Released: 2007, Self-released
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
These Finnish old school death-thrashers, Phlegethon, have chosen to not rest on their laurels for too long. Instead, they keep on kicking and pushing the band forward with new songs from their riff factory.
Phlegethon´s new, 2-song demo, LAVA POETRY, simply keeps things on the basics. It offers a mixture of both Death - and Thrash Metal the way these 3 experienced metalheads can only do it… the old school way. “Petrified Hermits”, while being a very catchy and smoothly rollin´ Death Metal tune, kind of pays lots of sincere tribute to such old masters in Death Metal as Pestilence, Death and Morbid Angel. The influences are definitely there - and I think that’s the exact way these fellows also want to bring them out through their music. They prove which musical school Phlegethon have graduated from. The 2nd song, “The Unreal Locations of the Period of Stones (damn, where do they find all these cleverly thought-out song titles?), sounds very Pestilence influenced, especially the TESTIMONY era, and that’s something that I’d love to hear Phlegeton churn out even more in the future. The guitar sound is very crispy, heavy, and just damn ripping - and the band’s vocalist, Lasse, has obviously done his best to sound like Patrick Mameli from the defunct Holland´s Death Metal masters Pestilence. “The Unreal...” is probably the best song Phlegethon has penned since the reunion of the band, but that’s of course just a matter of taste.
Need more of a well-crafted and nut-crunching old school Death Metal? Then you may as well contact Phlegethon and get lucky - who knows?