Phosphorus – Devastation

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label: HSP Productions
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Released: 2016
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Band line-up:

Blanchet – Vocals
Gus – Guitar
Stan – Guitar
Yvan – Bass
Gagné-  Drums

  1. Intro
  2. Devastation I
  3. Devastation II
  4. Devastation III
  5. Outro

Canada is such a wide and vast nation that it’s no surprise to me how big and varied its contributions are to the world of metal.

In all the years I’ve been doing this job I’ve discovered many a fine band from the Maple Leaf nation and today I can bring you a band who’ve delivered nothing short of Black Metal royalty. Hailing all the way from Quebec come Phosphorus, a band who’ve been performing for 10 years now and released their debut album back in 2014. Now they have returned with ‘Devastation’, an EP that I believe is in French, but regardless of the language the music is nothing short of mind blowing.

We open the EP with some excellent blast beats and vocals that seem to be a manifestation of all evil and volatile actions that arise from the depths of the sea and underworld. The intro has a soundbite of what I think is a naval battle, so maybe something Cthulhu related might have been on these occult metallers’ minds. Then the chords of the songs begin to progress into a manner that had me hooked and basking in the shivering vibes that only this sort of music can give to me. Wonderful.

Then the album gets even better with a galloping mix of blackened thrash metal that would rival Skeletonwitch on a good day. How I always long to find that band who can rival the greatest of the great and here we have it. Someone who can take all the occult themes of a band like Dissection and put them to some well driven blackened thrash and end with an outro that reminded me of Acharontas with the use of tribal war drums.

This EP is something you must own in order to understand just how brutal Canadian Black Metal can be. When it comes to a country as vast as that, you’re going to look high and low for the best ones and I feel quite privileged to have discovered such a group.

Review by Demitri Levantis