|Review: Various Artists - Fantomania II|
Label: Metal Ör Die Records
Year released: 2009
Review online: April 11, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 2/5 (40%) (5 Votes)
An underground compilation like Fantomania II represents a somewhat noble idea to honor the legacy of one of most legendary Hungarian underground Metal bands, Fantom, who existed for no more than one year between 1987 and 1988.
Fantomania II features three bands from the Hungarian underground scene (Dög, Drünken Bastards and Funebre), one from Brazil (Ravendark’s Monarchal Canticle) and even one band from Finland (Sacrificial Dagger) that have all provided 3-5 songs and each has included a cover song of a Fantom song, hence the apt title. The common thread bringing these bands together is the fact all of them have, more or less, stayed in the underground scene. None have gained much ground or become well known outside their home countries.
None of the bands on Fantomania II impressed me that much. As a whole, this disc is an uninspiring and dull listen. The Black Metal horde Funebre makes the best attempt and offers crispy Black Metal with some thick atmosphere but the rest is more like meh!
There is not much else to be said about Fantomania II. I won’t say it belongs in a trashcan but one thing is definitely certain; I cannot see any reason to re-visit this disc, not even in the distant future.
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