In the recent past, the symphonic death metal bands Fleshgod Apocalypse and Septicflesh, and some others, have spearheaded the genre by pushing boundaries with their music. They have fused traditional death metal elements like blast beats, fast riffs and growled vocals with classically-inspired orchestral sounds. Such orchestral music, filled with violins, brass sections, choirs and percussion, seems to be the opposite of the fairly-straightforward death metal approach, but these bands, especially Italian symphonic death metal act Fleshgod Apocalypse, have proved that the two can flow seamlessly into each other. Fleshgod Apocalypse is not a newbie to the genre by any stretch of imagination, but according to them, they are still innovating and finding new approaches to writing their albums. Their 2016 album ‘King’, successor to 2013’s stellar album ‘Labyrinth’, is no exception to this. In this album, the band sounds like it has found the perfect balance between the various elements used in their compositions.
Currently touring North America with Carach Angren and Abigail Williams, Metal Wani’s Editor In Chief Owais ‘Vitek’ Nabi and Rishabh Mansur had a chat with Fleshgod Apocalypse frontman and guitarist Tommaso Riccardi. The Interview is divided into 2 parts. In this Part, he discusses new album ‘King‘, fan response, how they combine death metal and classical music seamlessly & whether there are other genres which are so flexible and can be taken to the extreme as Fleshgod Apocalypse does. Tommaso also thrown light on modern day symbols of ‘King’ and lyrical approach.
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In this Part, Tommaso discusses orchestral musical elements, using virtual orchestra and whether band wishes to record with live orchestra in future. Tommaso also talks about challenges they face on stage with live operatic vocals, orchestral sample and complex arrangements. Tommasco throws light on playing in India for the first time and how different was the environment as compared to EU and US. He also discusses upcoming touring plans and much more.
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