Fleshgod Apocalypse Deliver Another Epic
A while back I wrote about Fleshgod Apocalypse‘s impending third album Labyrinth, so we all knew this was coming. I went out last night, and returned to discover that Fleshgod had released the first song from the new album in my absence. Clearly Fleshgod have been spying on me, but I digress.
Over their previous efforts, Fleshgod have carved out their sound and Agony, their 2011 release, was their best yet, so it was clear that they were going to explore this sound further on Labyrinth. After listening to “Elegy” several times I can confirm that if you weren’t a fan of Fleshgod’s new symphonic direction, then Labyrinth won’t be the album for you. However, if like me, you loved their new sound then this album is truly going to be something to behold.
“Elegy” doesn’t waste much time exploding out the gate with an oddly protracted orchestral segment. As Fleshgod have been saying in recent interviews, this is the best sounding record they’ve made yet, and you can certainly immediately notice the expanded depth and breadth of their orchestral instrumentation. Unfortunately, due to the limitations of Youtube, when the trademark insane blast beats of Francesco Paoli burst onto the scene it leaves the mix heaving under the weight. It’s clear that Fleshgod have expanded their horizons, but it’s hard to judge from this upload as to whether their production techniques have evolved along with it.
It wouldn’t be Fleshgod though without the triple vocal attack and they seem to be on fine form here, however bassist Paulo’s vocals are reduced to more than background noise. It’s a strange move, considering that his maniacal high cleans separated them from many other symphonic acts in a similar vein, but then again they were also the sticking point for some more “traditional” listeners. On the final album the clean vocals hopefully likely won’t be as buried in the mix so we’ll just have to wait and see.
All in all, it’s another step forward for the Italian death metal maestros and this could well be their best album yet. Colour us excited. Are you?