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Review: Athorn - Phobia

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 49:55
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 0/5

Review online: September 30, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating

Rated 2.88/5 (57.5%) (16 Votes)

Oh man, what the hell happened to the Carsten Frank I knew on Legends from Now and Nevermore? This is power metal completely devoid of credibility. I use the term power metal loosely, and it's a shame these guys are being billed as power/thrash because people will probably check it out. This is where I come in to tell you to say NO to this bunch of posers. This ticks all of the boxes for a no go, horrible groovy riffs that probably wouldn't even cut it on a Machine Head album, tough guy shouting vocals, and poppy choruses that the angry kid on the back of the bus with his hood up and head phones in can write as his MSN screen name. I'm going to keep this one short, this album fills me with hate and rage, but the most enraging thing about Phobia is that spluttered throughout the album are decent musical passages that aren't too far away from the genre they claim to be. Normally this kind of thing could be a redeeming factor but when everything on offer is so bad, it just makes me ask the question why not sell out completely?

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