Phreneticum are a band from Germany that plays a very heavy and aggressive form of black metal and this is a review of their 2021 album "Der Stille Zerfall" which will be released on April 4th as a joint effort between Satanath Records and Onism Productions.
A very dark yet heavy sound starts off the album while the riffs also add in a decent amount of dark sounding melodies. When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the recording more of a raw feeling and the vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while a great portion of the tracks are also very long and epic in length. The songs also add in a decent mixture of both old school and modern influences along with all of the musical instruments also having a very powerful sound to them.
A later song also adds in a brief use of field recordings and distorted soundscapes before returning back to a heavier direction, as the album progresses a brief use of spoken word parts can also be heard as well as some stringed instruments and synths also being utilized briefly briefly towards the end. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics are written in German and cover dark themes.
In my opinion Phreneticum are a very great sounding heavy and aggressive black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Der Turm" and "Das Grab". 8 out of 10.