Is this the album Fleshgod Apocalypse has spent their career building up to?
Following the mix of death metal and orchestration that previous album King moulded together so brilliantly, this album could easily have seen the band reach a certain level of earned complacency, perhaps forgetting to strive forward on new found legs and continue running so well. The fact that the guitarist and vocalist were punted after such a successful recording may have left some doubting the band could do any better. But it has allowed drummer/vocalist Francesco Paoli to re-take his throne as with great results.
Straight away they are out to prove the doubters wrong, launching straight into the aptly titled ‘Fury’ to continue where the previous album left off, furious death metal blasting running over the top of some wonderfully organic but equally heavy symphonic lead passages that feel as if they’re struggling to keep up the pace.
The band is out to prove those few doubters wrong, and no minute is wasted, a fact pointed out by the first track released, ‘Sugar’, ‘Worship and Forget’ and the more Dimmu than Dimmu ‘Absinthe’ that has every element imaginable, from keyboard driven acrobatics to blast beast mentalism, all held together by the dark undercurrent of musical chaos.
All is not lost for those that found satisfaction with the more mid-paced and far more arranged musical elements of King. Fleshgod Apocalypse continue to push their more traditional musical scoring as well with the use of sporano Veronica Bordacchini adding touches of melodrama throughout the album, particularly used to great effect on ‘The Praying Mantis’ Strategy’ as well as the balladesque ‘The Day We’ll Be Gone’ that sees the music take its foot off the throat, thus allowing the symphonic element to move the music in a completely different way.
This album is the continuation of an already great vision, with the continued use of live orchestra adding an element of bombast that is better heard than described. Even better, the special edition of the album that has the instrumental only versions of the tracks that allows the symphony far more room to breathe.
- Carnivorous Lamb
- The Praying Mantis’ Strategy
- Worship and Forget
- Pissing on the Score
- The Day We’ll Be Gone
- Embrace the Oblivion