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“All together, Phobia will irritate you, hypnotize you, scare you, make you dance, and make you think. See, whatever it might sound like, it's still deeply misanthropic. It's confusion, anger, sadness, failure, regret and depression all at once, and it's someone who doesn't care what you think.”

“Even in the "alternative" circles, it's hard to find something that sounds like this: jangly clean guitars, careless, half-improvised drums, firm bass and slow, ludicrously happy tempo. And the vocals... no, we're far from talking about black metal: These are neurotic, commanding and disturbing. 8.5/10”

“This year's biggest album, without exaggeration is this surprise from Vrangsinn with his Phobia project. This is not black, not metal but with ease Vrangsinn guides us to the darkest, dumbest and most disturbing parts of our brain Magazine score: 4,5/5 - Readers score: 5/5”

“somewhat akin to having my brain touched in naughty places, but after a couple runs through each song, I suppose I've been perverted enough to enjoy it”

“There's a certain amount of sense to be wrestled from it all, but this definitely stands as a moment of insight into something that's not supposed to understood”

“Vrangsinn’s art will make you fucking THINK, getting a whole lot closer to the rotten core of your soul than is wholly comfortable. Unfettering this alternative facet of his creativity has not been an exercise in ego, but rather an extension of the unflinchingly questioning, seeking, probing spirit with which he would appear to approach the human condition on a daily basis.”

"Holy Fucking Christmas Motherfucker" is a pretty hilarious track ... and the obvious chorus hook that I know I'll be shouting along with on future listens

“The feel is definitely reminiscent of Carpathian Forest's stranger moments, showing off a deranged playfulness that the listener may or may not be welcome to join”

“There’s a whole lot more I would like to say – such as expressing my glee that there actually is a sad cat who bounces amongst flowers, whilst pointing your attention towards the ‘unorthodox’ percussion instrument used on this track, and also making wordless sounds of amazement at Vrangsinn’s animation skills – but having given you a lengthy taster, I should spare you the remainder of my fascination. All I’ll say is this, then. Experience “PHOBIA” and know thyself. It’s surely one of the most thoroughly violating artistic experiences I’ve had in a good long time – it broke my mind - but if you can’t shine a harsh light onto your own soul once in a while, you don’t deserve to remain amongst us anyway. ”

“Like* a piss-drunk Norwegian ... Vrangsinn croons and squeals his antisocial way over grooving tunes created in some semblance of stoner rock.”

“the bassist of Carpathian Forest (and numerous other Norwegian metal projects)... has decided to unleash misanthropic drug annihilation upon the world with his own project, a pop-tinged ode to psychedelia and madness”

“I don't think that my head is nearly fucked up enough to understand what's really going on here, but I have to try.”