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There is nothing quite like a new Fleshgod Apocalypse album. The mixture of orchestral beauty and sheer death metal brutality has to be heard to be believed. Their new album, Veleno, is nothing short of something spectacular. With the album itself about to be released to their adoring fans on May 10th HEAVY Mag decided to catch up with Francesco Paoli who has recently stepped out from behind the drums to take over the mantle of frontman to talk all about Veleno and what fans can expect from it.

“Musical wise we wanted to do two things basically,” explains Paoli. “We wanted to do something different to the previous ones. Every time we write, every time we stop and then start writing we want to frame the spirit of the band at that moment. After the line-up change we had in 2017 we wanted to give a better idea on the album sound wise what you can expect from the band live… there is a way much more metal sound I would say. The other thing that we wanted to achieve was a better balance between the orchestral, very epic, the more atmospheric parts and the more straightforward metal stuff that we have always had in there. Basically they were the two things that we wanted to achieve.”

“The writing process was a little different this time because it took way longer,” he goes onto explain. “Usually with the previous albums we were just taking a break from touring and concentrating on all the song-writing in one period of time and we just write all the songs in a row. This time though we used a little bit of a different method, we have been writing and collecting music over a three-year time frame and then only at the end did we pick the best stuff and write songs. We did the whole album out of these ideas. So the album is way more spontaneous, every song captures the spirit of when it was written. It is very, very different and this gives an extra bond to the album because the album is very various, every song is very unique.”

You can listen to our full Fleshgod Apocalypse interview on Spotify.

Veleno is out through Nuclear Blast Records on May 10th.


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