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3 stars Having to categorize and recategorize a particular band a number of times throughout an album can be a good thing. As I listed to Phi's For the Love of Ghosts, it was interesting how the style of music didn't really change, but the big picture, what they were trying to do with their album, with their vision, became clearer and clearer as the album progressed, without there being radical changese in style. The initial grit of the guitars that opens "The Surgical Cut" initially made me think it would just be another rock band, but as the synths begin to flesh out and the turn becomes more melodic and vocal oriented there was something I could really latch onto. Honestly I'm not sure what. The singer's voice is a voice that in another context I could see myself not liking, however it fits perfectly with Phi's sound. It's somewhat somber, not forcing itself at you, but the sort of introspective aspect of it when combined with the composition brings you in and makes it very likeable. I would like to say that Phi seems to avoid having the semblance of pretension. I never get the impression like they're trying to impress you. Indeed, they are not a flashy band, but neither do they come across as one of these hipster bands that thinks they're doing something artistic or innovative, but in reality they just suck at playing music and somehow think that makes them experimental. I would almost at times say that they have a slight prog metal mentality, which seems to become very apparent around the middle of the album; however they are not nearly heavy enough to really be considered metal, in my opinion. What Phi offers is really good songs that are catchy, melodic, and groove great. They're not really worried about being a 'heavy' band, a soft band, an ambitious band, or even a 'proggy' band. Of course, they have elements of all these things in there. With For the Love of Ghosts being a debut, Phi proves themselves to be an already mature band with good potential for growth.
Progulator | 3/5 |


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