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WSOU Picks of the Week: Septicflesh, Exit Eden, August Burns Red

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Seton Hall University’s WSOU radio is the only all-metal, all-the-time station currently broadcasting in the US, and as been a force in metal for DECADES. It’s also streamable online from anywhere in the world! Each week, the staff of WSOU shares their picks for the heaviest of the heavy, as well as the station’s charts for that week, right here on MetalSucks. Enjoy:

Septicflesh – “Enemy Of Truth” (Garren L.)

Septicflesh continue to amaze with their new track off Codex Omega, “Enemy of Truth.” What really stands out is the almost seamless, but restrained, inclusion of orchestral elements, not that it should come as a surprise for those who are familiar with Septicflesh. While “Dante’s Inferno” was a dark and grotesque journey into the underworld of the horrors that Dante Alighieri wrote about, the “Enemy of Truth” seems a bit more restrained in its use of orchestral elements. Theme wise, “Enemy of Truth’ is a reflection of a problem that plagues humanity and the music perfectly encapsulates the anger and frustration humankind encounters to find truth in a sea of voices that speak falsehoods and half-truths. From what I’ve heard so far of Codex Omega, Septicflesh are crafting a masterpiece.

Exit Eden – “Skyfall” (Dylan G.)

Nothing says heavy metal like an Adele cover. I get it, Exit Eden’s metal versions of Rihanna and Katy Perry hits can come off as the blasphemous to metal purists. I’m currently keeping a scorecard for positive and negative phone calls from listeners after we play this song, and right now the positive calls outnumber negative, which is really surprising if you compare it to the Facebook comments. It’s important to realize that heavy music has a pretty wide spectrum and what many refer to as “The Heavy Metal Spice Girls” falls within that spectrum. What doesn’t fall on the spectrum is whatever In Flames are putting out now, and that’s the real crime against metal to protest about.

August Burns Red – “Invisible Enemy”

I’m not quite sure where I just spent the last four minutes and 37 seconds. If I had to guess, I’d say I was beamed up and taken to outer space, because that is exactly where “Invisible Enemy” comes from. Jake Luhrs’ ear-piercing vocals underscored by extraterrestrial guitar, maybe four different kinds of blast beats, and at least six other musical layers allow this piece to hammer on. By the time the bridge hits, the composition of sound-origami settles down and is almost harmonious, which gives you just enough time to collect yourself, realize where you are, and then be immediately thrown back into chaos. Through the highly-demonstrated creativity and thick energy, I promise that this is one song that will keep you titillated.

WSOU Radio Charts, August 7, 2017

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