Phosgore – Warhead
Label: ProNoize/Dark Dimensions
Release Date: November 25, 2011
Review by: Neska Lapicki
In May 2011, two of my DJ friends came home from the Kinetik Festival brimming with excitement about a band called Phosgore. They played some tracks at local clubs, and I was instantly addicted. In November of 2011, Phosgore unleashed their new album Warhead, and if you’ll pardon the pun, it has exploded out of the gate and up the charts with damned good reason. Warhead is everything I love about big, loud, crunchy, hard, stompy dark music infused with a completely infectious bouncy hardstyle/chip-tune psycho energy. It’s the happiest angry music ever! The overall effect is that you can fly down the highway bouncing in the driver’s seat singing along to “Fuck You” and “20 Ways To Kill Someone” with a giant grin on your face. I know how that sounds, but trust me on this.
Phosgore began as the solo project of Flo Dietz in 2008 after a decade of DJing. In two short years, Phosgore delivered the self-released CD Club Domination, got signed to ProNoize, toured extensively at clubs and festivals, and did remixes for a truly impressive list of other bands. In 2010, Phosgore became a duo as Sonja became a full official member. And she’s not just another pretty face, either. This pair is undeniably all about the music! In advance of the new album, Phosgore also launched their new website, http://www.phosgore.de/, and I have to share this quote from their BIO with you.: â€œWhat the project lacks in dark romantic song texts and multi-coloured-plastic-hair sporting singers, it makes up in pure, raw, relentless power.â€
Warhead begins with “The Beginning of The End”, a brief ominous wash of synths overtaken by the scratching of a Geiger counter that rolls right into “VX”, which explodes with sirens and slamming beats after a 20 second sample about its namesake nerve gas. Super high-energy bouncy synths, samples, and beats dance with each other throughout, along with the growled vocal inhale. “Glasgow Smiling” is up next, and starts with a deliciously noisy distorted intro that ramps up with high synths about a minute in, then just explodes with crazy techno energy. “Contagion” was an early favorite, with it’s German samples, infectious rhythms, and crunchy dark feel.
“Fuck You” starts off with an incredibly bouncy bass beat and just keeps building and building with complex synth riffs, slamming beats, and fun to sing along with vocals. “Mutilator” slaps you right in the face with the hi-hat then drops a funky bass groove on it before bringing in a sweet, sweet melody and a super sexy dark electro vibe. “Detonate Devastate Annihilate” is absolutely everything you want in a dancefloor anthem. Super bouncy beats, a countdown, epic samples, fascinating breaks, and easy to chant vocals. I see this one getting played for years and years to come. And then there’s “Bloodbath”, which is such a hot and sexy grinding tune that I can see it spawning a new form of up-tempo electro belly-dancing. It really doesn’t hurt at all that the vocals keep encouraging us to unleash, and ends with â€œyour soul is mineâ€. Swoon.
“20 Ways To Kill Someone” is ridiculous amounts of fun. A driving bassline, addictive rhythms, and vocals that divulge exactly what the title suggests. I swear I am not a sociopath, but this one makes me dance around my living room with a huge smile while singing â€œsometimes, you just have to kill someone…â€. “Panzerfaust Schiessen” is another driving dancefloor-packer with huge bouncy energy, explosions, and a totally addictive melody. “Demon Core” may have actually made me drool a little bit. A super up-tempo and melodic trip-out that keeps slapping you in the face with alternating hard beats and gorgeous synths. “Into The Void” is a growling, dark and dirty instrumental that may actually contribute to the next baby boom with its captivating rhythms and oh-so-hot electro sound. “Flatline” is an outro that samples every track that came before it, and makes you hungry to listen to the whole thing again!
Warhead is absolutely EVERYTHING I love about electronic music. It is not genre-specific, it is super clean and well-produced, and above all just a metric fuck-ton of fun. It is totally dancefloor-friendly, but also perfect in the car or at the office. Whenever you need a quick burst of energy, this will be your go-to. Do yourself a favor, and don’t let this one linger in your â€œto check out at some pointâ€ list.
1. The Beginning of the End
3. Glasgow Smiling
5. Fuck You
7. Detonate Devastate Annihilate
9. 20 Ways To Kill Someone
10. Panzerfaust Schiessen
11. Demon Core
12. Into the Void
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