Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Album Review: "Deadhead Syndicate" by Septagon

Deadhead Syndicate
If you could go back in time and have dinner with so and so...

How many times have we seen these kinds of things?

On a related note, one of my favorite concepts is time travel. I keep meaning to write a book on it and my personal ideas about what happens if the timeline is changed, but I'm keeping that to myself!

As for the timeline, the multiverse, and all that jazz....

It's on my mind quite a lot. When something goes wrong and my focus is on what I should have done. 

With all of this throwback stuff in music these days, it really can make a person think about what ifs. What if Metallica wasn't the first thrash band to break out of the bay area?

Thinking about what could have been...what if Megadeth was the original Big Four band to break?

Nothing against Metallica, but one has to admit they dropped the thrash out of their metal rather early into their career.

Megadeth though...they were always blazing forward with the riff and the thrash.

Septagon reminds me far more of the latter.

Blazing riffs are all over this album. The bass player is also thundering along and those drums. There's a subtle running double bass all over the album, but it never crushes the rest of the band.

Guitar solos, guitar solos everywhere! Well, perhaps not everywhere, but there's no feeling that they're lacking. Classical inspired licks, often played through the neck pickup...that Randy Rhoads effect is in full display.

When a band can take a musical style from the past and update it without modernizing it while making it relevant in this modern world, well we should all stop and take notice.

Release: 2/12/16
Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Cruz del Sur
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