Following their recent signing to Prosthetic Records, Phobophilic are set to release their debut album, titled Enveloping Absurdity, on September 16th via the Los Angeles heavy metal label. The Fargo, North Dakota based death metal group's first full-length sees the four-piece ruminate on philosophical absurdism, existentialism and human consciousness against a backdrop of suffocatingly minacious death metal.
Across Enveloping Absurdity's runtime, Phobophilic's quest for elucidation is explored in punishingly heavy fashion across tracks such as "Those Which Stare Back", "Nauseating Despair" and "Survive in Obscurity". But for all of the Midwestern group's old school death metal artisanship and lyrical angst, there is a fundamental rejection of misplaced nihilism in the form of quieter and reflective passages throughout. No better is this showcased than mid-album track "Individuation"'s calm before the storm, which offers up Enveloping Absurdity's most contemplative moment.
Aaron Dudgeon - Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Vocals
Josh Poer - Lead, Rhythm & Acoustic Guitars, Synth
Christian Alm - Bass
Vincent Tweten - Drums, Additional Percussion