Septa – Destroyer

The Lover and now the Destroyer

Septa - Destroyer - cover

Some bands can create a pull that lasts beyond the music. It’s not every day that a group can turn on itself and make an album that completely leaves the listener questioning what style of music they play. If you’re at all wondering just what I’m on about, take Ukraine based Septa for what they do, not just what they sound like.

Sure, I’m being vague, but without a short amount of back history (and explanation) you could hardly see how this rather unknown act can make such an impression. A couple years back, this underground ‘post’ metal/rock act launched a sonic assault in the form of ‘The Lover’, take what you will from this semi-fruity album title as 2014’s ‘Destroyer’ sees the band complete a circle of sorts. Light and dark, Yin and Yang, the ‘Destroyer/The Lover’ chapters work together while being completely separate entity. For those looking for a simple continuation of the band’s past work, take heed. This is not a post rock romance, rather it’s an aggressively soaking of the band’s influences, drawing on stylistic influences such as Botch, Converge,  and The Dillinger Escape Plan while incorporating the group’s own individual flair. I know, it’s fun to name drop, but it’s even more exciting when you can hear every little bit of each influential act.

Even since reviewing the band’s debut piece, and being contacted to tackle ‘Destroyer’ by the band (how great is that?). It goes to show that my high expectations were not only shattered, but blown apart by the force of the five part title tracks and the sheer musical ingenuity, almost twenty-six minutes in length. For some it will be hard to understand the sheer complexity of the group’s change in soundscapes, but for those who use ‘Destroyer’ as an entry point into this Ukrainian act, the result will be more rewarding than what you’re willing to admit. Don’t dismiss this as a simple copy-cat act, the band’s prior work is a sure fire way to dismiss those who can’t see the big picture. “Ruins on Ruins on Ruins” is a dynamic affair worthy of special analysis. Justifiably, it sounds… every day, but take a deeper look; the stylistic changes found on this one track alone show Septa for who they are; strong, individualistic and willing to push against the envelope to ensure that their very essence is strongest in their own music.

Although the title tracks echo particular parts of the rest of the album, it’s not a bad way at all to tie all the loose ends together in order to create an album that transcends the norm of what genres are portrayed, twisted and shaped in usual Septa style. It’s a shame the album sits in a quick twenty-six minute bash and dash, I do prefer longer albums (maybe there will be a funeral doom album on the horizon?). Thankfully, there’s nothing over-wrought, tiring or overwhelming for the listener to get into. There’s hooks, beats, gazing math and even some Tool-esque passages. It’s not your everyday listen. Don’t take a glance and dismiss this as yet another wanna-be post metal/chaotic/hardcore/math “derp” band. Take a deeper look and fall in love with a band that knows a whole lot more than what they’re showing.

  • 1Destroyer, Pt. 1 3:42

  • 2Ruins on Ruins on Ruins 3:10

  • 3Destroyer, Pt. 2 4:28

  • 4I, Havoc 2:54

  • 5Destroyer, Pts. 3 & 4 6:06

  • 6Unmaker Omega 3:30

  • 7Destroyer, Pt. 5 1:54

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