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Album: Phase IV
Label: Bloodshed666 Records (bs16)
Distribution: Hoanzl (aut), Al!ve (europe), CD Baby (usa), Rebeat (digital)
Release date: 28th September 2018
1. On The Run (09:24)
2. Money & Fame (09:31)
3. Comeuppance (09:40)
4. Despair II (12:28)
5. They Won’t Have To Burn The Books When Noone Reads Them Anyway (11:55)
6. Despair II (deadverse Remix) by Will Brooks (DÄLEK)(05:06)
7. The Books (JK FLESH Remix) by Justin Broadrick (05:37)
Viennese Band Phal:Angst’s quite distinct signature sound is taken to the next level on their fourth album „Phase IV“. Since the band’s foundation in 2006 this unique blend of electronic industrial and post rock has made the band hard to classify but highly individual.
Their cinematographic epics are inspired by industrial / electronic artists like FRONT 242, COIL, THROBBING GRISTLE, NURSE WITH WOUND, KRAFTWERK, EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN, film works by ANGELO BADALAMENTI & DAVID LYNCH, JOHN CARPENTER and GOBLIN as well as guitar driven bands like EARTH, BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE, JESU, NEUROSIS or MOGWAI.
If you are a fan of these artists, and willing to explore, PHAL:ANGST are for you.
The mood is generally dystopian and melancholic, however some sunny spells occasionally break the gloom. As before, you will not find any standard song structures, but tracks that take their time to develop, grow, mutate and tilt.
Visuals turn the band’s live concerts into intense multimedia performances. For these films PHAL:ANGST use found footage-, cut & paste- und rearrange-techniques and original material.
Like critically acclaimed „Black Country“ (2014) „Phase IV“ was recorded by Alexandr Vatagin (Valeot Records, Slon, Tupolev, Port Royal, Werner Kitzmüller) who also served as co-producer this time.
It was mastered by Alex Psaroudakis, mastering engineer from Brooklyn/New York, who worked for „Sterling Sound“ (one of the world’s top mastering studios) till 2017 and has been a freelancer since then. He won 3 Latin Grammy Nominations, 1 Goya, Best Jazz LP at the Akademia Music Awards, he worked for BUSTA RHYMES, KALASH, GREEN VALLEY and many others.
Following their release tradition this album also includes some remixes. This time the band managed to make one of their dreams come true and get remixes from artists who have inspired the band substantially.
One is by industrial-metal pioneer JUSTIN BROADRICK (GODFLESH) who also made substantial impacts in grindcore (NAPALM DEATH), post rock (JESU) and experimental hip hop / dubstep (TECHNO ANIMAL). The second one is by WILL BROOKS aka MC DÄLEK from DÄLEK, who revolutionized hip hop by merging it with ambient, noise- & krautrock at the beginning of the millenium.
The album will be released on gatefold-double-LP, digipack-CD and as digital download on 28th September 2018. The release party will take place a day later at RHIZ (Vienna).
Ph – vocals, harp, metallophone, additional electronics
Al – git
: – bass
Angst – electronics, sampling