promo contains only 2 songs lasting more than 6 minutes, so there's
enough material to give the relatively old, yet most valid and experienced
Dutch 5-piece a global assessment. The title track is based on a thrash
reinforced by foaming guitars, a powerful effected voice sometimes close
to the young Tim 'The Ripper' Owens. By listening to the song twice
you can realize Septuagint're trying to do something personal and I
believe they've achieved the aim well enough, as shown by the 2 axes
in the crescendo of the composition. I also like the guitar solo, which
is strongly Megadeth-like and brave.
"Fury...and a Darkening Mind" starts with a pretty
melodic intro, which might sound like an abused idea to a few people,
although I want to reassure you and swear you it's so fucking 80's and
this effective that I approve of their choice! Soon afterwards it becomes
excellent power-thrash with cool mid-tempos that Winter's Bane and Metal
Church might write with their 20 hands and minds working together during
a hypothetical collaboration. The final shows some particularly odd
vocals and a less showy axe solo, accompanied by high vocals once again.
The songwriting level is already professionistic and the recording far
more than satisfactory, therefore all Septuagint need is a bit more
of fluidity and freshness in their songs and then they'll skim perfection,
however I recommend you to catch a copy of this promo if you're into
thrash or not gay power metal.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 9/11/03