|Phantom X – ‘This Is War’ (Perris Records)|
|Written by David Whistance|
|Tuesday, 30 March 2010 06:00|
Hail To Thee, Legion Of The X!
Join us as we battle against all that is false metal with Dallas heavy metallers Phantom X, as they invite you to join their battalion of metal warriors on their third album, 'This Is War'. So sharpen those broad swords and saddle your steeds as we take a journey of Heavy Metal Majesty.
If your idea of heavy metal is hard and heavy music full of huge drum fills, screaming guitars, and played by mighty men with long hair and their fists clenched mightily, then the testosterone filled anthems that make up 'This Is War' such as 'Into Battle We Ride' and 'Lord Of The Sword' should fit you like a (cat skinned) glove. Despondent young gentlemen with piercings and Hitler side partings making a living wailing unnecessarily about how wretched their lives are whilst cashing their latest royalty cheques need not apply to join this band.
This is real heavy metal, made by men with molten steel running through their veins, men who were nurtured on a musical diet of Judas Priest, Accept and Iron Maiden.
Led by the mighty vocal style of ex-Omen screamer (and current Disney TV celebrity) Kevin Goocher, the thirteen tracks on offer here are a perfect example of true heavy metal brilliance in the 21st Century. 'This Is War' leads the way for the true metal scene for what will be an undoubtedly phenomenal war against musical mediocrity.
'Forever Midnight' sees Kevin Goocher flexing his vocal range with ease on this fantastic Priest-like number, as he reaches notes that Rob Halford can sadly only reach in the privacy of the bedroom these days...allegedly!
There are so many great old school heavy metal numbers on this album to choose from, such as 'Lord Of The Sword', and the pulverising beast that is 'Blood Of Even', and for any music fans who prefers their heavy metal slightly less heavy there is the more melodic fury of 'Discovery 2 (Chapter 9)'. Whilst 'A Strange World (Chapter 8)' is mildly reminiscent of Swedish rock gods Europe at their mightiest. If that wasn't enough and you feel like your balls are about to explode, whilst your body shakes relentlessly, and an almighty grin is spread across your features, then you have just spent the last three minutes in the company of the 'Whore Of Babylon'.
Anybody lucky enough to catch Anvil on their 2005 tour (yes, the tour featured on the sublime 'This Is Anvil' documentary) may have already witnessed the awesome Phantom X live, for everybody else the guys will be touring the almighty 'This Is War' album in the Autumn.... Catch them if you dare! If you cannot wait until Autumn you can witness lead vocalist Kevin Goocher in the summer months on a new reality TV show called Rock Race where he is set to feature as a celebrity judge alongside Poison's Rikki Rockett and Drowning Pool's Stevie Benton.