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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Septekh - Plan for World Domination Review

Band: Septekh
Album: Plan For World Domination
Label: Studio 508 Productions/ Abyss Records
Country: Sweden
Release Date: May 2nd, 2014

When you think of Swedish Death Metal, you might think of bands like Hypocrisy, At The Gates, Entombed, The Crown and numerous great bands. I don’t think there’s ever been a band out of Sweden that wasn’t simply awesome. SEPTEKH is a band that carries on those influences to a different level. With 13 tracks of their breed of Death-Thrash, comes their full-length debut nicely titled “Plan For World Domination” via the American Undergound label, Abyss Records.

Right off the bat, there’s no punches pulled with the opening track “Into the Void of My Mind” with some tasty soloing, blazing blast beats and giving you an idea of the style they produce on this album….or so you think. They throw a curve in “Going Down in Style” with that Death-n-Roll feel that’s evolved from the Swedish Death Metal Scene. Throughout the album David Wikstom demonstrates his guitar work, though at times feeling a bit over the top and losing you, but yet still very impressive with his progressive controlled style.

Bassist Patrik Strom introduces and sets the dirty tone with “Black Shores”. The stand out track here has the stench of a drunken whore dancing her sexy zombie dance, bringing a different vibe to the album and slowing down the pace. And I’m ok with that! They pick it right back up with “The Man Who Died A Million Times” & “Superheated Liquid Iron Core”, bringing the Thrash in Death-Thrash. I’ll even go as far as saying that they have a good Blackened-Thrash feel to them as well. The awesome element of just the right mix of thrash and blast beats (by Staffan Persson) really push the album through at such a rapid, but comfortable pace.

With some interesting song titles and lyrics, which feel a little rushed or squeezed in sometimes, are both brilliant and catchy. Sung by Nils Meseke, are real crowd-pumping and anthem-like songs such as “Saving Graces”, “Don Asshole” and final, title track “Plan for World Domination”. But you REALLY have to appreciate the lyrical content on tracks like “Neanderthal” and “Fuck Dollar” that paint eloquent pictures of lewd and carnal conduct. Probably my favorite tracks off the album.

This is what you expect a Metal band from Sweden to produce. A good album that might end up on people’s “Best of 2014” as the hidden gem. I think these guys have a promising career and look forward to what they bring us in the future.

1. Into the Void of the Mind
2. Goin Down In Style
3. Saving Graces
4. Neanderthal
5. Don Asshole
6. Left Handed Man
7. Black Shores
8. The Man Who Died A Million Times
9. Superheated Liquid Iron Core
10. Eyes of the Grave
11. Fuck Dollar
12. Desdaemonia
13. Plan For World Domination

Total Playing Time: 60:00