The Italian symphonic death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse are preparing to hit the studio to begin recording a new album. The disc, titled King, is tentatively set for an early 2016 release via Nuclear Blast Records.

Drummer/songwriter Francesco Paoli says, "The new album is called King. It's a concept album. It took longer this time but I believe it's a sign of more maturity and determination within the band. We can't release something mediocre just because it's enough to keep things rolling. I believe the music world requires people to work harder on their material and that is what Fleshgod Apocalypse is set to do in this ‘new middle age’ era."

Paoli continues, "At the end of the day, quality is the final goal, right? That's why our expectations in our music and writing become higher every time we approach the stage of creating a new album. We always follow our feelings and try to express our state of mind through our music, and what we have in our hands now is the darkest Fleshgod album ever. As for the concept behind the album, all I can say right now is that I think we need a good psychiatrist!"

The band will be recording the album in Rome, with mixing and mastering done by super-producer Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy). King will be Fleshgod Apocalypse's fourth full-length album. As far as upcoming live shows, the band has a handful of festivals on their calendar, including Bloodstock on Aug. 8. For all their dates, go here.