Genre: Death Metal
Goreaphobia was formed in 1988 in Philadelphia, PA. They were, arguably, the first death metal band to come from there and one of the first death metal bands to come from the east coast of the US. They broke up in 1992 and members went on to join the ranks of Incantation, Immolation, Master and Absu. They reunited in 2007 and released their first full length, titled Mortal Repulsion, in 2009. They recently released this, their second full length, album and on this offering they have managed to combine old school death metal, old school black metal and old school thrash metal into something wholly modern sounding. The riffs are awesomely catchy and memorable, something I really miss in a lot of modern death metal, and the songwriting is top-notch. There’s even one song that approaches post-punk with its jangly guitars and gothic overtones. Chris Gamble’s voice falls somewhere between Tom G Warrior of Celtic Frost and Tom Angelripper of Sodom. Although the individual pieces aren’t original by any means, the end product and the way they alchemize their sound by summoning the spirits of the old school masters into an apocalyptic onslaught of pure metal fury is pretty fuckin awesome (see what I did there? Apocalyptic Necromancy! Get it? Get it? Aahhh im such a fuckin dork) In my opinion this is one of the better DM releases of the year.