PHOBOPHILIC share European and UK August tour dates

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US death metal group PHOBOPHILIC will be heading on their debut European and UK live dates this week. The Fargo, North Dakota band will be performing on the Inhuman Wreckage tour alongside Ossuary this August. The tour will culminate on August 31 – 03 September at Kill Town Death Fest in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Speaking on the upcoming tour dates, PHOBOPHILIC comments: „We’re incredibly excited to make our European debut this summer. It’s an honor to be able to share the experience with fellow Midwesterners Ossuary as we make our way to Kill-Town Death Fest.“

Formed in 2016, PHOBOPHLIC have steadily accumulated early releases in the shape of two demos, 2019’s Undimensioned Identities EP and a split release with Canada’s Sedimentum, all the while honing their craft out across the North American touring circuit – featuring live stints with Gatecreeper and Mutilatred respectively, as well as appearances at LDB Fest and Philadelphia Death Nexus – positioning themselves among US death metals most intriguing young acts.

Following their early productivity both in studio and on the road, PHOBOPHILIC pulled together to shape their debut album Enveloping Absurdity. Shunning the fantastical in favour of lived human reality, the band opted to center their gaze on what it is to exist. Drawing from French writers Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre as well as Germany’s Fredrich Nietzche’s strains of philosophical thought, Enveloping Absurdity is a meticulous vivisection of the philosophical self and purpose, as it asks fundamental questions of life’s true meaning.

PHOBOPHILIC’s formative promise is fully captured with a stellar production job that retains their to-the-bone intensity, but allows room for the underlying grandiosity of their compositions, thanks to Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Recording in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The artwork was then licensed from Finnish illustrator Joonas Räsänen at EvM Art, as the band sought to marry Enveloping Absurdity’s overarching thematic ponderance with aesthetic totality.

On their debut long player PHOBOPHILIC rebel against notions of defeat and pessimism, in spite of the struggles that come with an overabundance of consciousness, to a profound embrace of that which ails as well as thrills. At the beating heart of Enveloping Absurdity’s sonic extremity is a victory of the self, not content with simply surviving, but choosing to live.

Inhuman Wreckage tour dates w/ Ossuary:
18 August – Iduna – Drachten, NL
19 August – Die Trompete – Bochum, DE
20 August – Music City – Antwerp, BE
21 August – New Cross Inn – London, UK
22 August – Le Klub – Paris, FR
23 August – Canadian Café – Tours, FR
24 August – Los Bancos de Atrás – Unquera, ES
25 August – Sala Silikona – Madrid, ES
26 August – Sala Upload – Barcelona, ES
27 August – Secret Place – Montpellier, FR
28 August – Centrale 66 – Modena, IT
29 August – Golden Nugget – Nürnberg, DE
30 August – Cassiopeia – Berlin, DE (KTDF Warm Up)
31 August – 03 September Pumpenhuset / Kill-Town Death Fest IX – Copenhagen, DK