In 2007, Fleshgod Apocalypse from Perugia, Italy took the world by storm. Almost immediately, they were taken on to play lead up to some of the largest death metal bands including Behemoth, Napalm Death, and Suffocation. In this time, they released three full-length albums, an EP, a split album and toured the world becoming a new legend in the death metal scene. In 2016, they are ready to unleash their newest album, “King” upon the masses.
Listening to “King” was my first introduction to Fleshgod Apocalypse and what an album to start with. For those unfamiliar with Fleshgod Apocalypse, their music consists of mixing death metal with very symphonic elements similar in ways to Dimmu Borgir. The members of the band described the album in this manner:
“King should be considered an entire unique opera, even though every single song, with its related character, treats a specific and intense aspect of human condition or behaviour.”
Fleshgod Apocalypse definitely achieved that goal with this album and each song is an epic stand-alone piece of art that flows together and creates a full masterpiece. From the beginning, the album grips you in with the song, “In Aeternum”. The piano and orchestral parts of this album formulate a harmonious element on top of the already intense riffs and vocals. The influences and musical stylings the band pulls into this album displays the sheer talent of this group and provides for a fantastic musical journey. The production on this album is top notch and it is easy to pick out each part to fully enjoy this album. From start to finish, there is never a dull moment as each song provides a unique musical trait while maintaining a heavy and dark atmosphere to the music. The musicality shines through especially in songs like “The Fool” as the orchestra and piano take center stage at the beginning of the song.
One of my favorite moments on this album was listening to “Paramour (Die Leidenschaft Bringt Leiden)”. This song threw out a curve ball to introduce something new and the band produced a traditional operatic piece to give a bit of breathing room in the album. The album closes out on a peaceful and melodic piano sonata titled “King” and allows for a great ending.
From start to finish, this album is a true piece of art and is already on my list of best albums of 2016 thus far. For fans of SepticFlesh, Napalm Death, Behemoth, and other symphonic or black metal bands, this band and album should be on your radar. “King” is available now in stores through Nuclear Blast Records.
Fleshgod Apocalypse will be making a stop on their tour at Brick By Brick in San Diego on February 23rd in support of this album and this will be a show to definitely check out.
Stand Out Tracks: The Fool, Paramour (Die Leidenschaft Bringt Leiden), In Aeternum
To get a taste of this album, check out their video for “Cold As Perfection” below.