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Fleshgod Apocalypse


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

4.02 | 13 ratings

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4 stars I'm a runner, and this has become my fuel. I've owned this EP for about a month now, and I listen to it fairly frequently while I exercise.

Starting us off with a second of blast-beating followed by a couple seconds of violin, we are immediately set into a technical sounding metal groove. "Thru Our Scars" is a very good metal song, and I usually do not enjoy much metal. The whole song is kind of groovy, and there are semi-operatic vocals as the chorus, as sung by the bassist. Honestly, I'm not detecting much in the vein of prog or extreme technicality in anything over than the drums. And, actually, if it weren't for the pseudo-operatic vocals, I'd say this is just a run-of-the-mill grindcore-influenced death metal song, but it is still enjoyable.

The next song, "Abyssal", is more groovy death metal with impressive drumming, but no enchanting sung vocals. However, this song is a little bit more prog, but only a little bit; it changes up enough to keep itself interesting, and even includes samples from some angry Italian dude. As this song comes to an end, it leads seamlessly into the third track titled "Conspiracy of Silence", which follows by example in its initial groove. Again, very impressive drumming. They say the drummer is on the album cover, but I personally don't believe the accusation. I really enjoy the slower break in the middle of this song, because it gives a chance for the listener to relax a little bit, not to mention that this song marks the return of the semi-operatic vocals. I think this third song is the most technical on this EP, and it is a nice listen.

The fourth song, "Blinded by Fear", is a cover of the same song by a '90s melodic death metal band called At The Gates. There isn't much to say about this, except it's a good cover of a good song by a good band. Anyone who likes Gothenburg-style metal and hasn't checked out At The Gates, I definitely recommend picking up a copy of their album "Slaughter of the Soul", and I'm sure Fleshgod Apocalypse would agree with me, but I digress.

The final song on this album is titled "Mafia" and it is a beautiful piano solo. I love some good classical piano stuff, and this song really is great. This being a very heavy death metal EP, I didn't expect to come across a classical piano piece, let alone one as beautiful and well composed as this one. Ironically, this is probably my favorite song on the EP, and usually acts as my "rest time" music during my running sessions.

Aside from the actual music on this EP, I've seen an interview with the band where they explain the underlying theme of this EP, which is supposed to be the band expressing their hatred for the mafia corrupting the society of Italy. It seems like a good message, and a perfectly good reason to sound so damn angry. As for the music, it's all great if you love metal or are interested in what is going on in the metal scene these days.

colorofmoney91 | 4/5 |


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