Building upon the promising alt metal sound of previous album full-length The Lover, Septa from Odessa in Ukraine add a more prominent progressive edge to their sound on Sounds Like Murder, developing a sound that seems firmly camped between alternative and progressive metal styles. The heavy, down-tuned, complex riffing and passionate vocals are combined with ambitious songs in length, structure, and time signatures, and inventive guitar playing and exciting drumming. The combination of these elements results in a sound that, whilst comparable to other bands, is most certainly their own, and which offers them a good opportunity to explore musically, resulting in the varied yet consistently excellent Sounds Like Murder.
The songs on the album seem to have something of a 3-phase distribution going on – with the shorter, punchier, more clearly alt metal-based songs that open up the album leading into a middle composed of mid-long songs that are less direct and more sonically sprawling. Some might argue that a bit more mixing up of the different songs might give a slightly more balanced sound to the album – however, I really enjoy the flow and seeming “build-up” feel that the track list delivers. As for the songs themselves, my feelings towards them are similarly split into three camps.
“11th: Omen” — which you remember from the recent Progotronics compilation — a somewhat brooding yet quite restrained opener sets the emotional tone for the album, before the mystic “Following” and explosive “The Seducer” really set the album alight. The quartet really provides some strong momentum to the album with the following “Sky Moves Faster” setting their feet in a more post-rock / grunge territory. The following songs maintain this momentum, keeping your attention “involved” during the listening experience.
Between the slow burning “Supercell” that feels like it’s going to explode any moment with the sheer emotion and passion found throughout, and the truly extraordinary, multi-faceted “When There Is No Time,” a song I can’t find the words to accurately summarise or praise, there is more good material in the closing minutes of Sounds Like Murder.
If you want music that is varied and regularly expansive, yet grounded and avoiding musical excess, and which delivers plenty of passion and emotion without becoming draining, I fully recommend Sounds Like Murder.
The album is available now; order it from Bandcamp. Watch the video for the song “Ropes” below.
1. 11th: Omen
3. The Seducer
4. Sky Moves Faster
5. High Pitch Noise
7. Red Code
9. The Rats in the Walls
10. When There Is No Time
11. Means, Motive, and Opportunity
13. 13th: Aftermath
* Eugene Tymchyk – vocals, electronics, keyboards, glockenspiel
* Alexander Kostuchenko – guitars
* Dima Ulyanov – bass
* Pyotr Bystrov – drums, percussion