Fleshgod Apocalypse: The Thirst

The term renaissance means 're-birth' and this is exactly what Fleshgod Apocalypse have done for heavy metal...

The fact that Fleshgod Apocalypse are chalking up ten years in 2017 is actually a little mind-boggling. To this journo the name Fleshgod Apocalypse is still so young and fresh - juxtaposed by the fact that the band look to live and breathe like a renaissance novel gathering dust on a book shelf - it is as if these Italian romantico scuri had remained quiet for centuries waiting for their time to introduce the most exquisite extreme metal we have been fortunate enough to lay our ears to. Dripping in culture, drawing on their heritage - Fleshgod Apocalypse have changed the face of extreme metal in just a few short years - the term renaissance means 're-birth' and this is exactly what Fleshgod Apocalypse have done for heavy metal. With their complex instrumental work and jawdropping compositional techniques it did come as a surprise when Tomasso Riccardi explained that it really is the incomplexity of life that makes it beautiful...  Metal As Fuck caught up with the Fleshgod vocalist prior to the Australian tour, to not only pay homage to the King but to see how his message was delivered . Fleshgod are coming and they are bringing the old world with them. All hail the King! 

2016 was a massive year for the band, a year for growth – and a year for gigs, what were some of the highlights? "Wow...there have been so many! Ok, I'll pick one: "70000 Tons Of Metal". It is not an everyday experience to start an entire year of tours with a show on the upper deck of a cruising ship full of crazy metal bands and about 2000 fans in the Caribbean seas! 

Fleshgod Apocalypse is an ever increasing power – where have you gained strengths since inception? "I think the engine has always been (and will be until the end) our heart. We deeply loved every single moment of this journey and that's how you do things properly, I believe". 2017 marks ten years since formation – have you achieved all you set out to in this time frame? "Honestly, we went far over expectations. The good thing is that dreaming is always something that, in the end, doesn't have anything to do with what happens in the rational world. So, whatever we achieved, we are still dreamers". And what has the music of Fleshgod Apocalypse taught you as a musician over the past ten years? "One thing, for sure: music is a living being. Like in any other aspect of life, you cannot decide and control everything. You have to plant a seed, see how it grows and then be ready to give it what it demands". 

As a creative artist – how do you reflect on the material from Fleshgod and do you feel that since the production of King you are now in the prime of your creativity and ingenuity? "Well, what I can say is that, at least for now, curiosity keeps pushing us towards unexplored lands and I believe this is a very good thing. In the end, if we think about it, even the most important thing we do in life is a way to spend some time doing what we like, am I wrong? Taking it easy, is the key". Well, let’s chat about the album – King; a brilliant concept – what was the inspiration behind the album and is it everything you envisioned it to be? "First of all, thank you for the appreciation. King was inspired by the world surrounding us nowadays. It looks like everything around us is (more or less continuously) driving us far away from the few, real, important things in life. We have the tendency to forget that life is simple and we need just a few things to be happy, constantly falling into useless addictions that only hurt us. In the story of "King" these negative inputs are represented by all the characters of the court that are trying to tear the king's power down. On the other hand, the king is that part of our soul that is still able to remember what is actually important and still believes in the true values of the "old world".

And like kings and that of leaders - where are the albums strengths? "I believe that King is a very good balance between many past, present and future elements of Fleshgod Apocalypse and a good mix between all the things contained in our music. Also, the work done with Jens Bogren and Marco Mastrobuono in terms of production has been extremely important do be able to deliver all these elements with a clear, powerful sound!". 

Since the production of King – do you feel you have opened up a whole new door for the potential of this band? "Absolutely.  We fee like many doors have been opened and it sounds good".  One door in particular is the band's first headline tour of Australia - a tour which is fast approaching, what are your anticipations? "Simple and direct: we are set to destroy!". What does the remainder of 2017 have in store for the band? "Well, we'll keep promoting King and playing new places around the globe... And of course writing some new music, constantly following our curiosity". 


Fleshgod Apocalypse 2017 Australian/NZ Tour: 

Tuesday, May 30: Kings Arms, Auckland

Wednesday, May 31: Valhalla, Wellington

Thursday, June 1: Crowbar, Brisbane

Friday, June 2: Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney

Saturday, June 3: Max Watts, Melbourne

General admission tickets available from www.directtouring.com.au