Fleshgod Apocalypse - Mafia
Technical Death Metal
5 songs (23:55)
Release year: 2010
Reviewed by Goat

After their rather excellent debut album of 2008, Fleshgod Apocalypse are back with a five-song EP that is even better, a rip-roaring blast through Tech-Death territory that will have any fan of the genre in tears of joy. Mafia flows seamlessly, the tracks having no gaps and forming one big attack on the organisation of the title, comparing it to the insidious beastie shown on the title art. Those classical interludes are still there, but better than ever – the sawing violin that interrupts the first few seconds of opener Thru Our Scars is wonderful, yet impressively the songwriting itself is the focus here, an epic chorus with backing clean vocals seizing your attention and even many listens later the track as a whole thrills me immensely – catchy Tech-Death! As you’d expect, the instrumentation is near-perfect, and although some may find the slightly too organic bass and drum sounds a bit annoying (it’s better than the sound on their album) no-one will have a problem with the glorious guitar tone.

Abyssal follows, an absolute piledriver of jagged riffing with a giant slowdown for Doom-filled breakdown with sampled Italian ranting in the background and a classical ending – the band know how to pleasantly surprise, a drum roll and you’re in the even faster and more vicious Conspiracy Of Silence. As if that wasn't enough, you next have your face ripped off by the furious cover of At The Gates' Blinded By Fear, which eccentrically ends in lapping waves and leads into the closing title track, a piano piece. Fleshgod Apocalypse have certainly made an EP worth purchasing for fans of the band, which again beats Oracles in quality, and should put their name on everyone’s lips ahead of their forthcoming tour and eventual new album, fingers crossed.

Killing Songs :
Thru Our Scars, Abyssal, Conspiracy Of Silence
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Other albums by Fleshgod Apocalypse that we have reviewed:
Fleshgod Apocalypse - King reviewed by Goat and quoted 80 / 100
Fleshgod Apocalypse - Agony reviewed by Bar and quoted 84 / 100
Fleshgod Apocalypse - Oracles reviewed by Goat and quoted 80 / 100
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