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Release date: 18 April 2011
Style: Atmospheric death metal, 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: 7

Review
Lyrics (10)


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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Fradd - 12.10.2011 at 21:37  
Rating: 5
Written by Troy Killjoy on 12.10.2011 at 21:34

Nicely done, Father.

Thou art forgiven, my child.
Deadmeat - 13.10.2011 at 01:52  
Rating: 9
Written by Fradd on 12.10.2011 at 21:30

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.

unfortunately there is no god. so stop bitching with album ratings... there is NO MEANING on that. believe me. i am not one of those who die for this album and i dont care on which place on the top 1023938 it is... i'm just fed up with people who vote albums to give them the position they want and not by giving them the rating they deserve (their "enjoyment-rating").
Fradd - 13.10.2011 at 08:12  
Rating: 5
Written by Deadmeat on 13.10.2011 at 01:52

Written by Fradd on 12.10.2011 at 21:30

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.

unfortunately there is no god. so stop bitching with album ratings... there is NO MEANING on that. believe me. i am not one of those who die for this album and i dont care on which place on the top 1023938 it is... i'm just fed up with people who vote albums to give them the position they want and not by giving them the rating they deserve (their "enjoyment-rating").

tl;dr
Deadmeat - 13.10.2011 at 09:55  
Rating: 9
Written by Fradd on 13.10.2011 at 08:12

tl;dr

i'm glad you're so intelligent!
Fradd - 13.10.2011 at 13:55  
Rating: 5
Written by Deadmeat on 13.10.2011 at 09:55

i'm glad you're so intelligent!

ts;dr
JD - 13.10.2011 at 17:16  
Rating: 3
Written by Fradd on 12.10.2011 at 21:15

Would you rate it any higher than 1?

I just PIMPed your post, babe.

And my answer is FUCK NO, and btw my rating is 0.5 NOT 1.
Fradd - 13.10.2011 at 20:30  
Rating: 5
Written by JD on 13.10.2011 at 17:16


I watch teletubbies.


There you go, bor
JD - 14.10.2011 at 01:00  
Rating: 3
Written by Fradd on 13.10.2011 at 20:30

Written by JD on 13.10.2011 at 17:16


I watch teletubbies.


There you go, bor

Well, watching teletubbies is a way more fun than listening to this album.
Fradd - 14.10.2011 at 02:23  
Rating: 5
Written by JD on 14.10.2011 at 01:00

Written by Fradd on 13.10.2011 at 20:30

Written by JD on 13.10.2011 at 17:16


I watch teletubbies.


There you go, bor

Well, watching teletubbies is a way more fun than listening to this album.

This is the perfect way describe that experience
MechanisT - 14.10.2011 at 11:22  
 
Written by JD on 14.10.2011 at 01:00

Well, watching teletubbies is a way more fun than listening to this album.


Well, that's because teletubbies fapped to The Great Mass. >:[
RockeRoy - 14.10.2011 at 13:16  
Rating: 9
Written by JD on 14.10.2011 at 01:00

Written by Fradd on 13.10.2011 at 20:30

Written by JD on 13.10.2011 at 17:16


I watch teletubbies.


There you go, bor

Well, watching teletubbies is a way more fun than listening to this album.

seriously a 1? stupidest thing i ever heard. first of all to me this is a 9, and i can't see your point, but taste is a matter of opinion. Whats strange is that we share a simmilar taste in music according to your listed bands. why do you not like it? and don't you think rating it 1 is a bit harsh?
JD - 14.10.2011 at 14:28  
Rating: 3
Written by RockeRoy on 14.10.2011 at 13:16

seriously a 1? stupidest thing i ever heard. first of all to me this is a 9, and i can't see your point, but taste is a matter of opinion. Whats strange is that we share a simmilar taste in music according to your listed bands. why do you not like it? and don't you think rating it 1 is a bit harsh?

Well yes, it is harsh, but if you really want to know why I gave it a 1, check the previous page, I think I explained everything there.

PS: this is my opinion, so fanboys stay away.
JD - 14.10.2011 at 14:36  
Rating: 3
Written by MechanisT on 14.10.2011 at 11:22

Written by JD on 14.10.2011 at 01:00

Well, watching teletubbies is a way more fun than listening to this album.


Well, that's because teletubbies fapped to The Great Mass. >:[

Teletubbies can fapps?
RockeRoy - 14.10.2011 at 15:10  
Rating: 9
Quote:
Quote:
Seriously a 1? stupidest thing i ever heard. first of all to me this is a 9, and i can't see your point, but taste is a matter of opinion. Whats strange is that we share a simmilar taste in music according to your listed bands. why do you not like it? and don't you think rating it 1 is a bit harsh?

Well yes, it is harsh, but if you really want to know why I gave it a 1, check the previous page, I think I explained everything there.

PS: this is my opinion, so fanboys stay away.

Actually it just sounds like you are angy with people calling it death metal, it's orchestral/symphonic death metal with some black metal influenses here and there. This is a much heavier album that communion, no one can deny that. have u even heard the album thorugh?? Insane drumming
MechanisT - 14.10.2011 at 15:55  
 
Written by JD on 14.10.2011 at 14:36

Written by MechanisT on 14.10.2011 at 11:22

Written by JD on 14.10.2011 at 01:00

Well, watching teletubbies is a way more fun than listening to this album.


Well, that's because teletubbies fapped to The Great Mass. >:[

Teletubbies can fapps?


They fap their delicious feelers. :|
JD - 14.10.2011 at 16:04  
Rating: 3
Written by MechanisT on 14.10.2011 at 15:55

They fap their delicious feelers. :|

Good one!
JD - 14.10.2011 at 16:08  
Rating: 3
Written by RockeRoy on 14.10.2011 at 15:10

This is a much heavier album that communion, no one can deny that. have u even heard the album thorugh??

This album is much heavier than Communion? Prove it.
RockeRoy - 14.10.2011 at 16:12  
Rating: 9
Written by JD on 14.10.2011 at 16:08

Written by RockeRoy on 14.10.2011 at 15:10

This is a much heavier album that communion, no one can deny that. have u even heard the album thorugh??

This album is much heavier than Communion? Prove it.

i will, in the meantime you could listen to both albums. that would prove it
JD - 14.10.2011 at 16:20  
Rating: 3
Written by RockeRoy on 14.10.2011 at 16:12

Written by JD on 14.10.2011 at 16:08

Written by RockeRoy on 14.10.2011 at 15:10

This is a much heavier album that communion, no one can deny that. have u even heard the album thorugh??

This album is much heavier than Communion? Prove it.

i will, in the meantime you could listen to both albums. that would prove it

I already did, and "The Great Mass" do sucks comparing it to "Communion"

Only If Symphonic Metal is more heavier than Symphonic Death Metal, then you got a point there.
Troy Killjoy - 14.10.2011 at 19:25  
 
Written by RockeRoy on 14.10.2011 at 15:10
it's orchestral/symphonic death metal with some black metal influenses

Black metal influences? Like what?
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.10.2011 at 20:46  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 14.10.2011 at 19:25

Written by RockeRoy on 14.10.2011 at 15:10
it's orchestral/symphonic death metal with some black metal influenses

Black metal influences? Like what?


I didn't even see that
But the same could be said abotu "death metal influences"
Troy Killjoy - 14.10.2011 at 20:48  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.10.2011 at 20:46
But the same could be said abotu "death metal influences"

Anything with growls is death metal nowadays.
JD - 14.10.2011 at 20:56  
Rating: 3
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.10.2011 at 20:46

Written by Troy Killjoy on 14.10.2011 at 19:25

Written by RockeRoy on 14.10.2011 at 15:10
it's orchestral/symphonic death metal with some black metal influenses

Black metal influences? Like what?


I didn't even see that

Oh I missed that phrase as well. lol
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.10.2011 at 21:27  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 14.10.2011 at 20:48

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.10.2011 at 20:46
But the same could be said abotu "death metal influences"

Anything with growls is death metal nowadays.


Oh yeah I forgot about that
RockeRoy - 17.10.2011 at 10:54  
Rating: 9
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.10.2011 at 20:46

Written by Troy Killjoy on 14.10.2011 at 19:25

Written by RockeRoy on 14.10.2011 at 15:10
it's orchestral/symphonic death metal with some black metal influenses

Black metal influences? Like what?


I didn't even see that
But the same could be said abotu "death metal influences"

Well you are supose to hear it, not see it, maybe thats ur problem. And if u can't hear the death metal influences... i'm sorry.
There are alot more to death metal than old school death metal. i am curious to hear what kind of metal u guys think this is influenced from? power metal?, Heavy metal? thrash metal? Glam rock?
RockeRoy - 17.10.2011 at 10:56  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 14.10.2011 at 20:48

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.10.2011 at 20:46
But the same could be said abotu "death metal influences"

Anything with growls is death metal nowadays.

I don't know about you, but i usualy listen to the instruments when trying to define the genre
RockeRoy - 17.10.2011 at 10:59  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 14.10.2011 at 19:25

Written by RockeRoy on 14.10.2011 at 15:10
it's orchestral/symphonic death metal with some black metal influenses

Black metal influences? Like what?

Drums, guitar parts. but it's not often. i said "some" black metal influences. i could tell u the parts, but u have to wait until i get home.
Troy Killjoy - 17.10.2011 at 11:11  
 
Written by RockeRoy on 17.10.2011 at 10:54
Well you are supose to hear it, not see it, maybe thats ur problem.

Firstly he meant he didn't see that you wrote black metal influences in your first post.

Secondly, while death metal has obviously evolved from the old school, this album has very minimal death metal elements (let alone black metal elements); just because Alexi Laiho "growls" doesn't mean CoB is a melodic death metal band.

Lastly, as for what the main influence is here...that would obviously be symphonic metal. Although I recently changed the genre tag to "extreme symphonic" as this isn't exactly as light as a modern Therion release.
RockeRoy - 17.10.2011 at 11:15  
Rating: 9 The Undead Keep Dreaming is an example of being ifluenced by black metal
RockeRoy - 17.10.2011 at 11:34  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.10.2011 at 11:11

Written by RockeRoy on 17.10.2011 at 10:54
Well you are supose to hear it, not see it, maybe thats ur problem.

Firstly he meant he didn't see that you wrote black metal influences in your first post.

Secondly, while death metal has obviously evolved from the old school, this album has very minimal death metal elements (let alone black metal elements); just because Alexi Laiho "growls" doesn't mean CoB is a melodic death metal band.

Lastly, as for what the main influence is here...that would obviously be symphonic metal. Although I recently changed the genre tag to "extreme symphonic" as this isn't exactly as light as a modern Therion release.

ok then i misunderstood him.
If you read my post, i wrote that i didn't define genere's after the vocal, so your Alexi Laiho example is wrongly addressed.
I wonder what kind of metal is "extreme" exactly? if not black metal or death metal?
It's more on the Melodic death metal side and not the Old school death metal side, but Melodic Death metal are also influenced by Old school death metal obviously.
R'Vannith - 17.10.2011 at 12:19  
Rating: 8
Written by RockeRoy on 17.10.2011 at 11:34

I wonder what kind of metal is "extreme" exactly? if not black metal or death metal?
It's more on the Melodic death metal side and not the Old school death metal side, but Melodic Death metal are also influenced by Old school death metal obviously.


That's an interesting question and one I was wondering too, if there really is nothing distinctly black or death in this album, then in what sense is it 'extreme'? Logically if it is extreme it would retain some elements of the band's prior death sound, the vocals in being harsh isn't enough to justify it's 'extremeness'.
Although if you consider other examples where the 'extreme' tag is used it seems to denote some sort of 'heightened' sound. Extreme Power is an example, but this is not 'heightened' in that is some sort of 'more powerful Power metal', it's just a mix of more extreme forms of metal with power metal (usually being melodic death I think).

With that in mind if this album is to be called 'extreme symphonic metal' or whatever it would have to have some elements from either death or black metal, in SepticFlesh's case it would be death.
RockeRoy - 17.10.2011 at 12:35  
Rating: 9
Written by R'Vannith on 17.10.2011 at 12:19

Written by RockeRoy on 17.10.2011 at 11:34

I wonder what kind of metal is "extreme" exactly? if not black metal or death metal?
It's more on the Melodic death metal side and not the Old school death metal side, but Melodic Death metal are also influenced by Old school death metal obviously.


That's an interesting question and one I was wondering too, if there really is nothing distinctly black or death in this album, then in what sense is it 'extreme'? Logically if it is extreme it would retain some elements of the band's prior death sound, the vocals in being harsh isn't enough to justify it's 'extremeness'.
Although if you consider other examples where the 'extreme' tag is used it seems to denote some sort of 'heightened' sound. Extreme Power is an example, but this is not 'heightened' in that is some sort of 'more powerful Power metal', it's just a mix of more extreme forms of metal with power metal (usually being melodic death I think).

With that in mind if this album is to be called 'extreme symphonic metal' or whatever it would have to have some elements from either death or black metal, in SepticFlesh's case it would be death.

I totaly agree with you, an example is wintersun. witch is labled Extreme Power metal on MS, the "extreme" tag here i think is because of the Vocal.
JD - 17.10.2011 at 12:44  
Rating: 3
Written by Troy Killjoy on 14.10.2011 at 20:48

Anything with growls is death metal nowadays.

Let me quote this again.
R'Vannith - 17.10.2011 at 12:47  
Rating: 8
Written by RockeRoy on 17.10.2011 at 12:35

I totaly agree with you, an example is wintersun. witch is labled Extreme Power metal on MS, the "extreme" tag here i think is because of the Vocal.


I wouldn't say it's just the vocals which are 'extreme', I still get a slightly 'deathy' sound from the guitars and drum work. I suppose Death metal purists would consider it far too removed from the genre with the obvious focus on the symphonics, which I would agree with to an extent but it still comes off as bearing Death-like elements for me.
RockeRoy - 17.10.2011 at 12:59  
Rating: 9
Quote:
I wouldn't say it's just the vocals which are 'extreme', I still get a slightly 'deathy' sound from the guitars and drum work. I suppose Death metal purists would consider it far too removed from the genre with the obvious focus on the symphonics, which I would agree with to an extent but it still comes off as bearing Death-like elements for me.

I bet your right, i haven't listen to that album very much, just remmember i thought "This is powermetal with extreme vocal"
Troy Killjoy - 17.10.2011 at 21:55  
  *continues bitching about a shitty album he doesn't care about*

Nah, just kidding. Seriously though, the extreme factor - as explained - is a matter of a "harsher" sound than your typical symphonic metal band. That's all.
RockeRoy - 18.10.2011 at 13:25  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.10.2011 at 21:55

*continues bitching about a shitty album he doesn't care about*

Nah, just kidding. Seriously though, the extreme factor - as explained - is a matter of a "harsher" sound than your typical symphonic metal band. That's all.

The Extreme factor is suposed to be Extreme, not a bit "harsher" The Great mass is Extreme not Harsh IMO , Why don't call it Harsh symphonic Metal
RockeRoy - 18.10.2011 at 14:27  
Rating: 9
Written by RockeRoy on 17.10.2011 at 11:15

The Undead Keep Dreaming is an example of being ifluenced by black metal

Anyone?
Troy Killjoy - 18.10.2011 at 21:21  
  You're the only one who wants to carry on a genre argument about this band. Sorry.
RockeRoy - 21.10.2011 at 12:58  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 18.10.2011 at 21:21

You're the only one who wants to carry on a genre argument about this band. Sorry.

Well, first of all you asked me to show u a part that is influenced by black metal. i did! and i bet you listen and understood i was right, then u answer that i am the only one who wants to carry on the genre argument. dunno about you, but i usualy follow up on my promisses.
Troy Killjoy - 21.10.2011 at 20:40  
 
Written by RockeRoy on 21.10.2011 at 12:58
Well, first of all you asked me to show u a part that is influenced by black metal. i did

In spite of you wanting me to believe you, I didn't find a trace of black metal. I think I listen to enough of the stuff to identify traces of it in other styles of music.
RockeRoy - 22.10.2011 at 14:08  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 21.10.2011 at 20:40

Written by RockeRoy on 21.10.2011 at 12:58
Well, first of all you asked me to show u a part that is influenced by black metal. i did

In spite of you wanting me to believe you, I didn't find a trace of black metal. I think I listen to enough of the stuff to identify traces of it in other styles of music.

Man i don't want you to belive me, you just made it very clear to everyone what you think about this album, you asked questions and when i answer, you tell me i'm trying to make you belive me?
Troy Killjoy - 22.10.2011 at 21:30  
 
Written by RockeRoy on 22.10.2011 at 14:08
you asked questions and when i answer, you tell me i'm trying to make you belive me?

I asked you one question about the "black metal influences" almost a week ago. I didn't hear the influences you spoke of, yet you're still discussing the genre. Maybe it's just me but that seems a little desperate.
!J.O.O.E.! - 22.10.2011 at 21:33  
Rating: 7 There is no black metal in this album or anything similar to it, apart from the fact that black metal happens to use guitars and drums and vocals which the music in this album also does.
RockeRoy - 24.10.2011 at 09:46  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 22.10.2011 at 21:30

Written by RockeRoy on 22.10.2011 at 14:08
you asked questions and when i answer, you tell me i'm trying to make you belive me?

I asked you one question about the "black metal influences" almost a week ago. I didn't hear the influences you spoke of, yet you're still discussing the genre. Maybe it's just me but that seems a little desperate.

ok, not everyone is loged on MS 24/7 .. so i have to answer when i'm here.
Anyway.. have a good one!
Valentin B - 26.10.2011 at 12:50  
  This band reminds me of Lawrence of Arabia haha, good music though, i'ma catch them live in 3 weeks supporting Amon Amarth and As I Lay Dying, really good line-up tbh
corrupt - 26.10.2011 at 14:18  
 
Written by Valentin B on 26.10.2011 at 12:50

i'ma catch them live in 3 weeks

Valentin B - 27.10.2011 at 09:29  
 
Written by corrupt on 26.10.2011 at 14:18

Written by Valentin B on 26.10.2011 at 12:50

i'ma catch them live in 3 weeks



would it help that the ticket was cheap even for my standards (79 lei - 19 euros)?
RockeRoy - 28.10.2011 at 12:41  
Rating: 9 Thats cheap:)
musicalkaratekid - 19.11.2011 at 23:55  
  For me this year's best metal album, and that comes from deep consideration after having listened to it so many times in the last half a year. Everything here works so beautifully though-the brutal blastbeats, the melodic vocals mixed in with the rough vocals, the tumbling heaviness, the beautifully worked symphonies-and upon even further consideration,this album might even get my album of the year. Excellent work.

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