Fleshgod Apocalypse
Oracles


4.0
excellent

Review

by Are You A Wizard? USER (19 Reviews)
May 7th, 2009 | 240 replies | 26,259 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Oracles" is a promising debut and solid first attempt by Fleshgod Apocalypse at combining technical death with traditional classical aspects.

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

With technical death metal recently becoming the genre du jour, over saturation of the genre with mediocre bands is rapidly occurring. However there are still some bands who are trying to bring new aspects to the genre and keep it interesting.

With their debut album Oracles, Italians Fleshgod Apocalypse present a combination of technical death metal interspersed with classical influences. These usually take the form of orchestral/piano passages at the start and end of the songs. Two examples of this are in “As Tyrants Fall” and “Embodied Deception”. The latter features a rapid piano run which is abruptly interrupted by the guitar intro riff. Wheras the former features a orchestral passage akin to something heard in “Swan Lake”. There are a number of other similar parts in other tracks which follow the same style, but most notable of all is the album’s title track, which is a two and a half minute piano piece which closes the album. The track highlights exactly what the band are trying to achieve. Personally, I think these elements are well used and help to add some diversity to the album and serve as a mood setter for the track, or to capture the mood at the end of the track. However some may feel that they are forced and just tacked on to provide something new.

The rest of the band’s sound revolves around the standard technical death metal riffs comprised of tremolo picking, stuttered staccato riffs, sweeps and harmonized lead parts. These are all performed solidly by both guitarists (one of whom also recorded the drums) and the tracks are written in a way that makes them catchy and memorable. There is enough variety in the riffs and leads to keep listeners interested and to prevent the songs from becoming indistinguishable from each other, it's clear that the band intend the guitars to be the focal point of the majority of the tracks.

The guitars are backed by a solid rhythm section of the usual death metal drumming of rapid fire double bass and blast beats. These are solid and provide a good foundation for the guitars to work over. However the bass is buried in the mix and is rarely heard apart from a few choice moments (Mid section of "Retrieveing My Carcass"). Despite this, the album still sounds great but may dissuade fans of technical death bass.

FA’s vocals, which are handled by guitarist Cristiano and bassist Paolo, sound similar to Necrophagist, Arghoslent and numerous other death metal bands, with the vocals being performed in one low register growl. This fits FA’s musical style and lyrical themes, which revolve around the standard morbid death metal themes and definitely serve as another instrument, mainly letting the guitars take centre stage. There is definitely nothing new brought to the table with the vocals and whilst some variation in future releases may benefit the band, the current style works well on this album.

Overall Fleshgod Apocalypse have produced a solid debut with Oracles. The album proves that the fusion of tech death and classical pieces can work well, and that technical death can still produce decent bands. The definite highlights of the album are the guitar work and the classical sections, however I would like to see the band experiment more with fusing the two styles and possibly with adding some vocal variation.

Oracles is a solid debut and building point for the Fleshgod Apocalypse. The album will please most tech death and standard death fans. With enough variety to keep them interested for the full 40 minutes, as well as containing enough nuances and memorable parts to warrant decent replay value.

Recommended Tracks:
-As Tyrants Fall
-Embodied Deception
-Oracles
-Retrieving My Carcass
-In Honour of Reason



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jingledeath
May 7th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great fucking review and great fucking album you naughty scumbag you

Phantom
May 7th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Were you going to review this? Whoops :/

Probably not the review this album deserves, but I wanted to get back into writing, will probably add/edit it tomorrow.

jingledeath
May 7th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well i wanted to but my review would've come out in december so it doesn't matter

Phantom
May 7th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well I think I found the band through your recs, so you get props for turning me onto them.

jingledeath
May 7th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool beans =)

Anthracks
May 7th 2009



3669 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

cool, finally a review for this. in honour of reason, embodied deception, retrieving my carcass and oracles are my standouts.

Phantom
May 7th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's pretty much 3/4 of my rec tracks.

jrowa001
May 7th 2009



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album is immense. not sure if its a 4 yet, but it could be

Wizard
May 7th 2009



19210 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Really good review dude. Album sounds really zzzzzzzzzz. I will a few songs a shot.This Message Edited On 05.07.09

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

Phantom
May 7th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thaks Wiz.

I'm not sure how into tech death you are, so you might well find this zzz as you said, but give my rec'd tracks a try anyways. Then you can at least say you gave them a try, haha.


This Message Edited On 05.07.09

Wizard
May 7th 2009



19210 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Myspace it is, I don't download hahaha. I like some tech metal but it's mostly the same scales/ blast beats/ vocals throughout the entire genre. Plus, I'm tired of hearing kids preach about Spawn of Possession HAHAHAHA.

Phantom
May 7th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm definitely not preaching about anything, I just think this is solid and worth a few listens, but if people don't like it then that's cool too.


And honestly, I'd rather be in your position with people preaching about SOP rather than a slew of deathcore bands...


This Message Edited On 05.07.09

ThyCrossAwaits
May 7th 2009



3043 Comments


this reminds of The Faceless meets Bloodbath

lobby
May 8th 2009



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the summary does not make sense

A7XEric
May 8th 2009



305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I actually planned on reviewing this a while ago, but I got too lazy. lol

Good review though. I just have one major complaint with this album. Both the classical sections and death metal sections are good, but rarely, if ever, are both parts of their sound conjoined. You'll have a death metal section, or a classical section, never a part where both aspects are mixed though. Good debut, they just have to flesh out their sound a bit more.

Phantom
May 8th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can see what you mean and I did address it in the review, I agree about them improving on intergrating the two aspects on their next release.

SKUDstorm
May 8th 2009



136 Comments


With their debut album Oracles, Italians Godflesh Apocalypse

Im guessing that's supposed to be Fleshgod Apocalypse lol.
Great review. Haven't listened to a lot of tech death lately, but I'll look into this.

Phantom
May 8th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haa, whoops! Nice spot. Thanks

poweroftheweez
May 8th 2009



1290 Comments


Great review phantom. I'll probably get to checking this out later today.

Phantom
May 8th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man, definitely give a few tracks a try. The ones on their myspace are good.



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