Fleshgod Apocalypse
Style: Hyperspeed Death Metal
Release date: 7 February, 2011
Playing time: 23:55

When a band chooses a name as badass as Fleshgod Apocalypse it creates a lot of expectations about its musical output. I am not disappointed!

Fellow reviewers from other sites has labelled the style of Fleshgod as "hyperspeed Death Metal", and I can't come up with a better term myself. This is not only fast, it's mind-numbingly ultra-violent and furious, but structured with military precision. If I were to make a video for the opening track of this EP ("Thru Our Scars") it would consist mainly of those scary recordings from the first Gulf War - you know, those filmed from Lockheeds as the missiles hit home.

Aside from the insane tempo Fleshgod excels in a number of ways. The animalistic growls of Tommaso Riccardi is seconded by bassist Paolo Rossis clean "operatic" vocals in some of the songs. The use of distorted classical strings and eerie samples, as a way of binding the songs together, places Mafia a bit outside the 100% brutal Death Metal of Fleshgod's demos and only full-length, Oracles (2009). These additions to an otherwise single-minded genre are not in any way dominant - one actually hardly notice them - but this release would have been quite something else (and perhaps a little boring) without them.

One strange feature - and perhaps annoying, for some of you diehard Death Metal aficionados - is the title track Mafia, which is a 3 minutes long pure piano piece. It is the last song of five, and in my opinion it fits in with the four manic explosions that comes before it - if only as a way to slowly return to the real world after being solidly ear-raped for 20 minutes.


1. Thru Our Scars (05:30)
2. Abyssal (06:45)
3. Conspiracy of Silence (05:30)
4. Blinded by Fear (At the Gates cover) (03:10)
5. Mafia (03:00)

Label: Hammerheart Records/Willowtip
Reviewed by: Martin Schjonning
Date: 20 January, 2011
Website: www.myspace.com/fleshgodapocalypse