Phantasmal are a duo from the United States that plays a mixture of heavy, thrash and black metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 ep "The Reaper's Forge".
A very heavy and melodic old school metal sound starts off the ep before adding in a powerful sounding bass guitar along with blast beats and screaming vocals which are more in an 80's direction that take the music into more of a blackened thrash metal direction and the solos and leads the band brings into the songs are also in an old school extreme metal direction.
At times melodies can be heard in certain sections of the recording in both the riffs and solos and the songs also bring in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and while all 3 of the tracks have a very old school feeling to them the production give s the bands musical style more of a modern sound.
Phantasmal plays an extreme mixture of heavy, thrash and black metal that is very heavily rooted in the 80's metal direction while the black metal elements also bring in a touch of the 90's sound, the production sound s very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion Phantasmal are a very great sounding mixture of heavy, thrash and black metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACK "The Eternal Campaign". 8 out of 10.
Promo Video (The Reaper's Forge): www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAeVk2ahEgg