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Review: Dark Phantom - Nation of Dogs
Dark Phantom
Nation of Dogs

Label: Symbol of Domination
Year released: 2016
Duration: 31:21
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: April 25, 2018
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Nation of Dogs

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)

Kirkuk, Iraq isn't necessarily a place where you'd expect to see Metal bands come from. Well, since Metal music knows no boundaries and Heavy Metal unites nations all over the world, anything's possible.

Anyways, this Death/Thrash Metal band released their debut album only digitally in May 2016. It is now also available on CD thanks to a joint venture by Belarus label Symbol of Domination Prod.'s and Finnish United by Chaos.

Ten songs of a mix of Death and Thrash Metal are offered on Dark Phantom's debut full-length, titled Nation of Dogs. This Iraqi bunch plays their relatively technical Death/Thrash Metal well. The music is often melodic and really offers something refreshing compared to many of today's extreme Metal bands that have chosen to deliver the goods in the murkiest way possible. Mir's death grunts are impressive – reminding me of Ross Dolan of Immolation here and there – while the occasional clean vocal parts are thrown in, which don't fit the album at all. The album would be way better off without them. Fortunately, the band's excellent musicianship makes you forget about those badly sung clean vocals quickly.

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