Phobophilic
Enveloping Absurdity


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fernando Alves STAFF
September 20th, 2022 | 29 replies


Release Date: 09/16/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Cavernous ways

Old school death metal has been well within my comfort zone for some time now, in the sense that it relaxes me while offering an escape from my everyday wars. Especially the kind which dwells in the deep holes of the earth, like that of the American quartet Phobophilic. Their revivalist death-doom formula, which pays tribute to Finnish acts like Demilich and Adramelech within a cavernous USDM aesthetic, has all the right ingredients to take me into that very private dimension of mine. Whether due to its intricate riffing, deep abyssal gutturals, or overall atmosphere, Phobophilic's debut album, Enveloping Absurdity, didn't take long to pull me into its muddy quicksand. As a matter of fact, the opener 'Enantiodromia' did the job almost instantly, through its infectious Finn-like approach reminiscent of the aforementioned collectives. Its tidy, classy character sets the tone for a collection of songs that show remarkable focus, mirroring a coherent, meticulously thought-out musical direction. The interplay between tempo variations is exceptionally smooth, as is the flow throughout the eight songs that feature an instrumental pit stop, 'Individuation', which, unlike most of its peers, is of real musical interest, adding value to the whole. Restraint and composure, qualities rarely associated with the genre, are palpable, giving Enveloping Absurdity an adult nature while delivering some oxygen to the cavernous ambiance. An airy layer enhanced by the apt production of long-time collaborator Adam Tucker, who skillfully crafted the right environment for the band's songwriting. The riff feast on 'Nauseating Despair' and 'Those Which Stare Back', or the lacy kick-off of 'The Illusion of Self', are just a few of the album's many highlights, along with the constant, headbang-inducing, slow/mid-paced segments. Except for the somewhat inconsistent lead department and (expected) lack of originality, Enveloping Absurdity has actually very few weaknesses, boasting a remarkable balance that makes it a must-listen for cave explorers who don't mind a little oxygen and refinement amongst the muddy holes of their soundscapes.




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TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2022


18074 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cave explorers should take a peek.



Full stream:

http://phobophilic.bandcamp.com/album/enveloping-absurdity

http://youtu.be/5voVSEwaMsI

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2022


17733 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn, Staff team on fire this month. Rotations on the features coming heavy and fast : ]

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2022


18074 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah the crew has been busy ;)

TheSpirit
September 20th 2022


30224 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice, I was just listening to this earlier. It's very good.





This has kind of been a crazy year for death metal.

BitterJalapenoJr
September 20th 2022


172 Comments


The first chord is cavernous indeed - great write up. Checking shortly.

necropig
September 20th 2022


6637 Comments


I've no recollection of listening to their EP but seems I liked it, shall check this

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
September 20th 2022


18074 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The EP is solid as is the track from the split with Sedimentum.

Thanks, BitterJalapenoJr.

YuriZakhaev
September 22nd 2022


805 Comments


Been looking forward to this one for a while now, so hyped to see these guys getting some traction

evilford
September 22nd 2022


56690 Comments


Gotta check

Pikazilla
September 22nd 2022


24553 Comments


omg this sounds like something right up my alley

Kusangii
September 22nd 2022


4210 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's gud

Pho3nix
September 22nd 2022


1358 Comments


"...which pays tribute to Finnish acts like Demilich and Adramelech within a cavernous USDM aesthetic"

I've never even heard of those two, need to czech. Great rev!

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
September 22nd 2022


18074 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks ;)



Those bands, along with Demigod, are among the most relevant European DM acts of the mid-nineties. They're all different from each other but share a somewhat common vibe, especially the first two. If you like OSDM a la Bolt Thrower or Incantation they are a must-listen.

InfernalDeity
September 22nd 2022


270 Comments


This is oppressively heavy.

combustion07
September 23rd 2022


11083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Killer album as expected.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2022


18074 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It also has an interesting replay value, I've been listening to it on repeat for a few days now.

osmark86
September 23rd 2022


11180 Comments


oh yah, oh yah

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2022


17733 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty happy with this overall.

butt.
September 23rd 2022


10014 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sick stuff. Cavernous indeed

DarkSideOfLucca
September 23rd 2022


16486 Comments


About to jam this for my 45 minute workout, will come back to report

New Old school death metal is my favvvvvv



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