Black Phantom, from Arizona in the U.S., debuted last year with their first self-titled LP and we find them back on the shelves in 2018 with another record, named Expiration Date, which indicates that the musical material that was accumulated by these four American thrashers since their formation a few years ago exceeded the ten tracks that were packed together in their first full-lenght record.
The music played by Black Phantom is basically a rough and immediate version of old-school thrash metal, with fast rhythms, dirty and furious guitar riffs, lots of guitar solos, powerful bass lines and screaming vocals. The first image that formed in my mind as soon as I launched the LP in my mp3 player was that of four metalheads turning on the amplifiers, connecting the instruments and immediately starting to hit hard without losing any second to equalize and perfect the sound. This is in fact a direct, genuine and brutal thrash attack, with no frills.
In the best tradition of thrash the songs in Expiration Date are all fast, essential and at times leaving you literally breathless. The quality of the riffing is good; there are no memorable moments but everything runs smoothly from the beginning to the end of the album. The style of singing of Matthias Mattimias didn’t convince me 100% (while the way he plays the bass is impressive), but this is absolutely balanced by the excellent performance of Allen Jackson on the lead guitar.
Expiration Date doesn’t shine for originality or care for the details, but it offers to metal enthusiasts a solid and effective collection of old-fashioned thrash metal tunes, enough furious and raw to let us discharge all the stress and tension that we accumulate behind the desks or inside the traffic.
Standout tracks: Dreading the Witch and the closing song K.W.P.
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