FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE “Agony” (2011)
Label: Nuclear Blast
TRACK LIST :
2. The Hypocrisy
3. The Imposition
4. The Deceit
5. The Violation
6. The Egoism
7. The Betrayal
8. The Forsaking
9. The Oppression
Penance (and reconciliation…): FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE
Brutal Death Metal (an another name in this darkest category?… no : Just Fuckin’ Brutal!)… Symphony, electricity in technicolor, black-metal, oppressive but melodic, a reek of success, an half bet for these Italians (from Rome) innovating (incandescents and hellish solos, here’s a real success, crying and romantic piano, clear voice, a first in the genus) and proposing “Agony” of 50 mn 10 (mixed and mastered at the 16th Cellar Studios) …we’re talking here about an original band narrating the condemnation of the human race and its own chaining in its investigation of eternal sense and its absolute inability to sublimate.
The guys with seducing textures (imagine a bodybuilding-mix of Dimmu Borgir and Behemoth, ouch !!), well, it’s a sort of a bit fulsome. And you know why? Too many demonstrations kill the demonstration itself. But it hits very hard, when the intention is laudable and one is dealing with bellicose musicians (Cristiano Triomfera, magnificent) that are expressing their natural misanthropies. Limbonic Art is not far from this music and neither is SepticFlesh …Dvorak, Verdi or Wagner are a little bit further, pushing da Vinci… but incursions of soprano give the most beautiful effect but it’s too rare and it’s drowned in a stultifying “wall Of Sound” -production.
After having killed the summer alongside with Six feet Under and The Black Dalhia Murder on American roads, musical effort tends to prove that they are not rinsed (driving band’s own van on tour can tire even the most brave ones!) and that remains the property of great work in this musical style, to limit the swelling (on the next one, should they invite the Van Canto effort, I wonder….?). Beautiful symphonic voice, eating shards of bottles, solid, technical musicians, we just need only a bit of real darkness, that comes from the deep abyss, and maybe all this “work” was finally too thought, too much thought.
So, what I exactly want? More meat, and less neurons…
After “Mafia” in 2010 (EP) which promised a more progressive attitude than “Oracles” (2009), I could expect the next one to be for ruthless impose an irrevocable sentence, with the work and paths made, however after said this, the future should be bright for this adventurer combo, escaped with ardour of marked metal on so crowded roads.
I guess we’re not so many to amaze the large encouragements of this review towards FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, with one and only purpose: deny with maestria my harsh words. In this case, my mood can be awarded, you see, the rest is a fuckin’ good metal !
Lord, More flesh, Damn it !! (and see you next year…!)
Reviewed by MEL DELACROIX
-Paolo Rossi (chant+basse)
-Cristiano Trionfera (guitare+chant)
-Tommaso Riccardi (chant+guitare)
-Francesco Ferrini (piano)
-Francesco Paoli (batterie)