Italian symphonic death metal giants Fleshgod Apocalypse have announced they are in the studio recording the follow up to 2016’s King. This will be a first to feature Francesco Paoli on lead vocals since 2009’s’ Oracles. Paoli replaced Tommaso Riccardi on vocals since he left the group back in 2017 for “personal reasons.” The record will also be a first without guitarist Cristiano Trionfera who also quit the band in 2017. Despite significant lineup changes, Paoli expressed his excitement:
“It’s official, we’re finally back in the studio and it feels absolutely great! This past year marked a new era for the band, so we felt the need to look back at our Death Metal roots and, at the same time, to push ourselves beyond our limits, reaching a wider level of variety and influences within the songs. We wanted this album to be fierce but also organic and unpredictable, as if it had a life on its own. That’s why we decided to involve several guest musicians, a full classical string section and even a choir!
We’re also incredibly excited to work with legendary producer Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, DESTRUCTION, ABORTED, EPICA) for the first time. He’s the man behind so many amazing metal records and definitely one of our favorite producers at the moment. On my side, being back as the frontman also means this is my last chance to record drums on a FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE record and this awareness actually inspired me so much while writing the parts. I really think this album will be a true landmark for me, as a drummer.”
The as-of-yet-untitled-record is currently scheduled to arrive for Spring 2019.