but I only like it when it's integrated into the music seamlessly which this album does not quite manage to pull off in a slick manner.

That being said, I've only heard one band do it properly, so I'm not really complaining too much. Songs like Five-Pointed Star, Rising and the last track were highlights for me as I loved the clean vocals a lot. :3


Is Haggard the one you are referring to?
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04.05.2011 - 23:32
Rating: 9
Ag Fox
Angel No More
Written by Guest on 04.05.2011 at 22:59

Written by Ag Fox on 04.05.2011 at 18:00

Calling it a masterpiece is way over the top, but after putting much thought into it, I finally realise I really enjoyed it to give it a 9 ( though a very low 9). A lot of people seem to buy into the symphonic parts. I personally love classical music, so I don't have a problem about these bits and bobs making it less "metal", but I only like it when it's integrated into the music seamlessly which this album does not quite manage to pull off in a slick manner.

That being said, I've only heard one band do it properly, so I'm not really complaining too much. Songs like Five-Pointed Star, Rising and the last track were highlights for me as I loved the clean vocals a lot. :3


Is Haggard the one you are referring to?

Never managed to get into Haggard really. I was referring to Hollenthon, specifically With Vilest Worms To Dwell
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04.05.2011 - 23:36
MechanisT
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Written by Ag Fox on 04.05.2011 at 23:32

Written by Guest on 04.05.2011 at 22:59

Written by Ag Fox on 04.05.2011 at 18:00

Calling it a masterpiece is way over the top, but after putting much thought into it, I finally realise I really enjoyed it to give it a 9 ( though a very low 9). A lot of people seem to buy into the symphonic parts. I personally love classical music, so I don't have a problem about these bits and bobs making it less "metal", but I only like it when it's integrated into the music seamlessly which this album does not quite manage to pull off in a slick manner.

That being said, I've only heard one band do it properly, so I'm not really complaining too much. Songs like Five-Pointed Star, Rising and the last track were highlights for me as I loved the clean vocals a lot. :3


Is Haggard the one you are referring to?

Never managed to get into Haggard really. I was referring to Hollenthon, specifically With Vilest Worms To Dwell


Is that so? Might as well check them out then. Haven't really bothered about them prior to this.
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04.05.2011 - 23:42
Rating: 9
Ag Fox
Angel No More
Written by Guest on 04.05.2011 at 23:36

Written by Ag Fox on 04.05.2011 at 23:32

Never managed to get into Haggard really. I was referring to Hollenthon, specifically With Vilest Worms To Dwell

Is that so? Might as well check them out then. Haven't really bothered about them prior to this.
Go for it. Definitely among my top 3 Melodic Death Metal release from the last decade!
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04.05.2011 - 23:43
MechanisT
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Written by Ag Fox on 04.05.2011 at 23:42

Written by Guest on 04.05.2011 at 23:36

Written by Ag Fox on 04.05.2011 at 23:32

Never managed to get into Haggard really. I was referring to Hollenthon, specifically With Vilest Worms To Dwell

Is that so? Might as well check them out then. Haven't really bothered about them prior to this.
Go for it. Definitely among my top 3 Melodic Death Metal release from the last decade!


Thanks for the recom.
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04.05.2011 - 23:44
Darkside Momo
Retired
Written by Ag Fox on 04.05.2011 at 23:42

Written by Guest on 04.05.2011 at 23:36

Written by Ag Fox on 04.05.2011 at 23:32

Never managed to get into Haggard really. I was referring to Hollenthon, specifically With Vilest Worms To Dwell

Is that so? Might as well check them out then. Haven't really bothered about them prior to this.
Go for it. Definitely among my top 3 Melodic Death Metal release from the last decade!

Apart for the fact that their roots are more black than death I certainly agree, they're really great - and far better than Haggard (more extreme, too)
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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you" - Ray Bradbury

"I've lost too many years now
I'm stealing back my soul
I'm awake now"
Abney Park (Letter Between A Little Boy & Himself As An Adult)
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05.05.2011 - 00:04
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Darkside Momo on 04.05.2011 at 23:44

Written by Ag Fox on 04.05.2011 at 23:42

Written by Guest on 04.05.2011 at 23:36

Written by Ag Fox on 04.05.2011 at 23:32

Never managed to get into Haggard really. I was referring to Hollenthon, specifically With Vilest Worms To Dwell

Is that so? Might as well check them out then. Haven't really bothered about them prior to this.
Go for it. Definitely among my top 3 Melodic Death Metal release from the last decade!

Apart for the fact that their roots are more black than death I certainly agree, they're really great - and far better than Haggard (more extreme, too)


Hollnethon's roots black?
all death to me. can't find anything black in either the first album or in Pungent Stench.
I am with Ag Fox on this one.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
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05.05.2011 - 03:29
Rating: 10
Hollenvaen
Written by RobHalford on 29.04.2011 at 05:23

Written by Troy Killjoy on 28.04.2011 at 07:51

Written by RobHalford on 28.04.2011 at 07:41

This is an extremely boring album. It can barely be called death metal. The intensity just isn't there.

I'm thinking that's my problem with this, the lack of intensity. It's just...kind of there. And I poke it with a stick as if it were a dead body and it doesn't move. I don't bother phoning it in either, I just keep walking.


I was listening to the new Vomitory today and remarking at the difference in energy. Septicflesh try so hard to be dark, but it's not what they're good at. Albums like Sumerian Daimones are brilliant because they build on a fitting atmosphere, not this rousing orchestral crap they're trying now. They're trying far too hard to make an "epic".


This would be true if they didn't have accomplished classical musicians on-board. I mean Christos has studied classical music for a long time; he knows how it works and anyone who understands classical music can appreciate that they aren't just trying to stick to how normal death metal or classical music works. They've combined it together seamlessly - without all this "dark" crap that you're on about. They haven't tried to be dark at all - if anything I'd say Revolution DNA and Sumerian are trying WAY harder to be dark than this album.

Listen to the orchestral versions of the tracks. If you can't see that it's just good classical (though it's all very post 1900 sounding classical) music influences then I guess it's just a music type you don't like No issues.
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05.05.2011 - 12:07
Rating: 9
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict
Written by Hollenvaen on 05.05.2011 at 03:29

This would be true if they didn't have accomplished classical musicians on-board. I mean Christos has studied classical music for a long time; he knows how it works and anyone who understands classical music can appreciate that they aren't just trying to stick to how normal death metal or classical music works. They've combined it together seamlessly - without all this "dark" crap that you're on about. They haven't tried to be dark at all - if anything I'd say Revolution DNA and Sumerian are trying WAY harder to be dark than this album.

Listen to the orchestral versions of the tracks. If you can't see that it's just good classical (though it's all very post 1900 sounding classical) music influences then I guess it's just a music type you don't like No issues.

I second that.
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"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
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05.05.2011 - 23:25
Rating: 8
Susan
Smeghead
Whatever the hell this genre is, the bottom line is that this album is beautiful. So not what I was expecting in terms of style. I have no idea what I WAS expecting but I love it. Very intense!!
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"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
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06.05.2011 - 10:21
Rating: 9
s_t_s
I've been following Septic Flesh for a decade and have always loved their unique style (tho Revolution DNA isn't my favourite) but with this album they have done something huge ! Can it even be called an album or a black opera ? Whatever, I just love it so much that I'm already considering putting some money locked up in order to see them play live with an orchestra (something that is somehow announced in the bonus DVD
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06.05.2011 - 16:51
Rating: 10
I got the album "The Great Mass" at the release party of Septic Flesh, here in Greece...
It's the most perfect album I got in my possesion...
From it's divine artwork, to the well excecuted and produced music...to the depth and thematology of the lyrics...
All songs as individuals and also as wholes stand for 10 out of 10...
I cannot find anything negative to say about this album... and I wish other ARTIST as Septic Flesh are, to make an effort for so good albums...
Let the ceremony begin!
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