Septagon – Apocalyptic Rhymes (2018)

Another dose of power/thrash is upon us from Septagon and it comes off rather strong, just as with the previous. I will say that opener “The End” is a bit too long for me and I’d rather the disc just kicked into gear with “The Weight Of The World.” Being that Septagon are an act that pride themselves on melding slightly technical elements in with their formula, listeners will catch those from time to time; but not quite as frequent on this disc, where a decidedly old school approach is far more prominent. For example, the solo section in “Home Sweet Hell” is not quite the most technical thing you’ve ever heard as it is actually a rather simplistic repetition of the same sets of riff melodies, but it works. The title cut also features the same nose to the grind approach in soloing, which certainly accentuates the piece. I will say that some of the cuts seem to be a bit too punchy in areas and the frontman has to speed his own vocal lines up to match what is a rather fast-paced style of musicianship. He certainly can accomplish this task though and manages to stay in the proper key throughout, which I find greatly admirable. Even though the title cut seems a bit raw in some instances, he’s definitely hitting it hard. This is the kind of thing that you can’t doctor, I think he’d be able to hit those notes on stage just as well and it would be worth attending a Septagon show just to see that. Of course, not forgetting the incredible guitarmanship in this act. My only disappointment is that there aren’t any real thrash epics to be had here, and although album closer “Sunset Blood” is well over the seven minute mark and features what I might consider to be an awesome set of ending nodes, the song is generally more of a ballad. There’s never a spot on the disc where a tour-de-force is performed and considering the skill set for this band, I’m shaking my head in disbelief. Septagon are capable of great things and they showcase that here, but I’d like to see more muscle from these guys. Push it a step further, as this performance assures me that you can. Aside from that slight qualm, I do not think that fans of power metal and thrash would be disappointed with such a solid and promising effort as this one. I just hope that Septagon will make the next one a real monument.

(10 Tracks, 42:00)


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