Release date: 19 March 2012
Style: Industrial doom metal

Rating:

8.2 | 30 votes

Owners:

15 have it
11 want it


01. Necromegalopolis Of Coprolites
02. Maelström Mani Padme Hum
03. Solar Defrag
04. Transonic Mahasamadhi

Review

Staff review by
Mr. Doctor

Rating:
9.0
…And France is at it again, making exquisite music. It's not black metal as we've been accustomed to hear from this country throughout the years though. Well, there are some slight black influences but Atonal Hypermnesia is more than that, so much more.

In the industrial family, P.H.O.B.O.S. seems to be Blut Aus Nord's cousin and Uncle Godflesh's nephew. He's quite a sophisticated and independent relative though, using some of the mechanical aspects seen in Godflesh but taking away the bludgeoning and aggressive aspect of it in order to have a much colder and indifferent tone. Sounds similar of his compatriots can be heard in the highly dissonant guitars yet again the project's mastermind Frédéric Sacri demonstrates that he's one of the smarter cookies around by taking such sounds and molding them for his own purposes, slowing the riffing to a glacial and agonizing pace.

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published 29.05.2012 | Comments (16)

Staff pick by
Daniell

17.05.2012 Take Blut Aus Nord's Procession of the Dead Clowns, slow it down to glacial pace, completely dehumanize guitars, subdue the vocals to the point of non-existence, and add tons of sick reverb. Spice up with dementia and insanity. That's Atonal Hypermnesia for you.

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!J.O.O.E.! - 17.05.2012 at 12:34  
Rating: 9 Shit, this really does sound like Blut aus Nord being played under water. Probably the closest I've ever heard a band come to their sound. Immense stuff.
Mr. Doctor - 17.05.2012 at 12:36  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 17.05.2012 at 12:34

Shit, this really does sound like Blut aus Nord being played under water. Probably the closest I've ever heard a band come to their sound. Immense stuff.


The sound of the guitars is quite impressive, I mean... You can barely hear them sometimes but that's because of the whole underwater effect that I really enjoyed... But they really have cool dissonant riffs here and there.

Great drum programming too, it adds a lot of suspense during some of the silent moments. It's like Blut Aus Nord and Godflesh had some cold and mechanical sex in their pool. Now that Daniel wrote his pick I gotta get my shit done and write my review.
!J.O.O.E.! - 17.05.2012 at 12:55  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 17.05.2012 at 12:36


The sound of the guitars is quite impressive, I mean... You can barely hear them sometimes but that's because of the whole underwater effect that I really enjoyed... But they really have cool dissonant riffs here and there.

Great drum programming too, it adds a lot of suspense during some of the silent moments. It's like Blut Aus Nord and Godflesh had some cold and mechanical sex in their pool. Now that Daniel wrote his pick I gotta get my shit done and write my review.

Nearly at the end of the third track now and loving it so far.
Troy Killjoy - 17.05.2012 at 17:42  
  Added to the list of several other releases I need to listen to...
BoxCar Willy - 17.05.2012 at 18:30  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.05.2012 at 17:42

Added to the list of several other releases I need to listen to...

My list just keeps getting bigger.

Too much to listen to, too little time.
InnerSelf - 17.05.2012 at 20:09  
Rating: 9 "Take Blut Aus Nord's Procession of the Dead Clowns"
Shut up and take my remaining free megabytes money
!J.O.O.E.! - 17.05.2012 at 20:20  
Rating: 9
Written by InnerSelf on 17.05.2012 at 20:09

"Take Blut Aus Nord's Procession of the Dead Clowns"
Shut up and take my remaining free megabytes money

The most Blut aus Nord-ian track on the album:

InnerSelf - 17.05.2012 at 20:30  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 17.05.2012 at 20:20

The most Blut aus Nord-ian track on the album:
Maelström Mani Padme Hum

It's literally crushing me.
France, I'm sorry that I used to hate you
!J.O.O.E.! - 17.05.2012 at 20:34  
Rating: 9
Written by InnerSelf on 17.05.2012 at 20:30

France, I'm sorry that I used to hate you

We all did dude... we all did.
InnerSelf - 17.05.2012 at 20:38  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 17.05.2012 at 20:34

Written by InnerSelf on 17.05.2012 at 20:30

France, I'm sorry that I used to hate you

We all did dude... we all did.

Do they teach this kind of sound in school ? it's either that or BaN has become as influential as fuck
!J.O.O.E.! - 17.05.2012 at 20:41  
Rating: 9
Written by InnerSelf on 17.05.2012 at 20:38

Do they teach this kind of sound in school ? it's either that or BaN has become as influential as fuck

I'm not sure, but I think I recall hearing that Vindsval makes a living as a guitar teacher. Maybe he's taught a few of the bands around today.
Mr. Doctor - 17.05.2012 at 20:41  
Rating: 9 While having some obvious influences, it's cool to see that P.H.O.B.O.S. does have its own personality so to speak.
tea[m]ster - 18.05.2012 at 05:52  
Rating: 8 Will I dig this or not...
Troy Killjoy - 18.05.2012 at 06:01  
 
Written by tea[m]ster on 18.05.2012 at 05:52
Will I dig this or not...

Personally I'd suggest you wait a bit before delving into something like this. The mix of industrial and black metal might be a major turn-off for you considering you aren't accustomed to (as far as I know) the likes of Blut aus Nord, Reverence, Samael, Iperyt, and other industrial black metal* bands.

* admittedly I'm not too familiar with this genre myself being that I don't personally enjoy it all too much, but Joe is very well-versed in most things industrial/black
tea[m]ster - 18.05.2012 at 06:04  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 18.05.2012 at 06:01

the likes of Blut aus Nord, Reverence, Samael, Iperyt, and other industrial black metal* bands.

* admittedly I'm not too familiar with this genre myself being that I don't personally enjoy it all too much, but Joe is very well-versed in most things industrial/black


Fuck you Troy. I am sick of you nailing it on the head EVERYTIME

I tried Samael, I couldn't stand it! Yuck! Maybe I will stay away from this...
!J.O.O.E.! - 18.05.2012 at 16:10  
Rating: 9 To be honest this is quite light on abrasiveness, and black metal. It stems more from BaN's TEOAM/MoRT style combined with Godflesh's mechanical side (but still not as heavy to me; lacks the bludgeoning aspect of Godflesh) so quite industrial oriented with shit loads of droning ambience. At least to me this is a very easy listen, much more than their Tectonics album which is far heavier. This is still quite dissonant and dark which will probably put off most people.
Slayer666 - 18.05.2012 at 16:29  
  That description sounds tasty. Mediafire, here I come!
Pazdzioch - 19.05.2012 at 16:12  
  BaN + Godflesh = I need to hear this asap.
Mr. Doctor - 20.05.2012 at 21:26  
Rating: 9
Written by tea[m]ster on 18.05.2012 at 05:52

Will I dig this or not...


Think Streetcleaner and some droning and long passages of Pure... now make them lighter in terms of heaviness and looooonger. Some of BAN's industrial work as well. I think you might like it.

Review coming soon btw.
esw1026 - 21.05.2012 at 06:27  
Rating: 8 As compared to their previous works, this album is more ambient and industrial..... but I'm still confused about where each track ends and starts. Anyway it's a good album
Mr. Doctor - 21.05.2012 at 11:20  
Rating: 9
Written by esw1026 on 21.05.2012 at 06:27
but I'm still confused about where each track ends and starts.


I like that feeling, gives albums (specially with this kind of music) far more flow.
tea[m]ster - 22.05.2012 at 23:36  
Rating: 8
Written by Mr. Doctor on 20.05.2012 at 21:26

I think you might like it.


If this sounds anything like Samael I will pass, tell me now!
Mr. Doctor - 22.05.2012 at 23:40  
Rating: 9
Written by tea[m]ster on 22.05.2012 at 23:36

Written by Mr. Doctor on 20.05.2012 at 21:26

I think you might like it.

If this sounds anything like Samael I will pass, tell me now!


I know very little Samael but enough to say that this does not sound like it AT ALL. Like it has been said before it's for people who enjoy his/her good industrial a la Blut Aus Nord, Godflesh or similar.
tea[m]ster - 22.05.2012 at 23:41  
Rating: 8
Written by Mr. Doctor on 22.05.2012 at 23:40

I know very little Samael but enough to say that this does not sound like it AT ALL. Like it has been said before it's for people who enjoy his/her good industrial a la Blut Aus Nord, Godflesh or similar.


Well shit Doc, if it's Godflesh I am in! Stay tuned...
Mr. Doctor - 22.05.2012 at 23:50  
Rating: 9
Written by tea[m]ster on 22.05.2012 at 23:41
Well shit Doc, if it's Godflesh I am in! Stay tuned...


YOU stay tuned... I'm reviewing this soon! (Got the nice promo from The Guy). Once I'm done with this University year (which will be tomorrow lol) I'm going to start with my review.
tea[m]ster - 02.06.2012 at 19:25  
Rating: 8
Written by Mr. Doctor on 22.05.2012 at 23:50

YOU stay tuned... I'm reviewing this soon! (Got the nice promo from The Guy). Once I'm done with this University year (which will be tomorrow lol) I'm going to start with my review.


I'm still waiting...
Finally listened to some of this, the last two songs to be exact. I like it. The Godflesh comparisons are inevitable.
Mr. Doctor - 02.06.2012 at 20:16  
Rating: 9
Written by tea[m]ster on 02.06.2012 at 19:25

Written by Mr. Doctor on 22.05.2012 at 23:50

YOU stay tuned... I'm reviewing this soon! (Got the nice promo from The Guy). Once I'm done with this University year (which will be tomorrow lol) I'm going to start with my review.


I'm still waiting...
Finally listened to some of this, the last two songs to be exact. I like it. The Godflesh comparisons are inevitable.


Why are you waiting? The review has been published for a couple of days already. Look up.
There are godlfesh influences just as much as Blut Aus Nord influences but P.H.O.B.O.S. manages to use those influences, mold them and come up with a sound that ends up being his own.
!J.O.O.E.! - 13.12.2012 at 06:01  
Rating: 9 God damn, revisiting albums like this and Bong make it rather hard to choose a favourite for this year.
Mr. Doctor - 13.12.2012 at 16:07  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 13.12.2012 at 06:01

God damn, revisiting albums like this and Bong make it rather hard to choose a favourite for this year.


Hehehe I agree. I remember I listened to it a few weeks ago, first time since my review and damn... Shit is still good.
Jaeryd17‍ - 27.12.2012 at 05:16  
Rating: 9 Listening to Necromegalopolis of Coprolites, and it sounds like something from the first Diablo game. The muffled atmosphere, and especially the drums... Makes me feel like I'm in the "Caves" level, or in "Hell."
mz - 17.05.2013 at 14:37  
Rating: 9 Sounds like a must listen for me since I enjoy Godflesh and Ban to a great extent. Too bad I can not find it on net and cant play youtube properly
BoxCar Willy - 18.05.2013 at 02:05  
Rating: 9 This is the sound of an invading mechanical apocalypse.
mz - 16.06.2013 at 18:13  
Rating: 9 Finally got around to listen to this album and this really kicks ass.
mz - 16.06.2013 at 23:31  
Rating: 9 This album had been on top of my check list for the last six month and I finally listened to it today after so much search on net. I have to say that this totally deserves the time I spent searching for it and praise here. PHOBOS has put black, doom and industrial metal into a mixture machine and the final dronized product is massive attack to the listener's mind. Also, this album was surprisingly easy on my ears, probably because of the Godflesh comparison that made me prepare myself for an intensely abrasive and harsh album.
Despite the fact that this is already great album, I feel that there is room for improvement. I personally would prefer a more abrasive album or some dark ambient effects here and there...
Góral - 16.07.2013 at 00:32  
Rating: 8 The Gate to hell is located in France..
Demerzel - 13.10.2013 at 15:53  
Rating: 8 Finally listened to this. I can't shake the feeling that it could have always been harsher and more crushing. It has huge potential which it doesn't live up to. I do love how it just stops at times, builds up a foreboding, tedious feeling and just breaks into it's usual order of business.
mz - 13.10.2013 at 22:26  
Rating: 9
Written by Demerzel on 13.10.2013 at 15:53

...I can't shake the feeling that it could have always been more harsher and crushing...

check their previous album if you are looking for harsher and more crushing album. that one is a real beast, probably the most crushing album I've ever heard
Lit. - 30.10.2013 at 04:44  
  I owe France a massive apology.
They've been spitting out shit that I've been loving lately. This, for example.
Mr. Doctor - 23.04.2014 at 19:07  
Rating: 9 I'm gonna move this discussion to keep it online (since it began in a The Great Old Ones album thread...)

Written by tea[m]ster on 23.04.2014 at 19:02

Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.04.2014 at 18:58

Written by tea[m]ster on 23.04.2014 at 18:53
I was just teasing a bit. No doubt this is black metal but I want to lean more towards post-black. We all hear what we want to hear...

Last time you used that line it was to call P.H.O.B.O.S. industrial sludge. So I'm not going to buy that line AT ALL.

But Doc, I really don't know what generic black metal is supposed to sound like. You know me and check my collection, anything having to do with black metal is usually in a sub-genre of it...or I stupidly confuse something that is black with another genre....PHOBOS a great example!

You get a free card for not being into black. P.H.O.B.O.S. is more or less a combination of Black metal (point of reference: Blut Aus Nord), Industrial (a la Godflesh) and some doomy vibe (not gonna call it doom but it does give away some moments in that vein... Specially with the extreme funeral-doom-like slowness).

That's about it.
tea[m]ster - 23.04.2014 at 19:11  
Rating: 8
Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.04.2014 at 19:07

You get a free card for not being into black. P.H.O.B.O.S. is more or less a combination of Black metal (point of reference: Blut Aus Nord), Industrial (a la Godflesh) and some doomy vibe (not gonna call it doom but it does give away some moments in that vein... Specially with the extreme funeral-doom-like slowness).


Well done. Now go back to TGOO's thread and give me a detailed analysis of what kind of black metal that is.
Mr. Doctor - 23.04.2014 at 19:13  
Rating: 9
Written by tea[m]ster on 23.04.2014 at 19:11
Well done. Now go back to TGOO's thread and give me a detailed analysis of what kind of black metal that is.

You'll have to give me some time since I actually haven't heard it (I own it but I've been to lazy to give it its' first spin).
tea[m]ster - 23.04.2014 at 19:14  
Rating: 8
Written by Mr. Doctor on 23.04.2014 at 19:13

Written by tea[m]ster on 23.04.2014 at 19:11
Well done. Now go back to TGOO's thread and give me a detailed analysis of what kind of black metal that is.

You'll have to give me some time since I actually haven't heard it (I own it but I've been to lazy to give it its' first spin).


Get on it. I think I will spin it again today.

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