Fleshgod Apocalypse
Style: Symphonic Black Metal
Release date: 19 August, 2011
Playing time: 49:45

With Italy you think automatically of power metal, but this is something else indeed. I was blown away by this band after the intro. The brutal black metal in combination with classical arrangements and technical death metal influences can be called rather original. There are some similarities to Dimmu Borgir and Behemoth is a band that has to be mentioned too, but they give it all an original twist.

Musical pieces of Mussorgsky and Stravinsky are used throughout the songs. They are not on top, but are well implemented in the throughout heavy, fast and brutal music and blast beating parts. The growling vocals are varied with high clean opera kind of vocals and that makes a nice contrast. The epic and classical orchestral parts make me think of Epica or Therion, but in the end the music is brutal and overwhelming like a blasting Tornado. Combining all the different elements in well written songs, a good production and nice arrangements makes this release one of the best I listened to lately.

This album will make it onto my end of the year list, no doubt about that!


01. Temptation
02. The Hypocrisy
03. The Imposition
04. The Deceit
05. The Violation
06. The Egoism
07. The Betrayal
08. The Forsaking
09. The Opression
10. Agony

Label: Nuclear Blast
Distribution: Warner Music (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 9 August, 2011
Website: www.myspace.com/fleshgodapocalypse