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  • Fleshgod Apocalypse came out of nowhere for me. This Italian band mixes technicality with melody seamlessly. This is nothing like many of their American tech-death counterparts who seem to focus on form over substance (i.e. playing terrible music really, really fast). Nearly every riff is immediately recognizable as music (shocking!), but still extremely technical. For this reason (and the many classical interludes), many people are aptly describing this band as having heavy classical influence. Another thing worthy of note: many of the songs seem to flow right into one another as would a classical symphony if it were comprised of ten movements played by some very angry people. Even in the context of music theory, these songs are closer to a classical style of composition as opposed to the more typical “metal” approach.

    Attempting to list standout tracks is completely futile as nearly every song on this album is extraordinary. Get the album and thank me for recommending it.

    Posted on December 29, 2009