Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

PHI

Heavy Prog • Austria


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Phi picture
Phi biography
Hailing from the Austrian town of Trofaiach, power-trio PHI brings an exciting framework of heavy progressive rock augmented with plenty of psychedelic and prog-metal elements to the new millennium's experimental rock scene. PHI members are: Markus Bratusa (guitar, vocals), Arthur Darnhofer-Demar (bass) and Nick Koch (drums). The band cites TOOL, PORCUPINE TREE, MESHUGGAH, ANATHEMA and KING CRIMSON as some of its major influences.

So far, PHI has two releases in its résumé: the long-duration CD "For The Love Of Ghosts" (2011) and the EP "The Deflowering Of Reality" (2012), both publicized in the band?s Bandcamp blog [http://phimusic.bandcamp.com/]. Both items have been highly praised in many e-zines and Internet blogs specialized in metal and experimental rock, and they certainly are solid proof of the kind of energy and creativity that this band has to offer in the name of artistic rock.

In 2013 their first European tour was a great success. Now the band is touring in 2014/2015 for their label debut album "Now the Waves of Sound Remain".

Updated by rdtprog

Phi official website

PHI MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

PHI forum topics / tours, shows & news


PHI forum topics Create a topic now
PHI tours, shows & news
No topics found for : "phi"
Post an entries now

PHI Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to PHI

Buy PHI Music


Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Jean Phi Sanchez - Feel The Chocho - Club News Records - 2006 #195592 USD $3.88 Buy It Now 2h 10m
Greig + Schumann Piano Concertos LP, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Arrau PHI 6580 108 USD $7.78 [0 bids]
5h 46m
Neujahrskonzert: New Year's Concert 2012 - Mariss/Wiener Phi (CD Used Very Good) USD $12.02 Buy It Now 6h 39m
Me Phi Me - One - RARE Germany IMPORT 1992 CD LISTEN Great Acoustic RAP HIP HOP USD $6.74 Buy It Now 7h 53m
Huey Lewis & The News It Hit Me Like An Hammer PHI 7" vinyl single record USD $14.21 Buy It Now 9h 20m
Tschaikowsky: Symphony 6 "Pathétique" - Swan Lake - Suite - Karajan/Phi (NEW CD) USD $7.12 Buy It Now 10h 58m
The Spinners 45 LOVE...I FOUND YOU / SUDBUSTER ~ Tri-Phi VG- r+b USD $3.40 Buy It Now 14h 4m
Mozart for Morning Coffee: Freshly Brewed to Perk Up Your Day (CD, Aug-1996, Phi USD $9.99 Buy It Now 15h 4m
Northern Soul 45 : The Challengers III ~ I Hear An Echo ~Every Day ~ Tri-Phi USD $30.00 [0 bids]
15h 30m
JOEY DEE lp BAILANDO EL TWIST EN EL LOUNGE argentina ID# 18486 1962 ORIGINAL PHI USD $34.00 Buy It Now 15h 34m
SINGING THROUGH THE HARD TIMES:TRIBUTE TO UTAH PHI CD NEW+ USD $20.07 Buy It Now 16h 2m
Poppen; Deutscher Radio Phi...-Symphony No. 4, Overture 1812 CD NEW USD $15.08 Buy It Now 16h 24m
Me Phi Me - One USD $2.50 Buy It Now 17h 34m
ME PHI ME Dream Of You 7" VINYL B/W Not My Brotha (74321146047) Pic Sleeve UK USD $4.07 Buy It Now 18h 23m
ANIMATION SOUNDTRACK (AKIO IZUTSU)-PHI BRAIN: PUZZLE OF GOD OST 2-JAPAN CD G61 USD $33.50 Buy It Now 19h 16m
1956 Beta Sigma Phi Silver Anniversary Friendship Recording Walter Ross NM USD $49.99 Buy It Now 19h 29m
Phi Life Cypher-Higher Forces CD NEW USD $12.50 Buy It Now 19h 41m
ME PHI ME Black Sunshine 7" VINYL Radio Edit B/w Pu'sho Hands 2getha USD $4.07 Buy It Now 19h 48m
PHI - WAVES OVER VIENNA (LIVE AT DAS BACH) CD + DVD NEW+ USD $25.74 Buy It Now 19h 56m
ME PHI ME Black Sunshine 12" VINYL 5 Tracks Ragga Soul Mix (74321122231) Pic USD $4.07 Buy It Now 20h 46m
CHILL FAC TORR Twist 12" VINYL B/W Round N Round (Pwsl109) UK Phi USD $6.47 Buy It Now 20h 47m
ME PHI ME Dream Of You 12" VINYL 4 Track Evolution Mix B/w Harri's Mix, K-gees USD $4.07 Buy It Now 20h 50m
ME PHI ME Dream Of You 12" VINYL Promo 4 Track Evolution Mix, Harri's Mix USD $6.47 Buy It Now 20h 51m
ERVIN SISTERS~EVERY DAY'S A HOLIDAY~WHY I LOVE YOU~TRI PHI 1022~~ SOUL 45 USD $19.99 Buy It Now 20h 59m
ME PHI ME Black Sunshine CD 5 Track Radio Edit (74321122232) UK Rca USD $5.44 Buy It Now 21h 40m
Klaus Tennstedt; London Phi...-Orch. Excerpts From Wagner Ope CD NEW USD $15.08 Buy It Now 23h 12m
VIETNAMESE MUSIC- CAN NHA MAU TIM- PHI NHUNG, MANH QUYNH- TNCD 216 USD $8.50 Buy It Now 23h 41m
CD. PHI - Sound Is Sound USD $11.46 Buy It Now 1 day
Vaka Kappa Delta Phi CD USD $4.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Sci Phi - Mash Ton - Jerona Fruits - 2007 #227341 USD $3.88 Buy It Now 1 day
The Athenians~Self Titled LP~Philips Records PHI 428~Greece~FAST SHIPPING USD $17.95 Buy It Now 1 day
Sci Phi - Fool No One - Rubik - 2007 #222552 USD $2.58 Buy It Now 1 day
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition / Ravel: Boléro, M.81 [VINYL] Berliner Phi USD $31.39 Buy It Now 1 day
PHI*1700 (U/V) U-Ziq Belgian 12" vinyl single record (Maxi) RS94048 R USD $15.49 Buy It Now 1 day
Phi Celtic Spirit CD USD $4.59 Buy It Now 1 day
Unknown Artist Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (NY Phi CD USD $4.95 Buy It Now 1 day
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Presents Music Of Movement w/ Artwork AUDIO CD MLK USD $26.09 Buy It Now 1 day
TEEN 45 BONNIE/TREASURES HOME OF THE BRAVE ON PHI-DAN VG+ ORIGINAL USD $26.50 Buy It Now 1 day
Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia : Pete Townshend Alfie Boe Billy Idol Phi USD $28.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Modern Talking You're My Heart You're My Soul PHI 7" vinyl single record USD $14.21 Buy It Now 1 day
Elgar: Symphonies 1 & 2, Froissart Ove. Op.19 (Philharmonia Orchestra/Davis) Phi USD $29.89 Buy It Now 1 day
JAIR RODRIGUES lp E ISSO AI argentina ID# 17293 ARGENTINA WITH BOOKLET-1972 PHI USD $36.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Musical Treasures of Italy Philips Stereo LP Gold Labels PHI 426 USD $12.69 Buy It Now 1 day
Martin Peaceful Warrior Speaks a Tribute to Phi CD USD $4.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Bernd Glemser / Duisburger Phi - Beethoven: Complete Piano Conc NEW CD USD $31.41 Buy It Now 1 day
Beethoven Symphony No 3 Eroica Symphony No 8 , Csr Symphony Orchestra Zagreb Phi USD $4.99 Buy It Now 1 day
GEORGES BRASSENS lp SERIE GRANDES ARTISTAS argentina ID# 47400 1972-GATEFOLD PHI USD $34.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Beethoven:Karajan/Berliner Phi,Beethoven:Karajan/Berliner Phi,Berliner Philharmo USD $4.49 Buy It Now 1 day
MINA lp IL CIELO IN UNA STANZA argentina ID# 51490 ORIGINAL-RECORD VERY USED PHI USD $34.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, NY Phi Cassette USD $3.99 [0 bids]
1 day
SALGAN-DE LIO lp DOS GRANDES DEL TANGO argentina ID# 33401 PEEL OFF ON COVER PHI USD $34.99 Buy It Now 1 day
ME PHI ME SAD NEW DAY 4 TRACK CD - EXCELLENT - VGC USD $7.52 Buy It Now 1 day
138 930 Brahms Violin Concerto Christian Ferras Berliner Phi Herbert Von Karajan USD $25.95 Buy It Now 1 day
Leos Janacek Sinfonietta, Rhapsody For Orchestra 'Taras Bulba', Vien USD $3.82 Buy It Now 2 days
2542 106 BEETHOVEN Symphony No.6 BERLIN PHI & KARAJAN - DG Accolade Stereo LP #B USD $9.73 Buy It Now 2 days
2542 105 BEETHOVEN Symphony No.5 BERLIN PHI & KARAJAN - DG Accolade Stereo LP #B USD $9.73 Buy It Now 2 days
2542 104 BEETHOVEN Symphony No.4 BERLIN PHI & KARAJAN - DG Accolade Stereo LP #B USD $9.73 Buy It Now 2 days
Phi Life Cypher - Millenium Metaphors - Phi Life Cypher CD B0VG USD $36.96 Buy It Now 2 days
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik/Posthorn Serenade - Levine/Vienna Phi (CD Used Very Good) USD $7.63 Buy It Now 2 days
JPOP : Phi by komekome club USED CD from JAPAN USD $11.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Purcell: Music for a While, Christina Pluhar Phi, 0825646337507 * NEW * USD $23.97 Buy It Now 2 days
Christmas in Venice, Monteverdi Choir/Phi, 0028948065561 * NEW * USD $15.34 Buy It Now 2 days
Bach: Ach ssser Trost! Leipzig Cantatas (CD, Oct-2012, Phi (Classical)) USD $13.21 Buy It Now 2 days
New ! **Me Phi Me One** Cassette Tape Sealed Rap R&B Hip Hop RCA Records USD $5.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Hear! Teen Girl Group 45 Van Dorn Sisters - Little Ship / I Wish You Love On Phi USD $15.00 Buy It Now 2 days
Originals: Appalachian Spring / Barber: Adagio for - Bernstein / Los Angeles Phi USD $13.39 Buy It Now 2 days
Unknown Artist Φ~Phi~ CD USD $4.48 Buy It Now 2 days
HARVEY ~ Whistling About You ~ northern soul/R&B/popcorn promo ~ TRI PHI $ USD $15.40 Buy It Now 2 days
JOHNNY & JACKEY ~ Sho Don't Play ~ R&B/popcorn ~ TRI PHI $ USD $15.40 Buy It Now 2 days
`Ashkenazy, Vladimir; ; Phi...-Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 CD NEW USD $15.78 Buy It Now 3 days
SUTHEP DAODUANGMAI BAND-LAM PHAEN SONG PHI NONG LONG KRUNG-JAPAN LP F56 USD $26.99 Buy It Now 3 days
SUTHEP DAODUANGMAI BAND-LAM PHAEN SONG PHI NONG LONG KRUNG-JAPAN CD F04 USD $24.99 Buy It Now 3 days
If It Ain't Worth Fighting For / You Sure Make It - J.C. Phi (CD Used Very Good) USD $7.94 Buy It Now 3 days
SUTHEP DAODUANGMAI BAND-LAM PHAEN SONG PHI NONG LONG KRUNG-JAPAN CD F04 USD $26.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Phi Yaan-Zek & Marco Minnemann-Dance With the Anima CD NEW USD $20.45 Buy It Now 3 days
HARVEY AKA MOONGLOWS Come On An Answer / Memories Of You TRI-PHI RARE SOUL 45 7" USD $40.49 Buy It Now 3 days
THE CHALLENGERS Stay / Honey Honey Honey TRI PHI 2367 NORTHERN SOUL 45 USD $18.99 Buy It Now 3 days
THE SPINNERS Heebie Jeebies's / That's What Girls Are Made TRI PHI 1001 SOUL 45 USD $14.99 Buy It Now 3 days
Rachmaninov for Romance: Passionate Music for Love and Desire (CD, Oct-1995, Phi USD $1.49 Buy It Now 3 days
Vietnamese NGOC HO PHI NHUNG xa moi thinh dau MUSIC CD USD $12.00 Buy It Now 3 days
Vietnamese MUA PHI TRUONG nhung tuyet phan hay nhat hien nay doc trich tu CD USD $12.00 Buy It Now 3 days
Vietnamese PHI NHUNG THUONG VE ME HUE NHUNG TINK KHUC BAT HU MUSIC CD USD $24.00 Buy It Now 3 days
Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6 In B Minor Pathetique Erich Leinsdorf Los Angeles Phi USD $11.61 Buy It Now 3 days
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 Three Preludes Moura Lympany With The Royal Phi USD $11.61 Buy It Now 3 days
One by Me Phi Me (CD, Jul-1992, RCA) USD $2.69 Buy It Now 3 days
Pu'Sho Hands 2getha/and I Believe by Me Phi Me (CD,1992 USD $2.69 Buy It Now 3 days
Mozart: The Last Symphonies (CD, Jun-2013, Phi (Classical)) USD $19.46 Buy It Now 3 days
PHI PHI HENRI CHRISTINE OPERETTA IN 3 ACTS WESTMINSTER USA MONO LP *BID* USD $14.99 Buy It Now 3 days
R&B Soul 45~THE SPINNERS~Heebie Jeebie's /That's What Girls Are Made For~Tri-Phi USD $7.99 Buy It Now 4 days
Sommernachtskonzert 2015 / Summer Night Concert - Wiener Phi (CD Used Very Good) USD $9.20 Buy It Now 4 days
Me Phi Me Black Sunshine Cd Single USD $5.18 Buy It Now 4 days
MI PHI MI_Black Sunshine_used VINYL 12" inch_ships from AUS!_shG1 USD $22.92 Buy It Now 4 days
Varnay; Vinay; New York Phi...-Gotterdammerung: Act 3 CD NEW USD $15.08 Buy It Now 4 days
One Me Phi Me MUSIC CD USD $4.99 Buy It Now 4 days
Various Artists at Liverpool Phi... - Various Artists at Liverpool Ph... CD 8ULN USD $23.98 Buy It Now 4 days
NORTHERN SOUL group-The Spinners "That's What Girls Are Made For"on Tri-Phi 1001 USD $25.00 Buy It Now 4 days
Russian Tableaux Goldstone and Clemmow 1993 Amphion PHI CD 125 UK USD $4.15 [0 bids]
4 days
INTRUDERS win place or show she's a winner 7" WS EX/ uk phi USD $9.07 Buy It Now 4 days
ME PHI ME-"PU SHO HANDS 2GETHA" 12" SINGLE SEALED USD $7.99 [0 bids]
4 days
Phi Life Cypher / Taskforce ?- The Chosen Few EP 12" Vinyl UK Hip Hop USD $1.28 [0 bids]
4 days

More places to buy PHI music online Buy PHI & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for PHI DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)
PHI has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

PHI discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

PHI top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.64 | 12 ratings
For The Love Of Ghosts
2011
3.55 | 11 ratings
Years Of Breathing
2013
3.85 | 16 ratings
Now The Waves Of Sound Remain
2014

PHI Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.96 | 4 ratings
Waves Over Vienna
2015

PHI Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

PHI Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

PHI Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
The Deflowering Of Reality
2012

PHI Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Waves Over Vienna by PHI album cover Live, 2015
3.96 | 4 ratings

BUY
Waves Over Vienna
Phi Heavy Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Austrian trio PHI is a self-described post-progressive rock band that was formed ten years ago, and while its first incarnation broke up, a second version arose a few years after and has been steadily developing their craft ever since the release of their debut album "Ghost" in 2011. At this point they have three studio albums and one official EP out, in addition to this live CD+DVD package that was released by Gentle Art of Music in 2015.

As such this album serves as a good introduction to the band, as it does contain material from all of their studio productions, presented and performed in a (mostly) compelling and likable manner. The live DVD is perhaps more of interest to existing fans, but a worthwhile watch even if not shining in moments of brilliance also for others. I'd estimate that fans of bands such as Porcupine Tree and Riverside might be the key audience for this band, and personally, my impression is that Phi is a band with a high enough quality to merit being mentioned in such a context too.

 Now The Waves Of Sound Remain by PHI album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.85 | 16 ratings

BUY
Now The Waves Of Sound Remain
Phi Heavy Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Austrian band PHI was formed back in 2006, and started making a name for themselves before breaking up a few years later. In 2011 the band reformed, and in their second phase of existence they have developed a style and presence that again have seen them steadily creating a presence for themselves in the contemporary scene. "Now the Waves of Sound Remain" is their third studio album, and was released through the German label Gentle Art of Music in the fall of 2014.

Throw Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, Rush and Tool into the blender and season with some touches of The Mars Volta, perhaps with some Riverside too, and you may end up with an end result like this. Well developed and highly enjoyable music, atmospheric-laden and gentle, as well as edgy, feisty and powerful, compelling, sophisticated and also rather quirky at times. Those who enjoy bands that explore the landscapes in the borderlands between progressive rock and progressive metal will most likely be a key audience for Phi and the band's 2014 album "Now the Waves of Sound Remain".

 Now The Waves Of Sound Remain by PHI album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.85 | 16 ratings

BUY
Now The Waves Of Sound Remain
Phi Heavy Prog

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

4 stars Phi is a young 3-man band from Austria that call their approach to music "post Progressive Rock." I found myself surprised that I'd not come across this term before. Then the internal quarrels as to what could be meant by this term accompanied my listening to Now The Waves of Sound Remain on progstreaming.com. What impressed me about the band and their music was that instead of sounding retro- or neo-prog, or retro- or neo-classic rock, the band sounds to me like a band of youth expressing themselves in their most heartfelt way. I especially enjoy the way they so unexpectedly and yet effortless incorporate updated LED ZEPPELIN/RUSH sounds and riffs into their songs. They can be indie/alt rock like MEW, they can be proggish like DEVIN TOWNSEND, they can be metal like Led Zep, they can be grungy like ALICE IN CHAINS, they can be Experimental like ANEKDOTEN, and so tight like Rush, but they are so original and unique! And their vocals are so diverse, interesting, and unusual. Everything is so fresh and unexpected. My listening to this album kept flushing me over with wave after wave of excitement and awe similar to when I first heard CREAM, LED ZEPPELIN, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, or PEARL JAM. Supergroups. And PHI is young! I am excited! This band is so creative! So confident! So tight!

This is an excellent album that I want everyone to check out. For now I'm going to give it four stars as I've only listened to it twice so far. But this may end up getting bumped up to masterpiece status--and it may be a top tenner of 2014.

Prog lovers: Check out this album!

 For The Love Of Ghosts by PHI album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.64 | 12 ratings

BUY
For The Love Of Ghosts
Phi Heavy Prog

Review by Progulator
Prog Reviewer

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.
 For The Love Of Ghosts by PHI album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.64 | 12 ratings

BUY
For The Love Of Ghosts
Phi Heavy Prog

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars A very good album!

This is Phi, a band from Austria whose music is a clear example of what we call Heavy Prog, they enter without a doubt in the progressive rock realm, with some hints of metal, without being metal itself. Their debut album released in 2011 is entitled "For the Love of Ghosts", which features seven songs that together make a total time of 49 minutes. I would like to thank Olav for introducing this band to me.

"The Surgical Cut, Parts 2-4" extraordinarily opens this album, because they give us ten minutes of powerful, thoughtful music that any band would desire to share. Since the first moments we can appreciate the heavy side of the music, but I insist, it is not progressive metal, not yet. I like how the instruments and the voice are all equal and necessary to the music's success, none of them stands above, they form a good group together. The voice has cadency but at the same time it can be deep, the drums are constant and interesting, guitars and bass give the good rhythm while keyboards produce cool nuances and textures. After 4 minutes the music changes a bit, I assume is a new part. Then it slows down and we can listen to spoken words; then the music is progressing little by little, but in the last two minutes slows down again in order to be rebuilt. Great opening track!

"Departure" starts slowly but after a few seconds it becomes faster and more powerful, the sound here is like a mixture of the heavy side of alternative prog, with of course some progressive rock. The voice here has some effects and sounds great, the bass create nice lines while the guitars are excellent all the time. When it slows down I believe it loses some of its essence, which fortunately returns with the fast and heavy moments. The last couple of minutes are great!

Now the longest composition of the album, with 12 minutes of music "Desire" begins with a heavy pulse since the very first second. They sing "I need to feel this", and they actually make us feel it, I really like the voice and how it together with the music can share emotions to the listener, and that is something I really appreciate from the bands. Here I like a lot the mixture of soft with heavy passages, and how even in the soft ones a heavy guitar appears without harming the sound, so they are very careful. There is a change at minute eight that I like a lot, seems to be a faster song but it isn't, then the music take us to a creative passage, where keyboards put excellent atmospheres that are wonderfully filled by the strings and drums. "I wanna be the flesh, underneath your skin" they say, and the song fades out delicately.

A violin can be listened in "Wintersong", which produces some gentle uncertainty, seconds later the voice appears along with a piano, and then the song is building a structure little by litte; after 1:30 drums and keyboards enter together with a soft guitar and when the voice reappears we can notice a kind of melancholic and regretful sound. Just before the third minute the music explodes and a minute later we can listen to a great guitar riff, and then the voice produces the most emotional tone of the track. "The Illusion (Death is Dead)" is the following track, with strings and drums very reminiscent of King Crimson, then it changes when the voice enters and the music takes us to another place. Cool track!

"The Surgical Cut, Pt. 1" is another long song, reaching the nine-minute mark. It is different than the previous, because it does not show the heavy feeling, it is, on the other hand, a soft track whose progress is slow at least in the first three minutes; then it changes and now the heavy sound is present again. So they created a different beginning, and actually a different body for the song, this is a cool and experimental track that shows their talent as composers, making a fresh heavy prog sound. The album finishes with "Epilogue: For the Love of Ghosts", which happens to be the shortest composition. Acoustic guitar and vocals to say goodbye, nice.

I am happy with Phi's album, which I recommend to fans of the heavy side of progressive rock, and also for metal fans, why not. My final grade will be 4 stars.

Enjoy it!

 For The Love Of Ghosts by PHI album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.64 | 12 ratings

BUY
For The Love Of Ghosts
Phi Heavy Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Austrian band PHI was formed back in 2006, and in their formative years they became a relatively popular outfit. That initial phase ended in 2009 however, and after a break, incorporating a new musical philosophy with members to boot, the second version of the band hit the studio in 2011 to record their debut album. "For the Love of Ghosts" was the chosen name for this production.

Innovative progressive metal is probably as good a description as anything for the style explored on "For the Love of Ghosts". Traditional progressive metal given a Porcupine Tree inspired makeover, with effective use of contrasting themes and intensity build-ups as central characteristics. Well worth investigating if you're intrigued by a band that attempts to stray outside of the common boundaries of progressive metal yet maintaining an accessible sound.

Thanks to cesar inca for the artist addition.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives