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Release date: 9 August 2011
Style: Symphonic death metal

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8.4 | 457 votes

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01. Temptation
02. The Hypocrisy
03. The Imposition
04. The Deceit
05. The Violation
06. The Egoism
07. The Betrayal
08. The Forsaking
09. The Oppression
10. Agony
11. Heartwork [Carcass cover] [iTunes bonus]

The best Death Metal album of 2011

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09.08: North America
19.08: Europe

Staff review by
Baz Anderson

Rating:
9.0
Ever wondered what would happen if you crossed the symphonies of Nightwish with a brutal death metal style? Well here's your answer; Fleshgod Apocalypse have gone from being one of the best underground death metal bands to one of the most over the top, symphonic and flamboyant death metal bands there are.

Now under the wing of Nuclear Blast, these Italian connoisseurs of classically influenced death metal have taken their previously crafted brand of brutal death metal and cranked every element up to eleven. Much more symphonic than the band's previous offerings, Agony is a brutal blend of death metal mashed together with the symphonies you would expect to hear from bands like Dimmu Borgir. The band are still technically phenomenal, the drums especially are lightning-fast and precise. The violent death metal outbursts have not been compromised here, but they have been coupled together with vast, bombastic symphonic passages that at times are face-meltingly colourful and exquisite, see "The Betrayal" and "The Violation".

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published 09.08.2011 | Comments (41)

Staff pick by
Troy Gallant

08.08.2011 It's pretty simple: If you like Fleshgod Apocalypse, you'll love Agony. Hop to it, bitches.

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boo-boo - 15.12.2011 at 01:10  
Rating: 4
Written by Troy Killjoy on 15.12.2011 at 01:05

Written by boo-boo on 15.12.2011 at 00:57
I could desagree with ya on this one...septicflesh at least do know, what an orchestra is and can actually INCLUDE it into the music. Unlike these amateurs who simply push the piano notes when they feel bored at times.

The difference being that Septicflesh focus more on being a symphonic metal band than anything else, whereas Fleshgod Apocalypse have maintained their BDM ways while incorporating orchestral elements into their music.


Cannot argue with you on this, but I think that when a band decides to incorporate orchestral sound into their music, they should pay more attention to it. I admit septicflesh have grown "softer" on their last albums, but the symphonic part is almost flawless. Fleshgod apocalypse did not change their style, just added some elements which I did not find interesting or enriching at all.
Troy Killjoy - 15.12.2011 at 01:11  
 
Written by boo-boo on 15.12.2011 at 01:10
Fleshgod apocalypse did not change their style, just added some elements which I did not find interesting or enriching at all.

And I can't argue with that, since it's your opinion.
boo-boo - 15.12.2011 at 01:14  
Rating: 4
Written by Troy Killjoy on 15.12.2011 at 01:11

Written by boo-boo on 15.12.2011 at 01:10
Fleshgod apocalypse did not change their style, just added some elements which I did not find interesting or enriching at all.

And I can't argue with that, since it's your opinion.


Seems legit
3rdWorld - 14.01.2012 at 22:37  
  Ah.. there is a gawd. Or is there just Francesco Paoli and FA.
*!* - 24.02.2012 at 03:05  
Rating: 7 The problem with this one is the mixing imo because the orchestra had taken the role of the lead guitars but its somehow buried under the drums vocals, and the rhythm guitar is also droned so there's nothing really taking the lead. you can hear the symphonic sound but its not "out there" enough to take the lead and you can hear the rhythm guitar but its also droned with no real riffs.
AngelofDeth - 01.03.2012 at 23:52  
Rating: 6
Written by *!* on 24.02.2012 at 03:05

The problem with this one is the mixing imo because the orchestra had taken the role of the lead guitars but its somehow buried under the drums vocals, and the rhythm guitar is also droned so there's nothing really taking the lead. you can hear the symphonic sound but its not "out there" enough to take the lead and you can hear the rhythm guitar but its also droned with no real riffs.

Yea i agree. Its hard to decipher whats really going on in the songs at times, prolly cuz theres too many tracks with differing melodies and like you said the mixing. That is the biggest flaw of this album and what holds it back from being exceptional IMO, though im not a exactly a fan of Brootal DM so maybe this band just isnt for me.
*!* - 02.03.2012 at 02:21  
Rating: 7
Written by AngelofDeth on 01.03.2012 at 23:52

Written by *!* on 24.02.2012 at 03:05

The problem with this one is the mixing imo because the orchestra had taken the role of the lead guitars but its somehow buried under the drums vocals, and the rhythm guitar is also droned so there's nothing really taking the lead. you can hear the symphonic sound but its not "out there" enough to take the lead and you can hear the rhythm guitar but its also droned with no real riffs.

Yea i agree. Its hard to decipher whats really going on in the songs at times, prolly cuz theres too many tracks with differing melodies and like you said the mixing. That is the biggest flaw of this album and what holds it back from being exceptional IMO, though im not a exactly a fan of Brootal DM so maybe this band just isnt for me.

im no expert in brutal DM as well but i think riffs/lead guitars "or in this case symphonies" should take the lead so you could actually hear them and understand whats going on
esw1026 - 03.05.2012 at 00:23  
Rating: 8 I don't understand why some guys don't like this album. I admit that this album is full of likes and dislikes. I'm the one who thinks this album has more progressive harmony between orchestra and death 'Brutality.' The position of clean vox is the main problem on this album, but the possibility to combine the two different musical elements makes me expect their next album. They will be closer to the perfection next album . I bet
Xytraguptor - 07.06.2012 at 01:03  
Rating: 10 Absolute symphonic annihilation.
Sonic MrSumo - 08.06.2012 at 06:55  
Rating: 9 I'm perplexed as to how this album did not make (or has not made) the Top 20 of 2011...it gets better with each listen!
Timmeh - 08.06.2012 at 18:51  
Rating: 9
Written by Sonic MrSumo on 08.06.2012 at 06:55

I'm perplexed as to how this album did not make (or has not made) the Top 20 of 2011...it gets better with each listen!

I think it's just too much to swallow for a lot of people, too complex/too harsh etc. Hence they vote low, thus not reaching top 20.
Mr. Doctor - 08.06.2012 at 20:43  
 
Written by Timmeh on 08.06.2012 at 18:51

Written by Sonic MrSumo on 08.06.2012 at 06:55

I'm perplexed as to how this album did not make (or has not made) the Top 20 of 2011...it gets better with each listen!

I think it's just too much to swallow for a lot of people, too complex/too harsh etc. Hence they vote low, thus not reaching top 20.



Or people simply don't like it. Sometimes the simplest reason is the correct one.
Troy Killjoy - 09.06.2012 at 02:06  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 08.06.2012 at 20:43
Or people simply don't like it.

Normally I'd agree with this, but in this album's case I'd venture so far as to say some Septciflesh fanboys got upset with seeing another symphonic death metal album creeping up on their fave release of the year...
Mr. Doctor - 09.06.2012 at 02:12  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 09.06.2012 at 02:06

Written by Mr. Doctor on 08.06.2012 at 20:43
Or people simply don't like it.

Normally I'd agree with this, but in this album's case I'd venture so far as to say some Septciflesh fanboys got upset with seeing another symphonic death metal album creeping up on their fave release of the year...


Hah, I forgot about that option. Sounds correct.
Sonic MrSumo - 09.06.2012 at 03:05  
Rating: 9 Well, I think the album is a masterpiece, and a near perfect balance of brutal death and well placed orchestral wonderment!
Illog1cal - 15.06.2012 at 15:08  
  The ideas they have are good and you can hear that the orchestra does sometimes compliment the chunky guitar sounds, its clear they want to have a strong symphonic sound. The problem is that it is not executed as well as it should have been.
Deadmeat - 15.06.2012 at 18:00  
Rating: 8 I have the SAME feeling after listening to any song of this album. so, i think that it lacks in variety. i hope the next one will be better cause these guys seem to be really talented...
musicalkaratekid - 13.10.2012 at 18:21  
Rating: 8 This band are really becoming a favourite in my DM band list, they never fail to impress. I don't think they're any good live, but on record they seem to get everything just right, and although there isn't a lot of variety, the atmosphere created by classical influences and brutal sounds are superb. The only thing that annoys me slightly is the harsh vocals, which don't seem to be as consistent as the cleaner ones.
PowerThrash - 28.10.2012 at 03:57  
Rating: 8 Bruti-ful

Stunning Cactus - 07.08.2013 at 01:06  
Rating: 9 Wow. This is like Wintersun if they doubled the speed of their songs. And I actually really like it.
Northern Danger - 12.08.2013 at 13:22  
  Clean vocals are great,but that isn't enough to make this awesome.

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