On Friday, Vienna-based industrial post-rock outfit Phal:Angst will release their new album Phase IV, via Bloodshed666. And today, before the album officially is released, Treble is premiering the full stream of the album. It’s a dark and eerie set of music, balancing heavy electronic elements with elegant and haunting melodies, sometimes with spoken-word passages and sometimes with proper vocals, but always with more than their share of apocalyptic dread. The music sometimes feels like a hybrid of Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s bleak soundscapes and Locrian’s dystopian constructs, and it’s an overwhelming sound to be sure, but a highly compelling one. The album also features two remixes including one by JK Flesh (a.k.a. Justin Broadrick of Godflesh) and one by Will Brooks, better known as Dälek. It’s a perfectly fitting sound for this time of year and perhaps this moment in history.
Listen to the Phal:Angst Phase IV stream below.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.