Black metal is really the avant-garde of Metal. I have no doubt about that. This P.h.o.b.o.s. “Phlogiston Catharsis” has just proved me right. I swear I have never heard anything near what they are presenting here. No way in hell – oops!
Opening track, “Biomorphorror,” has lots of similarities with Venom’s “Black Metal” due to its intro featuring an abusive use of effects and white noise. This is a rule to all “Phlogiston Catharsis,” an album which the use of effects, made by instruments or not, and white noise is a constant. P.h.o.b.o.s. do an interesting in producing noise using the typical black metal instrumental. Though, “Phlogiston Catharsis,” is everything but a regular black metal effort. P.h.o.b.o.s. go beyond experimental here. In general, Metal bands make noise with their instruments, for their intent is to break the boundaries of a sonic experience. P.h.o.b.o.s. go beyond this because what they do is to write songs with noise. Their music is noise-oriented. Of course, they maintain a black metal foundation. Thus, their music seems to be a lit uncanny, but within the limits. But the burning question is: What is uncanny to black metal these days?
Take the art cover, for instance. Salvador Dali wouldn’t paint it better. Unlike their peers, it’s full of colors, but still mysterious and dark. You see, darkness is a concept, not a color. Edgy music like P.h.o.b.o.s. soon spread to other bands. That’s the job this kind of effort does. To be an inspiration to other musicians to inspire them to use them in their music. I’d rather tame it, but it’s so strong. Though correct. To have an idea of it, there is no ordinary musical instrumental in “Phlogiston Catharsis.” I told it was edgy.
P.h.o.b.o.s. “Phlogiston Catharsis” will be released on September 10th via Transcending Obscurity Records.
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