Phased - "Music For Gentlemen"
Uploaded to Aural Innovations: March 2004
Now this is a very interesting and challenging CD. The band are very much fans of early Hawkwind but also industrial music and hard driving punk rock! The bands bio describes the music as psychedelic death rock. The band is very international with Swedish, Finnish and Swiss members making up this 3 piece band. The band originally had two guitar and two bass players but for this release the band was stripped down to its bare essentials. The CD begins with "Alien Think Tank". I don’t care much for the lyrics but the music gets down to business with a heavy psychedelic wall of sound. "Illiterate Snob" is a hard driving punk influenced song with a great riff. The vocal delivery reminds me of someone but I just can’t place it. "His Sorrid Past" is a repetitive heavy monster of a song. "Continuously Well" has another skull crushing riff and some phased vocals and is a dark disturbing song. "Woke Up This Morning and Gave Myself Head" is a fucked up instrumental track that has a great bass groove and some sampled speaking as it builds up and gets heavier and heavier. "Phew… Like a Bomb" is another psychedelic space rock monster. "The Voices In Her Head" is a straight forward ass kicking rocker. The CD ends with the long "N.T.T.". Quite an impressive release.
For more information you can visit the Phased web site at: http://www.phased.ch.
Reviewed by Scott Heller