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Release date: 16 August 2013
Style: Symphonic death metal


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01. Kingborn
02. Minotaur (The Wrath Of Poseidon)
03. Elegy
04. Towards The Sun
05. Warpledge
06. Pathfinder
07. The Fall Of Asterion
08. Prologue
09. Epilogue
10. Under Black Sails
11. Labyrinth

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Francesco Ferrini - piano
Cristiano Trionfera - guitars, vocals
Tommaso Riccardi - guitars, vocals
Francesco Paoli - drums, guitars, vocals
Paolo Rossi - bass, vocals

Session musicians
Veronica Bordacchini - vocals

Additional info
Produced, mixed and mastered by Stefano "Saul" Morabito at 16th Cellar Studio.
Artwork by Colin Marks.

Release dates
- August 16th (Europe)
- August 20th (North America)

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Imagine you're and old and deaf man. You once listened to music a lot, even composed it sometimes. On a hot summer night your dreams become weirder than ever, full of new unseen fantasies but cruel nevertheless. Was it a nightmare or a vision? And most of all... what is this shit all about? Well, mainly my thoughts on the new Fleshgod Apocalypse album seen from Beethoven's point of view, 200 years ago. Labyrinth indeed is not easily divided into its brutal and symphonic parts, it all makes it up to the one thing it has become. And that is already the first fact making it a better album than their previous record, Agony. The whole concept grew and the individual parts fit better together.

published 05.08.2013 | Comments (18)

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Alex F - 20.06.2013 at 20:59  
Rating: 6
Written by Guest on 20.06.2013 at 20:56

My guess is that it will not be untechnical metal.

I do not disagree
theFIST - 20.06.2013 at 23:02  
Written by Guest on 20.06.2013 at 20:56

My guess is that it will not be untechnical metal.

true, i rather doubt brutal than technical
MetalSpider - 21.06.2013 at 22:06  
  It will be brutally technical...or technically brutal! Can't wait.
Marcel Hubregtse - 21.06.2013 at 22:17  
  What's this talk about them being brutal. That's one thing they've never been. Technical yes, Brutal no.
Misfit74 - 30.06.2013 at 06:45  
  Let's hear the guitars for a change.
Rulatore - 04.08.2013 at 01:51  
Rating: 8 Cant wait for it
theFIST - 08.08.2013 at 01:13  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 21.06.2013 at 22:17

What's this talk about them being brutal. That's one thing they've never been. Technical yes, Brutal no.

someone should edit the genre tag in the database
Tatras - 08.08.2013 at 20:00  
Rating: 4 On "Oracle" they were little bit brutal. next album was pathetic, and this will be even more.
Rulatore - 12.08.2013 at 04:49  
Rating: 8 Pretty good one
svartberger - 12.08.2013 at 23:29  
Rating: 8 Wating for the release to give it a 9 maybe 10 if it grows even more in me
DelightfulJim - 13.08.2013 at 03:30  
  Definite improvement from Agony. The drum beats change this time!
MrClansman1 - 15.08.2013 at 21:27  
Rating: 9 Everything from solos, atmosphere in background to vocals is simply brilliant ... MASTER PIECE !!!
iMorphball - 16.08.2013 at 01:14  
Rating: 7 Pretty average album; too monotonous for my taste.. I miss Oracles.
garmling - 16.08.2013 at 02:41  
Rating: 8 -1 for those annoying "scream like a woman" vocals (totally out of place-damn I just can't stand such Power Metal vocals anyway) and -1 for too sterile computerized production, especially drums production...that aside, this is quiet interesting album with some nice songs. just love how intensely aggressive are some parts and also love the orchestral side. reminds me in some places of mighty Anorexia Nervosa which is a big plus...what a band that was. damn you RMS Hreidmarr, if you're not anymore in BM and such stuff, at least you can do vocals in studio for your friends from ex band and all fans around the globe. new Anorexia Nervosa, that would be a blast :sigh:
annodomini - 16.08.2013 at 08:48  
  I still can't understand why everyone are so annoyed by screams, because I found them fitting the music perfectly. It gives cadaverish atmosphere.
Nevertheess this album is an example of symphonic metal!
Kryptonit - 16.08.2013 at 13:28  
Rating: 8 I expected something better.
parallax - 16.08.2013 at 19:45  
Rating: 8 Listened to the full album stream, can't wait to pick it up. So happy I found out about these guys just before their show came around, they're great live.
D Serenade - 17.08.2013 at 09:52  
Rating: 9 Just spectacular!!! is like Mozart + The Devil. I really recommend everyone to hear it, it's dark and symphonic, musically well structured and planned. Really a Masterpiece!!
Neroese - 17.08.2013 at 14:03  
  Oh God...
kaspair - 17.08.2013 at 17:35  
Rating: 9 This one grows on me really fast. Pathfinder + The Fall Of Asterion are definitely some highlights.
Metal Arsenal - 18.08.2013 at 05:41  
Rating: 10 Technical Death with orchestra, piano, the choirs, the soprano, the tenor and scream, the sound effects... simply breath-taking and unique!:cool:
CyberSymphony - 19.08.2013 at 17:08  
Rating: 8 First play-through, very good, but wasn't like a massive shotgun blow to the face like Agony was. Definitely sounds like it will grow on me the more I listen though. 8, 8.5/10.
DragonWisdom - 20.08.2013 at 18:59  
  Love this album!
quisableed - 21.08.2013 at 01:17  
  Obviously the best in 2013 so far
Diamonds - 21.08.2013 at 21:38  
  Eeerrgg, Francesco Paoli, go back to doing vocals in Hour Of Penance pleaaaseee. Fleshgod Apocalypse is a good band and all no doubt, but I miss your vocals... The new guy suuuuuuuuccckkksssss.
Vermoorden - 21.08.2013 at 23:09  
Rating: 10 Instant classic. 10/10.
dougver1 - 22.08.2013 at 08:32  
Rating: 7 So, has anyone else taken a look at the credits for the orchestra in the album booklet? It's pretty goddamn ridiculous, actually... it actually credits Rob Halford as part of the choir and Steve Harris on the double bass, as an example. (there's a LOT more than just that, believe me)
crucifiedjesus - 22.08.2013 at 23:22  
  Its just a wall of noise. you can barely hear the guitars its just triggered blast beat after triggered blast beat with some atmospheric keyboard and some growling over top. this just doesnt do it for me, but hey if it does for you good on ya!
Traezeus - 23.08.2013 at 23:59  
Rating: 8 Not their best; Not their worst. I was hoping for a sound more similar to their older stuff than newer, but as many have said before me, it sounds like Agony but more refined (in a good way). I'd personally rate it an 8.5/10.
Metku - 25.08.2013 at 16:43  
Rating: 10 A lot of great releases this year, so there is some competition. But this is definitely somewhere between 1st-3rd of best releases so far this year.
Migtanteot - 27.08.2013 at 01:27  
  Such a great album eh?, It is something completely new to me. I have heard some extreme bands trying to involve Orchesta atmosphere on their songs, but this, Labyrinth is something diferent; is like, the top. And it opens a new door in extreme music.

But there's something I did not like (maybe playing it a few times more I will get used to) the grount needs something.
gnirpz - 29.08.2013 at 21:22  
Rating: 8 Maaan... Whoa! I pressed "pause" right when the album started. I was not ready so I put my ass on a chair and then I pressed "play"

This album will grow on me for sure, but for now, I'm oscillating between 8 or 9, so I give it 9. Excellent album, my first from Fleshgod Apocalypse but I will listen others for sure.

Wes - 02.09.2013 at 13:49  
Rating: 8 Need more wall of sound effect. Loving this.
Doge of Venice - 08.09.2013 at 15:16  
  I wish I could get into the vocals. Because Minotaur is immense. Dat intro.
Unhealer - 09.09.2013 at 01:25  
Rating: 6 Would give this a higher score if not for the overproduction, it totally ruined it. Too bad because it sounds very original.
M C Vice - 10.09.2013 at 10:06  
Rating: 8 3 songs in and I like Agony more. This just isn't the same.
I don't suppose the orchestra listed in the booklet is real? Be pretty awesome if it was.
Zaph - 14.09.2013 at 00:01  
Rating: 5
Written by dougver1 on 22.08.2013 at 08:32

So, has anyone else taken a look at the credits for the orchestra in the album booklet? It's pretty goddamn ridiculous, actually... it actually credits Rob Halford as part of the choir and Steve Harris on the double bass, as an example. (there's a LOT more than just that, believe me)

They also made a trailer with fake media comments which was pretty funny.
seafood - 15.09.2013 at 14:35  
Rating: 8 I don't really know what it is that makes this different from Agony, but that album was a letdown for me, while this is a pleasant surprise. And that comes from someone who wanted another Oracles
Opethian - 26.09.2013 at 01:40  
Rating: 9 Love it! I want to say that they are taking the road to Symphonic Metal more then the Death Metal road. Great release nonetheless
Skl3ros - 01.10.2013 at 22:32  
Rating: 10 Was struggling with it at the beginning but now after 2 weeks of regular listening I just love it. 10/10 wthout a doubt.
BloodJuNkie - 04.10.2013 at 10:30  
Rating: 9 Masterpiece!
Creativinity - 25.10.2013 at 18:17  
  Love this album. Every time a song from here plays, I smile. And every time "Minotaur" plays, I O.
Eccer - 04.11.2013 at 06:25  
  Somehow the longer songs on this album fails to impress me, where as the shorter ones from 02 to track 07, Is where they've really outdone themselves. Those tracks flows perfectly into each other. Great story telling, especially "Elegy" which have some of the albums finest lyrics imo. They are still struggling to manage the chaos into something cohesive, though they have their own "sound" now and should stick to it. I guess these guys will always be on the hunt for the perfect collaboration between orchestra and technical death metal. They're really close now... but still

not yet!
Likbor - 01.01.2014 at 19:26  
  One of the best album of the year
Regolith - 24.01.2014 at 03:47  
Rating: 9 At first it all seemed too chaotic but after a while I started understanding the parts better. Now I can more clearly see the parts and the whole - and it's a fantastic view! This is my first FA ablbum, I didn't know these guys were so progressive in their writing. From start to end the whole thing flows well and each song is meant to be played with the others. I enjoy the songs' transitions. Also, I personally think Labyrinth is very hauntingly beautiful - right up there with Bethoven's Moonlight Sonota.

Btw, does anyone know what the intro is supposed to be? The water, the guy walking, panting, the door (shed?) opening..?
Deadmeat - 20.03.2014 at 22:35  
  I won't rate this one as i didn't give this the listens i use to. It seems like an unispiring album. This band started decently (oracles), then did something awesome (Mafia) and after that they changed their style to something really not that great (just a bit impressive for the masses)....
musicalkaratekid - 10.02.2015 at 18:55  
Rating: 7 Certainly the most dramatic album of FA's career yet, and some songs really amazed me, more so than on previous albums. However, I think a few of the classical/operatic influences here seem forced and as a result grind against the rhythm section, as opposed to flowing along with it. As a result I found some songs underwhelming, particularly "The Fall of Asterion". However, making up for it I thought was the excellent triumvirate of "Prologue", "Epilogue" and "Under Black Sails", as well as my personal favourite from this album, "Elegy". All in all, not quite the band's best work (Their debut album holds that status for me), but certainly a keeper.
flightoficarus - 30.04.2015 at 16:33  
Rating: 7 I am enjoying The Agony a bit more than this one. Not a fan of some of the vocal elements they added and the album seems to wear thin faster. Maybe it's just me.

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