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