After a good few weeks of listening to the first single off “King”, “The Fool”, over and over again while loving each replay of it and listening to all other subsequent singles off this album, I can safely say that the hype that had bee garnered was palpable. I was excited, for sure, and now that I’ve listened to “King” in full twice I can happily say that this album is truly a unique records that prove that Fleshgod Apocalypse are still at the top of their game no question.
The masters of blending death metal with orchestral instruments really left no stone unturned with “King”. Each of these twelve tracks have a distinct feel in each one in terms of what different orchestral instruments were used, and please don’t expect me to know them because I don’t think I could, honestly. But the death metal is in high quantity as well as quality and as a fan of the genre I can truly say that Fleshgod Apocalypse did a marvelous job with both parts as they blended together oddly well for me as I’m not used to this take on death metal. And if you want a break from the death of the metal then fret not because there is a track in the normal version, “Paramour (die Leidenschaft Bringt Leiden)”, is a very nice break that showcases a woman singing opera with a beautiful voice that provides a great break from the intensity that we had been enjoying beforehand. But if you’re only here for the brutality then the following tracks will get your fill just fine. Personally, I think “King” is a fabulous album because it’s possibly the best of Fleshgod Apocalypse because it flawlessly melds two totally different genres into one epic piece which is something that can only be regarded as spectacular.
Rarely can a band create something so raw and yet so composed as to astound lovers of both death metal and orchestra, but Fleshgod Apocalypse prove that they are that rare band. “King” is a record so massive that it requires two different versions to it, and both are simply incredible. If by the end of this album you aren’t amazed then I implore you to have a few more spins because this is a trip that must be taken more than once whether you like it or not.
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