I’m convinced two things will happen March 26, 2021. First, Brazilian death metal band Anarkhon will release their fourth record, Phantasmagorical Personification Of The Death Temple, via Debemur Morti Productions on vinyl. Second, as soon as soon as this album gets played, the Great Old One, Ammutseba, will appear from a hole in time and space, and consume Earth whole. Anarkhon’s Phantasmagorical Personification Of The Death Temple isn’t just a record, it’s a musical incantation conjuring up some of the most destructive, crushing death metal released in the last calendar year.
If Phantasmagorical Personification Of The Death Temple sounds familiar, it should. It was released in CD format via Soul Erazer Records in September 2020 and take my word for it, if the digital and CD versions are heavy, which they are, the vinyl version will surely tear the sky apart. Brazil’s Anarkhon are 22 years and 4 records into a career which will be defined by this record, mark my words.
The sound on this album is ten stories tall, ten miles wide, with a gravitation pull that’ll crack an asteroid in half. Phantasmagorical Personification Of The Death Temple is the absolute definition of heavy, occult tinged, Lovecraftian death metal. This record is a blueprint by which all future releases within this genre should sound and be like.
What’s key about bands crafting this specific style of music is how adept they are at creating an atmosphere of tension, and brooding fear. Anarkhon not only meet this criterion but exceed it with tracks like, “Asymmetrical Chaos Spitting Stellar Graves” and “Assuming The Grotesque From Of The Nightmare.” The result is a level of cosmic, death metal, doom that puts Anarkhon on the same level as Blood Incantation, Fractal Generator, and Universally Estranged.
Phantasmagorical Personification Of The Death Temple is one of the top ten best albums of its type released in the last two decades. Lyrically it’s an insane album recanting weird tales deep from within a nightmare realm, but musically it’ll crush your soul and ask for seconds. Aggression? Check. Brutality? Check. Ass kicking death metal? Check. Now buy this record.
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