Single Review: Apnea – “Phantoms”

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Apnea has just dropped their new single, “Phantoms,” on June 29, and it is some of the finest post hardcore one is likely to hear these days. From the start, the single manages to have an obvious sense of melody while somehow feeling pleasantly discordant. The vocals are long and drawn out, complimenting the slower feel of the song. While it would be a bit of an exaggeration to call “Phantoms” grind, it also does not move at a breakneck, death metal pace. A feature from Nader Msawel is present, and nicely adds a lower range of vocals to the song. “Phantoms” is further complimented by lyrics lamenting the vocalist’s haunting by his ghosts of the past. When the last note has faded, “Phantoms” was a pleasant introduction to Apnea.