Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Phantom Fire - Return of the Goat

This is a really fun one. The Bergen black metal scene has conjured up all sorts of great music over the last thirty five years, and Phantom Fire is the latest in this proud tradition. Return Of The Goat is an exciting and dynamic 7 inch full of distinct musical twists and turns that set it in a league of its own. This is the magic of black metal at its finest, delivered full throttle at a million miles per hour. It's hard not to be charmed by the bombastic drums and over the top performances that define this curt little offering that hints at more to come. 

Return Of The Goat defines itself by its larger than life swaggering majesty. The raw energy and tight knit power of the record and the way it shines on the title track especially really speaks to just how good Phantom Fire are. The chainsaw guitars and tormented vocals really speak to the power of the understated arrangements. They blaze forth with a sort of crazed energy that fascinates and delights listeners. It's exactly the sort of thing to keep you headbanging through even the darkest of times, because Phantom Fire can't help but to reflect on them. 

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