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ATHORN
PHOBIA
AFM

German quintet Athorn cover a lot of ground on their 10-track debut PHOBIA, running the gamut from technical power metal to brooding progressive metal to fist-pumping metalcore throughout the duration of the album. Despite all of the cross-pollination happening, not many interesting permutations are made, resulting in overblown attempts at epic metal that sound like a cross between Disturbed and Five Finger Death Punch doing impressions of Blind Guardian with a little bit of All That Remains thrown in for a modern heavy slant (“Phobia”), resulting in a mixed bag that doesn’t always deliver.
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- Mike SOS