An album art is as important as the music in the album itself. An album art is what gives the listener the first impression even before he / she listens to the music. So what most bands do is they try to portray the concept of their music on the cover. When it comes to death metal bands, the resultant is often filled with gore and blood. Septekh, as you can see below, have gone for something completely different. This weird creation of theirs achieves its purpose by intriguing the listener, thereby compelling him / her to check out the music.
Septekh is a four piece hailing from Stockholm, Sweden. This band released it’s debut full length titled ‘Plan for World Domination’ (Big claim for a debut? Not quite) on 2nd May 2014, through Abyss Records. While their description says that they are a thrash / death metal band, their music is much more than that.
Septekh’s music is a mish mash of heavy metal riffs, thrash metal arrogance, a healthy dose of groove and death metal vocal delivery. The music seems to take different forms in different tracks and the songs themselves do not sound similar to one another. For example, the album opener ‘Into the Void of Mind’ is a high adrenaline thrasher that carries enough of a brutal edge. It is immediately followed by ‘Going Down in Style’, which is a groovy foot stomper that carries a little bit of funk in it.
Whatever influence the song shows, the one thing that is common in all of it, is the sheer catchiness of David Wikström’s guitar riffs. What makes the songs even better are the guitar solos that don’t fail to impress. There is a very strong heavy metal influence in the guitar work. This combined with the death metal rasps of Nils Meseke, comes off as a rather unique combination.
The bass lines by Patrik Ström are equally well executed and they shine especially in tracks like ‘Don Asshole’, ‘Black Shores’ and ‘Superheated Liquid Iron Core’. The same can be said about Staffan Persson’s drumming that offers a good amount of fills and rolls. Production wise, all elements are well audible while not sounding too polished or clean.
Septekh know how to keep the audience engaged. They weave through genres like traditional heavy metal, thrash metal, death metal and at times even doom metal (‘Black Shores’). What sets these guys apart, is that they do it with such expertise that one wouldn’t expect from a debut album. While most of the tracks have an average song length of 4 minutes, Septekh shows it can also write long songs, as they close the album with the 11 minute long title track.
This track is like a culmination of all the sounds explored in the album, as it starts off in a very doom-ish fashion before manifesting as a groove centric tune. A short interlude follows, after which the song starts to thrash. It finally ends as heavy metal influenced number.
This track alone should explain the genre bending capabilities of Septekh. Overall, ‘Plan for World Domination’ is not just a mere claim as they give meaning to the title with some expertly crafted music. Easily one of the best debuts of 2014.