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It occurs to me that I should point out the driving, intense metal is NOT some kind of loose reference in this recording, it's not in the background or a second thought. Neither is the operatic/symphonic/piano elements. As the artists have stated in many an interview, this is a painstakingly assembled recording. The drums -- the drums! they sound like .50 cal machine guns, so intense -- the drums, guitars, bass, all is mixed to perfection. I can't imagine anyone but Cristiano Trionfera on vocals, his guttrals give so much punch and dynamism to this album. I've read a few comments from Internet trolls saying the guitars are mixed too low. Rubbish.
I have to admit that this is the only symphonic death metal band I listen to; I'm generally not a fan of the subgenre, mainly because I find symphonic music challenging to listen to. My taste in metal is pretty straight forward.Read more ›
I started right at the beginning with Fleshgod and the masterful Oracles and worked my way up to the pummeling Agony.
I was eager to hear how the band would evolve on the new album and I'm pleased to write that the intricate guitar work from Oracles has wiggled its way into the orchestral madness.
Every song is a stand out.
Like Agony it takes multiple spins for this one to really sink in.
I'll be honest, I hated Agony the first time I heard it.
Same with Labyrinth...so I kept spinning the stream online the band put up and after about the third listen it really sank in.
I immediately purchased the disc.
Mixing this kind of death metal must be a daunting task but it was pulled off amazingly well.
The release of Labyrinth marks the next milestone in Fleshgod Apocalypse's career. Having been blown away by their previous effort Agony, I was quite surprised to see the group ready to release another monumentous work this summer. Already released in Europe, I happened to get my copy early when Fleshgod Apocalypse came with Wintersun to my local area and I got to see the masters in person. It meant having to miss part of Wintersun's set, but it was worth it to get to meet the band themselves, particularly the pianist Ferrini. Their show was amazing! They had their tuxedos and their guitars were polished wood with f-holes just like violins (nice touch)! I was also surprised to see the female opera singer Veronica who did studio vocal acrobatics for Agony on stage with the band on tour in a black robe and feathered masquerade masks. It all was a rather gothic visual setup, but you would not know it from the violent mosh pit they got out of the crowd!!! Anyways aside from meeting and chatting with the band, I was able to get a copy of Labyrinth they had brought with them from Europe which was very cool! I took it home, crashed out of exhaustion, woke up the next morning and immediately put that disc on my stereo and got ready for the incredible onslaught that was sure to come...Read more ›
I’ve listened to some of Fleshgod’s previous albums, Oracles and Agony. I found much of those albums to be repetitive, but enjoyed much more from the latter. With Labyrinth, the band has a more prominent symphonic sound. The fact that this album is a concept album, based on the labyrinth of Knossos in Greek mythology, adds a great dynamic to the already impressive elements of this album. Who wouldn’t love a guy screaming in your ears about battle axes and Minotaurs? I know I sure would. Metal and symphony is like a fat sack of weed and a bacon donut, you just can’t not enjoy it. By the way, do not, I repeat, do not listen to this album stoned, epileptic seizures may ensue.
This album is incredible, not only because of the symphonic elements, but the musicianship that these guys illustrate is incredible. Don’t believe when others say the symphonic elements overpower the bands contributions, because that’s not true. They mesh nicely, in a very sophisticated fashion. Francesco Paoli’s drumming really stands out on this album for me. There’s more diversity than I witnessed on previous releases and there is no filler on this album.Read more ›
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This is what they should have played during the battle scenes of Lord of the Rings.Published 6 months ago by geometricpatterns6
I've been listening to all kinds of metal for 20 years now and finaly reached a point where I thought nothing could get me excited anymore. I was wrong! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Unusual Suspect
My mom listens to opera... The look on her face when she climbed in my truck was priceless.Published 14 months ago by Martha Sturm
I saw the Labyrinthe tour and it was one of the greatest concerts I've ever seen. Operatic death metal is the best and the baddest.Published 16 months ago by Aaron Smith
Fast and brutal! Amazing drums great mesh of classical and death metal.Published 18 months ago by CJ
Italian technical death metal with symphonic elements. Need I say more?
Check out tracks 3, 5, 6 and 9. You will not be disappointed!