Nowadays, the sounds of vintage metal are unmistakably heard in countless up-and-coming bands-whereas seemingly just a few years ago, bands that listed Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Dio as chief influences flew well below the radar. Phantom-X is one such band that is proud to wave the flag of metal with an '80s flair. With a sound that certainly reflects the aforementioned big-name metal acts, Goocher admits that it was a conscious decision to remain true to classic metal sounds...and they're proud of it. “We give homage to the sounds of the Metal Gods. Our music is inspired by the greats like Iron Maiden. It’s power metal, with great hooks and melody, with a horror influence. What sets us apart is that we are not set in solely one type of song. We draw inspiration from anywhere that inspires. We have a variety of songs for any mood. Our songs are stories. In fact, we have chapters that have been released on each CD thus far that are all a part of one story." And it has all come together for Phantom-X on 'This is War,' a simply raging slab of anthemic, melodic, and complex metal. Up next for Phantom-X will be live dates to support 'This is War,' which will help spread the word of these proud and dedicated metallists even further. “We are starting to write for the fourth installment, which we plan to record and release in 2011." As evidenced by 'This is War,' Phantom-X are succeeding in pushing metal to the max.