With a sound that doesn't so much find the worlds of classical and death metal merging as it does colliding, Italian band Fleshgod Apocalypse are one of those rare bands whose music is actually more brutal and over the top than their name.
Based out of Rome, Italy, the band came together in 2007, making a splash right away with a demo and tours with bands like Napalm Death
and Hate Eternal
. The band eventually brought their technical wizardry to Willowtip Records
who signed them and released their full-length debut, Oracles, in 2009. With a solidified lineup consisting of singer and guitarist Tommado Riccardi, guitarist Cristiano Trionfera, bassist Paolo Rossi
, and drummer Francesco Paoli, the band began to further develop their sound, eventually adding a full-time pianist and string arranger, Francesco Ferrini, to the band in 2010. Their sophomore album, Agony, arrived the following year, bringing the orchestral elements of Fleshgod Apocalypse's sound to the forefront. A third album, Labyrinth, was released in 2013 on Nuclear Blast
. The quintet received universal acclaim in the extreme music press for their now emergent brand of symphonic death metal. After touring Europe and Italy as well as playing major festival dates, they re-enetered the studio in late 2015 and emerged with King, in early 2016. ~ Gregory Heaney, Rovi