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[INTERVIEW] Fleshgod Apocalypse

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Want essential metal? Look no further than Fleshgod Apocalypse and their latest album King a balanced work of searing metal riffs and majestic classical elements. Shooting the Italian metal masters to the top of their game, there’s something about the positive reaction that album produced that vocalist and guitarist Tommaso Riccardi can’t quite put his finger on. “I believe that King has a very good balance between the elements and [is] a very varied album, he says. “I can just say we are honoured to be considered “essential”. We simply do our best to deliver good music and I truly believe that doing this is possible only when things come from the heart. And we put all of our heart in what we do!”

Truly a work of art, King is as heavy as it is beautiful. “We actually approached it with the idea of finding the perfect balance between the grandeurs orchestral elements and the aggressive riffing that we always had, combining many things of the past with things that look forward to our future and we feel like we did a good job. Also, I really believe that the work we did together with Jens Bogren and Marco Mastrobuono in terms of recordings and production has been extremely important to give this album a clear sound that could help bringing all these elements to the listener’s ears.”

Such a delicate balance between two drastically opposing genres naturally involves a balance between an album’s concept and a perfecting of the execution, and just like true Italian cuisine, needs to be cooked to perfection. Riccardi says “Like everything in life, the balance between things is the most important aspect. Even when playing live, we give a lot of importance to the execution but we absolutely conceive a live performance as a show. This means that imperfection is not only normal to us but also welcome, because a show must be a show: energy has to cut through, no matter what.”

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