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Fleshgod Apocalypse – Labyrinth

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , on 5th October 2013 by Contra Mundi

Fleshgod Apocalypse
Labyrinth
Released 16th August 2013
Symphonic Death Metal
Release via Nuclear Blast

Labyrinth is an album of epic proportions that seems out of place in everyday life. It belongs to a more grandiose era that would suit its enormous and complicated depictions of the ancient Greek mythology, but I am grateful that it exists to prove that this brand of death metal mixed with classical elements that they have executed so beautifully does not have to be filled with cliché. It can be a weapon in its own right, and when used correctly and in keeping with the rest of the music, classical embellishments can add great depth and contrast to a musical genre that was all too quickly growing stale.

The first track Kingborn serves to set the scene of Theseus’s descent into the labyrinth. Away from the sea, chirping insects and sunlight, he descends into the bowels of the earth where the thundering riffs and astonishing blast beats knock the breath out of you. Complete with a choir and a flurry of keyboard parts, the musical image is unleashed and you are transported into the myth and all of its mysteries. As an album opener, it is a very strong showcase of the band’s collective and individual talents but you also get the impression that they have found their feet and now have the confidence to do as they please. The problem with mixing elements of musical genres is that it always attracts comparisons to other bands that got there first, but Fleshgod Apocalypse have carved a niche for themselves. The classical elements are not there to disguise something that may be lacking in the band’s sound or ability, as they are a foreboding musical force on their own, so they extend the reach of the death metal beyond what is expected of it and aid in the storytelling of what is one of the most widely known myths in world history.

Minotaur (The Wrath of Poseidon) starts with a piano solo, accompanied later by a chanting choir. Then comes the eternally impressive death metal. The drumming especially is of an extremely high standard. Vocals are now added into the mix and blend seamlessly with the chugging guitar riffs and chanting of the choir to create a musical cacophony that attacks you on all levels.

Elegy again incorporates more classical elements, this time with the guitars and bass imitating the actions of violins; paving the way again for the choir to burst forth. Death metal elements are more obvious this time around complete again with blast beats, rasped vocals and technical breakdowns with the choir labouring away in the background, adding a sinister edge to the music as the song progresses to its climax and leads into Towards The Sun. The choir carry it through and trumpets and blast beats maintain the sordid and claustrophobic atmosphere the album is developing. Guitar solos add another stunning depth, complete with some female operatic vocals that sing out over the dark song scape beneath them.

The real surprise however from this album aside from its sheer scale and audacity is the use of not one, but two solely classical instrument tracks. Prologue and Labyrinth; the former a classical guitar duet and the latter a piano solo are a startling contrast, but in some ways a welcome reprieve. Prologue explodes into Epilogue and the change makes you jump as it is a death metal stampede with female operatic vocals flowing out over the top. The instrumental tracks add something different to the formula of the album, as otherwise Labyrinth as impressive as it is, would become its own worst enemy for using the same aspects of its formula over and over again in very similar ways.

Ultimately the album is something of a soundscape that flows seamlessly. You would be forgiven for thinking it was just one illustrious track that tells an epic legend in a fashion that it deserves; that is as relentlessly and innovatively as possible. The best way to appreciate this album is to look at it not as a sum of its separate parts, but as a whole piece of art that incorporates contrasting music styles in order to do justice to a famous legend.

Due to their recent UK tour being cancelled, we will have to wait a little longer to see this epic performance played out upon the stage and I will be curious to see how they recreate some of the more technical classical elements live, but nevertheless, I’m sure it will be something to behold.

4/5

Alex Cook

Fleshgod Apocalypse online:

http://facebook.com/fleshgodapocalypse

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Fleshgod Apocalypse post lyric video for Minotaur

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 2nd August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Italian symphonic death metal overlords Fleshgod Apocalypse has recently posted the lyric video for Minotaur (The Wrath of Poseidon), which is taken from their upcoming album Labyrinth. The video can be viewed below.

The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studios in Italy’s capital city Rome. Labyrinth portrays the band’s uniquely terrifying sound, making it what the band believe to be their masterpiece. Colin Marks (Kataklysm, Origin) created the spectacular artwork for the album as well as several piece for one massive and epic inlay. Labyrinth will be released 19th August via Nuclear Blast.

Commenting on the album, vocalist and guitarist Tommaso Riccardi said:

The concept of this album is based on the myth of the Labyrinth of Knossos and every character related to it. We focused on the philological aspect in order to represent all the elements of the classic world and, through a manic and meticulous research, we managed to create a  metaphor with our times, as the maze can be associated with the endless search for what we really are. We’re sure you will be stunned by this as much as we are.

Labyrinth track list:

1 KINGBORN
2 MINOTAUR (THE WRATH OF POSEIDON)
3 ELEGY
4 TOWARDS THE SUN
5 WARPLEDGE
6 PATHFINDER
7 THE FALL OF ASTERION
8 PROLOGUE
9 EPILOGUE
10 UNDER BLACK SAILS
11 LABYRINTH

Fleshgod Apocalypse will also be embarking on a UK tour in October.

Fleshgod Apocalypse online:

http://www.fleshgodapocalypse.com/
http://www.facebook.com/fleshgodapocalypse

Fleshgod Apocalypse stream new song, Elegy, from upcoming album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 10th July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Italy’s Symphonic Death Metal horde, Fleshgod Apocalypse, have made the brand new track Elegy available for streaming and can be listened to below. The song comes from their upcoming new epic album, Labyrinth. The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studio and hones in on the band’s unique traits, giving fans everything they could hope for and more. Colin Marks (Origin, Kataklysm) also created the cover artwork, as well as several pieces of art for a massive inlay. Labyrinth will be released on 19th August via Nuclear Blast. Vocalist and guitarist Tommaso Riccardi commented:

The concept of this album is based on the myth of the Labyrinth of Knossos and every character related to it. We focused on the philological aspect in order to represent all the elements of the classic world and, through a manic and meticulous research, we managed to create a  metaphor with our times, as the maze can be associated with the endless search for what we really are. We’re sure you will be stunned by this as much as we are.

Labyrinth track list:
1 KINGBORN
2 MINOTAUR (THE WRATH OF POSEIDON)
3 ELEGY
4 TOWARDS THE SUN
5 WARPLEDGE
6 PATHFINDER
7 THE FALL OF ASTERION
8 PROLOGUE
9 EPILOGUE
10 UNDER BLACK SAILS
11 LABYRINTH

Fleshgod Apocalypse online:

http://fleshgodapocalypse.com
http://facebook.com/fleshgodapocalypseofficial
http://nuclearblast.de/.fleshgodapocalypse

 

Fleshgod Apocalypse set to return in August with new album plus UK tour dates announced

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 22nd June 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Italian Symphonic Death Metal horde, Fleshgod Apocalypse, are set to return in August with their new epic masterpiece entitled Labyrinth. The new album hones in on the band’s unique traits giving fans everything they could hope for and more. Labyrinth will be released August 19th, 2013 in the UK via Nuclear Blast. Drummer Francesco Paoli commented:

Labyrinth is going to be THE album for Fleshgod Apocalypse. It’s the perfect combination of all our strong points with the best production we’ve ever had.  It’s definitely the most Fleshgod thing we’ve ever thought with the most Fleshgod riffs, lyrics, melodies, drumparts, solos, etc… We went deep inside the core of this music, we broke it, and we finally unleashed these eleven songs. I want to be honest, it needed so much work and time to come up with this but now I’m like: “Okay, next time will be tough to reach this point!”. Honesty and quality pay, always, and all of you guys supporting the band DESERVE THE BEST.

You might think that I’m overrating it just because it’s our “child” but, trust me, this album is fuckin’ dangerous.

Just take your time, listen to it and get lost into the Labyrinth.

Tommaso Riccardi (vocals, rhythm guitar) also added:

The concept of this album is based on the myth of the Labyrinth of Knossos and every character related to it. We focused on the philological aspect in order to represent all the elements of the classic world and, through a manic and meticolous research, we managed to create a  metaphor with our times, as the maze can be associated with the endless search for what we really are. We’re sure you will be stunned by this as much as we are.

Labyrinth’s tracklist is as follows:

1 KINGBORN
2 MINOTAUR (THE WRATH OF POSEIDON)
3 ELEGY
4 TOWARDS THE SUN
5 WARPLEDGE
6 PATHFINDER
7 THE FALL OF ASTERION
8 PROLOGUE
9 EPILOGUE
10 UNDER BLACK SAILS
11 LABYRINTH

Along with this, the band have also just announced a full UK Tour in October this year!
THE LORDS OF EXTREMITY TOUR
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Anaal Nathrakh
Bound by Exile
Scordatura

October 5th, Bristol Exchange
http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/eventdetails.aspx?e=3068
October 6th, Birmingham Roadhouse
http://www.seetickets.com/Event/THE-ROADHOUSE-BIRMINGHAM/The-Roadhouse/721358
October 7th, Liverpool Central Dome
https://www.facebook.com/DeathWaveEntertainment/app_211526985586920
October 9th, Glasgow Ivory Blacks
http://www.seetickets.com/Event/FLESHGOD-APOCALYPSE/Ivory-Blacks/721353 http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/69897 + http://t-s.co/flesh 
October 10th, Wakefield Snooty Fox
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/229073
October 12th, Huddersfield Parish
http://www.etickets.to/buy/?e=10469

Fleshgod Apocalypse online:

https://www.facebook.com/fleshgodapocalypse?fref=ts