Following the release of their debut album, Enveloping Absurdity, earlier this month PHOBOPHILIC have today shared a new music video for Cathedrals of Blood (Twilight of the Idols). The Fargo, North Dakota death metal band’s latest video release shows the group performing in-studio for the album highlight track.
Speaking on the music video release, the band comments: “Cathedrals of Blood has some real stand out moments from each member so naturally when deciding what song to do an in-studio video for, it was the first one to come to mind. Lyrically the song is a slight departure in theme from the rest of the album, it focuses on the damage that religion has done to society and the hypocritical ways people choose to act on their beliefs."
Formed in 2016, PHOBOPHLIC have steadily accumulated early releases in the shape of two demos, 2019’s Undimensioned Identities
EP and a split release with Canada’s Sedimentum, all the while honing their craft out across the North American touring circuit - featuring live stints with Gatecreeper and Mutilatred respectively, as well as appearances at LDB Fest and Philadelphia Death Nexus - positioning themselves among US death metals most intriguing young acts.
Following their early productivity both in studio and on the road, PHOBOPHILIC pulled together to shape Enveloping Absurdity’s eight songs into existence. Shunning the fantastical in favour of lived human reality, the band opted to center their gaze on what it is to exist. Drawing from French writers Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre as well as Germany’s Fredrich Nietzche’s strains of philosophical thought, Enveloping Absurdity is a meticulous vivisection of the philosophical self and purpose, as it asks fundamental questions of life’s true meaning.
PHOBOPHILIC’s formative promise is fully captured with a stellar production job that retains their to-the-bone intensity, but allows room for the underlying grandiosity of their compositions, thanks to Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Recording in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The artwork was then licensed from Finnish illustrator Joonas Räsänen at EvM Art, as the band sought to marry Enveloping Absurdity’s overarching thematic ponderance with aesthetic totality.
On their debut long player PHOBOPHILIC rebel against notions of defeat and pessimism, in spite of the struggles that come with an overabundance of consciousness, to a profound embrace of that which ails as well as thrills. At the beating heart of Enveloping Absurdity’s sonic extremity is a victory of the self, not content with simply surviving, but choosing to live.
Praise for Enveloping Absurdity:
"Their punishingly heavy debut is set to open minds and pits" - Metal Hammer (Sept. 2022)
"Equal parts churning death metal and warping Death-like melodies, PHOBOPHILIC should easily catch the ear of any and all death metal fans." - Metal Injection
"It's a death metal record for everybody, unless you like shitty death metal" - BangerTV
"Enveloping Absurdity feels like a perfectly timed record in both sound and scope, not that its members would dare ascribe cosmic significance to such a thing" - New Noise