Music: Fleshgod Apocalypse
Bringing the "Classical" in Neo-Classical
Fleshgod Apocalypse are an Italian Death Metal
band formed by Hour Of Penance
frontman Francisco Paoli; they was formed in April 2007 and recorded their first demo, Promo '07, at 16th Cellar Studio with producer Stefano "Saul" Morabito, releasing it shortly after.
In May 2008, the band recorded its first full-length album, Oracles
. In December of that year the band decided to part ways with Neurotic Records and signed with Willowtip Records, who released Oracles in 2009. Shortly after the release of Oracles in 2009, the band had a lineup change, with a new member, Tommaso Riccardi taking over vocals and rhythm guitar, which were previously handled by Francesco Paoli, as Paoli took over the drums at this time.
In 2010, the Mafia
EP was recorded, again at 16th Cellar Studios, and was released via Willowtip Records. It includes four new tracks and a cover of the track "Blinded by Fear" by At the Gates. The band embarked on another European tour shortly after the end of the Mafia recording sessions, supporting Suffocation
. Following this tour was a headlining tour of Russia.
The band released their second album, Agony
, on August 9, 2011 in North America and August 19, 2011 in Europe.Fleshgod Apocalypse took part in the 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour in North America, alongside co-headliners Whitechapel and The Black Dahlia Murder
. The band toured the US with Decapitated
in late 2011. In January 2012, they toured the UK with The Black Dahlia Murder and Skeletonwitch. During March 2012, Fleshgod Apocalypse toured South Africa, supported by local death metal acts.Labyrinth
, their third album, was released in August 2013, during which time they toured with Arsis
. In 2014, they toured internationally with Septicflesh and Insomnium.
- Tommaso Riccardi – lead vocals, guitars (2009–present)
- Cristiano Trionfera – guitars, vocals (2007–present)
- Paolo Rossi – bass guitar, clean vocals (2007–present)
- Francesco Paoli – drums, guitar, vocals (2007–present)
- Francesco Ferrini – piano, string arrangements, orchestral effects (2010–present)
- Oracles (2009)
- Mafia (EP with four new songs and a cover) (2010)
- Agony (2011)
- Labyrinth (2013)
This band contains examples of the following tropes:
- Badass in a Nice Suit: If the above photo isn't an indication...
- Breakup Breakout: They were already starting to gain steam when Paoli was still in Hour of Penance, but it was only after he quit that they really started to hit it big; as of now, they're definitely a much bigger name than the former.
- Brutal Death Metal: But it's toned down with Agony and Labyrinth.
- Concept Album: Labyrinth is one based on the labyrinth of Knossos and the characters related to the associated myth.
- Cover Version: "Blinded by Fear" by At The Gates and "Heartwork" by Carcass.
- Darker and Edgier: To both Melodic Death Metal and Symphonic Metal as a whole.
- Lighter and Softer: To other Italian Death Metal bands. They're still quite hard though. Agony was also this in comparison to the rest of their discography.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Oracles had Paoli on vocals instead of drums, and there was less emphasis on the neo-classical, in addition to an absence of clean vocals.
- To be fair, he was still the vocalist for Hour of Penance at the time.
- Epic Rocking: "Abyssal", "The Egoism", "The Oppression", and "Kingborn" are 6 minutes long; "Under Black Sails" is 7.
- Lead Bassist: Paolo Rossi is a Type B.
- Loudness War: A problem with all their releases, but it really became apparent with Agony and Labyrinth, both of which had incredibly unbalanced productions that pushed the synths and drums way up front while burying the guitars and bass to near-inaudibility and topping it all off with horrendous brickwalling and depressingly frequent clipping.
- Melodic Death Metal: Oracles was always melodic, but it became moreso starting with Agony
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Hard 10 on Oracles and Mafia, Hard 9/Soft 10 on Agony and Labyrinth
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Notice all the sub-genre tags here?
- New Sound Album: Agony had a more symphonic/neo-classical sound than the previous albums, in addition to being far faster and a crazier, yet more melodic sound than the structured, yet heavier Oracles
- Signature Style: Fast-paced music with hard-hitting riffs and lightspeed drumming with the touch of classical elements, along with atmospheric solos and clean vocals that are highly melodic.
- Soprano and Gravel: Riccardi (harsh) and Rossi (clean).
- Special Guest: Veronica "ValchiRea" Bordacchini of In Tenebra does mezzo-soprano vocals on most of Labyrinth, while Mauro Mercurio (who was still in Hour of Penance at that time) did session drums on Oracles.
- Start My Own: Francisco Paoli actually intended for this band to be a side-project, but was forced to leave Hour Of Penance at that time due to time constraints. His departure was accelerated by the Mauro debacle, however.
- Bloodtruth was started as another side project by Paoli and Rossi (among others) in 2009; while they no longer have any direct involvement with that band, they are good friends with Stefano Ciucci (the other founding member) and the rest of the current lineup.
- Symphonic Metal: Possibly the heaviest and darkest band under this genre.
- Technical Death Metal
- Troubled Production: Mafia, kinda, at least in terms of Paoli's experience. He was essentially forced into drumming on the album due to their difficulty with finding a full-time drummer, and he freely admits that the drumming on the album was heavily edited and was recorded in bits and pieces due to his barely being able to play the material. Needless to say, he's not overly proud of his performance on it.
- Uncommon Time: It's classical-influenced music. What did you really expect?
- X Meets Y: Therion meets Hour Of Penance.