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Album · 2009


1. In Honour of Reason (4:27)
2. Post-Enlightenment Executor (2:55)
3. As Tyrants Fall (4:00)
4. Sophistic Demise (3:14)
5. Requiem in Si Minore (5:05)
6. At the Guillotine (3:02)
7. Embodied Deception (3:20)
8. Infection of the White Throne (4:30)
9. Retrieving My Carcass (4:09)
10. Oracles (2:58)

Total Time: 37:40


- Francesco Paoli / Vocals (lead), Guitars
- Cristiano Trionfera / Guitars
- Paolo Rossi / Bass, Vocals (clean)

- Francesco Ferrini / iano, Orchestrations, Songwriting (track 10)
- Mauro Mercurio / Drums
- Ghita Casadei / Vocals (track 1)

About this release

Full-length, Willowtip Records, March 30th, 2009

Cover artwork by Marco Hasmann.
Recorded in May 2008 at 16th Cellar Studio.

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Classical music and brutal death metal may sound as appealing as pickles and ice cream (unless you’re pregnant) but once upon a time in a galaxy not far away, well THIS one, the same was true of chocolate and peanut butter until two individuals bumped into each other on the street and one’s chocolate fell into the other’s peanut butter and thus Reese’s peanut butter cups were born. Well here we have a similar effect where symphonic classical orchestrations meet the most extreme brutal death metal. Yeah, i know the death metal often wins in the battle but when it sleeps, the symphony awakes. To be fair, the death metal is also unique in that it contains neoclassical guitar solos.

FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE debuted in 2009 with ORACLES and brings these two genres neck in neck and in all honesty the brutal death metal wins out. Mixing such such extreme genres is nothing new of course. Rhapsody, Angra, Therion and probably their closest cousin Septicflesh all started mixing classical music around extreme metal elements but i would have to vote FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE as being the most EXTREME of the lot with the most unrelenting brutality incorporating all the usual suspects death metal has to offer such as the growly guttural vocals, the highly distorted breakneck speed guitar and bass riffing and the blastbeat a million beats per second drumming. The music is technical to be sure but it is more mechanical and focused on just pounding the bleep out of your eardrums.

Yeah, this is tech death metal. Cold, sterile, brutal, designed to wake the dead. While it may seem this is a death match of classical vs. death metal, the fact is that the classical for the most part is simply entwined in the very fabric of the songs themselves. They seem to be written firstly as classical music and then the classical is dropped and layered upon with brutal death metal which is a clear contrast to bands likes Septicflesh tha t merely seem to symphonically embellish extreme metal. ORACLES isn’t gonna convert classical music aficionados to brutal death metal lovers or vice versa but it will certainly appeal to those who love both genres and can appreciate the audacity of layering different genres together in a creative way. Think of it as extreme mashups and you’ll get the picture! This is a confident and well-produced debut that shows that Italian music isn’t all about romanticism and pastoral prog, they can also take the most melodic music and turn it into the most extreme headache music that would put second wave of black metal to shame.
Conor Fynes
'Oracles' - Fleshgod Apocalypse (7/10)

For me, death metal is and likely always has been something that I'll either really like, or not care for. Much of it finds its technical brilliance marred by poor recording values, or a lack of tact when it comes to songwriting. Enter Fleshgod Apocalypse, a band that has stirred the death metal circle with only a single studio album and EP on the market, disregarding demos. I first came across this band with their 2010 EP 'Mafia', and was pleasantly blown away by the technical ferocity and heaviness of the band. On top of that, I immediately recongized their connection to erudite classical music, which only set them further apart from the legions of typical death metal acts. Seeking out the full length, I have not been disappointed. 'Oracles' is a vicious forty minutes of death metal that seeks to impress. Apparently, it succeeds to a fair extent.

My first impression of the record is that of extreme heaviness, surprisingly clean production, and the evidence of classical sections which really seek to add a level of regal class to what Fleshgod Apocalypse does. While there is not the same melodic proficiency as I first heard on 'Mafia', the classical parts really impress me; the arrangements do not quite sound as if they are performed by a live orchestra, but they are close enough to do the compositions justice. In the death metal elements themselves, there are also plenty of neoclassical riffs, played at rapid pace, to the point where they can get exhausting by the end.

The most powerful aspect of Fleshgod Apocalypse is tied between the rhythm guitar and the furious drumwork, courtesy here of Mauro Mercurio. The band has just a powerful ability to make the heavy sound beautiful as well, but unfortunately 'Oracles' still does not stand as a masterpiece in my eyes. This is greatly due to the songwriting itself, which is strong enough for death metal, but many of the songs feature little to no distinguishing traits, apart from the classical nuance here and there. In fact, the greatest impression left by any single track is the title song, which is ironically a classical piano piece.

Fleshgod Apocalypse would later go on to polish up their act even further, but there's no surprise to me when I hear metalheads speaking so highly of the album. With a little greater focus within each song, the band's next full length could be a real landmark for death metal.
Oracles is the debut full-length studio album by Italian death metal act Fleshgod Apocalypse. The album was released in March 2009 by Willowtip Records.

The music on Oracles is brutal death metal but there´s a twist. While most really brutal death metal acts first and foremost focus on brutality and in the process have a tendency to sound rather one-dimensional over the course of a full album, Fleshgod Apocalypse incorporate neo-classical shredding and arrangements and some rather impressive technical playing to their music, which I find is great for the diversity and sound of Oracles. This is actually a really brutal death metal album that I can sit through and feel entertained by most of the time. It does become a bit too monotone a couple of times during the playing time, but mostly I´m salivating over one powerful technical part and intriguing neo-classical shred after another. The vocals are brutal deep growls and personally I could have wished for a bit more variation, but the vocals get the job done and they are not terrible by any means.

Oracles is a rather unique brutal death metal album and a great start to Fleshgod Apocalypse career. They prove on this album that they are ready to take that extra step to create some unique sounding music without sacrificing brutality. Very interesting debut and a 3.5 - 4 star rating is deserved.

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Given the reputation these Italian technical and symphonic death metal heavyweights, I was somewhat disappointed by this record in two respects. Firstly, the symphonic elements are used sparingly merely as detours or transitional pieces between the brutal death metal passages that comprise most of the album. These transitions into and from the symphonic passages almost always feel forced and jarring. While jarring the listener in this way is a valid technique in the way jump scares in horror are, its overuse signals laziness and gets boring real quick.

Secondly, the production strongly favors the drums. No doubt that session drummer Mauro Mercurio’s performance here is impressive. But being mixed front and center, it totally muddles out the finer contours and textures of the riffs making very difficult and, at times, even impossible to really appreciate what the guitars are doing. And when it comes to technical death metal, this an essential component of the listening experience.

With all that said, this is still an overall enjoyable record for fans of the genre. The playing is tight, the lyrics are effective, the brutality is immersive, and the symphonic sections are, when taken by themselves, enjoyable.

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