Bubbling up from the blackened abyss that is black metal is Astrophobos and close in tow behind them is their new offering Enthroned In Flesh. Following their massive debut album, Enthroned In Flesh picks up where Astrophobos left off and provide you with the same head spinning soul shredding black metal that you heard on their full length. Astrophobos waste no time getting you acquainted to their new EP as they dunk you head first in the whirling blasphemous music right from the get go and don’t let you up for air until the entire release has concluded.
Enthroned In Flesh begins with the title track and from then on you become trapped in a maelstrom of blistering and blasphemous black metal. In pure black metal form, Astrophobos keeps each song visceral and raw and with that each of the four songs is punishing. Astrophobos rolls one song after the next like waves of the undead that have come to collect your dead flesh. There is space enough to grab a single breath between songs, but after that Astrophobos subjects you to more hell fire and brimstone soaked black metal.
Astrophobos shows us with this EP that they are menacing and purely out to collect as many forsaken souls as they possibly can. Enthroned In Flesh is monstrous for a twenty minute EP and it does a great job of making you feel small and wrapping you up in its claws and tearing you asunder. When you begin listening, almost immediately black venomous clouds billow from your speakers to take the only sanity that you have left and leave you in a barren frigid wasteland only for the reaper to come and escort you to the netherworld.
This EP not only provides you with malevolent black metal, but it also provides you with an atmosphere that is just as potent. Enthroned In Flesh sucks you in from the first track and submerges you in the psychotically dark environment that it has created. As the EP unfolds, you wander deeper and deeper into the maddening soundscapes wondering if you will ever come back again. The harrowing atmosphere paired with the skin peeling metal makes for a listen that is unforgettable as it sticks with you like your very first nightmare.
Astrophobos jumps from their acclaimed debut album to create this EP which is just as solid. This listen gives you just about anything and everything that you would wish to hear from a follow up. There is no sophomore slump here and I don’t see that happening in the foreseeable future either. Enthroned In Flesh is a great listen and any fan of black metal should be listening on repeat for some time to come.
You can pre-order at Astrophobos’ own website.
Along with Enthoned In Flesh, you can find more music from them on Bandcamp.
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