Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Phantom Carriage/New Thing/Throatruiner Records/2011 CD Review

The Phantom Carriage are a band from France that plays a very raw and primitive form of black metal mixed with jazz and hardcore and this is a review of their 2011 album "New Thing" which was released by Throatruiner Records.

Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats being thrown into the music, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they sound very powerful, as for the saxophones which are only used on a couple of songs they bring a jazz/lounge feeling to the music.

Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast black metal riffs that are very raw and primitive sounding with a good amount of jazz and hardcore influences which combined brings a very dark and progressive feeling along with some noisy distortion to the music and there are little to no guitar solos or leads present on this recording.

Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams combined with some hardcore growls, shouts and clean singing as well as a brief spoken word part, while the lyrics cover dark themes with one song being written in French, as for the production it has a very dark, raw and primitive sound to it.

In my opinion The Phantom Carriage are good for a raw and primitive black metal/jazz/harcore hybrid and will this is not my favorite style and might not appeal to everybody, you might enjoy this if you are an open minded black metal fan. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Wreck Of My Mental Ship " "Black Rain Falls In Drops" and "16-04-10". RECOMMENDED.

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