Phrenelith
Chimaera


3.9
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland STAFF
December 12th, 2021 | 172 replies


Release Date: 12/10/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sledgehammers. Just in time for Christmas.

Has death metal ever been quite so apt during the course of a whole year? 2021 would like to think so. And just like all those death metal acts before it, Phrenelith manages to hammer in every single trope from the old-school of death metal genre while conforming to what modern death metal has to offer. Confused? You had better not be—while Chimaera emulates every dream team response a world of blast beats and gnarled riffs has to offer, the band’s soundscapes are summed up in an insurmountable display of bludgeoning, hammer-fisted death metal. Does it riff? Would it possibly run over your cat should it step out on the road at the wrong time? Of course Chimaera ***ing would. But I’m not going to sit here and implore that Phrenelith’s newest deathly export doesn’t swing like the hammer it is, weathered calluses and a veteran grip.

Chimaera itself lacks dexterity. It's blunt. Of the album’s seven tracks you’d be hard pressed to find bright melodies and wholesome atmospheres. Only murk and mirth are to be uncovered in Chimaera’s depths. Continuing the analogy above; this hammer is heavy on one end. Namely, the bottom—or the top if you contain the strength to hold it upright. Forged steel at the end of a worn handle, swung by those who know their craft. Despite this there’s no denying the power here, fit for a trundle or journey; hi-vis vest over the top of a flannelette shirt (probably one that hasn’t been washed in weeks) and yet there’s a gentle masculinity to be found deep within “Χίμαιρα” that might eventually get you laid. Just don’t play this on the way to your first date.




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Gnocchi
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16250 Comments

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This one's for Fern. Tried some short form - which I most likely suck at.



If you want that Bandcamp link, it's here somewhere: https://nuclearwinterrecords.bandcamp.com/album/chimaera

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Gnocchi
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Shiz' good.

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I know I know...dang

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Gnocchi
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December 12th 2021


16250 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

You know what?

DDDeftoneDDD
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19656 Comments


Another one...year ain t over yet etc
Oof will prob start my list with great things yet to listen lol as always

Gnocchi
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We’re almost over. We’re getting there.

Deathconscious
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they caught a terminal spirit disease

MotokoKusanagi
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oh fuck yeah i still jam Desolate Endscape somewhat often. had no clue these guys were even still making music, neat album art too. bookmarked

CaptainDooRight
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Kusangii
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"they caught a terminal spirit disease"



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CaptainDooRight
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Album Rating: 3.5

digging the shorter staff reviews lately, I’m finding as I get older I’m becoming more and more of a straight to the point kinda guy, so cheers to you

Hyperion1001
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21541 Comments


agreed cap, I think short forms are way more valuable in the modern media context. some albums necessitate a deep dive but most everything nowadays can be summed up with “genre + good/bad”. Throw in some descriptive words and I’m good lmao.

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CaptainDooRight
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Yee also hype you gotta lemme know how that show goes tonight, have fun!

Hyperion1001
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oh I’ll post updates in the thread for sure!

CaptainDooRight
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JesperL
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yeah big fan of shorter/this review as well, will jam right this goddamn second

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Have a soft spot for Danish extreme metal bands, will be checking this out.

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Oh damn, had no idea this was coming out! Will czech.

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