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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE - 'King' out 5th February 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records

Formed only in 2007, Fleshgod Apocalypse are at the vanguard of Italy’s extreme metal movement. Inspired by greats Morbid Angel, Deicide, and Cannibal Corpse as well as renowned composers Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig Van Beethoven, Fleshgod Apocalypse have fused disparate genres and crafted a sound that’s powerful, impressive, and unique.

To date, every Fleshgod Apocalypse album is built on the album before it. They’re a synthesis of the music and mentality of what came before. Labyrinth took from and expanded upon 2011’s Agony. The Mafia EP was an extension of debut album, Oracles (2009). 'King' is, therefore, cut from the same cloth as Labyrinth (2013), but in the three years between albums, Fleshgod Apocalypse have matured greatly.

Fleshgod Apocalypse are no strangers to concept albums with acclaimed last album Labyrinth centered on the mythical labyrinth of Knossos. King, however, moves the band forward lyrically. There’s real commentary behind the stories of a collapsing world. “King is about an old world that is slowly coming to an end,” frontman Tommaso Riccardi informs. “The king himself is, in a way, the only positive character of the whole story. He represents justice, integrity, and wisdom that are slowly being corroded by ignorance and mediocrity spreading everywhere. We thought this could be a perfect way to describe our indignation about the unrestrainable downfall of our own society in an era that looks more like the Middle Ages rather than the 21st Century. Obviously, in this story there is a positive message: that the king could be inside every one of us. It’s up to us to recognize the King and find the courage to stand for what we believe in. We should all hail the king we have inside!”

Recorded across two studios—Kick Recording Studios and 16th Cellar Studios—King is easily Fleshgod Apocalypse’s most forceful yet. Pre-production was handled by Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studios, whereas the full production was completed at Kick Recording Studios with Marco Mastrobuono (Hour of Penance). “We are extremely satisfied about the work we did on the album sound, both during the recordings with Marco Mastrobuono at Kick Recording Studio and of course during mixing and mastering with the almighty Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios.”

Fleshgod Apocalypse's masterpiece 'King' is available to download for review in your iPool now. Please do let me know if you would like to interview the band at all.

'King' Track Listing:

1. Marche Royale 2. In Aeternum 3. Healing Through War 4. The Fool 5. Cold As Perfection 6. Mitra 7. Paramour (Die Leidenschaft Bringt Leiden) 8. And The Vulture Beholds 9. Gravity 10. A Million Deaths 11. Syphilis 12. King

Fleshgod Apocalypse tour the UK in March:

March 10th – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms March 11th - Hammerfest March 12th – Leeds, The Key Club March 13th – Glasgow, Audio March 15th – Manchester, Sound Control March 16th – Bristol, Fleece March 17th – London, Underworld

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