Hypocrisy, Fleshgod Apocalypse
1545 E. Cary Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
This event is all ages
Hypocrisy, one of the most successful Swedish death metal bands of all time, was formed in 1991 out of the ashes of Peter Tägtgren's solo project Seditious. He had previously visited Florida and was inspired by the rich death metal scene that was beginning to form over there. Before leaving for Sweden again he made a promise to Phil Fasciana (Malevolent Creation) that when he returned to the US he would have with him a brutal death metal band and a record contract. Back in Sweden he focused all his energy on writing material for his soon to be band. He recorded all the songs himself but since he was not very happy with the vocals and the fact that he could not play live on his own he found Masse Broberg (ex-Votary) to handle the vocals and Mikael Hedlund to do the bass playing. They recorded a second demo which led to a long-term deal with Nuclear Blast. Soon guitarist Jonas Österberg and drummer Lars Szöke were also added to the band, both of whom had been playing with a band called Epitaph in the US. Hypocrisy played their first ever live gig on June 6th, 1992. With the release of their debut album "Penetralia" in October 1992 a long and prosperous (not moneywise of course...) career began.
Symphonic/technical death metal band from Perugia, Italy. Fleshgod Apocalypse was created in April of 2007 when they released a two track demo entitled 'Promo 07', which was later released as part of the 4-way split called 'Da Vinci Death Code'.
In early 2008 the band started to perform live in the Italian and European underground scene supporting bands like Behemoth, Origin (7), Dying Fetus, Hate Eternal, Suffocation, Napalm Death and many more.
In May 2008 the band entered 16th Cellar Studio again to record its first full-length album, 'Oracles'. In December that same year the band decided to part ways with Neurotic Records and inked a deal with Willowtip Records. 'Oracles' was released in April 2009 and the band started an intense show schedule all over Europe. First touring in support of God Dethroned in the Balkans, then with Vader and Marduk on the Funeral Nation Tour, then finally they covered the UK and EIRE territories with their first headlining tour.
The 'Mafia' EP was recorded, mixed and mastered again at 16th Cellar Studio in January 2010 and released by Willowtip Records. The release marked a big step forward for the band in every way. Right after the end of the recording session the band embarked on another European tour supporting Suffocation followed by a headlining tour of Russia.
After some Festivals and gigs in the summertime, the band flew overseas for their first tour of the US/Canada dubbed the Decibel Defiance Tour 2010. The tour took place in October/November 2010 with Suffocation, Faceless, Through The Eyes Of The Dead and Decrepit Birth. Before the end of the year the band played several more gigs in Europe. 2011 opened with the Bonecrusher Fest, a European tour with Dying Fetus, Keep Of Kalessin, Carnifex, Annotations Of An Autopsy and Angelus Apatrida.
In November of 2010, the band signed a worldwide deal with Extreme Management Group, Inc. and began writing their second full length album. In May of 2011 the band signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records and began wrapping up work on this album. During this time Francesco Ferrini, the pianist and orchestrator who has worked with the band from the beginning, joined Fleshgod Apocalypse as full-time member. This enabled them to have even more grand symphonic arrangements on 'Agony', taking the bands signature sound to new euphoric heights.
In 2011 'Agony' is released. The mix and mastering was done by Stefano “Saul” Morabito from 16th Cellar Studios. Marco Hasmann once again crafts an intricate depiction of the bands concept with his cover art.
Tommaso Riccardi - vocals, guitars
Paolo Rossi - bass, vocals
Cristiano Trionfera - guitars, vocals, orchestral arrangements
Francesco Paoli - drums, guitars, vocals
Francesco Ferrini - piano