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P.H.O.B.O.S. : Anœdipal

Few bands pull off evil like P.H.O.B.O.S.. On 'Anœdipal' you will find prophecies of, and a pure lust for, destruction. If my interpretation is correct, during the course of this album the son will kill God, his father, so he can have an incestuous relationship with his mother. [edit by author: My interpretation here has one fundamental flaw. 'Anoedipal' is a psychoanalytical term for anti-Oedipus. Then again, at no point does the music provide any hints of tenderness (or even voluntariness) amongst the philias.] The flagellant priests will lead the souls of the repentant or regretful into the hands of the death-goddess Kali. On 'Anœdipal', the bonds of taboo are broken and sensual sinfulness blooms as the garden of Eden once did. The divine pantheons are merged into a philia galore of the forbidden, but according to the lyrics of 'Elitotems / ...' there is a purpose behind it all. In an apocalypse lies not salvation but the road to the almighty which "will breathe new life into a higher form of creation".

The use of industrial and thrash metal elements to enhance an apocalyptic sound has been pulled off before by bands such as V:28, Audiopain and Havoc Unit. The list of those who have taken it a step further and merged this sound with doom metal includes only Zaraza, as far as I can remember. As with Zaraza, P.H.O.B.O.S. has taken an experimental path which creates an entirely unique style where horror and inhumanity rule. Despite this, 'Anœdipal' remains a coherent album where all of its elements seem to be exactly where they should be. The strange rhythm, heavily distorted vocals and the uneven melody never give the impression of poor musicianship but rather the impression that the musicians are simply not human.

Those who enjoy really extreme and upsetting doom metal (some good examples include Bunkur, Zaraza, Planet AIDS, The Bizarre Blue Spectre, Funereal Luxuria and Khanate) may want to look into 'Anœdipal'. Be warned though, this loud "doomsday on a disk" album is so intense that it leaves the listener drained when the final track comes to an end. It's also the perfect soundtrack for Fallout...you hear that Bethesda? In any case, I know 'Anœdipal' will be played many, many more times on my stereo both in the near and distant future.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Unzen /                          / To Disrupt the Cycle of the Fœces
2. Hans & Horses /                          / To Unbind Father and Son
3. Post Theophanies /    / To Unbind the Son and the Holy Ghost
4. Destrud Mortid /              / To Comply with the Cruel Contact
5. Algo Lagnia /                     / To Embrace the Rites of Masoch
6. Elitotems /                                   / Odimus Profanum Vulgus

Duration : Approx. 56 minutes.

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Reviewed on 14-06-2009 by Arnstein Petersen
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