Fleshgod Apocalypse

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Fleshgod Apocalypse
Fleshgod Apocalypse at the Finnish Metal Expo 2012
Fleshgod Apocalypse at the Finnish Metal Expo 2012
Background information
OriginPerugia, Italy
GenresSymphonic death metal,[1] technical death metal[2]
Years active2007–present
LabelsWillowtip, Candlelight, Nuclear Blast
Associated actsHour of Penance, Eyeconoclast
MembersFrancesco Paoli
Paolo Rossi
Francesco Ferrini
Veronica Bordacchini
Fabio Bartoletti
Eugene Ryabchenko
Past membersFrancesco Struglia
Tommaso Riccardi
Cristiano Trionfera

Fleshgod Apocalypse is an Italian symphonic death metal band. Formed in 2007, the group resides in Perugia and are currently signed to Nuclear Blast. They have released five full-length albums.


Formation and Oracles (2007–2009)[edit]

Fleshgod Apocalypse was formed in April 2007 by Francesco Paoli (formerly frontman of the band Hour of Penance). They recorded their first demo, Promo '07, at 16th Cellar Studio, in Rome, with producer Stefano "Saul" Morabito, releasing it shortly after. The demo was re-released the following year on a split CD with fellow Italian bands Septycal Gorge, Modus Delicti and Onirik. Fleshgod Apocalypse then signed to Neurotic Records. In early 2008 the band toured Europe, supporting bands like Behemoth, Origin, Dying Fetus, Hate Eternal, Suffocation, Napalm Death and many more.

In May 2008, the band recorded its first full-length album, Oracles. In December of that year the band decided to part ways with Neurotic Records and signed with Willowtip Records, who released Oracles in 2009. Shortly thereafter, new member, Tommaso Riccardi took over vocals and rhythm guitar, which were previously handled by Francesco Paoli, and Paoli took over the drums, replacing session drummer Francesco Struglia.[3]

Mafia EP and Agony (2009–2012)[edit]

In 2010, the Mafia EP was recorded, again at 16th Cellar Studios, and was released via Willowtip Records. It includes four new tracks and a cover of the track "Blinded by Fear" by At the Gates. The band embarked on another European tour shortly after the end of the Mafia recording sessions, supporting Suffocation. Following this tour was a headlining tour of Russia.

Until 2010, band founder Francesco Paoli was simultaneously in his former band Hour of Penance doing vocals, as well as drumming in Fleshgod Apocalypse. He quit Hour of Penance to focus on Fleshgod Apocalypse full-time as drummer and song writer. In November 2010, the band signed a worldwide deal with record label Extreme Management Group, Inc. and began writing for the second full-length album. In May 2011 the band signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records and began wrapping up work on their second album. During this time, another new member, Francesco Ferrini, the pianist and orchestrator of Oracles and Mafia, was added to the band as the full-time pianist and orchestrator. This addition honed Fleshgod Apocalypse's sound on their upcoming album.

The band released their second album, Agony, on 9 August 2011 in North America and 19 August 2011 in Europe.[4] The iTunes version of Agony also includes a cover of the track "Heartwork" by Carcass.

Fleshgod Apocalypse took part in the 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour in North America, alongside co-headliners Whitechapel and The Black Dahlia Murder. The band toured the US with Decapitated in late 2011. In January 2012, they toured the UK with The Black Dahlia Murder and Skeletonwitch. During March 2012, Fleshgod Apocalypse toured South Africa, supported by local death metal acts.

On 22 December 2012, the band released a music video for "The Forsaking" from the album Agony.[5]

Labyrinth (2012–2016)[edit]

Fleshgod Apocalypse in 2013

Fleshgod Apocalypse's third album is entitled Labyrinth, and was released on 16 August 2013, in Europe, and on 20 August 2013, in North America, by Nuclear Blast.[6] Labyrinth was recorded with Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studio. It features guest contributions, and is a concept album about the myth of Labyrinth of Knossos and its analogies to modern times.[7]

King, Trionfera's departure, and Riccardi's departure (2016–2018)[edit]

Fleshgod Apocalypse's fourth album entitled King was released on 5 February 2016. The work was an important success, peaking at #27 in the Billboard Chart.

On 10 October 2017 the band announced that Tommaso Riccardi had left the band.[8] He was replaced by drummer Francesco Paoli who returned to lead vocals and rhythm guitar, while guitarist Fabio Bartoletti from Deceptionist joined the band on lead guitar. The band tapped David Folchitto as their live touring drummer, who stayed with the band for two years.[9]

Veleno, official new members, and No (2019–present)[edit]

In 2019 Fleshgod Apocalypse released their fifth album, Veleno. The album continued and expanded on the style they had honed with King,[10] and was accompanied by the release of two music videos directed by Giovanni Bucci for the songs "Sugar" and "Monnalisa". Loudwire named it one of the 50 best metal albums of 2019.[11] In April 2019, it was announced that the band would be touring with Hypocrisy[12] in North America with a spring quartet.

In February 2020, Eugene Ryabchenko from Vital Remains became the band's new live drummer.[13] Fleshgod Apocalypse was supposed to do another round of American shows with The Agonist in 2020, but this tour was for the most part cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The band has resorted to streaming on Youtube to host Q&A sessions with fans, as well as livestreaming a virtual concert at Bloom Studio in Rome in August.[14] A video for an acoustic version of "The Day We'll Be Gone" was released on 23 October 2020, whereupon it was announced that soprano Veronica Bordacchini, guitarist Fabio Bartoletti and drummer Eugene Ryabchenko had officially joined the band.

On 18 December 2020, the band released a new EP titled No along with a new music video for the title track. In January 2021, they released a cover of Blue (Da Ba Dee).




Studio albums[edit]


  • Demo (2007)


  • Da Vinci Death Code (2008)

EPs and singles[edit]


  1. ^ "Album Review: FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE – King". Metal Injection. 5 February 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Fleshgod Apocalypse – King – Album Review". 9 February 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  3. ^ Blabbermouth (31 March 2009). "FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE Parts Ways With Drummer". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  4. ^ "FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE: New Album Artwork Unveiled". Blabbermouth. 24 June 2011. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  5. ^ "FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE: 'The Forsaking' Video Released". Blabbermouth. 22 December 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  6. ^ Wookubus. "FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE - reveal cover + album details!". Facebook.com. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  7. ^ "NEWS TO FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE BEGIN TRACKING NEW ALBUM!". Nuclear Blast. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  8. ^ "FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE". 10 October 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  9. ^ FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE Welcome Eugene Ryabchenko As New Live Drummer https://metalshockfinland.com/2020/02/19/fleshgod-apocalypse-welcome-eugene-ryabchenko-as-new-live-drummer/
  10. ^ "Angry Metal Guy himself reviews Fleshgod Apocalypse - Veleno". Angry Metal Guy. 25 May 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  11. ^ "The 50 Best Metal Albums of 2019". Loudwire. Townsquare Media. 3 December 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  12. ^ Blabbermouth (12 November 2018). "HYPOCRISY And FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE To Join Forces For Early 2019 North American Tour". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  13. ^ FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE Welcome Eugene Ryabchenko As New Live Drummer https://metalshockfinland.com/2020/02/19/fleshgod-apocalypse-welcome-eugene-ryabchenko-as-new-live-drummer/
  14. ^ "FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE TO LIVE STREAM FULL CONCERT FROM BLOOM STUDIO ON AUG 1st". Music Existence. 25 July 2020. Retrieved 26 October 2020.

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