Septicflesh - A Fallen Temple

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Release date: 9 March 1998
Style: Atmospheric death metal


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The New Order
01. Brotherhood Of The Fallen Knights
02. The Eldest Cosmonaut
03. Marble Smiling Face
04. Underworld (Act 1)

05. Temple Of The Lost Race
06. The Crypt
07. Setting Of The Two Suns
08. Erebus

End Of The Circle
09. Underworld (Act 2)
10. The Eldest Cosmonaut [Dark version]

11. The Last Time [Paradise Lost cover] [2014 Reissue bonus]
12. Underworld (Act 3) [2014 Reissue bonus]
13. Finale [2014 Reissue bonus]
14. The Eldest Cosmonaut [Single version] [2014 Reissue bonus]

Spiros "Seth" Antoniou - vocals, bass
Sotiris Vayenas - vocals, guitars, keyboards
Christos "Chris" Antoniou - guitars, keyboards

Session musicians
Kostas Savvidis - drums

Guest musicians
Natalie Rassoulis - vocals
Kostas Tzanokostakis - vocals

Additional info
Recorded and mixed at Praxis Studio in September/December 1997.
Engineered by Lambros Sphiris.
Produced by Septicflesh and Lambros Sphiris.

Staff review by
After three successful releases, "Mystic Places of Dawn","Esoptron" and "Ophidian Wheel", Septic Flesh decided to release "A Fallen Temple" one year after the release of "Ophidian Wheel". This release includes new compositions but also new versions of the compositions that were consisting of the rare mini-cd "Temple of the Lost Race" released back in 1991. In my opinion "A Fallen Temple" was a very important release for Septic Flesh for many reasons. First of all it was the album that Septic Flesh took one step further the sound of "Ophidian Wheel" sounding more affected and mature. Then, the symphonic ideas that were overrunning their compositions since the dawn of their existence now become reality turning into complete songs by the help of Chris Antoniou that was studying orchestration in UK. And, finally, after 3 releases, the production of Septic Flesh is equal to their worth (you can listen even to the bass lines! - the first step for a good production was made during the recordings of "Ophidian Wheel"). For me "A Fallen Temple" is the quintessence of Septic Flesh consisting of the primary and chaotic brutality of "Mystic Places of Dawn", the dark and mystic aesthetic of "Esoptron" and the higher technique and mature compositions of "Ophidian Wheel" showing great new compositions just like "Brotherhood of the Fallen Knights" and "The Eldest Cosmonaut" and at the same time bringing in the current sound, but also keeping the primary feeling, of the release that started it all, "Temple of the Lost Race".

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28.05.2011 - 13:22

Really nice album !
21.09.2011 - 11:24
Rating: 7
It doesnt get an 8 because of the super stupid 16-min interludes...
Υou've sold your human essence to the cold world of dead and empty things... You're SOLD!
04.08.2014 - 18:34
Rating: 9
Metal Addict
I love this album. While it lacks some sort of consistency, it can also be seen as its pro - I mean the diversity. On one hand, it contains some songs that are like a continuation of the path they've chosen with "The Ophidian Wheel", on the other hand, we have some new versions of very old songs and, on the third... Great darkwave pieces, which are Underworld: Acts I-III.
My favourite tracks: The Eldest Cosmonaut, Marble Smiling Face, Underworld (all three acts), Temple of the Lost Race.
"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
28.08.2017 - 15:00
Rating: 6
High Fist Prog
"The Crypt" and "Erebus" were great tracks while the rest just drags along, especially those "acts". It's amazing how far they've come and then - no pun intended - fallen.
18.06.2019 - 14:34
Rating: 8

I like this one, but I definitely need to b e in the mood for it.
Oh Glorious Metal

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