After what seems an age, Phantom Glue are back with their new
offering - a sonic stew of riffs, shouts and
Following the template that the 2010 self titled release gave us,
Phantom Glue once again have produced tracks of sludged up
riffs, hardcore vocals and a glorious noise-rock attitude that
comes across like High On Fire but with a more drunken, reckless
abandon, threatening to implode into chaos but saved by the
very strong song writing.
Some bands try to mix these genres together but never with such
distortion or raw power. At 29 minutes it is pretty shortish but
the running order of the tracks and sheer enthusiasm on display
overcome any feelings of being short changed.
With stunning solos being sprayed all over the place - but never
overstaying their welcome - there is plenty of head nodding to be
had as well as the urge to smash things up. There is a savage
groove to the songs - unstoppable in its momentum that just takes
over and makes you want to press play when the climatic
ending is still ringing in your ears.
Boston, Massachusetts crushers, equally versed in sludge, doom, and noise rock, Phantom Glue churn out their self-proclaimed “avalanche of distortion” with nods to Neurosis, Trouble, and The Jesus Lizard throughout. Colossal drums and bass charge forth while twin guitars cast evil spells. Exclaim! Magazine has hailed the band’s sweet, mountain-moving din as “a heated bastion of caustic riffs and unearthly girth”. Decibel Magazine praised their 2010 debut as, simply, “a headbanger’s journey”.
Beneath the music lies a heavy H.P. Lovecraft vibe, conjured through the supernatural lyrics and cover art of vocalist/guitarist Matt Oates. Oates describes A War of Light Cones specifically as “a nightmare/occult alternate history of Colonial America”.
Phantom Glue’s second album and their first for BMA, A War of Light Cones was produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studio (Torche, Today Is The Day). Ballou’s connection to Phantom Glue dates back to the 90s when he and Matt Oates were bandmates in The Huguenots.
Phantom Glue’s lineup is completed by guitarist Mike Gowell, bassist/vocalist Nick Wolf, and drummer Kyle Rasmussen.