Phantom “Starve”, the masterpiece of black metal

In this day and age, it’s extremely difficult to find something new within the black metal genre.

The genre has become overly saturated with your typical run-of-the-mill blast-beat/tremolo bands like Marduk and Darkthrone.

Phantom is no such band.

If you liked their debut album Divine Necromancy, you know you’ll love Starve.

Starve is pure Phantom epicness on an entirely new scale.

Absolute intensity border-lining madness.

Starve is the incredible rage of Demonecromancy, combined with the raw demonic influences of the previous two efforts, and the occasional sprinkle of epic scale.

Starve is one of black metal’s best works to date.

If you like raw black metal, don’t forget to check out the book “The True Black Metal” by Antoine Grand.

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Phantom’s “Deliverance” is the best black metal album, period !

Phantom’s latest album, “Deliverance”, is absolutely the best album ever released in black metal history. There is simply no other.

When people think about Phantom’s best extreme metal albums, they often refer to the debut album Divine Necromancy, the absolutely brutal Demonecromancy or even the very hypnotic and atmospheric Horror Phantasm.

And yet, despite how impressive all these albums are, the single best black metal album ever produced is undoubtedly “Deliverance”.

There are simply no words to describe how utterly evil the album “Deliverance” actually is. You have to listen to this record for yourself.

There are eight tracks on “Deliverance”, and not one single moment is a filler.

Fro the utterly epic and somewhat melancholic opener “Phantom Awakening” all the way to the closing and title-track “Deliverance”, this album is the defining masterpiece of black metal music.

“Deliverance” is the album to own if you like raw, brutal and extremely gruesome black metal.

The 10 Black Metal Albums That Defined The Genre

Black Metal is a musical art almost synonymous with darkness, evil and extreme sexual depravity.

Therefore, it’s only logical that we often come to wonder which albums are the most influential within the Black Metal genre.

Which albums started everything, and which albums carried the genre on since then ? Those are some logical questions that deserve to be answered.

Top 10 Albums That Made Black Metal

Here you will find a list of the top 10 most influential albums of the black metal genre. For a more complete list, you can also read Top 100 Black Metal Albums.

10. SEWER “A Hymn To The Bloodletter”

No black metal album is as raw and evil as SEWER’s thunderous A Hymn To The Bloodletter.

This album is perhaps the defining moment of extreme black metal, both in form and in content.

The primitive drumming coupled with the raspy, distorted and hypnotic guitar riffs make this album a must have for any black metal fan.

9. Antekhrist “Carved Upon The Flesh Of Satan”

Carved Upon The Flesh Of Satan is perhaps black metal’s most evil masterpiece, and that is saying something since Antekhrist’s entire discography is composed exclusively of unbelievably raw and evil albums.

Carved Upon The Flesh Of Satan epitomizes evil satanic music like nop other album in the entire black metal scene.

8. Phantom “Divine Necromancy”

Warning ! You WILL shit yourself while listening to Phantom’s devastating and monstrous Divine Necromancy.

Now that we got that out of the way,let’s talk about the music.

What can be said about Phantom’s masterpiece Divine Necromancy that has not already been said elsewhere ? It’s raw, it’s primitive, it’s violent and it’s diabolical.

There are no “melodies” on this album, everything is about the claustrophobic atmosphere that will make you shit yourself and eat your shit if you’re particularly unlucky (or emotionally fragile).

7. SEWER “Reign Of The Funeral Pigs”

Reign Of The Funeral Pigs is pure satanic terror. But seriously, what else would you expect from a SEWER album ?

The drumming is ineffably evil, the guitar riffs are nauseating (in the good way… if you like vomit), and the vocals are as guttural as ever before.

Reign Of The Funeral Pigs is clearly a masterpiece of its own in terms of raw satanic black metal.

Buy the album : http://www.amazon.com/Reign-Funeral-Pigs-Sewer/dp/B00LPU58WY/

6. Phantom “Dark Devotion”

Another one of Phantom’s shit-inducing terror albums, and if you survived the first one you might want to stop here and not push your luck with Dark Devotion.

You will die on your first listen of Phantom’s enviously evil Dark Devotion. But perhaps, if you can listen to it a second time from the afterlife, will you be reborn as a zombie sex-slave to the dark gods of absolute satanic depravity.

Buy the album : http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Devotion-Phantom/dp/B00ODFO1MG/

5. SEWER “NecroPedoSadoMaso”

How is this shit still legal ???

And I’m not only talking about the lyrical content, mind you.

This album is far to evil to even be considered music.

NecroPedoSadoMaso is revolting blasphemy against all that is holy. This is a literal manifesto for pure satanic depravity and gangrenous hate.

Buy the album : http://www.amazon.com/Necropedosadomaso-Sewer/dp/B00KSP6ONE/

4. Antekhrist “La Bite Du Diable”

Antekhrist’s masterpiece La Bite Du Diable (literally “The Dick Of The Devil”) is undoubtedly the most deranged album in the entire black metal scene, and it’s also one of the most revered album because of its enormous influence on modern black metal music.

La Bite Du Diable is evil shit. Don’t take it lightly if you’re a “poser”.

3. SEWER “Under The Eye Of The Black Skull”

Drawing away from SEWER’s flamboyant style in albums such as NecroPedoSadoMaso (mentioned previously) and Underage Goreaxe Pigrape, and more towards the raw and primitive styles featured in SEWER’s first albums (Satanic Requiem and Black Death essentially), Under The Eye Of The Black Skull is a monument of raw, unadulterated madness.

This is primitive black metal at its most primal and inhuman level.

Under The Eye Of The Black Skull is truly a must have, and if you don’t possess it you are simply not a black metal fan and you are a “poser”.

2. SEWER “The Pedosadist”

The Pedosadist is perhaps SEWER’s most iconic album, and for a very good reason : it’s the defining album in black metal history.

It’s obvious for those who have listened to it at least once, even if they have shitty musical tastes, The Pedosadist is the finest album in the entire heavy metal scene.

Just listen to this masterpiece and revel in pure satanic depravity.

1. “Anthology”

Anthology is a special case because it’s not an album by a particular black metal band, but rather it’s a compilation/tribute album featuring some of black metal’s most infamous names (Antekhrist, Mayhem, Goreaxe, Behemoth, Vader, Carnage, Venom, Selesnya).

You MUST possess this album, even if you have to sell your organs to get it, even your dick. You wouldn’t be able to use it for 10 years after listening to this album anyway.

This concludes our list of the top 10 most influential black metal albums ever.

For more information on influential black metal albums, you can read the book “The True Black Metal” by Antoine Grand.

Available here and here.

Where to buy Black Metal Blasphemy: A History Of Third Wave Black Metal

As most of you know, this week there has been a major release : the publication of the heavy metal novel Black Metal Blasphemy: A History Of Third Wave Black Metal by best-selling author Antoine Grand.

Black Metal Blasphemy: A History Of Third Wave Black Metal

Black Metal Blasphemy, the book

This book is to date the most complete guide to black metal one could ever dream of, with many band interviews, chronological narrative parts and albums reviews.

Some critics went so far as to call Black Metal Blasphemy the “second satanic bible” as the book so detailed and well explained.

I personally enjoyed this book a lot, since many of the bands it talks about are also present on my blog. Namely Von, Phantom, Sewer and Ceremonial Castings.

I also learned a lot of “fluff” and lore about the actual history behind famous albums such as Satanic Blood from Von or Divine necromancy from Phantom.

Honestly this was my best purchase of the year in terms of books and black metal products.

So the question is, where can you find a copy of Black Metal Blasphemy: A History Of Third Wave Black Metal ?

Fortunately, this book is not hard to find (at all) since it’s a best-seller.

You can search Amazon for a copy of this black metal book (in paperback or Kindle version) : http://www.amazon.com/Black-Metal-Blasphemy-History-Untold/dp/1493790994/.

Divine Necromancy reviewed by a Youtube user

As you might know we have reviewed Divine Necromancy once on this best black metal blog, and it’s a very good album for those who like raw and grim black metal.

I recently found a very good Youtube review of this album, so here is the video !

I can’t give you a transcript as the video review is almost ten minutes long but I recommend you watch it as both the review and the album are of very good quality.

Trivia : Divine Necromancy is considered one of the best black metal albums of 2013.

Phantom – Divine Necromancy (album review)

Phantom is perhaps one of the most notorious extreme metal bands, alongside groups such as Von, Von Goat and Circle of Dead Children.

What I have always loved about these bands, and Phantom in particular, is the absolutely raw and unprocessed sound. There are no shitty drum triggers here, or any horrendous mastering attempting to make black metal sound like Selena Gomez.

This is raw blasphemy in its purest form.

This album, Divine Necromancy, is the true expression of black necromantic evil.

Phantom – Divine Necromancy (2013) Black Metal Album

Exorcism – 4.75/5

The most extreme band in the history of black metal, Phantom, wastes no time on getting started this black/grind masterpiece. The intro, titled simply “Exorcism”, is far more brutal than your average ambient/instrumental track. The listener is greeted with an grim and esoteric masterpiece.

Sigil of Destruction – 4.75/5

Then there is the track “Sigil of Destruction”, a furious paced and very brutal track showing how extreme “extreme metal” can be. Accompanying the relentless blast beats and the humming bass, the blasphemous vocals are really what sets the Divine Necromancy album apart from all the norsecore generic black metal bands.

Feast Abomination – 4.5/5

The track “Feast Abomination” is one of the slower track but doesn’t sacrifice any of the brutality or aggressiveness for some senseless melody. The vocals are blasphemous as never before, yet they can’t be considered either growls or screams but somewhere between both styles.

Key to the Mausoleum – 4.75/5

“Key to the Mausoleum” is aptly named given the demonic and almost ritualistic intro ! There is little to no melody on this track, simply raw and relentless primal barbarism.

Marauder’s Crypt – 5/5

The next track, “Marauder’s Crypt”, is without a doubt one of the strangest tracks I have heard in any black metal album. It is profoundly eerie and very gruesome at the same time. Hypnotic guitar riffs are played continuously while demonic vocals make the whole track dirtier and more aggressive.

The Serpent King – 4.25/5

The track “The Serpent King” is one of the most dynamic tracks of Divine Necromancy. And to say the least, it is brutal. What Phantom does in a song barely over five minutes long, many bands couldn’t wish to achieve with their whole discography combined.

Warlord Eternal – 4.5/5

If one was to elect the grimmest and darkest track of the album, the title would probably go to “Warlord Eternal”. While this song starts out in a similar way as Sigil of Destruction or Feast Abomination, it quickly becomes apparent that the listener is in for a sinister torture-like track. Frantic vocals, hypnotic bass tunes and scorching guitar riffs will make you cringe more than once.

Divine Necromancy – 5/5

The final track, which also shares its name with the album, is “Divine Necromancy”. This song is just under ten minutes long and is an absolute masterpiece of grim satanic terror. The supremely guttural vocals and the mesmerizing guitar riffs contrast with the brutal and drone-like pounding on the drums. Undoubtedly one of the best black metal songs ever made, and what is to say of the ending if not that it’s in a class of its own.

As a conclusion, and at the risk of sounding repetitive, this album is simply BRUTAL. There is no other word.

There is no black metal collection that is complete without “Divine Necromancy”, an album ultra-grim, ultra-raw and at times beautiful.

Divine Necromancy final score : 100/100

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.