If I had any idea how many bands were named after things in Gravity’s Rainbow, or were perhaps tangentially related to it, like this one, I would have never bothered mentioning bands that I actually know.
Phoebus Cartel is a heavy metal band based out of Denmark. And… well, that’s really all I know about them. I found this image for them online which linked me to their site on bandbase (if you must, you can also get it in English–although there’s no extra information).
There are three songs here on the site. They are all sung in English and all have heavy guitars. The band is clearly heavy metal inspired, but they also classify themselves as “alternativ.”
“difficult” has elements of Marilyn Manson in the singing (and even the melody). It’s a very catchy interesting song and very heavy. “asylum enemy” has some great heavy chugging guitars. I like the part in the middle where we just get two heavy notes and a pause. It reminded me a lot of Tool. “November” has the most normal sounding singing in the bunch–it’s also the least metal sounding–more like heavy alt rock. Although the break in the middle with slow guitars is nicely atmospheric.
I really enjoyed all three songs. I’d like to learn more about these guys but I literally can find nothing else about them anywhere.
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