News Flash: Fleshgod Apocalypse Debut New Singles, “Sugar” and “Carnivorous Lamb”
I love me some death metal, especially when it’s both symphonic and technical, as with Italian masters Fleshgod Apocalypse. This song is reminiscent of their classic masterpiece of yesteryear, The Violation. The roaring vocals in the intro are especially memorable. The imagery of the music video, similarly, illustrates the dark elegance of this band. These musicians look like the Platonian ideal of a metalhead: Dressed all in black, armored with leather and chains, long hair whipping their muscular arms, as they headbang and manipulate their instruments. They spit black blood and drown in cold water as they perform. So fucking twisted and beautiful.
The guitar leads in the second half of the track are so catchy, reminiscent of melodic metal such as Amon Amarth or Arch Enemy. Even the title of the song, “Sugar,” reminds me of another track by the same name, released by Armenian-American band System Of A Down. Fleshgod Apocalypse evokes so many influences, from classical composers to modern black metal bands. Combined together, these inspirations converge into something greater than the sum of their parts.
The release of “Sugar” was soon followed up with another single, “Carnivorous Lamb.” Again, the music is marked by machine gun drumming, guitar solos drenched in virtuosity, gutteral growls and screamed vocals. Both tracks are from the brand new album Veleno, named after the Italian word for “poison.” This latest addition to their discography was released by Nuclear Blast Records, a prominent label in the metal world.
These two new tracks set a high bar for the rest of the Veleno album. There is much to look forward to, and these specimens are promising.