Symphonic extreme metallers Fleshgod Apocalypse have unveiled a cinematic new video for their latest single, Monnalisa.

The track is taken from the Italian band’s fifth opus, Veleno, which was released in 2019 via Nuclear Blast.

The video for Monnalisa was directed by Giovanni Bucci, who has also worked with Korn and shot Fleshgod Apocalypse’s previous video, Sugar. It was produced by Void n’ Disorder and shot by Francesco Pennica.

Fleshgod Apocalypse vocalist Francesco Paoli said: “Monnalisa is truly experimental but, at the same time, one of the best songs we’ve ever written. It stood up amongst the other Veleno tracks right from its release, becoming an instant classic for our fans.

“I believe what makes this one so special for everyone is that the idea of ‘poisoning’, which is at the very centre of our album Veleno, is connected to love. Even the most noble of feelings can become toxic if we suddenly lose our identity, letting our mind and soul become enslaved to someone else. In the end, we can truly love someone only if we find a way to love ourselves first. This is one of the most meaningful messages hidden inside our album. That’s why we felt the need to emphasize it even more through this video.

“When I came up with the concept behind the video, we all agreed that only someone like Giovanni Bucci could have handled it the way we desired. The final result is a cinematic video that looks as good as a high-end fashion film, with incredible production values and unconventional imagery, mostly inspired by the historical heritage of Italian fashion and architecture, while still maintaining some horror aspects.

“Giovanni and I have known each other for a very long time and I collaborated with his band ODDKO. I’m a huge fan of all his work as a full rounded artist. He and all the creative minds of the Void ‘N Disorder team, like the extraordinarily talented art director Paola Rocchetti and top-level colourist Gabe Sanchez, transformed a bunch of cool ideas into a mind-blowing piece of art.”

Giovanni Bucci added: “My goal with this music video was to prove that you can make something elegant and classy and still be metal as fuck. I wanted to get away from the gritty stereotypes of metal videos and since we are all Italians, I thought that it would be interesting to juxtapose death metal imagery with elements from classical Italian culture, with its sophistication, elegance, and style.

“Moreover, it’s always a pleasure to work with these guys and Francesco, who plays the drums on ODDKO’s upcoming album and is also featured in the next, soon to be released, music videos.” 

Here’s the video…