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Fleshgod Apocalypse – King

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , on 5th February 2016 by Pieni

Fleshgod Apocalypse
“King”
Symphonic/technical death metal
Released: 5th February 2016
Via Nuclear Blast

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The more I listen to Fleshgod Apocalypse, the more I realize that those who say that mixing classical music with death metal is a bad idea, they’re just speaking based on their personal musical taste; in truth, whether you like the outcome or not, such mix is brilliant. The splendor of the former contrasting with the brutality of the latter, but the intensity and overwork that both share? What’s there not to love?

Now that we’re clear on where I stand regarding the genre, it really comes as no surprise how high I’ll praise this “King”. Fleshgod Apocalypse just nailed every aspect of the so-called symphonic/technical death metal. In case you missed the promotional single “The Fool”, go and listen to how those medieval piano keys interweave so fittingly with the shredding rhythm of the rest of the instruments. And then check out the sinister tone of “Cold As Perfection” and “Gravity”. And also the epic symphony of “And The Vulture Beholds” or “A Million Deaths”. Sure, we could live without the operatic “Paramour (Die Leidenshaft Bringt Leiden)”, where Veronica Bordacchini takes the lead, and the instrumental title-track. But both add an exotic touch to the whole package. Saying “King” is Fleshgod Apocalypse’s best album might be debatable, so I’ll settle with “the most consistent”.

5/5

Renata “Pieni” Lino

The Antiquity – A Colossal Infliction Of Hate [EP]

Posted in 'Core, CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , on 6th June 2014 by Pieni

The Antiquity
“A Colossal Infliction Of Hate” (reissue) [EP]
Technical deathcore
Self-release date: 6th June 2014

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I’m always a bit skeptical when I read the word “technical” – not because I doubt its accuracy but because I doubt my appreciation for it, as this kind of guys tend to throw their skills all over the place. Not these five youngsters from Scarborough, though. The Antiquity know how to excel without overwhelming you.

It kicks off with the title-track “A Colossal Infliction Of Hate”, in an old school slower-tempo, almost doom death track. Then “Quarantine” gets faster and comes forward justifying the “technical” term in their genre description, with its exquisite riff patterns. There’s a reason for “BLAST” to be spelled in capital letters in “BLASTthehorse”, as this short track is of a much sheerer violence. Enhancing their more ‘core side, “Tales Of Anguish” (my favorite) comes next. And finally “Path Of The Ascetic” gathers a bit of all of the above, entwined with some thrash metal licks.

Originally released last summer, “A Colossal Infliction Of Hate” is now being re-issued with the new singer Luther Williams and an improved production. Because the EP is just that good and it surely deserves a revamped second round.

4,5 / 5

Renata “Pieni” Lino