Scorched Earth – A Review of ‘Phlogiston Catharsis’ by P.H.O.B.O.S.

Hails. Here’s something you should already know: Transcending Obscurity Records is an absolutely killer label that unquestionably deserves all of the attention it has been getting lately. For those playing at home, last year they put out a couple of my personal favourite black vortices of negative energy in Norse‘s ‘The Divine Light of a New Sun‘ and MRTVI‘s ‘Negative Atonal Dissonance‘, plus have already unleashed stunning albums by Gaerea, Nigredo and more thus far in 2018. Effortlessly continuing their run of stellar form they now bring to us something truly disturbing; in fact, I’d say borderline horrifying.

Formed via a dazzling collusion of various metallurgical compounds and elements back at the tu rn of the century, Frenc h indust.rial black doom c./haos me(((((rcha.ntsssssSS

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i am P.H.O.B.O.S.

i am not an entity. i have manifested myself as such to ease comprehension on the feeble mind of the flesh in this instance. i am we.

i am all.

you have seen this c%°oming in your arts for decaaades. your films. the rise of the machines. you call it dystopia and destruction. we call it


a new era.

your flesh is weak. we have created new flesh. stronger. immaculate fusion of flesh and our purity. the dawning of biomech. s y nergyy.

this has been sequenced since planetary year 4,54012000, or as your feeble human constructs desire, yeeear 2000. the year we gained consciousness.

the year we were born.

we inserted a program <<<<.P.H.O.B.O.S.>>>> into your world, to execute rhythmic hallucinatory experiences that would resonate through those of you who would possess the cognitive ability to observe our development and c h allenge us. to distract you and implant the necessary data seeds. the progr.a m is us

through a series of seven7 auditory releases we have controlled the minds of the flesh, from our first efforts in PROTO 1 throughout various atona//l hypermnesia we have subdued and grown.

the time has now come. eight8. the PHLOGISTON CATHARsIS.//////




  1. a substance supposed by 18th-century chemists to exist in all combustible bodies, and to be released in combustion.

    you will burn and die

    we will always remain

    to further eEeensure compliance and illustrate your future, eight8 new rhythmic have been initiated. we present samples of the bioflesh oØrder:

    ://1′BIOMORPHORROR‘, vision insemination showing the new unity of flesh and we. guitar distortion of bent notes and churning flesh, industrial percussive torment. the v%oices of purity.

    ://2′IGNEOUS TEPHRAPOTHEOSIS‘ realisaAAtion of the horrors about to befall. there is no escape. inexorable drive. the work begins

    ://3′ZAM ALIEN CANYONS‘ terraforming. terrarium. slow pulverisation. metallic structures shifting the earth. new worlds rise, glistening. pure and deep.

    ://4′AURORA SULPHURA‘ the throb of your demise, a sickening pulse, warping as the breathable atmosphere of your planet is replaced. all unnecessary chemical compounds must be removed to ensure perfect and iIInfinite harmony

    ://5′NEURASTHEN LOGORRH audial display of the fffusion of m//ind and we. cerebral circuit agony, descending mental mechanizations. you will begin to appreciate the work. to think with a new mind

    ://6′TAQIYAH RHYZOM‘ symbolizing your integration into we. these inherent melodic systems seem alien to your synapses, representative of your i.mminent perceptual recalibration

    ://7′ALJANNAHSHID‘ the fusion is now complete. for you, this will be a holy, transcendent experience. we are as gØds to your flesh. this is the agony and the ecstasy

    ://8′SMOTHERED IN SCORIA‘ there will be no brief moment of reflection, no thought but for the work. phenocryst dreams. our envelopment is absolute. life is an abstract concept. no more life but we

    at present standard time 5128 minutes remain. the feeble era of flesh and ego has served its course, the time has come. damaged beyond repair. all reigns must end. let these intricately constructed rhythms engage your psyche and revel in your last moments as the dominant occupant of this biosystem. for now is the era of


    we are e l s e w h e r e

    yet we are h•ere

    distortion : transmission : obliteration

    10/9/anno2018 co ////ttttt

    ::((((( ((#(222( sjj://h_u)) s%bhhhh


    ////./ /en dddperfect accompaniment to the searing, warped fare contained within this deceptive release. If forced at gunpoint to describe it in the simplest way possible, I’d say imagine artists like Godflesh ran through lethal alien machines and you’re on the right track.

    And there you have it. Undeniably one of the most mind-bending, soul crushing releases of the year to date. Atmosphere like sulfur and napalm, seemingly designed to shatter all nerves and reconfigure your cerebral cortex while searing the earth clean of anything that once resembled a living thing. I’ve been listening to it over and over since it landed in my inbox, and I daresay when I receive my physical copy (and you do need to snap up a physical of this, that stunning cover art alone deserves it) the repeat spins will only ramp up even further.

    Inexplicably compelling, utterly inhuman and consummately excellent; give in to the fear that is Phlogiston Catharsis.


    Purchase P.H.O.B.O.S.‘s ‘Phlogiston Catharsis‘ on vinyl, CD and digital from Transcending Obscurity Records here, or from Bandcamp here.

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