You might not be familiar with the name September Code, but the Greek band have actually just released album number three of their richly textured prog, and they’re an intriguing prospect.
It’s difficult to condense the band’s sound into a concise description. Their music flits from heavy to melodic in an instant, adding in a mishmash of musical styles including keyboard-led theatrics, acoustic widdles, headbang-worthy riffs and technical guitar licks. The vocals are also wildly varied; new-ish frontman Dim Koskinas joined the band in 2009, and has an especially theatrical and almost operatic voice. He often sounds like he’s fronting a musical rather than a band, going from soft melodic whispers to gruff grunts intermittently – it certainly adds an air of drama to the already atmospheric music.
Though they have a penchant for experimentation, September Code also display a knack for songwriting; some of the songs’ earworm choruses could be radio-friendly in their catchiness. But at 12 songs, and with September Code’s tendency to throw in everything but the kitchen sink sound-wise, the album drags on just that bit too much.