To change things up a bit, since most of my reviews on the last few days were of Canadian bands, I’ll give you my thoughts about a band that is from one exotic country when it comes to metal bands, a country that practically has so scene at all: Germany. Yes, one more time I’m kidding around here, but, hey, I haven’t review many German bands lately, although, of course I highly admire many bands from this awesome magnificent nation. And no, no Black Metal this time, but, come on, I don’t review only Black Metal music, but I digress. Today we have a Technical Death Metal band to make us all happy.
I’m talking about Phobiatic, a band that hails from Essen/ Bottrop. Founded in the year 2008, featuring members from several experienced German bands, Phobiatic’s goal was to combine old school roots with influence of contemporary death metal. After an EP released in 2009 named “Spreading the Plague” and the début full-length album “An Act of Atrocity” (2010), the band released their sophomore album Fragments of Flagrancy now, in 2014. And that’s the album I’ll let you know my feelings over it.
This is the type of music that you’ll enjoy if you like it. A rather obvious statement, but if you think about it, a Power Metal fan can enjoy Symphonic Black Metal, a Thrasher might like Death Metal and, of course we can enjoy them all, like it happens to me. Or maybe unexpected things might obviously happen, and they do, but Technical Death Metal is a genre that has a very specific sound and fanbase. That being said, if you like the genre, this is the band and the release for you. It’s great, brutal, very technical (clearly, of course), has an old-school feel, everything that is a must on a Technical Death Metal album.
It’s stated that this release is for fans of Beneath the Massacre, Origin, Nile, Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus and Suffocation. I couldn’t have said it better. The whole atmosphere, the powerful and skilled sound, Phobiatic is “never ashamed to salute the old masters and always punishing the pretenders with jagged Suffocation-like riffs (not to mention the vocals), a calamitous blast style of drumming, and some mighty fine songwriting” that produces an incredible and aggressive sound!
The production is professional, very clean. And the cover art is, in my humble opinion, very cool. Well, as we might have new readers, since the usual and appreciated ones are already familiar with my final words, I’ll always repeat myself and that is: I kindly ask you to help promoting the band the way that you can. You can buy the album, tell your friends, share their pages on Facebook, whatever you feel like doing. They deserve it.
Promo kindly provided by Melissa from FullBlast!PR.
Album: Fragments of Flagrancy (2014)
1. Bugging Operation
2. Downward Spiral
3. Ripped to Shreds
4. House in Cleveland
5. A Genius of Manipulation
7. Suitable Method
8. Abnormal Dilation
9. Like Pigs in the Dirt
10. Metropolis (of the Dead)
Michael Stifft – Bass
Kai Bracht – Drums
Robert Nowak – Guitars
Christian Markwald – Vocals
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/phobiaticmetal
All photos belong to their rightful owners.August 4, 2014