REVIEW: Fulgora – Stratagem

“…and this is some design, isn’t it?”

Comprised of members from Pig Destroyer, Misery Index and Agoraphobic Nosebleed (a personal favorite), St. Louis, Missouri super group Fulgora turned heads last summer when they were selected by Metal Sucks as one of five then-unsigned bands to record for free at Converse’s Rubber Tracks Studio in Brooklyn, NY. The fruits of that session, as well as the band’s two previous EPs have been combined into Stratagem, and recently unleashed upon the world via Metal legend Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Records.


Fulgora’s sound is refreshingly, unapologetically hardcore with just a bit of thrash and grind thrown in the mix. The largely mid tempo stompers with lightly melodic thrash inflected riffs are well complemented by the shrieking rasp of vocalist and relative industry newcomer B.L. LaMew. Clocking in at a blistering 19 minutes long, Stratagem will make you want to play it again as soon as it’s over, and probably catch something new each time. We especially like the blast beat powered bridge of Risen that trades off on a more straightforward beat, endless crisp tempo changes throughout getting the blood pumping, and the apocalyptic howl of a riff at the beginning of Meridian.

Fulgora have two east coast dates coming up, one on May 21st at The Archeron in Brooklyn, NY and a slot at Maryland DeathFest on the 23rd. Come on, no Philly date? I’d love to see these guys tear the roof off of one of our smaller venues. Until then I’ll just have to play the record a few (hundred) more times. Highly recommended.

Fulgora’s Stratagem was released on March 24th, 2015 by Housecore Records.

Fulgora Music

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Kevin Hawkey is the co-founder, head writer and editor of Riot-Nerd. He enjoys Fighting Games, Metal, Marvel, Horror and all the weird shit in between. A lifelong Philadelphian just as comfortable in a circle pit at Underground Arts as he is drooling over the new Hot Toys figures at Brave New Worlds, Kevin’s idiosyncratic sensibility gives this site it’s unique dichotomy between “riot” and “nerd”.
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