|Review: Fleshgod Apocalypse - Veleno|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2019
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: May 24, 2019
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.63/5 (72.5%) (16 Votes)
Fleshgod Apocalypse is one of multiple bands I've heard of but never got around to checking out, until now. Symphonic death metal is certainly intriguing in itself, the death metal genre being more in-your-face than, say, black metal (which doesn't lack symphonic entries), most of the time.
It sounds as weird musically as just reading the genre's name. Lots of symphonic/orchestration stuff that's all over the place, to the point where I'd say the band is overdoing it a little. Throw in the female vocals, slower passages that remind me more of the likes of Cradle of Filth, and it's sometimes, even often, hard to find the death metal on Veleno. It's certainly an ambitious piece of work and there's no question a lot of work went into it, but it's just too symphonic for its own good. With that said, there's no denying that the album is interesting and even hits the spot on a day where you want something different, but if you're expecting to be blown away by death metal, this is not it. But this got me curious enough to look into their back catalogue.
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