“…a dark and eerie set of music, balancing heavy electronic elements with elegant and haunting melodies, sometimes with spoken-word passages and sometimes with proper vocals, but always with more than their share of apocalyptic dread.” — Treble
Treble is currently streaming Phase IV, the imminent new full-length from Vienna-based industrial post-rock eccentrics PHAL:ANGST, in its entirety.
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” by Will Brooks aka MC Dälek of Dälek and “The Books,” presented by industrial metal pioneer JK Flesh aka Justin Broadrick of Godflesh.
Writes Treble of the band’s arresting output, “It’s a dark and eerie set of music, balancing heavy electronic elements with elegant and haunting melodies, sometimes with spoken-word passages and sometimes with proper vocals, but always with more than their share of apocalyptic dread. The music sometimes feels like a hybrid of Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s bleak soundscapes and Locrian’s dystopian constructs, and it’s an overwhelming sound to be sure, but a highly compelling one.”
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If you missed it, view 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
“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,’…This song has so many textures, it’s almost too hard to put into words.” — Cvlt Nation On “The Books”
“PHAL:ANGST are somewhere in between industrial and post-rock, constructing ten-minute epics filled with gritty guitars, creeping tempos, and cinematic overtones…emotionally devastating…” — The Answer Is In The Beat
“…a mix of industrial and post rock which is very much dystopian and fueled by thoughts of the inevitable end of the world… the production here is fantastic really giving exceptional clarity to each and every tone and nuance.” — Ave Noctum