The first batch of “R.S.” reviews [UPDATED]
update#6: @ Cvlt Nation
(…) Ravenous Solemnity is their third LP and indeed the longest to date. At this time the Greek three-piece have a virtually unshakable foundation weaved into their sound which allows them to reveal more of what their capable of, in longer form, with great confidence that what they take the time to cull and reap in their celestial navigation is devastating. (…)
update#5: @ Lastrites
(…) This is definitely a more cerebral affair than an average death/black/grind fan will be able to tolerate. Tracks often only take shape in the twilight of the running time, only to suddenly end without notice (the title track being a notable example). The lyrics are often obtuse or conceptually indecipherable. There are reliable elements of genres scattered about, but Dephosphorus is pretty keen to let listeners sort that out on their own as they explore the spaces they’ve crafted. It ends up being more than interesting and deserving of the curious ear. Straight-laced types should probably look elsewhere.
update#4: @ Meat Mead Metal
(…) Dephosphorus sure make outer space and grinding through the cosmos a pretty damn good time, and they certainly seem like a band that is capable of just about anything. They do so many things so well, and they always figure out a way to make all of those volatile parts work together. “Ravenous Solemnity” is a mind-blower of a record that proves this band fears no borders or lands unexplored, and once they get there and plant their flag in those regions, they are going to dominate everything.
update#3: @ rocking.gr
(…) Πιο μεγάλο, πιο τεχνικό, πιο χαοτικό και πιο μεγαλοπρεπές από οτιδήποτε έχουν κάνει οι Dephosphorus μέχρι σήμερα, το “Ravenous Solemnity” είναι ένα μνημείο που θα το θυμόμαστε για χρόνια. (…)
update#2: @Krach und so …
update#1: @ The Elementary Revolt
(…) I must admit that has exceeded highest expectations, I am completely blown away. They manage to carry even further and majestically their sound, pushing boundaries with a urgent sense of unpredictability. (…)
@ Invisible Oranges
(…) You just feel the brainstem-level jolt. It’s smart material deployed to caveman ends. (…)
@ Heavy Blog Is Heavy
(…) Despite its near-colossal length though, Ravenous Solemnity is a mind-bending experiment in the strange and maddening depths of forward-thinking extreme metal fusion. (…)
(…) Τα φωνητικά έχουν αλλάξει. Αυτό προσέχεις με τη μία. Η ευθύτητα αυξάνει κατακόρυφα. Χτυπάει στομάχι καλύτερα έτσι. Ενοχλεί. Η φάση με δαύτους ήταν ότι, παρότι οι κιθάρες ζύγιζαν και ζυγίζουν περί τα διακόσια κιλά, δεν καταλάβαινα ποτέ metal στον ήχο τους. Πάντα μου τα ‘σκαγε ωμή ειλικρίνεια. Έτσι κι εδώ. Μόνο που έχει παίξει τρελή εξέλιξη αυτή τη φορά. Ρε, μιλάμε για μνημειώδες έργο που δε χορταίνω ν΄ ακούω. Σημαντικό. Και σε φάση, ακούω indie ρε. Μέχρι Crust, D-Beat στη χειρότερη. Εντάξει, βρίσκονται τα τελευταία δύο είδη στο πόνημα. Σε γερές δόσεις. (…)
@ Rock Hard Greece
Good Reads: Intergalactic Planetary, Planetary Intergalactic a.k.a. Dephosphorus vs. Philip K.Dick [via Grind&Punishment]
3-page feature @ Metal Daze
Those of you who understand spanish should get their copy of Metal Daze magazine issue#4 (March 2013) right about now! It features a comprehensive 3-page feature with Dephosphorus.
The interview has been conducted by longtime supporter Mart Le Die from Modreg Records. All hails to him and to Walter, the mag’s chief editor!
“Night Sky Transform” review @ Braindead Zine
(…) Maybe I’m just saying this because of the country that they’re from, but on some level I can’t help but think of a slightly crusty, metalcore influenced grind version of Dead Congregation because of their tri-tone heavy riffs. That’s not a very accurate comparison, but in all honesty I’m stumped as to what bands to really compare this to. Perhaps I would describe it as an incredibly evil version of something like Human Remains (though that’s a stretch) mixed with Dead Congregation, Ulcerate and something like His Hero is Gone or From Ashes Rise. All in all, a damned fine album! (…)
N.S.T. @ Necroslaughter.de’s top of 2012
N.S.T., both the album and the self-titled song, are featured in Necroslaughter.de’s top of 2012.
N.S.T. @ Ayin’s Razor’s 2012 in Music
Ayin’s Razor’s 2012 in Music
I’ve surprised myself by getting into extreme metal again. Well, for the first time really – apart from a teenage interest in Napalm Death and the rest of the Earache roster, I could never really dig the lack of emotional breadth or melody in much grindcore, and hated the overstatement of death metal. All that teenage phase left me with was a deep love for Mick Harris and James Plotkin, as well as a high respect for Godflesh. Really, two bands have sealed my embrace of the dark side this year: Dephosphorus – a Greek “astrogrind” band whose second full-length has garnered rave reviews from around the web. It’s beautiful, both physically for its art and presentation, and aurally. Brutal, abrasive but intelligent; psychedelic and furious, but controlled. There’s been a massive proliferation of screamy, sophisticated-ish black metal awash with blastbeats and all those same chords and sounds – Dephosphorus do something beyond that, and hopefully will continue to push the sound beyond the very narrow furrow it now inhabits.
N.S.T. #6 @ Casting Stone’s Best.of.2012.
The Casting Stone: Best.of.2012.
Εσωστρεφές, περιπετειώδες, διαστημικό grindcore. Κι όμως γίνεται. Δίσκος πρωτοποριακός, όχι μόνο για τα ελληνικά δεδομένα, αλλά γενικώς για τα extreme metal standards. Η ανάγκη για ζωντανές εμφανίσεις είναι πλέον επιτακτική.
N.S.T. review @ theKvlt (greek)
N.S.T. is #1 on Grind and Punishment’s top-10 for 2012!
We are stoked and honoured that Grind and Punishment, a mighty blog that has supported us from the beginning, has put “Night Sky Transform” on top of their list for 2012! Our split with Wake is also on top of their 2012 list of splits…
Grind in Rewind 2012
Night Sky Transform
Dephosphorus transformed more than the night sky with their sophomore effort; the Hellenic trio upended many of my preconceptions about what grindcore could be and convey. Night Sky Transform has evolved so far beyond mere grindcore that even trying to squeeze them into that label feels like a gross disservice to what they’ve brewed up as they musically venture into the empty(?) spaces between the stars. The first time I heard Axiom in 2011, this immediately became my most anticipated album of 2012, and Dephosphorus did not fail to deliver, even if they charted a course I didn’t expect. Axiom was more immediate and visceral, but Night Sky Transform is ultimately the more rewarding musical experience if you take the time to invest yourself in its otherworldly meditations on the cosmic irrelevance of humanity and the splendor that is the universe at large. All hail aurora.
Grind in Rewind 2012: It Takes Two to Tango
Sometimes the most brilliant gambits are the most obvious. Case in point, the excellent and ascendant 7 Degrees Records grabbed its two foremost bands — Wake and Dephospohorus — and told them to each record enough music to fill one side of a 7-inch. The result was an absolutely scintillating pairing that proved to be a pivot from Wake’s Leeches (which graced last year’s list) to Deposphorus’ dominating Night Sky Transform. Dephosphorus had backed off the artistry of Axiom for something more primal and vicious, which put them firmly in Wake’s realm, giving the pairing a wonderful balance from side to side. This is absolutely everything you want in a split experience: two bands at the top of their game that clearly enjoyed the idea of working together.
N.S.T. review @ Rice Factory
Very good first LP release from this new band Dephosphorus. They have black, death, crust, grind and they mix perfectly altogether to come out with Night Sky Transform. I must admit I really felt in love with this band with just by first spinning. The vocal scream like there is no more tomorrow which I can give a, no, two thumb ups. The music is very solid with rustic guitar and perfect balance bass but the drum kick is kinda low to my preference. Even the debut LP, the dynamic and maturity was there and I cannot wait for their next documentation.
Available from 7 Degrees Records
N.S.T. @ PopMatters’ Ragnarök: 2012 Gloomy Awards
We’re stoked that N.S.T. has made it into PopMatters’ Ragnarök: 2012 Gloomy Awards!
It always feels great when we find out that fellow music lovers are carried away and inspired by our music and concept. Thanks Craig!
Dephosphorus: Night Sky Transform
Greek trio Dephosphorus’s second full-length Night Sky Transform contains elements of grindcore, death metal, black metal, sludge, noise rock and post-hardcore—the blending of all being highly dexterous and original. The album’s conceptual arc tackled big ideas. Gazing into the cosmos, Dephosphorus asked deep questions about our place in the universe, wrapping that inquiry around grinding, angular and aggressive tunes that rapidly shifted tempo and veered off to encompass those myriad metallic styles. Underpinning all was an evolving search for meaning that fearlessly ignored genre and defied categorization, with the band harnessing whatever tools it required to investigate the unknowable. Innovation and introspection were the keys to Night Sky Transform‘s attraction. Dephosphorus had impressed with,Axiom, its astro-grinding debut, but Night Sky Transformwasn’t so much a ‘one small step’ forward, more a ‘giant leap’. From production, arrangement and delivery to its meteoric impact, Night Sky Transform was imaginative and intelligent, melding philosophic and scientific uncertainties into formidable and inventive action.
See also: Cosmos & Culture, Cultural Evolution in a Cosmic Context by Steven J Dick and Mark L Lupisella (a free NASA e-book that inspired the band), Cold Womb Descent ( Rise of Ldaovh, an ambient project crafted by two astronomers, and influenced by “astral creations and clouds of cosmic dust”) and VagusNerve, with its kosmische, feedbacking interstellar jaunt (Go Back to the Sirius).
N.S.T. @ La Fille Du Rock’s Top 10 for 2012!
Dephosphorus – Night sky transform
Pendant que la Grèce croule sous les dettes, les musiciens de Dephosphorus tirent de cette frustration un mélange entre black metal, grindcore et sludge corrosif qui en appelle à la fois à Darkthrone et à Unearthly Trance. En deux disques, l’évolution de ce trio en a fait l’une des valeurs montante à surveiller de très prêt quand on en juge par les qualités hypnotique d’Aurora, le morceau de conclusion. Parmi tout les groupes rétro, la voix de Dephosphorus s’élève bien haut comme une clameur de contestation en allant vers un avenir inclassable mais toujours extrême.
N.S.T. #1 at Perpetual Strife’s top 2012!!!
We are extremely honored of your support and appreciation guys…
The End Time: Best Albums of 2012
Night Sky Transform
Whoa baby. While everyone’s been oo’ing and ah’ing over last year’sAxiom it wasn’t until Night Sky Transform that I became absolutely OBSESSED with this band. Grindcore without any boundaries, Night Sky Transform showcases immense songwriting, great lyrics, and an awesome mood. P//S Review
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