Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Initial Impressions: Fleshgod Apocalypse: Agony

I reviewed Fleshgod Apocalypse's most recent EP earlier and highly enjoying what I heard, I was very much anticipating this new album. The Italian band did not let me down.

The opening track is an instrumental that sets the stage for the crashing frenzy of the first proper song. The intro is made up of some impressive orchestral buildup. The orchestral elements then continue throughout the rest of the album. It is a major part of the band's sound, but it is not overdone as Dimmu Borgir has become guilty of. Fleshgod Apocalypse does a fantastic job of making the orchestral sections sound completely natural, as if death metal and symphony orchestras had always worked together. Not many other bands could have pulled this off. In fact, the entire album has the feel of an epic metal orchestra.

The more metallic portion of the band's music is basically progressive death metal. The vocals are delivered in a rough, fairly typical death metal growl. However, there are moments of clean singing which sound an awful lot like ICS Vortex's clean parts in Dimmu Borgir. That was probably the idea and it comes across great here. The clean vocals soar over the utterly bombastic music.

All told, this is a very interesting album. The music is fantastic and everything works well together. Fleshgod Apocalypse are a rising young band and have a very bright future.

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