Phantom, Divine Necromancy to be released October 31

Perhaps one of the most awaited black metal albums of the decade, Divine Necromancy, by the band Phantom is set to be released on October 31 2013.

Phantom is a band that rose to prominence in the extreme metal scene and more importantly a band that is known for its interesting, to say the least, approach to music.

With unorthodox song structures and very dissonant psychedelic and hypnotic tones, Divine Necromancy is a stark departure from anything ever released in the black or death metal scenes.

It is common knowledge that extreme metal is generally considered the harsher and more brutal sub-genre of heavy metal.

In which case Phantom music would be the harsher and more brutal sub-genre of extreme metal.

While mixing sinister and abrasive riffs with despotic and borderline ritualistic drumming is a good description of the music on most Phantom tracks, notably on the album Divine Necromancy, you really have to listen to the Divine Necromancy album if you want to get a feel for how necrotic the work really is.

And since this album will be coming out in less than two weeks (on October 31), you will soon have a chance to listen to Divine Necromancy.

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Pig Destroyer – Terrifyer (review)

Terrifyer is one of the best Grindcore/Deathgrind albums with extreme metal influences.

While this album by Pig Destroyer remains straightforward Grindcore for the most part, the classical, black metal, death metal and progressive influences are all very distinguishable.

The vocals on this album are nearly perfect, but they are only one of the elements that make Terrifyer a must have for any death metal enthusiast.

Much like on the album Satanic Blood by Von, the vocals are minimalist yet at the same time very complex.

Have a look at the song “Towering Flesh” by Pig Destroyer to grasp what I’m talking about.

The drumming on Terrifyer is as you would expect on a deathgrind album, brutal and relentless. However on some tracks such as on “Towering Flesh” (see above) and the title track “Terrifyer” there is also a lot of technicality in the drumming, reminiscent of bands such as Nile and Suffocation which combine extreme blast beats with technical drum fills.

The guitars on Terrifyer are really what makes this album stand apart from other Deathgrind work, and other Pig Destroyer albums. The guitars are very aggressive and harsh, even for extreme death metal.

They are not raw or brutal in the sense of early Circle of Dead Children, yet they are distorted, raspy and sometimes even ironically melodic.

Terrifyer final score : 95 / 100