Fleshgod Apocalypse – King (2016, Nuclear Blast Records)
The label Nuclear Blast has been one of the most important Metal labels since a its induction in the records world. Their productions are highly professional and sound almost too good for Metal records. In the case of many bands it may have cause to shifts in their music into a more accessible approach and a too perfect sound.
The comparison of Fleshgod Apocalypse and Cradle of Filth is to me very accurate as for the quality of the production, the inclusion of a talented female vocalist and lots of orchestrations. There’s also the comparison with Rhapsody but to me Luca Turilli’s band is not enough brutal and metal when compared with Fleshgod Apocalypse.
The gimmick of the orchestra is appealing at first and gives a sense of grandeur to the Death metal but it also is such a filler into average songs that I think the band is too aware of itself and forgot a bit about metal and gives too much into classical music. Just like the aforementioned Nile, sometimes the Ancient Egypt theme is dragging the band from going to the next level.
In the case of King, it is not that those immensely talented musicians are not showing their skills but it is more that they are missing the mark with the concept. It’s not that the album is not enjoyable, it is a satisfying record but I feel that it is too mainstream in their approach and too marketable as a Death metal band.
Speaking of this album is not complete without the mention of the performance of drummer Francesco Paoli. He is tight, fast, brutal, and definitely amongst the drummer gods of metal. Also a soft spot for guest vocalist Veronica Bordacchini with her soprano voice that like Sarah Jezebel Deva in Midian by Cradle of Filth, she completes the band’s vocal tenure.
Overall, King is an OK album that has its highs and its lows and I am definitely not the target audience. The quality of the album did not helped to turn me into a fan of the band or an enthusiast of their music.