Italy’s Fleshgod Apocalypse is one of those bands (and there aren’t many) for which we have this presumption: They can do no wrong. Perhaps someday they will, but until that day, we will willingly listen to whatever music they create.
We reviewed Mafia — their most recent installment of obliteratingly good music — on June 2 (here).
THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD
Is this the best tour of the year? If it’s not, it’s very fucking close. We don’t have dates or places yet, but you can be damned sure we’ll tell you when we do.
For another thing, FA’s bassist/vocalist Paolo Rossi gave an extended interview with an Italian metal site called Metal Italia, which was published yesterday, that included some interesting tidbits of information.
Do any of us here at NCS speak Italian? Well, fuck no! We can barely speak English! But we do know how to copy Italian text on a web site and paste it into Google Translate.
Did we get nice, smooth, intelligible English results when we did that? Fuck no! We got half-wit, idjit, gibberish English. Fortunately, to use a baseball metaphor, half-wit, idjit, gibberish English is right in our wheelhouse, because that’s mainly what we speak. So we feel pretty confident we can give you the substance of the news revealed in that interview. (after the jump, of course, along with a widget that will allow you to stream FA songs . . .)
Thanks to the technological marvels of Google Translate and our own marvelous ability to translate the Google-rendered English gibberish into words normal people can read, here’s the substance of what we learned from Paolo Rossi’s recent interview with Metal Italia:
- On the surface, the Mafia EP is about the cancer of organized crime in Italy, but FA’s intent was to use the Mafia as an example and a symbol of a deeper human disease — the disease of greed and the pursuit of profit above all else.
- Some of the songs on Mafia feature Paolo’s clean vocals. In the early phases of songwriting, those bursts of clean singing were lead guitar arpeggios, and the band experimented with substituting clean vocals for the lead guitar notes — and liked the results enough to keep them (we like the results too!).
- The addition of clean singing on Mafia has generated some controversy among FA’s fans. It does represent a change from Oracles, but this kind of change should be judged, as in the case of all artists, on whether there is a reason for the change that’s connected to the music or whether it’s instead a calculated effort to expand the market for the artist.
- FA is currently writing songs for the next album. The band is remaining faithful to its sound, but at the same time it’s innovating and experimenting. It’s not yet clear whether recording will begin this year or in 2011.
In other news, Fleshgod Apocalypse now has a ReverbNation page, which means we can now embed a ReverbNation widget right here that will allow you to stream some Fleshgod Apocalypse tunage. The widget includes four songs — one from the Mafia EP and three from the band’s debut album Oracles. All of the songs are, in our humble opinion, fucking amazing.