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