Monday, February 1, 2016

PHOBIA - Decades of Blastphemy



Melotov Records presents the March 4th release of Phobia's Decades of Blastphemy, a massive 4-CD discography chronicling the first two decades of the definitive grindcore band's career.

Decades of Blastphemy collects 17 complete Phobia releases, originally released between 1990 and 2010, equaling over 150 tracks of pure Phobia grind.

CD 1:
Phobia/Gadget split, Haunted Hotel Records, 2010
Phobia/Extinction of Mankind split, Agipunk Records, 2010
Get Up and Kill, Deep Six Records, 2004
Grind Your Fucking Head In, Deep Six Records, 2003

CD 2:
Serenity Through Pain, Deathvomit/Deep Six Records, 2001
Destroying the Masses, Pessimiser/Theologian Records, 1999

CD 3:
Means of Existence, Slap-A-Ham Records, 1998
Return to Desolation, Relapse Records, 1993

CD 4:
Phobia/Abaddon Incarnate split, self-released, 2011
Phobia/Suffering Mind split, Behind the Mountain Records, 2012
Phobia/Skrupel split, Crimes Against Humanity, 2006
Phobia/Resist & Exist split, Ohev/Profane Existence Records, 2002
Phobia/Corrupted split, Rhetoric Records, 1999
Phobia/Plutocracy split, Misanthropic Records, 1994
Enslaved, Slap-A-Ham Records, 1997
My Friends Our Grind, self-released, 2008
What Went Wrong demo, self-released, 1990

Founded in 1990 in Orange County, California by frontman Shane MacLachlan, Phobia has shared stages with punk, grind, and metal legends like Chaos UK, Napalm Death, Mayhem, Voivod, Deicide, and Neurosis. In MacLachlan's words, the band puts out a "grinding noise assault, based on the energy and ideals of hardcore punk and the power and brutality of early grind." Many members have come and gone; the current lineup consists of Shane MacLachlan, guitarist CC Grind, bassist Calum McKenzie, and drummer Bryan Fajardo (Gridlink, Noisear, Kill the Client).

Based in LA, Melotov Records has made its name championing crucial young bands of today's underground metal and hardcore realms: ACxDC, Old Wounds, Tidemouth, Gatecreeper, and Outer Heaven, to name a few. Melotov boss Melanie Voltz calls Phobia's Decades of Blastphemy collection the label's "crowning achievement" to date – a chance to pay tribute to one of the godfathers of the scene who are still active to this day.

With Melotov releasing Decades in the US, Selfmadegod Records will handle the European release.

Phobia embarks on a spring tour with hardcore punk icons Battalion of Saints.

Battalion of Saints, Phobia:
Mar 1 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Mar 2 - San Diego, CA @ Til Two Club
Mar 3 - Mesa, AZ @ The Nile
Mar 4 - El Paso, TX @ The Sandbox
Mar 5 - Dallas, TX @ Red Blood Club
Mar 6 - Austin, TX @ Sidewinders
Mar 7 - Houston, TX @ Walters
Mar 8 - New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
Mar 9 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Mar 10 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
Mar 11 - Miami, FL @ Churchills
Mar 12 - Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar
Mar 14 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Mar 15 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron
Mar 16 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Mar 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddle
Mar 18 - Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class
Mar 19 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
Mar 20 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
Mar 21 - Omaha, NE @ Milk Run (Phobia only)
Mar 22 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Mar 23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
Mar 24 - Las Vegas, NV @ Dive Bar
Mar 25 - Pomona, CA @ PBW