Monday, June 1, 2020
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Artist: Phragments (@)
Title: Earth Shall Not Cover Their Blood
Format: CD
Label: Malignant Records (@)
Rated: *****
I had not heard of this artist, but I always give stuff on Malignant Records the benefit of the doubt because they have an excellent track record and this album reconfirms that sentiment. The liner notes state that this album is "dedicated to all victims of genocide through the history of mankind," so you get the feeling that the music is going to be a bit intense. The music itself is a nice mix of martial percussion and heavy drones. When the vocals came in almost 10 minutes into the disc, I was not really expecting them, but it fits well. The singing, in the few tracks that there is some, is almost chanted rather than sung, often with added distortion thrown in here and there. Overall, this is dark, intense, cinematic music. The disc is packaged in a fold out digipak with beautifully ethereal artwork. Highly recommended. The album weighs in at about 46 minutes.