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Dephosphorus - Sublimation

Dephosphorus
Sublimation
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 11 September 2020, 7:18 AM

DEPHOSPHORUS is a cosmic themed concept band hailing from Athens-Greece. They play what they like to call "Astrogrind", an intense personal concoction of all things extreme and heavy. “Sublimation” contains ten tracks. “Devoured by Aeons” leads off the album. It’s a three-and-a-half-minute blast of low and slow guitar riffs with incensed vocals. The songs get shorter from there. “Psychohistory” is just over two-minutes in length. A heavy and ultra-aggressive riff is matched in intensity by the vocals. The riff changes in texture a bit but the vocals are sung at basically the same note throughout.

“Sublimation” features a darker sound, but this is basically Death Metal played with a bit of a twist. The vocal delivery, however, really starts to become repetitive, though the drummer is great. “Towards the Eerie Light of the Core” is a bit longer, and the opening passage is repeated in a four-bar pattern. The vocals are so convoluted that you have no way of making them out. He picks a note and sticks with it. The riffs do vary a bit, and I like some of the background ambiance. “Absurd Aftermath” is the first song with some real variation. It opens with a groovy riff and less of that Death Metal sound. But, it goes the Death Metal route pretty quickly thereafter. The vocals are still very off-putting for me.

“Multiple Dimension-Descriptor” is another short burst of anger and aggression, clocking in at just two-and-a-half-minutes in length, with a similar sound as the first few songs on the album. “Neural Lace” opens with a slower groove, but some of the same sounds as previous tracks. The music just seems to meander a bit and not really make any accents or dynamic changes for me. “Into the Glory of Eternal Orbit” is another shorter song that features some riff changes but at this point the vocal style is quickly becoming annoying. “In Dimensions 7 to 11” is similar in length, but a bit more intense. Here, the drummer is working overtime to keep up with the faster passages. The riff does slow at one point, but picks back up quickly thereafter.

“The Mists Rose like Departing Dreams” closes the album, at just over seven-minutes in length. It takes just a while to get going, but once it does, the Death Metal elements are on full display. I do appreciate the constant changing of riffs and this song has a golden one to close it out. Overall, although I liked the few ambient moments here and there, and thought they brought some depth to the album, the vocals were just so off-putting that it ruined the album’s chances of really making a connection with me. The riffing was varied, but nothing you haven’t heard before. I really can’t champion much here at all.

Songwriting: 3
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 2
Production: 6

2 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Devoured by Aeons
2. Psychohistory
3. Sublimation
4. Towards the Eerie Light of the Core
5. Absurd Aftermath
6. Multiple Dimension-Descriptor
7. Neural Lace
8. Into the Glory of Eternal Orbit
9. In Dimensions 7 to 11
10. The Mists Rose like Departing Dreams
Lineup:
Thanos Mantas – Guitars
John Votsis – Drums
Panos Agoros – Vocals
Costas Ragiadakos – Bass
Record Label: Independent
     


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