PHAZM - FRANCE

Hate At First Seed – 2004 – Osmose
Antebellum Death ‘N Roll – 2006 – Osmose
Cornerstone Of The Macabre – 2008 – Osmose
Scornful Of Icons – 2016 - Osmose


  
 
Members
S= Skald, Scarve>>PIERRICK “PIERHRYCK” VALENCE>>Skald, Scarve
G= Addicted, Aggressor>>PIERRICK “PIERHRYCK” VALENCE>>Aggressor, Addicted – Scarve, Solo>>Patrick Martin>>Scarve, Solo – Yyrkoon, Taliandorogd>>Victorien Vilchez – Mehr, R.O.A.D.>>JOSS DREAU>>Mehr, R.O.A.D.
B= Addicted, Scarve>>Mahx [Max Nomine]>>Addicted – Wheelfall, Chaos Echoes, Solo>>Fabien W. Furter>>Wheelfall, Chaos Echoes, Solo
D= Scarve, Mortuary, Lyzanxia, Soilwork, Nuclear Blast Allstars>>Dirk Verbeuren>>Scarve, Lyzanxia, Soilwork, 7Th Circle, Warrel Dane, Nuclear Blast Allstars, Solium Fatalis, The Project Hate MCMXCIX, Bent Sea, Anatomy Of I, Devin Townsend, Pulse Of Nebulae, Vetur, Withered Moon, Powermad, Megadeth, Abyssal Vortex, Cadaver, Tronos, Freya, Geoda, Akroma, Taliandorogd, Brave The Cold, Kill Division – Solekhan>>Cedric Lickel>>Solekhan – Devilium, Imperial Sodomy, Belef, Addicted, Aggressor, Mehr, R.O.A.D., Bestial>>GORGOR [PIERRE SCHAFFNER]>>Mehr, Aggressor, R.O.A.D., Bestial



History
This band was founded as a death metal act in the autumn of 2003 and wimped out somewhat overtime. It all began with a three-track demo. The group toured with Impaled Nazarene and Yyrkoon in 2005. Vilchez of YYrkoon would join the band two years later. Phazm appeared at Killerfest in France in 2007. A tour with Hate and Decapitated was cut short due to problems with the promoter in 2007. Lack of payment, food and reliable transportation were cited. Lickel left due to musical differences. There was a 2007 demo called Phazm Play hooligan, but all albums were issued through Osmose Productions. The band broke up in March 2009 (Pierrick and Patrick had a major falling out with the former accusing the latter of disappearing and betrayal) and naturally returned in 2012 and 2014. Pol Banon became the bassist in 2016. The band uploaded a song called The Arsonist from the Scornful Of Icons’ session in 2017.


Reviews

PHAZM - HATE AT FIRST SEED - OSMOSE
Part of why reviewing metal releases for Metallian is fun is the arrival of CDs by bands like Phazm. Yeah, phazm. Who has heard of this band before? Who are they and where do they come from? Their profile is such that one could wonder if they even exist. Which brings me to the band's music. It is loud, brash, seriously morbid and in league with newer Satyricon, Khold, Inferno and even Darkthrone. The band seems to have a thing for vegetation if the (very ugly) cover artwork and titles like Hate at First Seed, Forest Recipe and Vicious Seed are taken into consideration. Osmose has supposedly included a video for the song Loneliness on the disc, but none of my systems seemed to want to find it. Regardless, Phazm is a new band with fast parts, crushing doom parts and a smoky-voiced singer bellowing from the pits of hell. - Ali "The Metallian"

PHAZM - ANTEBELLUM DEATH’N ROLL - OSMOSE  
Admire the album’s cover as long as you can. It is the best thing about the release. Focused on the album’s death, depravity and necrophilia themes the cover models are a riot! The same sadly cannot be expressed about the band’s music. Whereas some might remember the band’s last album (Hate At First Seed) as a semi-original slab of blackened metal, Antebellum Death’N Roll is more than just an ugly title. The band’s - nay, any band’s - right to be original and express itself musically is sacrosanct. In that context, the Frenchmen have to be saluted for the material, yet mixing heavy metal with sludge with bluegrass and country music is hardly the stuff of metal dreams. Were this writer or any reader of these pages a fan of slide guitars, harmonica or banjos then he would a- get a job at Kerrang/Decibel/Metal Hamster or any other joke glossy rag and b- lose all credibility and write for naught.
The band has left a couple of fast and heavy songs in place, and has even included bonus video footage, but most of the material is a mishmash of the aforementioned styles. Furthermore, several acoustic instrumentals retrace the other songs riffs and arrangements.
Phazm’s newest offering should be hailed as the triumph of impurity of purpose and duly left lying in the record bin. - Ali “The Metallian”

PHAZM - CORNERSTONE OF THE MACABRE - OSMOSE  
It looks like the band is delivering an anti-drug message with its smoky cover for Cornerstone Of The Macabre. Three creature druids smoking pipe amidst skulls and conjuring deathly characters indicates the macabre or supernatural is dependent on being high. The music is similarly odd. The Frenchmen love to pull at the strings and mix loud heavy rock riffs-gone-crooked with extreme metal and even a Metallica cover making an appearance for some unknown and silly reason. Damage Inc. is given the Phazm treatment on the album. Solos are present, many layers of complexity and sound are piled on and names like Morbid Angel, Coroner, Entombed and Notre Dame come into one’s head. It is as if a brutal metal album was recorded in the basement. Cornerstone Of The Macabre is a concoction of sorts, but it is all dirty and muddy guaranteed. Song title of the year: Love Me Rotten (Love Me True). - Anna Tergel


Interviews

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