Phidion – The Throes of Scourge review
Phidion is a local Stockholm death metal band that’s been around for quite some time. “The Throes of Scourge” is their debut album, and includes a few re-recorded songs from “Flesh of the Forsaken” as well as a bunch of new tunes. Their style is a very aggressive mix of death metal and thrash metal.
Intensity of the Phidion live show, finally on tape
While Phidion has been delivering energetic live gigs for a long time, there hasn’t been an opportunity to hear their songs in a proper production environment. On this release, the band’s material finally gets the sound it deserves. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s a high quality metal production that brings out the sound that the band produces live.
It’s hard to pinpoint any strongly similar bands, but the riffing has an American death metal influence. A thrash metal influence is particularly showing in the older re-recorded songs. The band is mostly in high gear, and the songwriting has a functional catchiness to it. Not that many twists and turns, but many of the songs have memorable hooks. The catchy, and often semi-technical guitar riffs are the highlight, but the rhythm section puts in a solid performance as well.
“Mother Pestilence”, the single that was previously released on YouTube is a highlight, as well as re-recorded live staples “Anthropophagous” and “Slaves to Eternal Insomnia”. The overall quality of the tracklist is good, and the album’s running time is fitting for the intense music style.
Machine gun vocal delivery
Vocalist Ollie’s thrash metal background often means an aggressive machine gun approach, but there are also pure death metal moments that give enough variation to last for the album’s running time. It’s an honest performance that sounds much like how he delivers on a live stage. A solid match for the intensity of the music.
You hear what you get
Much like in a live environment, Phidion’s strength is their stubborn energy and aggression. This is both the band’s greatest asset and its weakness. Atmospheric moments aside, this isn’t a varied album that warrants many re-listens. The aggression and honesty of the performance still makes it well worth checking out for fans of death metal and the more extreme side of thrash metal.