Few bands have made an impact on the scene like Greek symphonic metal legends Septicflesh and after 31 years Septicflesh are showing no signs of slowing down with their 11th studio album “Modern Primitive” set for release 20th of May through Nuclear Blast Records, I caught up with Sotiris to talk all about “Modern Primitive”
2022 – 31 years after the release of their debut EP “Temple Of The Lost Race”, SEPTICFLESH are set to deliver their latest long-player, entitled Modern Primitive. When it comes to history, the band has a lot to offer. On the one hand, there is a long history of the band and over 30 years of experience in the business, which can be traced back to the three founding members Seth, Christos, and Sotiris. On the other hand, it is about history if you look purely at the music of the Greeks. The lyrics, the aspects treated, the message… You can observe the art on several tracks and yet it is always expanded and decorated with new elements. This is also the case on the latest masterpiece of SEPTICFLESH!
Album number eleven of the band, which is the first album under Nuclear Blast, is not less complex in the field of composition and lyricism than the albums before. But this time the band focuses more powerfully on the message and the theme that is addressed with the music and stands behind it. The thought-provoking, which already draws attention to the title of the album: Modern Primitive.
“The title is an impulse to think, it is not particularly obvious” says Sotiris Anunnaki V. With this, the band wants to encourage people to think and take a closer look at the motives that SEPTICFLESH address. “This shouldn’t surprise people who have been involved with our music for a while, though,” Sotiris Anunnaki V says with a smile. “We provide our listeners with so much food for thought musically and lyrically, though, that it shouldn’t be hard to synthesize the clues into a big picture.” An important piece of this intricate mosaic is also the album cover, which perfectly showcases the brutality as well as the elegant epicness of the Greeks. It shows a human skull drawn in detail, which is broken up in a flowing transition by sharp thorns. Beauty meets horror. Sotiris explains the intention behind this first visual impression of Modern Primitive. “You have as a foundation here a motive which is well-constructed and perfect, the human head. In our interpretation, however, this loses its primary original form and becomes something else: It evolves. The cover, in its obviousness, is meant to reflect this very situation in which humanity still finds itself today.” Slightly revealing criticism of modern society, he continues, “We are constantly evolving, but instead of taking a step forward, our evolution is regressive. We still have primitive borrowings and traits deeply embedded in our genes. This can be good, but it is not always. History just keeps repeating itself, with a new cover and new images.”
The album was once again produced by the renowned producer Jens Bogren who is responsible for the outstanding mix. Despite the many different emotions reflected in the songs, the band in collaboration with the producer managed to create a gloomy and empowering atmosphere, which does not weaken the hardness and memorability of the songs. The album cover, on the other hand, is the work of singer and bassist Seth Siro Anton, who has also been artistically active for other bands such as Paradise Lost or Moonspell and created visual aesthetics for them. But also when it comes to songwriting Seth has always been involved and describes how he came up with some ideas for this album. “Besides having the task of shaping the visual character of Modern Primitive, a lot of song ideas came to my mind while playing a 12-string electro-acoustic guitar. That led to a more organic-sounding approach to the album.”
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