Released: 2014, Deep Six Records
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
There are few things in life that are truly dependable:
In their almost 25 years on the scene, So-Cal grind merchants Phobia have yet to disappoint. Their latest 7”, appropriately titled GRINDCORE, is no exception. 8 tracks, 8 minutes, full throttle kick you in the teeth grind with absolutely zero pleasantries. Yes, it’s exactly what you’d expect and exactly what you wanted.
Presentation wise, the new tracks sound like an extension of 2012’s REMNANTS OF FILTH; polished and tight bursts of controlled mania, with just enough crust around its pissed off edges. The tunes blitz by like a junkie chasing a fix, but moments like “Black Out” and “Breeding Despite” will remind you why Phobia have been able to persist for as long as they have.
If you need more convincing than that, I don’t know what to tell ya. If you’re looking for a quick shot of grind to get you through, look no further than Phobia. GRINDCORE releases on 7” vinyl and digital formats on September 9th through Deep Six Records.