Chuck Schuldiner Project

Monday, January 30, 2023

Phantom Fire - Eminente Lucifer Libertad

Phantom Fire is another one of those excellent projects to emerge out of the incredibly fertile Bergen scene. Featuring members of Krakow and Gaahls Wyrd, Eminente Lucifer Libertad is the sort of blazing fiery pitch black speed metal that keeps fans headbanging through the night. It's hard not to be charmed by the all guys and glory heavy metal approach of the band with their epic metal leanings, bold experimentations and ferocious overarching approach. The venom spitting vocals and tight guitar playing come together for a project that is compelling and a helluva lot of fun to lose yourself in. 

Eminente Lucifer Libertad isn't exactly reinventing the steel - but their execution is wonderfully ferocious and unrelenting. The assault that they bring to the table and the level of swagger is impressive and speaks to a project that can't help but to leave listeners in awe as they jump from peak to peak. There is a very real magic here that comes from the larger than life ministrations and the clear obsessions with some of the best metal tropes. Phantom Fire impress because of their ability to borrow from a variety of genres though. While the music is generally speakign extreme speed metal, death metal and black metal elements interplay nicely with more classic epic metal ideas. 

This is a really fun record and one that doesn't take itself too seriously. Instead it sees Phantom Fire unleashing heavy metal magic at high velocities across eleven tracks with little concern about your poser opinions. This is a balls out assault for the ages and one that is clearly a labor of love. Eminente Lucifer Libertad is exactly what you see on the cover and so much more, horns raising heavy metal that leans into the power of a good "Ough" and the fun of a shredding guitar solo. As longhairs - what more could we really want?

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