The Metal Moose Show – Episode 2015-04-07

If you want to get more information about any of the bands featured at The Metal Moose Show, simply Google the band and/or the song name to find their official website and Facebook page and, more important than that, attend their live concerts and buy their music. Here at The Headbanging Moose you can find a detailed review of German Technical Death Metal band Phobiatic (just click on the link below to read the review). Support your local bands… AND FOLLOW THE MOOSE!

On The Metal Moose Show this week (not necessarily in this order):

1. Fusskalt – Chasing Unicorns
2. Scarlet Canary – Bottles And Anchors
3. From Ashes To New – Downfall
4. Dryvr – Cloak And Dagger
5. Forever Still – Awake The Fire
6. Auron – Word And Deed
7. Running Death – Call Of Extinction
8. Convictors – Angel Of Impurity
9. Caladmore – Dawn Of The Deciever
10. Leave The Circus – Dreaming Lie
11. Back From Ashes – Rizen
12. Back From Ashes – Point Of No Return
13. Vengeful Ghoul – My Crowded Solitude
14. Wings In Motion – The Hydras Head
15. Phobiatic – Abnormal Dilation
16. Singularity – The Decent
17. Blackstar Republic – Sick Smile
18. Gravil – Beyond Reprieve
19. Blackstar Bullet – Catch The Bus
20. Left Of Reason – Fiesty Beaver
21. For I Am King – The Haunted

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The Metal Moose Show – Episode 2014-10-28

MMR_logoIf you want to get more information about any of the bands featured at The Metal Moose Show, simply Google the band and/or the song name to find their official website and Facebook page and, more important than that, attend their live concerts and buy their music. Here at The Headbanging Moose you can find detailed reviews of five of this week’s bands: American Progressive Symphonic Metal band Orisonata, British Electronic Rock band SouLost, German Technical Death Metal band Phobiatic, Finnish Raw Apocalyptic Black Metal band Endzeit and Italian Goth-Stoner-Doom Metal band Witches Of Doom (just click on the links below to read those reviews). Support your local bands… AND FOLLOW THE MOOSE!

On The Metal Moose Show this week (not necessarily in this order):

1. Chainfist – Know Your Hate
2. Torrid Complex – Moonshine
3. Zion Road – Ready To Begin
4. Parasite Inc – Time Tears Down
5. Arson City – Frankenstein
6. Up Against It – Eye For An Eye
7. Dying In Degrees – Cerebral
8. Symbolic – Living A Cold Lie
9. Seventh Calling – Battle Call
10. Andromeda Theory – Massacres Of The Fallen
11. King Shifter – Piece Of Mind
12. King Shifter – Pitch Black
13. Orisonata – Oath Breaker
14. SouLost – Bring You Down
15. Phobiatic – A Genius Of Manipulation
16. Endzeit – Hunger
17. Witches Of Doom – The Betrayal
18. Brea – Kicking Tree
19. Beauty In The Suffering – Reveille
20. Aesect – Snipe The Lamb
21. Deadtide – Anthem Of The Insomniac
22. Nailgun Massacre – Head On A Stick

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Album Review – Phobiatic / Fragments Of Flagrancy (2014)

Get ready for a technical and blustering sonic havoc by this terrific Death Metal band from Germany.

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COVERThere’s only one word that comes to my mind after listening to Fragments Of Flagrancy, the second full-length album by German Technical Death Metal band Phobiatic, and it’s DEVASTATION. That’s what this awesome band from Essen, Germany, offers us with their new album: a violent sonic war full of complex riffs and devastating drums, perfect for fans of the atrocious music by old school icons such as Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus and Suffocation, with an extra dose of modernity that intensifies their musicality even more.

Perhaps the most noticeable difference from their first album, disregarding of course the fact that all band members are a lot more mature and experienced now, is the change in vocals from the deeper guttural by Christian Markwald to the more technical and sharper voice by Sebastian Meisen. This change reminds me a lot of what happened to the music by American Death Metal masters Cannibal Corpse when Chris Barnes was replaced by George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, which in my humble opinion was indeed a very positive change for the band.

It seems that Phobiatic wanted to send a message to all listeners as soon as the opening track starts, the raging Bugging Operation, telling everyone something like “this is what we do, and if you don’t like it just fuck off”. It’s a devilishly technical and violent song, similar to what Brazilian Death Metal monsters Krisiun do and highly recommended for all lovers of extreme brutality, or in other words, not for the faint of heart. In Downward Spiral they were able to accelerate things even more, with an outstanding chorus and drummer Kai Bracht showing no mercy for his drum set, while Ripped To Shreds showcases an impressive synchronicity between guitars and drums, with the demonic and boisterous vocals by Sebastian Meisen perfectly fitting all that music havoc. Furthermore, I’m pretty sure bassist Michael Stifft is a huge fan of Cannibal Corpse’s one and only Alex Webster due to the complexity of the bass lines throughout this song.

Then this nonstop Death Metal machine brings us House In Cleveland, which despite being slower than the previous tracks is as heavy as it can be, with focus on deeper guttural vocals, and the superb A Genius Of Manipulation, where the complexity in its very technical and fast drumming and guitar lines is truly above average. Not only that, the violence found in its chorus is another highlight of this extreme metal composition, contributing to elevating it to the status of best song of the whole album. The following tracks, R.A.T.T. and Suitable Method, sound totally inspired by the music of Deicide and Krisiun and remind you that you need to be in really good shape to keep up with their speed and brutality, especially the latter where we have another awesome performance by drummer Kai Bracht, with all music variations making the song even more complex and disturbing. I’m sure you’ll love the last part of this song, it is an amazing lesson in Death Metal.

phobiatic-photo3But before you can raise your white flag amidst all the rage and violence bred by Phobiatic, the band still has time to deliver us some more awesomeness in form of Death Metal: in Abnormal Dilation, vocalist Sebastian Meisen adds some desperate high-pitched screams to his vocal range, while Like Pigs In The Dirt goes straight to the point with its old school approach (and don’t forget to pay attention to the “beautiful” message in the lyrics). And lastly, we have Metropolis (Of The Dead), a more obscure track with a melancholic intro that suddenly turns into another pure Death Metal tune, with highlights to the excellent job done by guitarist Robert Nowak.

You can find Fragments Of Flagrancy on sale here, and I’m sure it will soon be available in other places such as iTunes and some physical stores. Let’s help this amazing brutal band spread their infernal music all over the world and torment our souls for many years to come. After all, that’s what traditional Death Metal is all about.

Best moments of the album: Downward Spiral, A Genius Of Manipulation and Suitable Method.

Worst moments of the album: House In Cleveland and Metropolis (Of The Dead).

Released in 2014 Unundeux/Cargo Records

Track listing
1. Bugging Operation 2:50
2. Downward Spiral 2:41
3. Ripped To Shreds 2:53
4. House In Cleveland 4:41
5. A Genius Of Manipulation 3:38
6. R.A.T.T. 2:42
7. Suitable Method 4:22
8. Abnormal Dilation 2:20
9. Like Pigs In The Dirt 1:45
10. Metropolis (Of The Dead) 5:40

Band members
Sebastian Meisen – vocals
Robert Nowak – guitars
Michael Stifft – bass
Kai Bracht – drums