Dephosphorus releasing ‘Ravenous Solemnity’ (stream it)
by Doug Moore
Greece’s Dephosphorus call themselves “astrogrind,” which is a bit misleading. Their music definitely has plenty of grindcore involved, and they sing about Wormed-style space stuff (though you wouldn’t really know from the shrieked vocals), but the overall vibe of their music is totally earthy — their songs are clipped blasts of noisy, genre-agnostic metal.
We’re streaming their third album, Ravenous Solemnity, in full at Invisible Oranges. A bit from our writeup:
Ravenous Solemnity‘s songs average just over three minutes in length, but a lot goes into each ground-and-pound burst. Riffs appear just long enough for an attentive listener to internalize their details; all remaining space is given over to unspeakably violent rhythm shifts and Panos Agoros’s hollow shriek. Dephosphorus work with dissonant, technical material, but they don’t perform that material in the studied fashion of many chop-intensive metal bands. Those tempo shifts hit so hard because they’re just a little human; every stuck landing bespeaks thousands of hours of collective practice. But again, you don’t really think about any of that. You just feel the brainstem-level jolt. It’s smart material deployed to caveman ends.