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
Chris Bachmann
David Folchitto

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, most recently Veleno on May 24, 2019.[3]


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.[4]

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, current Fleshgod Apocalypse drummer 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 at this point. 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 the 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 August 9, 2011 in North America and August 19, 2011 in Europe.[5] 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.

Fleshgod Apocalypse released a music video for "The Forsaking" from the album Agony on December 22, 2012.[6]

Fleshgod Apocalypse at TLA 2013

Fleshgod Apocalypse's third album is entitled Labyrinth, and was released on August 16, 2013, in Europe, and on August 20, 2013, in North America, by Nuclear Blast.[7] 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.[8]

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

On October 10th 2017 the band announced that Tommaso Riccardi had left the band.[9] He was replaced by drummer Francesco Paoli returning to lead vocals and rhythm guitar, while guitarist Fabio Bartoletti from Deceptionist joined the band on lead guitar. They tapped Eugene Ryabchenko from Vital Remains as their new live drummer.[citation needed]

2019 saw the release of their fifth album, Veleno. The album continued the style they had perfected with King,[10] and was accompanied by the release of two powerful music videos directed by Giovanni Bucci for the songs "Sugar" and "Monnalisa."


  • Francesco Paoli – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (2007–2009, 2017–present), drums (2009–present), backing vocals, additional guitars (2009–2017)
  • Paolo Rossi – bass, clean vocals (2007–present)
  • Francesco Ferrini – piano, string arrangements, orchestral effects (2010–present)
  • Tommaso Riccardi – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (2009–2017)
  • Christopher Bachmann - back up vocals (2007-2009)
  • Cristiano Trionfera – lead guitar, backing vocals (2007–2017)
  • Francesco Struglia – drums (2007–2009)
  • David Folchitto – drums (2017–2020)
  • Francesco Ferrini – piano, string arrangements, orchestral effects (2009–2010)
  • Mauro Mercurio – drums (2009)
  • Tommaso Riccardi – rhythm and lead guitar (2009)
  • Veronica Bordacchini – operatic vocals (2011–present)
  • Veronica Bordacchini – soprano vocals (2013–present)
  • Fabio Bartoletti – lead guitar, backing vocals (2017–present)
  • Eugene Ryabchenko – drums (2020–present)


Studio albums[edit]


  • The Pain of Earth's Dementia (2007)


  • Da Vinci Death Code (2008)



  1. ^ "Album Review: FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE – King". Metal Injection. Metal Injection. 5 February 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Fleshgod Apocalypse – King – Album Review". 9 February 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Nuclear Blast USA". www.nuclearblast.com. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  4. ^ Blabbermouth (2009-03-31). "FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE Parts Ways With Drummer". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  5. ^ "FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE: New Album Artwork Unveiled". Blabbermouth. June 24, 2011. Archived from the original on June 24, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  6. ^ "FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE: 'The Forsaking' Video Released". Blabbermouth. December 22, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
  7. ^ Wookubus. "FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE - reveal cover + album details!". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  8. ^ "NEWS TO FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE BEGIN TRACKING NEW ALBUM!". Nuclear Blast. June 19, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  9. ^ "FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE". October 10, 2017. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  10. ^ "Angry Metal Guy himself reviews Fleshgod Apocalypse - Veleno". Angry Metal Guy. 2019-05-25. Retrieved 2020-08-07.

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