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Review: Septa – Destroyer

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Destroyer is a seven track album released by the four piece experimental/metalcore band Septa. Experimental/metalcore is a general and fast description of Septa, but not accurate. Destroyer is an interesting album, to say the least. Check it (and purchase) out for yourself on Bandcamp.

There were many times on the album that made me confused, but impressed. I sensed experimental aspects of Destroyer that is likely to be what gave the album its uniquely confusing flair. Another thing that stood out on this album was the vocalist: his extraneous presentation was so wrong and so right at the same time, thus my confusion. What vocalist Eugene Tymchyk does reminds me of Brock Lindow (36 Crazyfists). They both charm you with singsong vocals then throw harsher vocal into the mix.

Every song on Destroyer does this, but a great example is on “Destroyer Pt. 2.” “Destroyer Pt. 2” starts off with a hardcore vibe: solid riff, harsh vocals, and appropriately accompanying drums. After the first little ditty, it calms down to a riff anticipating the next time Tymchyk will shout and the drums go to a smooth and bridge­-like groove. When the harsh vocals kick in, the guitar matches the intensity by playing high chords while the drums revert to rougher groove.

I enjoyed the back and forth motion between the simple and hardcore­-like sections of “Destroyer Pt. 2” because it was easy enough to follow and interesting enough to keep listening. Sure it was a little repetitive, but it won’t bore you. Though I mentioned some experimental elements on Destroyer, don’t let it scare you away and don’t picture a math rock or progressive sound. I called Septa experimental because of how different each song is and the individual songs themselves. “Destroyer Pt. 2” varies greatly from “Unmaker Omega” and even “Destroyer Pt. 1.” “Unmaker Omega” sounds like an electronic industrial song, but I’m not familiar with those genres so I could be wrong by pinning those two specific genres. “Destroyer Pt. 1” has neat guitar leads, the Brock Lindow­-esque vocals, and fun drums. This song and “Ruins on Ruins on Ruins” are my favorite songs off of Destroyer and represent Septa the best.

One of the more versatile songs here is “Destroyer Pts. 3 & 4.” That song also starts off aggressively then goes into a chill, relaxing song. The first two minutes of the song have cool riffs from the guitar and bass and drum that move you with the song. The transition to the middle section of the song is smooth and you know it’s coming when you hear the last chord ring out without following up to another riff. Bass and soft drumming slowly inch their way into the scene. Charming and dreamy vocals drift in as everything progressively gets louder. “Destroyer Pts. 3 & 4.” is done right.

So what did I like and dislike? I like the strange vocals; they are the show here, not that the instrumentals were bad. I disliked “Destroyer pt. 5” and “Unmaker Omega.” That song just isn’t something I’m into, but if you like the electronic, droning sound of bass and synth then you will like “Unmaker Omega.” I didn’t fancy “Destroyer Pt. 5” because it was too short and had an ending that didn’t really match the rest of the song. It had a good thing going and could have went on for another minute or so.

Aside from personal taste, Destroyer was a decent album. The production was solid, nothing dominated anything, the songs were cohesive, and it has some good moments. It isn’t my favorite album, but don’t let me chase you away from Septa because of a few personal preferences. If you do listen: what do you think of Destroyer? Agree with my review?

Rate: 6.89/10

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