Fleshgod Apocalypse
Agony


4.5
superb

Review

by Subrick USER (36 Reviews)
August 8th, 2011 | 23 replies | 7,407 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Holy shit, that is fast."

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

I think that we can now call "symphonic death metal" a true subgenre. The releases of Septic Flesh's "The Great Mass" and MaYaN's "Quarterpast" were perfect indicators of what was to come. In a year that has been extremely good for extreme metal (new albums by Obscura, Autopsy, Origin, Aurora Borealis, and Deicide), and for heavy metal in general (a new album from Anthrax, the emergence of NWOBHM legends Hell, the reunions of Slipknot, System of a Down, and At the Gates) Fleshgod Apocalypse's new album, Agony, rises above all as being the best album of 2011 thus far.

Agony is 10 tracks of total, unrelenting fury. The five men that comprise this group obviously have more than enough skill with their instruments, as one can tell from every track reaching as high as 300 beats per minute. I'm more than likely sure that the initial reaction one will have upon listening to the first proper track, "The Hypocrisy", will be "Holy ***, that is fast." Then again, they'll probably have that same reaction for every other track on the album. The only track that does not follow the "fast as ***" formula is the closing title track, which is a soft piano piece. Another thing that many will be quick to pick up on while listening is that every track is loaded to the brim with orchestra and symphonic backing. It's as if the band listened to Dimmu Borgir's "Abrahadabra" and decided to go even further orchestra wise than that album did. There is almost not one moment on this album that doesn't contain orchestra.

But what makes an album other than the people in it? If you answered "Drumagog", I pity you. The five members of Fleshgod Apocalypse have crafted this album meticulously and to as fine detail as possible. Special mentions have to be given to bassist/clean vocalist Paolo Rossi and drummer Francesco Paoli. Paolo is one of the best clean singers in extreme metal this side of ICS Vortex. In fact, he's this band's answer to Vortex. Paolo sings in a very high register, his voice is incredibly powerful, and he reminds me of an opera singer. Francesco Paoli has apparently only been playing drums for 2 or 3 years (about the same time as me). I suck compared to Francesco. Mr. Paoli has partaken in one of the best drumming albums since Nick Barker's performance on Purtanical Euphoric Misanthropia. 50 straight minutes of 300 BPM double bass and blast beats. Guitarists Tommaso Riccardi (also vocalist) and Cristiano Trionfera take the standard guitar techniques of death metal (LOTS of tremolo picking on the high strings) and morph them into devices to create a masterpiece with. Riccardi's growls also speak clearly and loudly of his talent as a vocalist; they are more gutteral and powerful than most of the death metal bands going today. Francesco Ferrini handles the orchestra here, along with the rest of the band, and as a whole they create some of the best orchestral backing in a symphonic metal album ever.

Agony is the best album of 2011. Hands down, no contest, back of the line. It had some mighty big accomplishments to go over (the new albums of Obscura, Autopsy, Origin, Aurora Borealis, and Deicide as mentioned earlier), but it prevails as being not just a cut above the rest, but being the entire cow (I'm not entirely sure if anyone else will get that joke, but *** it, it's my review). The spectacular arrangements, the amazingly talented band members, and the simply scintillating orchestral backings prove to make Fleshgod Apocalypse the best, most original, and downright most ass kicking band in extreme metal today.

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Comments:Add a Comment 
AfterTheBreakdown
August 8th 2011



7108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album is really awesome.

HenchmanOfSanta
August 8th 2011



1857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A Slipknot reunion is not a sign of a good year for metal.

ITsHxCTOASTER
August 8th 2011



2488 Comments


I disagree Henchman. And I don't know what to think of this album but I don't think it's worthy of a 4.5. The symphonic stuff is way overplayed in my opinion and too high in the mix. The album is good and all but also nothing really just sticks out to me.

Hawks
August 8th 2011



35562 Comments


I highly doubt all of these high ratings are accurate.

Digging: Sun Worship - Elder Giants

jingledeath
August 8th 2011



7104 Comments


shit album

ITsHxCTOASTER
August 8th 2011



2488 Comments


It's like a 2.5 or a 3, but I haven't listened enough to be okay with rating it just yet

Crowe
August 8th 2011



435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

The spectacular arrangements, the amazingly talented band members, and the simply scintillating orchestral backings prove to make Fleshgod Apocalypse the best, most original, and downright most ass kicking band in extreme metal today.


Hmm, no.

ITsHxCTOASTER
August 8th 2011



2488 Comments


Haha agreed Crowe. I'm listening to this again now and I like this even less than I thought I did. The clean vocals are just grating on my soul, I can't stand them. Also here is the drum sound for the entire run-time of this album. THUMPTHUMPTHUMPTHUMPTHUMPTHUMP

Subrick
August 8th 2011



46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

In terms of the symphonies being too high in the mix, that's how every symphonic metal album is mixed. Most people have varying opinions on it, but I've found that repeated listens make distinguishing the guitars from the orchestra much easier.

lobby
August 8th 2011



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I liked the last one but symphonic death metal sounds as gay as a box of gay hamsters

AfterTheBreakdown
August 8th 2011



7108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This band is awesome live.

lobby
August 9th 2011



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

there are breakdowns??!? :S

Toretto
August 9th 2011



19 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's a good album but somehow the drums started to sound boring after listening to it a few times. I can say the same about the clean vocals. Another thing is the fact that there are some songs that would work without the guitars, as they don't have particularly interesting or inspired riffs. It's a 35 minute album, not 50.

sexpoi
August 9th 2011



599 Comments


i liked their last album but i don't think as much orchestral sounds as this review suggests this album has. i'll give it a try

hatahs
August 9th 2011



139 Comments


Let me just throw down incessant drum blast beats combined with random guitar solos and a vocalist and I'll call it Fleshgod Apocalypse. We'll be the most unoriginal tech death band ever...

ITsHxCTOASTER
August 9th 2011



2488 Comments


This band may be one of the best groups at making technically proficient yet uninteresting death metal

Ticondaroga
August 9th 2011



231 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the violation that is all

lak89
February 15th 2012



183 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is album of 2011 for me.

AfterTheBreakdown
February 15th 2012



7108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

fast as fuck.

FrozenVain
April 29th 2012



2403 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

albums sucks



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