Review: Seraphim System PHO3N1X 2CD limited edition including MUTANT MTHFKR

This is a POWERHOUSE of audio combat thumping, spine ripping joy directly out of my soul. If you could extract DMT from someone via sound, these would be the weaponised beats used. It's the perfect blend of industrial and all the best parts of techno that leaves no room for underestimation, no time for rest, no hope for release from the powerful grip this firestorm of a DJ dance mix that is delivered with PHO3N1X, hot on the heels of the recent Obsidian Frontline album.

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That's just PHO3NIX alone, the fact it has all of the MUTANT MTHFKR tracks on the second CD has me genuinely jumping for joy.

BL4KJ4K (John Stancil) of Seraphim System is someone I always rave about in terms of how impressed I am that he puts out so much material like a relentless machine. The Terminator has nothing on the relentless capability of this man when it comes to his musical talent.

MUTANT MTHFKR has been delivered in three instalments and only in a digital format until now. No matter how experimental Ser-Sys got with his other albums, the MUTANT releases were for those fans who wanted good, stomp heavy, dance floor industrial and they have been great releases. This special edition 2CD special of which there are only one hundred physical copies (all individually numbered) contains all of the MUTANT works; and that makes me a very happy rivet head.

So as much as he and my friends are probably sick of hearing about my love for Seraphim System having written many an Elektro Vox article on him and his self stylised 'Swagrrotech', I STILL feel like this is a name that should be on every DJ's mix and yet somehow almost never materialises during their sets. This has to change. I feel with PHO3N1X, that time is NOW.

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A recurring theme with Seraphim system is the dog and gun logo. Whenever you see that on a release, you know you're in for some good industrial. Whenever he pulls towards more metal or something experimental he seems to do away with the dog logo to let you know it's not necessarily industrial as you'd expect. Basically whenever I see the logo, I get excited.


The first three tracks are akin to a roller coaster ride. PHO3N1X starts you off with some instant tension with a smooth build up taking your place in the seat of the ride, clenching your jaw with anticipation as you strap yourself in.

B14KM3741 feels like being pulled up the chain, clanking it's way to the pinnacle. It then teeters you on the precipice of the drop. The beat gets your heart pumping, still the anticipation builds, the atmosphere peaks and then it speeds up, the momentum pounds faster and then the subtle drop that finally sets in the adrenaline leaving you at a semi climactic edge as it eases off..