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PHAZM - "Antebellum Death n' Roll" - 2006 - OSMOSE PRODUCTIONS

Track Listing
1. How To Become A God
2. Hunger
3. Black 'N' Roll
4. So White, So Blue, So Cold
5. My Darkest Desire
6. Damballah
7. Decay
8. The Bright Side Of Death
9. Sabbath
10. Mr. Toodling
11. Lorelindorenan
12. Burarum
Holy cow!! This is what happens when the death metal kids start listening to their parents' CREAM, ALLMAN BROTHERS, and LYNYRD SKYNYRD records! Don't fear folks, this CD isn't something that many fans of those aforementioned bands will appreciate. The point of comparison here is best established with the ability to work within a similar groove, albeit with the amps turned up much louder. If latter day ENTOMBED or "Soul Survivor"-era GOREFEST is your thing, PHAZM will definitely satiate your palate. I can picture many a beer slammed across the world to accompany this opus. If ya like good ol' rock n' roll and you are a death metal fan, I strongly recommend this.

The guitar tone is awesome. Perhaps one of the best I've heard recently. Every note and chord comes out nice and thick. The rhythm section, however, is the star of this show. I love the direct-simplicity-without-being-boring approach. They lock in to a certain feel and just fire away. Not unlike 38 SPECIAL. The horror and humor themes also serve to make this an enjoyable ride.



--DEATH METAL SHAWN 05.03.07

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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2006
Death Metal Shawn5/30/2007


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