SepticFlesh Don’t Do Midi Orchestras

You know how the scene is. I cover a lot of digital music. Pro Tools. Beat Detective quantization. Pitch Correction. A billion punches and overdubs. Typewriter drums. I was reflecting on this yesterday when I sicked the jets and sharks of the troll community against each other to the soundtrack of Rings of Saturn.


And it’s fine. Metal got its name for a reason. It’s often not the most organic style of music, although I personally love when it is. So I’m always delighted to see a room full of musicians playing together, recording into a bunch of shared room mics, for a metal record.

If you haven’t heard yet, SepticFlesh have a new album in the works, and its called Titan. No, they’re not tracking live (as far as I know). And odds are that there’ll be some digital processing and kick triggers and all that, judging by the sound of their last album. It is still a metal record. But the orchestral: it’s the real deal. The band just posted this in-studio footage of the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra laying down the barbeque sauce that slathers the meat and potatoes of their metal.

Should I have gone with a Greek food analogy? It’s the feta that fills the grape leaves of their… fuck it. Watch the video.

There’ll be more in-studio footage forthcoming, so follow SepticFlesh or the Prosthetic Records YouTube channel for more.


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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.

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