13 Jun 2016

Phidion: "Flesh of the Forsaken"

Rich in history without looking forward too often
When the five man strong thrashing death metal outfit from Stockholm come into play, their moods vary from narrow interpretations of ominous aggression, menacing fury and focused anger. The group's third release, the Flesh of the Forsaken EP from 2012, explores a lyrical universe consisting of the recurring history of humanity's affinity for warfare as well as other topics, set to a barbaric soundtrack of mid-paced, thrash-laden death metal that only Swedes can deliver.

Flesh of the Forsaken gives the impression that Phidion are a band of well-versed songwriters, and as such there's no time wasted on lackluster melodies or bland gimmicks. The EP is heavy when it needs to be, and fast when the flow demands it, rough around the edges, but refined at the core.

"The guitars provide a sturdy platform,"

For this type of no frills death metal, the simplistic nature of the guitar riffs isn't too out of place, but at times - when the bass isn't delivering its surprisingly interesting bass lines - Phidion lacks a bit of flavour and adventure. The guitars provide a sturdy platform, but border on banality more than once. The strings are, however, played with enough aggression, like the drums, to be capable of whipping up a storm.

Phidion have definitely procured an ample set of songs for an EP that doesn't leave much to be wanted, but at the same time has room for improvement. The band's skills in songwriting and flow definitely work to their advantage, and that ever so familiar tinge of Sweden's rich metal history is also highly present on Flesh of the Forsaken.


Released in 2012 independently


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