Fleshgod Apocalypse has achieved a new high with their new album King, after almost 10 years in the making this Italian band have redefined the concept of technical death metal and added their own flavor to it, their style and their stage presence have gained them a special place in the metal community as one of the most interesting bands to see out there, a live set of Fleshgod Apocalypse fits the perfect description of a Luciferian opera, if Paganini was alive these guys could easily be on his band.
Fleshgod Apocalypse kicked off their US tour with two shows at 70000 Tons of Metal, even though there were a few technical problems with the sound on the pool deck, their show at the Pyramid Lounge was a bit better, crowded but better. After the boat they hopped on a tour bus with the guys of Carach Angren and continued their trip through the American stages, we catch them again at a more intimate setting during their stop at Joe’s Grotto a few weeks ago. This time around it was a bit different as this was their first headlining tour after touring the United States since 2010.
It was interesting to witness the moment in which a hard working band achieves a headlining tour in a very difficult market especially for European bands who always seems to get beaten down by the costs of touring the US, But Fleshgod Apocalypse‘s show at Joe’s Grotto had an amazing response even for a weekday, the venue was about capacity and their set, of course, was longer than what they played at 70000 tons.
You would think that they will play a more King-centered set, but in the contrary this show was a mixed of everything from; The Egoism, The Deceit, and The Violation out of Agony (2011) to Minotaur (Wrath Of Poseidon), Pathfinder, Epilogue out of their Labyrinth (2013) album to new songs like In aeternum, The Fool, or March Royale out of the new King (2016) album. It was an interesting night, and by far one of the most crowded shows that I have seen for Fleshgod Apocalypse so far.
Before the show The Age Of Metal had the chance to speak with vocalist and guitar player Tomasso Riccardi, we talked about this their first headlining tour in the US, King, and their experience at 70000 Tons Of Metal.