Swedish thrasher band Phidion’s debut album has been on quite the journey to achieve conception, with the original lineup scattering to the winds in 2012 after just 2 EPs. However, after regrouping and rebuilding, Guitarist Christos Chatzikonstandinos began crafting what would be the Phidion we see today and revitalizing fandom with their first full length album The Throes of Scourge.
Channeling the energies of bands like Morbid Angel, Behemoth or Deicide, The Throes of Scourge blends thrash, black metal and some elements of punk into high energy, up-tempo, made for moshing jams. Phidion crafts some straightforward heavy as hell headbanging tracks. There are not a lot of bells and whistles here; just gravelly vocals, shredding riffs and thunderous drums. One notable thing is the band’s absence of a second guitarist which is usually pretty standard in the genre, however that is to their credit, displaying just how tight the bass and guitar riffs lace together eliminating the need for a rhythm guitarist. Check tracks like “Anthropophagus”, “Lost Transmission” and “Insect Mastery” for prime examples of dope shredding and air tight breakdowns. Even the tracks like “The Empty Chapel” with slower build ups/tempos flex some diversity muscle and show how well the quartet performs as a unit.
The only real criticisms I had with this album was the ordering of the tracks. Many of the songs, despite sounding unique in most ways, do have similar time signatures so some of the tracks tend to spill over onto each other rather than smoothly transition from one song to the next. It’s a minor thing really but becomes very noticeable when the opposite occurs such as when “Dereks Don’t Run” slides smooth as glass into “The Empty Chapel,” then again when it flows into “Assailant of the Weak”. Again, it isn’t anything big enough to take away from the overall quality of the album but it is a bit distracting at times. It just makes you wonder why the rest of the album wasn’t structured in such a way as to better highlight the individual strengths of each track. Other than that though, The Throes of Scourge is a damn good debut. Plus in the era of EPs it’s refreshing when a band drops a full length that doesn’t make you wish it was an EP.
5.Dereks Don’t Run
6.The Empty Chapel
7.Assailant of the Weak
8.Slaves to Eternal Insomnia
9.Nackt und Zerfleischt
Christos Chatzikonstandinos: Guitars
Oliver Palmquist: Vocals
Peter Pettersson: Drums
Olof Landin: Bass
Check out Phidion here:
Phidion – Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives
Bloodrock Rating: 3.5 outta 5.0 axes
Written by Ken Kaizer for Bloodrock Media on July 13, 2017