Vanhelgd – Temple Of Phobos
This Swedish quartet aptly known as Vanhelgd is back with its latest album under the guise of “Temple Of Phobos”, and it’s a stunning display of darkened doom with strong hints of death metal, which crushes the senses.
Musically, this bunch remind of early Asphyx (Martin Van Drunen era) and with some influences from Swedish death metal bands: Unleashed, Grave and Unanimated. There are the slow, melancholic passages incorporated with the more mid-tempo sections, and growls that make for haunted listening experiences, as you feel such cold temperatures engulf your entire body. What, I like most about this band is their ability to paint such bleak landscapes of a cold deserted wasteland… Its these types of mental pictures conjured up by such dark musical passages I really like, as it makes me feel like I’m watching some sort of horror flick.
This foursome are a talented group of musicians, who play with tons of passion, which can be felt on all seven of their songs, with a few of the songs clocking in at a hearty 6 and 12 minutes mark. You can only imagine how many cool changes these two songs feature, from beginning to end, these two cuts have quite a few killer ups and downs, leaving the listener hanging by a thread.
And this is what makes this band so interesting to listen to, they definitely know how to keep things interesting within their songwriting. The chilling orchestral choral arrangements on “Den Klentrogenes Klags” is a superb example of this band’s penchant to try something different within the heaviness they’ve on this album, and it works awesome.
“Temple Of Phobos” is a noteworthy release this year, and it should be checked out for its ability to break even the slightest ground in the extreme metal world. Very interesting, indeed. Dark Descent Records Sarjoo Devani