In many ways Italians Fleshgod Apocalypse and Finnish conquerors Insomnium make for an intriguing partnership, their sound, approach and even aesthetic standing in stark contrast to one another – no bad thing mind you, and certainly a welcome change to the cookie cutter approach of many tour packages at the moment.
Insomnium, live in London
Venue: Camden Underworld
Support: Fleshgod Apocalypse
Though obviously the underdogs tonight, the reception to Fleshgod Apocalypse  is a reassuringly warm one and indeed it might be, since on this occasion they offer the stronger performance of the two. A curious and unique outfit in many regards, they have taken bold steps to remove the symphonic metal genre from the slickness and commerciality that usually defines it, their dynamic and almost hyperactive approach a world away from the more flowing efforts that normally accompany the orchestration of heavy music.