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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Fleshgod Apocalypse featuring the Veleno Quartet

The Agonist

7 pm doors, 8 pm show

$22.50 advance, $25 day of show

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Fleshgod Apocalypse featuring the Veleno Quartet

Orchestral brutal death metal

Fleshgod Apocalypse featuring the Veleno Quartet

Italian grandmasters of orchestral death metal Fleshgod Apocalypse are finding spontaneity rewarding on new album, Veleno. Over the past four albums – previous album, King (2016), floored fans and critics alike – the Francesco Paoli-led trio have planned every step, discussed every note and ensured every salutation to Paganini, Bach and Mozart was met with an equally brutal death metal equivalent. On Veleno, which is Italian for ‘venom,’ they needed a change of approach (and pace). To achieve this, Fleshgod Apocalypse distanced themselves from distraction – lineup changes, tours and the frustrations of day-to-day life – unboxed the songwriting process, and let the inspiration flow freely. On Veleno, they’ve matured, blended more efficiently their musical vision, and walked away with 11 songs that sound like a new band with an unsatiable prey drive.

Veleno is the most spontaneous album we’ve ever done,” says Fleshgod Apocalypse’s multi-instrumentalist Francesco Paoli. “We’ve always been super-honest with our music, but being honest doesn’t mean you are completely spontaneous. For instance, we’ve never recorded a single note without being 100% sure it was the right one to our ears. But letting your inspiration flow freely, without any kind of time/schedule/sound/lineup restriction, is totally another story. I mean, we definitely experimented with some songs in the past but sometimes it’s almost like you feel the need to censor yourself, so to speak. Some days you come up with a really great idea but, for some reason, you think it’s ‘too much’ for your music and you toss it away. So, the lack of limits, full experimentation, an unavoidable process of rediscovering our roots… all this led us to the most beautiful music we’ve ever produced. I’m sure people will love Veleno as much as we do.”

Formed in 2007 in Perugia by Paoli, bassist/vocalist Paolo Rossi, guitarist/vocalist Cristiano Trionfera and drummer Francesco Struglia, Fleshgod Apocalypse quickly set off a firestorm of interest after releasing their only demo, Promo ‘07. After a short stint on Dutch indie Neurotic Records, the group signed a deal with Candlelight Records for Europe and Willowtip Records for North America. The result of the deal was debut album, Oracles, in 2009. Based off the first track alone – “In Honour of Reason” – Fleshgod Apocalypse were hailed as Europe’s finest newcomers. But it was follow-up album, Agony (2011), where the Italians became maestros of orchestral death metal. Through the use of woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion, Fleshgod Apocalypse transformed their technical death metal, effectively widening the sonic palette. Albums like the mega-epic Labyrinth (2013) and the ultra-ornate King (2016) followed, ramping up the group’s penchant for Bach- and Beethoven-inspired overtures combined with savagely brutal death metal.

“When we founded this band, we had clear in mind that we wanted to do something important with our music and everyone was kind of prepared that it wouldn’t have been easy,” Paoli says. “All the beautiful memories I have now from these past few years and all the expectations from what’s to come make this journey unique and our lives very special. And it’s great to make all these considerations having in our hands not just a ‘fifth album,’ but the best album in our career. It shows that both our working formula and the idea that what we achieve is never an end point, but a new starting point, are working well. This has also been perceived as a sign of true commitment by the fans. We feel a constant progress as artists and human beings, which makes me really proud of who we are and what we deliver.”

But there’s one key difference between King and Veleno. That’s the absence of guitarist/vocalist Cristiano Trionfera and vocalist/guitarist Tommaso Riccardi, both of whom predate the Mafia EP (2010). Trionfera and Riccardi left the group in 2017 for personal reasons. Their departure have re-shaped Fleshgod Apocalypse, however, with Paoli jumping from the drums to assume the role as vocalist/guitarist. Stepping in to fill the gaps are drummer David Folchitto (Stormlord) and guitarist Fabio Bartoletti (Deceptionist), two musicians with a long history in the various extremes of Italian metal.

“David and Fabio are great musicians and persons and they’re doing a killer job live,” says Paoli. “It’s a first step, we just need more time before adding someone new to our formation. It’s like getting married again and you want to be sure everything’s working fine. Let me be clear: they are not fill-in musicians, they are definitely part of the family. We are just taking it easy before announcing a new lineup officially.”

The “metal part” of Veleno was recorded in Rome, Italy at Bloom Recording Studio and Kick Studio with long-standing collaborator Marco Mastrobuono, while the “orchestral part” — the ensembles — were tracked at Musica Teclas Studio in Perugia. Fleshgod Apocalypse then took the effort over to Grammy-nominated Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios in Denmark for mixing and mastering. The entire production of Veleno took, according to Paoli, about three months.

“This was the second time recording with Marco,” Paoli says. “We are longtime friends as well, so we know each other very well. He helped us to push beyond our limits once again, explore new fields and discover inner abilities we didn’t even know to have. Also, this time we had the opportunity to record in one of the best studios in the country: the Bloom Recording Studio in Rome, which is renowned for high-end mainstream productions and movie scores recordings. We recorded almost everything there, except for some stuff we tracked afterwards at Marco’s Kick Studio. It has been the best recording session I’ve ever done for Fleshgod Apocalypse, and I think it’s been the same for the other guys. For the orchestral and choir recordings, we worked with our friend Daniele Marinelli, who is an expert when it comes to recording classical instruments and choirs. With all the stellar productions Jacob has delivered throughout his career, we thought he could have been the right producer for such a complex and demanding task, which requires technical skills, taste and intuition. He outdid himself. We really hope we can work with him again in the future, as he’s not only one of the best metal producers around, but also a really humble and kind person.”

With the best possible production job, real orchestral ensembles — a full string quartet, a classical percussionist and a baroque choir were part of the process — and guest musicians in the shape of Maurizio Cardullo (Folkstone) and Daniele Marinelli playing Uilleann Pipes and mandolin, respectively, Veleno is Fleshgod Apocalypse’s masterwork. From the tense opening barrage of “Fury” through the scenic vistas of “Monnalisa” to the brooding if heroic “Embrace the Oblivion,” Veleno encompasses the greatness of the albums prior but opens up whole new opportunities — sonic and aesthetic — for Fleshgod Apocalypse. In fact, it’s an album that will have dedicated fans frothing (“Worship and Forget,” “Carnivorous Lamb”) to evangelize Fleshgod Apocalypse to new hordes, while introducing critics to the group’s now-fully realized score-like qualities (“The Day We’ll Be Gone,” “Monnalisa”).

“Some things come with time and experience,” says Paoli. “The more we go on as composers, the more we learn and develop. If you work hard you can improve your abilities forever and I bet all our fans can feel a gradual and constant progress in balancing all the different elements of our music. I mean, musical taste is totally subjective and everyone can have a favorite Fleshgod Apocalypse album, but I think the improvement in composition technique is more than evident and objective. We go farther on this aspect album after album. Our dream remains to collaborate one day with a full symphonic orchestra. With all the support and interest we are receiving by fans and the music industry, it looks like that day is not that far anymore.”

As for what’s next, Fleshgod Apocalypse are beyond excited that Veleno isn’t just their best album to date but that it’s a paradigm shift for the Italians. That it includes a multi-faceted lyrical concept, direct (and important) cultural ties to their home country, and a deeply symbolic cover painting by Travis Smith (Opeth, Overkill) form a splendid coda, the likes of which have yet to be experienced on a Fleshgod Apocalypse album. Look for the Italians this summer at festivals across Europe, a world tour, starting this fall in Europe. As famous Italian poet Dante Alighieri once wrote, “From the little spark may burst a mighty flame.” Veleno is that mighty flame.

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Portland OR 97209

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The historic Crystal Ballroom -- now over a century old -- is one of those rare concert halls that can point to a proud, diverse history while also laying claim to an ongoing musical legacy. Every time you enter this majestic ballroom, let your imagination sense the tremors resonating from a century's worth of gatherings, and realize that you are joining a thriving, generations-long procession of show-goers. Welcome!

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Crystal Ballroom, Lola’s Room & Crystal Brewery Tour occurs daily at 2 p.m. - meet at Ringlers Pub (street level below the Crystal Ballroom.) The tour takes about half an hour to complete. Any questions may be directed to the Crystal box office, 503-225-0047.

Stamps for the Crystal Ballroom and Lola’s Room are also available when you see a show – ticketed or free – in either venue.

Please note: Due to private events, concert setup needs and brewers’ schedules, not all spaces are guaranteed to be available to tour daily, but our staff will give it our best shot and show you the spaces that we can.

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Floor and stage plan
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Lighting diagram 
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For Crystal Ballroom & Lola's Room
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Ballroom height and beam-to-beam dimensions
16' 11" from beam to floor
19' 11" from floor to ceiling
14' 6" in between beams

Promoter Info

Rental Expenses To Outside Promoters

RENT VARIES, PLEASE CONTACT A BOOKING COORDINATOR
$900  SOUND & LIGHTS
$365  PRODUCTION MANAGER ($54.75/hr OT)
$255  STAGE MANAGER ($38.32/hr OT)
$255  FOH TECHNICIAN ($38.32/hr OT)
$255  MONITOR ENGINEER ($38.32/hr OT)
$255  LIGHTING DIRECTOR ($38.32/hr OT)
$150  HOSPITALITY ($20/hr OT) [mileage is 33 cents per mile]
$1,000*  SECURITY ($100/hr OT)
$100  BOX OFFICE STAFF ($20/hr OT)
$200  ADMINISTRATION FEE
$ ----  PARKING HOODS
$ ----  CHAIR RENTAL ($2 per chair)
$ ----  ADVERTISING
$500  PIPE AND DRAPE/BARRICADE
$175  STAGEHANDS
$ ----  BOX OFFICE CREDIT CARD FEE (3% of Box Credit Card Sales)

* Security cost is an estimate. Additional security may be required depending on the nature of the event. 

Overtime: All expenses incurred by the Crystal Ballroom for Catering, Advertising, requested stagehands, overtime (anything over 10 hours), backline, barricade, risers, etc. will be added to total rental rate.

Deposits: A non-refundable 50% room deposit and a $2,500 'untenured promoter fee' (UPF) is due immediately in order to secure the room. If ticket sales exceed 500 the 'UPF' will be refunded; if ticket sales are below 500 the room keeps the entire $2,500 to make up for less than 1/3 capacity and corresponding lack of sales. The 'UPF' will not be refunded if the event cancels within 60 days of the event.

Settlement: Venue will pay renter with a company check at the immediate conclusion of door sales. Venue will not provide any cash at settlement.

Late Night Fee: There is a $1,000/hour additional fee for any events after 3 a.m. We may also require additional security for events of that nature.

Merchandise: Merch rate is 20% they sell. We can provide a seller with advance notice and will keep 30% of sales. The outside promoter will receive no revenue from the merchandise as that is the prerogative of the house. House keeps a percentage of all transactions.

Tickets: All tickets must be placed through the venue onto the Cascade Tickets system. All comps, label buys, and holds must be approved by the venue. There is a $2/ticket venue fee at the Box Office.

Refunds: All refunds will be directed to the outside promoter. In the absence of an outside promoter representative, the venue shall use its own discretion regarding refunds and all refunds shall be deducted from settlement.

Insurance and Licenses: Renter must provide liability insurance not less than $1,000,000 for any single occurrence naming McMenamins Inc. d.b.a. Crystal Ballroom as additionally insured. Tickets will not be placed on sale until binder is received. Promoter is responsible for all ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC fees.

Production Advance: Performers or their representative must contact venue's production manager 5 days prior to the event in order to advance production needs, otherwise runner will arrive at 6 p.m. and all rider items/requests will be greatly limited if provided at all.

Layout: The Crystal Ballroom is located on the 3rd floor. The first floor is Ringlers Restaurant and the 2nd floor is Lola's Room, both of which may have a public or private event simultaneously with the Crystal.

Cancellation/Postponement: The contract covers the specified event for the specified date. No substitution will be accepted for a cancellation. If the event is postponed the room deposit will be transferred to the date of the new event but the $2,500 'UPF' will be applied toward the date of the originally scheduled show and an additional $2,500 will be required in order to reschedule.

Capacity: The venue's capacity is 1500*. All artist and promoter guests and comps will be deducted from sellable. Comp and guest space must be reserved in advance. House is entitled to 20 guests. House guests will not effect sellable. Promoter must have guest list to house no later than 2 hours prior to doors. VIP cap is 25.

* Seated capacity is 850. Seated shows must be 21 and over. There is a $2/chair rental fee.

Venue and corporate sponsor banners may be present during event.

Marketing your event at the Crystal Ballroom

Please contact Mike Walker for information about marketing your event through McMenamins resources.

Box Office

Please note! Both the Crystal Ballroom and Lola's Room specialize in open-floor shows with a very limited amount of seats. The rare seated events will be clearly denoted as such, within the event description on our schedule page.

Box Office Information

Tickets for all McMenamins shows are ticketed by Cascade Tickets, and may be purchased at the Crystal box office (located under the Crystal's awning) and McMenamins Edgefield, by phone at 1-855-CAS-TIXX, or by clicking the "Buy Tickets" link located at the event listing on our schedules.

Tickets bought directly at the Crystal box office or any of our four ticket outlets will only incur a $1 facility charge. (Please note! Tickets to Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn will incur additional service fees.)

Crystal Ballroom Box Office Hours 
Daily, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The box office is open later on nights when there is a performance.

The box office accepts cash, VISA, MasterCard, American Express and DiscoverCard.

Will Call

Will call is located at the box office.

Refunds

All ticket purchases are non-refundable.

Parking

There are three pay lots nearby, and street parking is available.

Accessibility

Those with disabilities may call (503 225 0047) or email in advance to arrange early admittance.

There is an elevator located in the lobby.

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Weddings  Meetings  Social Events

The Crystal Ballroom is a truly awe-inspiring venue with its vaulted ceilings, grand chandeliers, giant wallscapes and famous "floating" dance floor. Accommodating groups from 100 to 1000 people, this 7,500-square-foot space includes access to the Ballroom's classic corner stage, floor-to-ceiling windows, swooping balcony, and full bar service.

Tucked in the Crystal’s second story is Lola’s Room accommodating events of up to 200 guests.  Lola’s comes with a handsome fully stocked bar, original artwork, and a floating dance floor all it’s own.

For overnight accommodations, our Crystal Hotel is just a block away!

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