Phobia Want You to Know Exactly What They Play

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Do the titles of works of art matter? An album should be able to stand on its own merit without some overarching declaration of purpose, right? Wrong! Titles are definitely important, and behind every great thing in life is a great title. Without the title of Caesar, Roman Emperors would have simply been angry little men with inferiority complexes. If titles didn’t matter, the Great Wall of China would just be a Significant Wall of China, and I don’t know about you, but that sounds like an easily invaded structure to me. Rest assured that Ludwig Wittgenstein was throwing down the proverbial hammer when he titled his masterful philosophical treatise Tractatus Logico-Philosophocus.

Titles are important in heavy metal too! When you think of the legendary albums that have shaped heavy metal, I’m certain you think of great titles such as Transilvanian Hunger, Destroy Erase Improve, and Through Silver in Blood. You also probably had several bad albums with bad titles traipse across you mind, such as Korn III: Remember Who You Are, The Gray Chapter, and Psycho Circus.

So why am I making all this hullabaloo about album titles? Grind legends Phobia recently posted a portion of their upcoming album for streaming, and it is a singular manifesto of purpose and intent that is equally bold and brash. Grind Core is due to drop on October 28th, and Phobia want you to know exactly what to expect. Only the first 8 of 35 songs are available for your listening pleasure, but you can expect the full-length to comprise about a half hour of the most bestial and bludgeoning grind this side of the Mississippi.

Phobia have been in business for almost 25 years now, and they release consistently brutal grind laden with unrelenting blasts and buzzing guitars that will split you limb from limb. What I really appreciate about this band though is their rocking and punkish swagger they bring to the music. Although Phobia definitely beat you about the head and neck, you’ll be so busy headbanging that you likely won’t notice. If any American grind band is worthy of naming their work after the genre we all know and love, it’s Phobia.

You can stream the 7” cut from Grind Core over at Invisible Oranges and pre-order the full-length from Willowtip here. Don’t forget to follow the band on Facebook. In the meantime, you should also check out one of their previous albums, Unrelenting.

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(h/t to Invisible Oranges for the 7″ Stream)

  • Tyree
    • W.

      I knew my main man Tyree would be all up in this.

      • Tyree

        I got your back on this fo sho! This album is going to be twice as long as their last two records which is awesome! They are pulling a Gridlink on us.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Hopefully not, too good to stop now

    • I want a sequel to pineapple express

      • that is my favorite frat pack film! i bet they could make a sequel w/o fucking it up!

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          none of these films would have happened without john belushi as the ultimate college partier/layabout shit disturber in animal house. Every christmas my cousin brought his guitar now he brings a banjo. I fuckin hate that shit.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V_hCqO6UQs

      • Xan

        This Is the End was almost like a Pineapple Express 2. It had the same cast and many of the same elements. It is as funny as PE to me.

  • Edward Meehan

    I checked this out when the whole album was streaming due its very brief run time, I enjoyed it immensely.

    • W.

      That’s just the 7″, dude.

      • Edward Meehan

        oh, lol. I thought it was the full length, given the nature of grindcore.

        • W.

          Easy mistake. It’s about 1/3 or 1/4 of the songs on the full album.

  • My favorite grindcore album (ok, EP) is Insect Warfare’s At War with Grindcore. Second being Liberteer’s “Better to Die on your feet than Live on your Knees” and third being Nasum’s “Helvete.”

    Grindcore fans, how true/poser am I?

    • Edward Meehan

      I’m not really a trve grvnd pvrist, but, Liberteer >>>>>>>>>

      • I cannot get anyone else to listen to Liberteer. It was by far my favorite album of it’s year, and it blows me away every time I listen to them, but everyone immediately hears “oh grindcore time to ignore it” 🙁

        • W.

          I loved Liberteer.

        • Edward Meehan

          It’s super grindy but he added a lot of other instruments and flourishes and what not.

          • I tell people it sounds like Occupy/Revolutionary War soldiers ganging up together to write a grindcore album

      • Tyree

        Matthew Widener can do no wrong sir. New Cretin coming soon too!!!

        • i knew that bro looked familiar, couldn’t place it. then Metal Archives reminded me: County Medical Examiners!!!

          • Tyree

            Yeah, the dude has some serious talent. Super nice guy too, got to meet him at MDF years back when he played with Cretin.

      • Tyree

        Edward, have you heard his Symphonies of Sickness worship band
        The County Medical Examiners?

      • DAMN that’s good stuff. Thanks NegroD!

        • Edward Meehan

          I’ll be here all week!

          =)

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          man, i am so uninformed and out of the loop on this thread i feel like that guy at a party who tries to laugh with everyone else to fit in but didn’t understand or possibly even hear the joke !

    • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

      How’s Rotten Sound or Cloud Rat for you?

      • Never heard of CR, love Rotten Sound

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          I suggest you try. A nice little band with a nice Neil Young cover( not all that grinding unfortunately, thats how I found them).

          • Tyree

            That cover is so good though. It’s one of my favorites from that album.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I like it very much too

        • Tyree
      • Metaphysical Anus

        I love me some Rotten Sound.

      • Tyree

        Both bands rule! Muderworks is one of my favorites, the open track “Targets” is one of the most vicious opening tracks to any grind album.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Kai Hahto’s in Nightwish now…

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Nightwish doesn’t deserve him.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            But I keep purring alone when I think how good he could be. And weep when I realize how good it’s not gonna be.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Holopainen won’t allow him to be flashy.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Unfortunately

          • Spear

            He might be flashy anyway. Nothing can contain Kai’s power.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Holopainen’s ego can and will.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Wintersun pretty much did, I was dissappointed with his performent on Time, a little

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I enjoyed their first album, but Time didn’t hit the head of the nail for me. It missed and now the nail is broken.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Pretty much the same for me. And Jari’s a big goddamn baby. Not really looking forward to II

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I can’t get my own studio, boo fucking hoo.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            And Nuclear Blast won’t buy it for christmas to me. And of course I won’t buy it myself. After all I don’t have to release my music. I can keep it for myself only

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Dude, you’re Finnish. Hitler visited Finland. There’s an obvious connection.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Oh yeah, how’d I miss that

          • Spear

            I disagree, but I don’t think you’re Hitler.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I find it hard to see how anyone could think of me as Hitler because I didn’t think Hahto was as great as he is known to be.

          • Spear

            This is the internet. People have a tendency to overreact to opinions that don’t match theirs.

          • Tyree

            Kai Hahto didn’t stay grind. Shame on him!

    • The first two are two of my faves forever and ever.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    I need to put this on a line. My 10 CD mixed box from Debumur Morti arrived, so I’ve got a nice amount of Black metal to listen to.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAuJQVBCMoY

    • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

      Old Wainds! Nice one, dude.

      • Metaphysical Anus

        Really enjoying that album. This band makes me wish that I would’ve continued studying Russian.

        • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

          They played some raw fucking black metal back in the late 90’s. This demo is a kvlt klassic:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mu_3xSAHOhw

          • Metaphysical Anus

            That’s pretty fucking raw, mate! I like it!

    • Stockhausen

      Dude, let us know what you got!

      • Metaphysical Anus

        I’m pretty pleased with what I got. No doubles:
        The Eye: Supremacy
        Way to End: Desecrated Internal Journey
        Blut Aus Nord: The Mystical Beast of Rebellion and The Work Which Transforms God (never had physical copies of them. TWWTG limited to 777 copies, which is nice)
        Arckanum: Kampen
        Archgoat: Heavenly Vulva
        Manetheren: Time
        Old Wainds: Death Nord Kult
        Rex Mundi: IHVH
        Vetus Obscurum: Blood Revelations
        Really liking all of these, especially Way to End.

        • W.

          That’s a sweet box, amigo.

  • Spear

    Fuck yeah. This album crushes.

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    On a side note, this was pretty good

  • IronLawnmower

    That’s like naming a thrash album Thrash Metal! (Then again I wouldn’t put that past a lot of the dumber retro thrash bands. *looking at Thrash or Die here)

    • W.

      It’s a bold move, but I think they can pull it off.

    • JWG

      I also think “Black Metal”, unless it’s a single or EP with the obvious Venom cover, is an inexcusably lazy name for a Black Metal album.

      …Unless they’re African Americans being cheeky.

  • looks like i have another disography to explore.

    • Xan

      You shall be in for a world of wonder.

  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Awesome! Looove me some Phobia.

  • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

    Skipping post to post a guess. War metal.

    • The Satan Ov Nvklear Hell

      Damn. I was wrong.

  • Scrimm

    There were actually Phobia shirts at the horror con this weekend. No other band shirts anywhere. Pretty random.

  • Wizard Aura

    Man, being white and upper middle class sure sounds like it leads to a painful life experience… They should have called the album Bimmercore.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    *punches through wall during first song*

  • dingus

    GRINDCORE TUESDAY

  • If there’s one band that can get away with calling their album Grindcore, it’s Phobia. Had no idea this was a full length, i am now salivating at this fact.

  • Howard Dean

    +1 for the Wittgenstein namedrop. I’ve seriously lost my mind for days in his thought experiments. Byah.