Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Initial Impressions: Fleshgod Apocalypse: Mafia

I am not sure of the connection between the giant octopus of Kraken or whatever on the cover and the title "Mafia". Perhaps it is a metaphor that is just a little over my head, I don't really know. Maybe if I just sat down to think about it a little, I could figure it out.

That is all neither here nor there though. The real reason we are here is to look at this album from a musical standpoint and I really have to say that I am impressed with Fleshgod Apocalypse. This is already the band's fourth release since forming in 2007 and it is clear that the young Italian band has already become a leader in the technical death metal scene.

This is not just some soulless, overly technical wankery though, as is often the criticism of this style. Fleshgod Apocalypse has a lot of depth. Every riff is played with purpose and form coherent musical ideas. The death metal core is brutal and intense, but many other influences are present. There is a violin part, piano, and a clean singer present at various points in the album which breaks up the brutality for a little while.

This is an EP and as such only features five songs, one of which is a cover of At The Gates's "Blinded by Fear". The final track is a classical piano piece that would be at home in any mob movie. So, we really have three tracks here to get a handle on Fleshgod Apocalypse's core sound, but this little peak shows a truly impressive band. I will definitely be looking for more from Fleshgod Apocalypse.


  1. I got this one at the same time I got Ulcerate's Destroyers of All. I was pretty impressed, too. But I have to say, the cephalopod/mafia connection is lost on me as well, or at least isn't as obvious as the connection between a title and art should be. Perhaps it has something to do with the way the mafia spreads its metaphorical tentacles into everything.

  2. I've also been scratching my head about the over art/title. It's cool looking, though, so I guess I can live with it.

  3. Kelly, your interpretation was the only thing I could really figure out. The art is indeed cool.

  4. This is a very good E.P., one of my favorites actually. I've always jokingly said that the connection for the cover art is that FA's drummer has one zillion arms, just like the octopus.