Phlebotomized
Deformation Of Humanity
(2019)
Crank this to 8.2 of 11
Genre:
Progressive metal, Death Metal, Avante Gard
Sounds Like:
Opeth, Agalloch, Savatage
Monday, May 13, 2019
A cacophony of sound and dark wonder. The symphonic death metal avant-garde veterans return with their expansive latest release entitled Deformation of Humanity. Phlebotomized hails as one of the oldest Death Metal bands from the Netherlands and perhaps pioneers of synth and violin integration. They formed in 1989, primarily as a Grindcore/Death Metal act on the Morbid Angel vein and morphed their sound with melodies and an onslaught of instrumental beauty. They disbanded in 1997 taking a 16 year hiatus hitting the road with some live shows pulling in old material. With much care and attention, 2019's Deformation of Humanity was released.

Track Listing:
1. Premonition (Impending Doom)- (1:11)
2. Chambre Ardente (8:36)
3. Descend to Deviance (6:45)
4. Eyes on the Prize (3:37)
5. Desideratum (4:07)
6. My Dear (4:47)
7. Proclamation of a Terrified “Breed” (5:04)
8. Until the End (3:29)
9. Deformation of Humanity (7:10)
10. Until the End (Reprise) (3:24)
11. Ataraxia II (2:44)

Standout Track:
"My Dear…" really rises to the top of the 11 tracks. Perhaps the strongest melodies and contrast of the lot. Ultimately the exceptional fretwork prowess and inspiring synth melodies.

Adult Beverage Pairing:
We once tried this on the dikes of Volendam. Jopen’s Gouden Kalf #5 a double IPA at 8.5% ABV.This #5 batch an aggressive whirlpool and dry hopped with Cascade, El Dorado for a soft and yellow fruit filled punch. Perfect match for the Dutch natives.

ROTATION RECAP:
Captivation and Variety
8.6 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
8.7 out of 11

Vocal Prowess
7.8 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
8.3 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
7.4 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
8.3 out of 11

Contrast
8.4 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
8.0 out of 11

Production Value
8.4 out of 11

Band Members:
Rob Op `t Veld - Synths
Dennis Bolderman - Guitar
Tom Palms - Lead Guitar
Ben de Graaff - Vocals
Alex Schollema - Drums
André de Heus - Bass guitar

Final Thoughts:
Phlebotomized have made an impressive comeback with Deformation Of Humanity. The blend of symphonic and avant-garde will often derail our senses, but the veterans really do a solid job with the full array kitchen sink utensils. Well timed spacing and delivering spacious highs and lows makes for an entertaining listen. Give this one a gander and add some variety to your collection.
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