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FleshGod Apocalypse / Agony

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Agony

Fleshgod Apocalypse was formed during 2007 and recorded their first demo the same year. The demo was re-released the following year on a split CD with fellow Italian bands Septycal Gorge, Modus Delicti, and Onirik. Fleshgod Apocalypse then signed to Neurotic Records. In early 2008 the band toured Europe, supporting bands like Behemoth, Origin, Dying Fetus, Hate Eternal, Suffocation, Napalm Death and many more.

In May 2008, the band recorded its first full-length album, Oracles. In December of that year the band decided to part ways with Neurotic Records and signed with Willowtip Records, who released Oracles in 2009.

Shortly after the release of Oracles in 2009, the band had a lineup change, with a new member, Tommasso Ricardi taking over vocals and rhythm guitar, which were previously handled by Francesco Paoli, as Paoli took over the drums at this time.

In 2010, Fleshgod Apocalypse released a new EP entitled Mafia. It includes four new tracks and a cover of the track “Blinded by Fear” by At the Gates.

Until 2010, current Fleshgod Apocalypse drummer Francesco Paoli was simultaneously in his former band Hour of Penance doing vocals, as well as drumming in Fleshgod Apocalypse. Also in 2010, another new member, Francesco Ferrini, was added to the band to play keyboards. Ferrini had previously played session keyboards on Oracles and Mafia.

In May 2011, the band signed a worldwide deal with German record label Nuclear Blast Records.[1] The band has set the release date for their forthcoming second album, entitled Agony, as August 9, 2011.[2] The iTunes version of Agony also includes a cover of the track Heartwork by Carcass.

Fleshgod Apocalypse is part of the 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour in North America alongside co-headliners Whitechapel and The Black Dahlia Murder. The band is set to go on tour in the US with Polish band Decapitated in late 2011.

The Analysis:

Temptation—-With typical ‘technical’ flair, the band opens this release with a mysterious and dark musical intro that seems to set the tone for the onslaught that will occur over the next nine songs…..the intro…a bit drawn out, is intense and full of build-up none the less……leading into……

The Hypocrisy—-Once the said onslaught occurs, there is no stopping the barrage of sound that comes through your headphones. the drums are as good as anything that Borgir has ever produced! The sound of the band is huge…with my only complaint being the inability of the vocal…but the intent is clear. there are some fantastic clean vocals mixed through the song and a few female or really high male vocals that makes this one of my new very favorite bands….go Italy!!!!

The Imposition—-The musical delivery on this release is so intense and grand…..the high spikes from the keyboards are magnificent!!! The vocal is as dark as it can possibly get and the drums are absolute in layered noise and speed. this is like a walk in mayhem that somehow leaves my eardrums full of blood and a joker like smile on my face…..BRILLIANT!!!!

The Deceit—-Relentless in delivery, the drum assault on this CD never lets up for a single moment….impressivly enough, nor does the underlying melody of the whole damn thing. I really love this…calling it my newest favorite band in this genre at the moment. This has such promise…the overlays on the vocals are incredible…the higher pitched voice makes this record complete. This is practised and delivered with integrity…I am truly in love…again…..

The Violation—-From the onset, this track again has a huge sense of melody despite the chaos that runs underneath the entire damn thing. The vocal enters and you are transported to a cold and desolate place…ummmm…..not Italy!!!! The drums are just incredible and remain the star of the band…with the keys being second in command. this is stellar…the clean vocal gives me a massive erection….placed perfectly in the placement of the song and seemingly higher with the intensity of each song….this is incredible!!!!

The Egoism—-Another of those massive 6+ minute tracks, this is layered in both noise and huge orchestration. The chord changes are so practised, it is almost hard to believe that this band has not been around for 10 years. I wish the vocal was a little less intense, but none the less, the clean vocals save every song from becoming just like everyone else. this is a huge almost operatic piece of music…the drums seem cleaner and clearer and the keys provide a backdrop that set the mood for the entire composition. this is stellar stuff…don’t miss this band if you can help it!

The Betrayal—-Maniacal from the onset, this is layered with huge sounds upon huge sounds! The keyboards are an intricate part of this song and this band…right next to the drums which are almost superhuman. The vocal is again, a bit to deep and barked…almost impossible to understand…but the energy is contagious and will keep me charged for days. This is incredible….when all of the instruments are in synch and playing at once, the band literally produces that ‘wall of sound’ that you hear so much about. the bass guitar is ignored but noticed by me…it would not be the same band without it. I love this shit…..a pure barrage of garbage that sits in my living room with no smell at all……I am in love!!!!

The Forsaking—-Built on riffs from the previous track, it is almost impossible to tell when one song becomes the other…until the break occurs. The vocal that happens at the beginning of the song is much more to my lkiking…..less deep and more menancing…somewhat distorted and delivered in the back of the mix rather than in your forehead. this is a much more technical track…the music is the star of the show and allows the band to really shine…..this is stellar!!!!

The Oppression—-Returning to full on throttle Death, this is a track that i keep playing over and over and over. the energy is incredible…the chord changes happen on the turn of a dime. the drums are pounding my cerebellum like a hammer and the blood courses through my temples at an alarming rate. this is fantastic. The clean vocals ride in the back of the song and takes it from incredible to magnificent. This is just beyond words for me!!!!

Agony—-Ending the release in a ver surprising way, the beginning of this track is stark and almost borders on beautiful…leaving me even more impressed than I was to begin with. the piano that introduces this song is of orchestrated magnificence…they have a hell of a keyboard player with this one…you guys better keep this guy!!! This is just incredible…showing talent, diversity and a bit of indulgence…..but a great cornerpiece to introduce the band with. This is pure magic…….

***** out of 5 [!!!!!]

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The Decemberists / The King Is Dead

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The King Is Dead

The Decemberists are an indie folk rock band from Portland, Oregon, United States, fronted by singer/songwriter Colin Meloy. The other members of the band are Chris Funk (guitar, multi-instrumentalist), Jenny Conlee (hammond organ, accordion, melodica, piano, keyboards, harmonica), Nate Query (bass guitar, string bass), and John Moen (drums, backing vocals, melodica, guitar).

The band’s debut EP, 5 Songs, was self-released in 2001. Their sixth full-length album, The King Is Dead, was released on 14 January 2011, by Capitol Records. It was the band’s third record with the label.

In addition to their lyrics, which often focus on historical incidents and/or folklore, The Decemberists are also well known for their eclectic live shows. Audience participation is often a part of each performance, typically during encores. The band stages whimsical reenactments of sea battles and other centuries-old events, typically of regional interest, or acts out songs with members of the crowd. During their European tour in the winter of 2010, the band performed “The Mariner’s Revenge Song” at the conclusion of each date. The audience was encouraged to scream as if they were being consumed by a whale mentioned in the track’s narrative while the band pretended to die on stage.

The Analysis:

Don’t Carry It All—-If you have followed this band at all, the first thing you notice upon first listen is the remarkable difference between this release and The Crane Wife. The entire release has a remarkable Alt-Country sound that makes my heart warm and puts a smile on my face. The harmonica and the slight drawl on this track makes it damn near perfect…underneath there is an urgency to the music that assures you to whom you are listening to….fantastic!!!

Calamity Song—-Bringing to mind a perfect blend of REM and Springsteen all at the same time, the vocal enters and once again I smile like a fool. This has a nice underlying sadness that never overwhelms…settling lightly on the quick tempo of the drums and the back up bass sounds. The vocal is just fantastic…the two vocals come together to create a virtual landscape of beauty…I really love this CD!!!

Rise To Me—-More Country heavy guitar opens this track and allows a dust to settle on your shoulders. The vocal is high and lonely….removed from the song…as it is pushed to the very front. the two voices again come together to harmonize better than Petty and Nicks and the slide guitar leaves you a bit weepy. Wow…what a difference over the previous release….I really like this new direction!

Rox In The Box—-A bit more bombastic in sound, this track still leans heavily on the Alt-Country sound that has made this release a masterpiece. This is a grand old story song…that is full of fiddle and harmonica and steel guitar…where this inspiration came from is a mystery, but the end result is fantastic. How this will all congeal with the back catalog is another thing…but it should make for a pretty interesting show!!!

January Hymn—-Stark and beautiful from the first few notes, the vocal is very upfront in the mix, while the quiet acoustic guitar never becomes to much more than a whisper. Reminding me of a perfect Paul Simon song, the lyrics are heavy with vivid words that are like a huge beautiful piece of artwork. Perhaps my favorite track on this release…haunting and beautiful!!!

Down By The Water—-Loud drums and a raucous harmonica open this track……the ‘noise’ settles a bit to allow for the joined vocal that again carries a heavy down home appeal. This is fantastic…the only thing missing from this track is that familiar Nashville drawl….this is great!!!

All Arise—-Wow….enter the traditional fiddle and the foot stomping country sound that has made many a band huge!!! This is so different that you can’t help but love this. I admire the willingness of the band to do something so vastly different after the really heavy feel of the last release. This is simply fantastic…a stab in the dark that magically found a bullseye!!!!

June Hymn—-Again, opening with harmonica and a gentle Simon & Garfunkel style folk guitar sound, the song is stark yet amazingly beautiful. When the male and female vocals entwine, the sound that is produced is almost a thing of heaven. This is damn near perfect…another of those songs that for the moment…..I can’t possibly live without.

This Is Why We Fight—-Louder and more raucous than almost anything else on this release, the drums are in the very front of the mix…but magically never overpowers the remarkably clear vocal. This is heavy, lyrical wise, but rather catchy musically. The vocal at times almost makes me think of Placebo!!!! The tone is pretty much perfect….this is classic stuff…a nice throwback to 90’s Alternative with a nod to the new century!

Dear Avery—-Ending the release much as it started, the entire thing has left an exquisite taste in my mouth. This is stark, beautiful and heavy with words that you always wished you could say but were never able to formulate in your own brain. The beauty and the sincerity is everywhere…leavin me with a tear on my cheek…wishing i had this release a long time ago….experession is expression…yours or others!!!!

****3/4 out of 5