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Fleshgod Apocalypse


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

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4 stars "Labyrinth" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Italian death metal act Fleshgod Apocalypse. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in August 2013.

Stylistically the bandīs music might be rooted in brutal technical death metal, but they incorporate symphonic orchestral arrangements to their material and also male clean vocals and female operatic singing in addition to the growling vocals. The latter is the dominant vocal style on the album. The playing is on a very high technical level and especially drummer Francesco Paoli should be mentioned for his incredibly fast and adventurous playing. There is a neo-classical edge to some sections, but Iīd call this symphonic before Iīd call it neo-classical tinged.

The album feautures a professional and powerful sound production, which successfully combines the brutal technical death metal foundation of the music with the classical symphonic orchestration. Itīs not necessarily an easy task producing music as layered as this is without losing a couple of details in the sometimes chaotic soundscape.

Upon conclusion "Labyrinth" is a high quality release by Fleshgod Apocalypse and yet another example of why they are often refered to as one of the leading symphonic death metal acts on the scene. Be prepared to be met with a non-stop wall of sound, very well played technical parts and a brutality level thatīs pretty high on the scale. There are plenty of melodic moments on the album to compliment the more raw parts of the music though, so "Labyrinth" may speak to quite a few extreme metal listeners. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

UMUR | 4/5 |


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