[REVIEW] PHILM – Harmonic by orlandooom407

It isn’t every day that bands with Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Fantomas) behind the kit show up. Especially bands that aren’t definably “heavy”. Philm (Ipecac Recordings) hails from Los Angeles, obviously, and completes their trio with Pancho Tomaselli (War) handling bass duties and Gerry Nestler (Civil Defiance) on guitar and vocals. Pancho, having had experience with arguably one of the most entertaining and long lasting funk groups to this day, shares his talents in a way one wouldn’t expect. The same could be said for Lombardo or Nestler who’s techniques elicit an arsenal that fuses funk, psychedelic, jazz and progressive rock. Expect scratchy circa 1974 guitar solos, spacial digitally delayed atmospheres, and masterful rudimentary jazz percussion patterns. You don’t have to enjoy metal to begin to enjoy Philm; an appreciation for Hendrix, Hawkwind, or even Parliament could potentially unlock an appreciation for heavier music. Harmonic does everything a modern (experimental) rock record should, and anyone looking to broaden their horizons should give this record at least one detailed listen. You’ll find yourself hooked by the second song if not before the conclusion of the first.

Tagging Philm as experimental would win you an award for biggest understatement of the year. Want to know the best part? You can stream this whole record on Spotify for FREE.

– Jarad Haggard