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Fleshgod Apocalypse - Agony

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Release date: 9 August 2011
Style: Symphonic death metal


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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

Francesco Ferrini - piano, orchestration
Cristiano Trionfera - guitars, vocals
Tommaso Riccardi - vocals, guitars
Francesco Paoli - drums, guitars
Paolo Rossi - bass, vocals

Additional musicians:
Veronica Bordacchini - vocals

Additional info
Produced by Fleshgod Apocalypse and Stefano 'Saul' Morabito.

Staff review by
Baz Anderson
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".

published 09.08.2011 | Comments (41)

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

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12.08.2013 - 13:22

Clean vocals are great,but that isn't enough to make this awesome.
30.04.2015 - 16:31
Rating: 8
Stamp Tramp
Super dense, shitty production job, but otherwise quite enjoyable. The symphonic arrangements are really good and despite complaints, I think that the way that they are so chaotically tossed with the other instruments is what makes this group stand out from other symphonic death acts.
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24.05.2015 - 01:21
Rating: 8

Stellar! Brutal, intense, and very head-bang-able. Highly recommended.
11.02.2018 - 14:35
Rating: 10
"The Quaker"
Coming back to this record after a 2 year absence (I still wonder how I could stop listening to it) and with more production/mix oriented mindset I totally get people who bash it based on "lack of melody" or the production.

With proper headphones it's almost as if the guitars lines are a lot more interesting than I could ever hear them as, but often they were either not double-tracked or their volumes were lowered under the symphony and the drums - I guess on purpose, it's a way to keep the listener's focus on what's important with preserving both the differences in instruments and the composition - however, it's a method that didn't quite sit well with a lot of people. The result here is halfway between symphonic metal and death metal. It worked for me and still does though...

One thing for sure, they definitely went for an "in the face" sound and they achieved that.
07.05.2020 - 03:50
Troy Killjoy
I am just realizing now that after all this time, I have never liked any Fleshgod on my spotify account.

Fixing that immediately.
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11.05.2020 - 01:46
The Witchfinder
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Fleshgod Apocalypse is what I wish Septicflesh would be.
03.07.2021 - 11:04
Rating: 9

My introduction to the band, fell in love with The Egoism in particular.
25.11.2021 - 10:25
Rating: 8

Much better than their debut.
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