Distributor/label [URL] Heidens Hart Records
Buy Album [URL] https://heidenshart.bandcamp.com/album/phantasmhassgorie
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/trueblackdeath/
Colonel Para Bellum – Bass, Vocals
Abysslooker – Guitars
Polar Maya – Drums
1. Hass aus dem Himmel
2. …ist Hass
4. Der Engelhass
5. Gott ist mein Hass
6. Hass in den Ardern et Erde
7. Duch den Wirbel des Hasses
8. Der Hass der Toten
Veteran bands in any genre can go one of two ways: they find their own sound and perfect it through album after album by mixing together all the right elements and taking the odd risk every now and again; or they can run stale and make the same album repeatedly with nothing particularly amazing jumping out at the listener.
This album, the ninth by this Russian band with over 20 years on the road, sadly falls into the latter, for I was not quite wowed by anything this piece put out. That’s not to say they aren’t an amazing band, this is the real deal from Blackdeath who have toured constantly with big names like Inquisition and Archgoat, but even the heroes of any genre can falter every now and again.
Don’t get me wrong, ‘Phantasmhassgorie’ is a strong showcase of Blackdeath’s strength and agility by having lightning fast songs at impressive lengths, and the guys have certainly got down the ideology behind their evil, anti-Abrahamic lyrics, and the overall tone of the release said they pulled no punches – but this really is another album that will probably wow your nerves and tingle your spine at first but become forgettable quickly.
It appears, at most, to be another tome of stale Black Metal, making the genre show its maturity but also its feats.
In reviewing this album over a lengthy process, I can say I was taken on first listen by the shrieking vocals and machine gun drumming, but as I tested its longevity, none of the tracks on ‘Phantasmhassgorie’ made me want to put it on again. Replay value isn’t high for it, so I can only think of this as a misfire in the band’s onslaught of beautifully putrid metal.
Please do note that this is only one critic’s opinion of this album so if it wowed you in ways I must have missed, then good on you for doing so.
Review by Demitri Levantis