When you've heard one death metal album, you're heard them all. You know, the growling vocals, songs that speed at a million miles a minute, grim, dystopic lyrics, blah, blah, blah. A lot of this goes for Phobia, it's like you already know what to expect in the song before it happens. But what they do have going for them on Means of Existence-their first post-Relapse Records album-is that their lyrics have more of a political bite to them. With songs that deal with government corruption, mankind's darkside and how evil corporations can be, Phobia want to be the ones to provide a big wake up for the masses and demand a overhaul within the system. It is questionable on how much change they could actually accomplish, but you at least have to give them credit for trying as hard as they do.
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AllMusic Review by Mike DaRonco