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Foreordained

by Phobocosm

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bmurator Canadian Death Metal. I approached this with caution as I usually find DM a little too artificially abrasive & go for MDM instead... :) But the depth & lugubriousness of those vocals beckoned me closer & I am now totally hooked! An absolute gem of an album! Highly recommended!!!
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Ippocalyptica For the first time in their brief but impressive career, Phobocosm have fully emerged from the shadows of their strongest influences to create a fully realised and compelling vision of cavernous death metal. Yes, those fingerprints remain, but you can feel that this is Phobocosm first and foremost, and I enjoyed Foreordained way more than Incantation’s latest and a bit more than Immolation’s last. This sounds more vital. Truly, this is the sound of a black hole consuming all light. Lovely! Favorite track: For an Aeon.
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r2 Dark, nasty, and evil as sin. Recalls the likes of Incantation, Immolation, Father Befouled, and Dead Congregation while maintaining its own identity. I can’t recommend this enough. Horns up!
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Premonition 03:50
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Primal Dread 10:12
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Infomorph 07:46
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Revival 05:47
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For an Aeon 07:21

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Montréal’s Phobocosm continue their career-spanning collaboration with Dark Descent Records with third full-length Foreordained.

Foreordained is an amalgamation of everything that came before it. A perfectly balanced fusion of the murky death metal depravity of debut Deprived, blended with the devastating doom of Bringer Of Drought. Remarkably, this was the plan all along: “When we wrote Deprived, we decided that our first three albums would be a trilogy, so Foreordained is the last chapter of that trilogy. We made a conscious effort to pace all three albums in a similar manner, since we wanted them to be linked - starting with a slow, crushing doom song and concluding with a long, epic, depressive one. It's not a coincidence,” reveals guitarist Samuel Dufour.

As their genre of choice would suggest, Foreordained's lyrical concepts are about death, as well as the futility of denying one’s inherent mortality. Hence the name of the album; meaning predestined, inevitable… “Since death is unavoidable, the end of all life and of our planet is also unavoidable, so there are apocalyptic themes also. The closer ‘For An Aeon’ is about a possible way the world as we know it could end.”

Wrapped in artwork by the inimitable Lauri Laaksonen of Desolate Shrine, Convocation and Pestilent Hex fame, Foreordained is set to be a 2023 death metal highlight.

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released December 8, 2023

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