Phase IV is the impending new full-length from Vienna-based industrial post-rock unit. PHAL:ANGST. Recorded and co-produced by Alexandr Vatagin (Valeot Records, Slon, Tupolev, Port Royal, Werner Kitzmüller) and mastered by New York-based acclaimed sound engineer Alex Psaroudakis, Phase IV includes two remixes: “Despair II” remixed by Will Brooks aka MC Dälek of Dälek and “The Books,” remixed by industrial metal pioneer JK Flesh aka Justin Broadrick of Godflesh.
In advance of its release later this month, Cvlt Nation is pleased to debut the visual accompaniment to “The Books (JK Flesh Remix)” alongside a stream of the original track, “They Won’t Have To Burn The Books When Noone Reads Them Anyway.”
Issues the band, “The Sound Of Music is a movie that did not inspire PHAL:ANGST‘s latest video, although the landscapes you see were filmed in Austria. Forget everything you think you know about Austrian music and culture. This will take you on a bad trip in crusty black and white where everything is revolving, stumbling, tilting, gliding.”
Adds Cvlt Nation, “I feel broken inside… I feel fragile inside… I feel anger in my blood! I feel the emotional sonic wave that is the new song from PHAL:ANGST called ‘The Books,’ remixed by JK Flesh. This song has so many textures, it’s almost too hard to put into words.”
View the eerie clip courtesy of Cvlt Nation at THIS LOCATION.
If you missed it, take in the band’s previously-released video for opening psalm, “On The Run,” below.
Since the band’s formation in 2006, PHAL:ANGST’s signature, unclassifiable sound has drawn in curious listeners with cinematographic epics inspired by artists like Front 242, Coil, Throbbing Gristle, Nurse With Wound, Kraftwerk, Einstürzende Neubauten, film works by Angelo Badalamenti, David Lynch and John Carpenter, and Goblin, as well as guitar driven bands like Earth, Bohren & Der Club Of Gore, Jesu, Neurosis, and Mogwai.
PHAL:ANGST manifests a mood that is generally dystopian and melancholic, however some sunny spells occasionally break the gloom. As was the case with past efforts, tracks take their time to develop, grow, mutate, and tilt. Visuals turn the band’s live concerts into intense, multimedia performances.
Ph – vocals, harp, metallophone, additional electronics
Al – git
: – bass
Angst – electronics, sampling
“PHAL:ANGST…do a good job in putting the nightmarish dystopia of modern city life into music… Whatever it is that is at the core of PHAL:ANGST’s fascination with the desperate sides of life, they sure do it with consequence.“ — Cracked