Dutch Death/Doom Metal. Their third album from 2018.
There is a good argument to be made that Phlebotomized are singlehandedly responsible for the genre we know as symphonic death metal. It’s hard to imagine that bands like Fleshgod Apocalypse or Septic Flesh, and the like would have turned out the way they did without "Immense Intense Suspense", in my mind one of the greatest albums that has ever been created in the history of metal. I enjoyed the band’s sophomore album prior to their original split-up, "Skycontact", with its odd left turn to a sort of psychedelic funeral doom style, but Immense Intense Suspense is what the band is most known for, for good reason.
"Deformation Of Humanity" is a comeback album, arriving more than 20 years after "Skycontact", that’s very distinctly in the tradition of what "Immense Intense Suspense" established - death metal punctuated with synths and strings that runs the gamut from melodic death metal to traditional death metal, grindcore, and funeral doom, all mixed together into a cauldron of all-consuming void magik in sonic form.
The diversity of tempo and stylistic deviance combined with the gorgeous morose and ethereal sense of melody really sets Phlebotomized apart from any other band in this genre.
They were, in my mind, the originals of symphonic death metal, and they’ve proven that they are still the absolute best at it.
And to top it off, I’m an immense fan of the very ’90s underground mix on this album, while having the clarity of a modern production.