' In the glass of hours grain after grain drips down. Prognosticate the flood in which we all shall drown. And in their ivory towers the watchers lost their sight. Fumbling for a match as fires set their world alight.'
The Swedish masters of aversion and forlorn VANHELGD returns with an even darker aspect of Death Metal surpassing what is deemed traditional and into the realms of blackened Doom Metal with "Temple Of Phobos".
While still firmly locked into that unmistakable VANHELGD sound, it is clear that on "Temple Of Phobos" they have steered into a much more despondent territory; very reminiscent of the early Nineties Doom. VANHELGD have managed to capture the essence and vibe with such perfection on "Temple Of Phobos" that perhaps this will go down in VANHELGD's history as one of their heaviest, gloomiest and blackest record ever.
Recorded and mixed at Studio Underjord with Joona Hassinen (Year Of The Goat, Saturnalia Temple, Ocean Chief, etc) and mastering duties by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio (Watain, Repugnant, Desultory, etc) and once again gracing the ominous artwork by VANHELGD frontman Mattias 'Flesh' Frisk (Ghost, Entrapment, Vampire, etc).
A corrosive mix of death, doom, psychedelia, and black metal, the Portland quartet’s debut full-length is a bona fide underground monolith that shapeshifts with each listen, all while maintaining its essential heaviness. Bandcamp Album of the Day Feb 1, 2019