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Formed: 1990
From: Orange County, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Phobia News

Below is our complete Phobia news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Exhumed & Incantation To Tour The West Coast

Exhumed will do some brief touring at the end of February and the start of March. The band will take along Incantation and Phobia for that run.

Check the dates below:

02/22 Fresno, CA – Strummer’s (w/o Phobia)
02/23 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
02/24 Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
02/25 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
02/28 Sacramento, CA – Blue Lamp
03/01 Portland, OR – Bossanova
03/03 Oakland, CA – Metro

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Exhumed To Tour With Incantation

American death metal veterans Exhumed has announced that they will team up with fellow long standing favourites Incantation to tour the West Coast this February. The bill will also include Phobia. Speaking on the tour, frontman Matt Harvey stated:

"Our tireless efforts to worm our way into your ear-holes continues! We didn't get to hit all the cities we wanted to since the release of Death Revenge, so we asked our buds in Incantation and Phobia to come out and rage with us on the West Coast. This tour will be short, fast, and extremely fucking loud, so don't miss it. This is a call to all death metal maniacs, grind freaks, and nutty friends - don't fucking pose - DECOMPOSE!"

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Phobia Premieres New Song "Damaged"

Phobia premieres a new song entitled "Damaged", taken from the upcoming new album "Lifeless God", which Willowtip Records will release on June 02nd. Recording sessions for the effort saw Intronaut drummer Danny Walker and ex-Intronaut guitarist Leon del Muerte both back in the fold and took place at Trench Studios with engineer (and former Phobia drummer) John Haddad.

Check out now "Damaged" below.

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Phobia Releasing Retospective

Melotov Records presents the March 4th release of Phobia's "Decades of Blastphemy," a massive 4-CD discography chronicling the first two decades of the definitive grindcore band's career.

"Decades of Blastphemy" collects 17 complete Phobia releases, all originally released between 1990 and 2010, equaling over 150 tracks of pure Phobia grind.

CD 1:
Phobia/Gadget split, Haunted Hotel Records, 2010
Phobia/Extinction of Mankind split, Agipunk Records, 2010
Get Up and Kill, Deep Six Records, 2004
Grind Your Fucking Head In, Deep Six Records, 2003

CD 2:
Serenity Through Pain, Deathvomit/Deep Six Records, 2001
Destroying the Masses, Pessimiser/Theologian Records, 1999 More...

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Battalion Of Saints Kicking Off Tour

The notorious West Coast punk icons from Battalion Of Saints this week announce an upcoming headlining U.S. tour set for March just as the band prepares to hit the West Coast on a separate headlining run this weekend.

In conjunction with the release of a self-titled 7" EP, Battalion Of Saints will return to the road with a six-city tour beginning in Bakersfield this Saturday, January 9th. Full dates are available below.

The band will also take these damaging tunes out to audiences across the country on a wider scale in the coming weeks, as a newly-booked headlining tour is announced today. Consuming nearly the entire month of March, from the 1st through the 24th Battalion Of Saints will storm across the country on a counter-clockwise warpath, the band to be joined by Orange County grindcore pack, Phobia, and Los Angeles punks, Nomads. More...

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Ghoul Announces New Tour Dates

Following a short bout of downtime spent harvesting the dead, the masked mutants in Ghoul will return to the States for another round of live debauchery on this year's Weapons Of Mosh Destruction trek, now in astounding 3-D!

The three-dimensional beatings will commence on May 15th in Denver, Colorado and rampage its way through three weeks' worth of dates including a stop at the Maryland Death Fest in Baltimore.

Ghoul will be joined by California grind miscreants, Phobia, and Ohio scumsmiths, Necrofilth. 3-D glasses not included. As a precursor to the fetid festivities, the band will also contaminate the stage of the Rockbar Theater in San Jose, California as part of Kirk Von Hammett's Fear FestEvil alongside Meshuggah, High On Fire, Agnostic Front and more.

Comments Ghoul's Digestor: "Greetings, numbskulls! It is I, Digestor, announcing that Ghoul is once again coming to your wretched country to cleanse it of the gutter trash that litter your streets and our shows. We are joined in this effort by legendary grinders Phobia, and sleaze masters Nekrofilth: two bands that we will no doubt miss after we are forced to murder and eat them at the end of the tour. And this time we are doing it all in 3-D, mainly because it allows us to charge more at the door. So, accept your fate, prostrate yourself in front of the altar of Ghoul, and die by the manifold murderous machinations of Weapons Of Mosh Destruction 3-D!" More...

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Phobia Posts Live-Drumcam Clip

Orange County's, CA grindcore outfit Phobia is streaming a live-drumcam clip showing Bryan Fajardo blasting through the song "Contradiction/Submission Hold".

Check out now the clip below (courtesy of sickdrummermagazine).

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OEF America 2014 Line-Up Revealed

The Obscene Extreme Festival America 2014 preliminary line-up has been posted at the All Metalfest site. Below is a list of the bands that will be appearing, ranging from Ratos de Porao, Napalm Death, Dying Fetus and Doom to Vaginal Bear Trap. The 2014 edition of the popular festival will be taking place in Los Angeles from August 29th-31st. Get more information on the event over at the Obscene Extreme official website.

The OEF Europe, held in Trutnov, Czech Republic, has spawned the American, Australian and Asian versions of the event as well. Last year, the American OEF 2013 took place in Valle de Las Monjas, Mexico and featured an act that will be back at this year's edition - Mexican pornogrind band Urtikaria Anal. Check out the band's 2013 album "Kamikaze Orgy" in full after the line-up of bands. More...

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Exhumed Kicking Off Tour

After a short touring break following a massive assault with Napalm Death and Municipal Waste, gore metal purveyors Exhumed will take sonic raucousness to the streets once again this week.

This time the road warriors will be systematically blasting their home state of California alongside grind cohorts Phobia - the frenzy will begin tomorrow, February 15th in Lancaster, followed by beatings in San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Fullerton, Ventura, Santa Cruz, Modesto, Lake Tahoe and San Francisco on the nine city assault.

Stated Exhumed's Matt Harvey on the affair: “We haven't played a show in... well; it's been over a month, so things have been way too quiet. So we're psyched to get into some of the nooks and crannies of the golden state with our old buddies in Phobia. We've totally re-vamped our set, and we'll be rolling out a track from the new record this time around as well, so the show will be all new even for our friends and family locally who've been subjected to our racket a few times recently already. We've been talking about getting on the road with Shane the pain and crew for a long time, so this little jaunt is well overdue. We hope to see a bunch of mutants, maniacs, earth dogs, rivet heads, gorehounds, toe cutters and eye gougers out there on the road! Cheers!" More...

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Exhumed Announces February Tour

California gore lords Exhumed will return to the road this February alongside grind behemoths Phobia. The short West Coast beat down will commence February 15th in Lancaster, California and conclude February 23 in San Francisco.

The latest stretch of dates follows Exhumed’s maniacal run with Napalm Death and Municipal Waste at the end of the year, which was met with a host of hurdles including being denied entry into Canada and vehicular failure that left them temporarily stranded in Alabama. Comments vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey:

“As happy as we were to get home for the holidays, we thought we should make time to hang out with our old friends in Phobia and grind through our home state of California. We had so much fun playing out-of-the-way places during the impromptu one-off dates we did during the Napalm Death/Municipal Waste tour, we thought we would hit some nooks and crannies back home that we haven't played in years. Plus, we'll get a chance to get a bunch of our buddies' bands on the bill like POOR, Gravehill, DIS and Mortuous. We've been itching to play some stuff from the new album live and we're working out a seriously revamped setlist for this one, so come on out California! Let's have a few beers, let it loose, and get weird!" More...

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Phobia Announces Tour With Strong Intention

Next month, longstanding grindcore merchants Phobia will unite with powerviolence miscreants Strong Intention and thrash-infested d-beat cretins D.I.S. for the most confrontational, ear-lacerating tour of 2012. Scheduled to commence on October 12th in Chicago, the furious caravan will systematically level eight cities including an appearance on the fourth annual New Jersey Deathfest alongside Malignancy, Deceased, Waco Jesus, Ghoul and more.

“It’s time to annihilate the Mid West to the East once again! Grind your fucking heads in,” boasts Phobia vocalist Shane Mclachlan.

Notes Strong Intention founding frontman Zac Ohler: "Once again we shall turn up the grind to 11 as we join Pphobia and D.I.S. on the road for another round of complete distortion and filth......no one is safe!”

Adds D.I.S. guitarist Bruce Reeves: “This should be an amazing run of shows! D.I.S. is really looking forward to pummeling the East with our grinding brothers (and sister) in Phobia as well as Strong Intention. I have a lot of history with Phobia so it will be great to share the stage with them every night and fun to get back in the van with those stench grinding maniacs!”

10/12/2012 Cobra’s Lounge – Chicago, IL
10/13/2012 Beehive – Indianapolis, IN
10/14/2012 Mac’s – Lansing, MI
10/15/2012 Funeral Home – Buffalo, NY
10/16/2012 The Space At Greenstar – Ithaca, NY
10/17/2012 Hootie’s – Pawcatuck, CT
10/18/2012 Dusk – Providence, RI
10/19/2012 New Jersey Metal Fest – Clifton, NJ
10/20/2012 Sidebar – Baltimore, MD

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Phobia To Headline Scion Label Showcase

Grindcore miscreants Phobia will headline this month’s Scion label showcase, set to take place on July 21st at The Glass House in Pomona, California. The special Moshpit Tragedy event will also include appearances from Morne, Total F*Cking Destruction, Skarp, and Seas Will Rise. The show is an all-ages matinee and entry is free with your RSVP at this location.

Comments vocalist Shane Mclachlan, “This is an amazing lineup! Reserve your spot now for this brutal free show. We don’t play Southern California that much so now’s the perfect time for a dose of grind.”

In related news, BrooklynVegan has also presented the latest video for "Contradiction/Submission Hold," two tracks from Phobia’s "Remnants Of Filth" full-length released through Willowtip Records on June 5th. The clip was directed by MetalInjection’s Frank Huang and can be viewed through BrooklynVegan or in the player below. More...

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Gravehill Playing Goregon Massacre Fest III

California death horde Gravehill is set to invade the Pacific Northwest this weekend as part of the Goregon Massacre Fest III, which will take place Friday, June 22nd and Saturday June 23rd at the East End Outdoor Annex in Portland, OR. Gravehill will perform alongside Cardiac Arrest, Cianide, Phobia and many more. Check out Gravehill vocalist Mike Abominator's preview of the fest at MetalManiacs.com.

Gravehill's most recent album, "When All Roads Lead To Hell," was released last year by Dark Descent Records with vinyl treatment coming from Chaos Records. Below is the roster of thirty bands that will be playing the two dates of the fest. For more information, head over to the Goregon Massacre Fest III Facebook event page.

Friday, June 22nd:


Saturday, June 23rd:



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Phobia Streaming Entire New Album

The grindcore merchants in Phobia today bring their sonic violence to the masses via AOL Spinner. Check out forthcoming new full-length, "Remnants of Filth," in its entirety at this location. The following press release was also issued:

"Set for public release through Willowtip Records on June 5th, Remnants of Filth easily stands as one of the most enraged releases in the band's iconic discography. With 22 notorious years of charged auditory mayhem under their belts, Remnants Of Filth surges with eighteen socio-political grind hymns in about as many minutes. The album was produced and mixed by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) at Visceral Sound Studios in Bethesda, Maryland and engineered by Mike Harrison at Winter Skies Productions in San Antonio, Texas.

"Phobia will be spreading their hostility throughout North America this year. The takeover will begin this Thursday at the annual Chaos In Tejas Fest kickoff in Austin with Nasum, Whitehorse, mass Grave and more! From there the band will head to Tampa, Florida for this year’s edition of the Scion Rock Fest alongside Sick Of It all, All Pigs Must Die, Repulsion, Terror and so many more. In conjunction with the release of Remnants Of Filth, PHOBIA will join forces with power violence insurgents Strong Intention for the The East Coast Filth Tour 2012 set to commence June 3 in Detroit and decimate 9 cities."

5/31/2012 Red 7 – Austin, Texas (Chaos In Tejas Fest)
6/02/2012 Scion Rock Fest @ Crowbar – Tampa, FL

PHOBIA – East Coast Filth Tour 2012 w/ Strong Intention
6/03/2012 Halfway House - Detroit, MI
6/04/2012 Now that’s class - Cleveland, OH
6/05/2012 Strange matter - Richmond, VA
6/06/2012 Millcreek - Philadelphia, PA
6/07/2012 El N Gee - New London, CT
6/08/2012 Sonar - Baltimore, MD
6/09/2012 Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY
6/10/2012 Radio - Somerville, MA
6/11/2012 Boagie’s - Albany, NY

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Phobia Streaming New Song Online

BrooklynVegan today hosts the exclusive premiere of "Dementia Having Overdose" from "Remnants of Filth," the forthcoming new studio creation from grind miscreants Phobia. Kick your weekend in the teeth at this location.

Phobia's fifth full-length offering of audio destruction was produced and mixed by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) at Visceral Sound Studios in Bethesda, Maryland and offers up 18 devastating socio-political grind hymns in 19 minutes.

Phobia will be spreading the grind goodness throughout North America later this year and will appear on this year’s edition of the Scion Rock Fest, set to take place at the Ritz Theatre in Tampa, Florida. Upcoming tour dates are as follows:

5/19/2012 Church Hill's Pub - Miami, FL
5/31/2012 Red 7 - Austin, Texas (Chaos In Tejas Fest)
6/2/2012 Scion Rock Fest - Tampa, FL
6/9/2012 Saint Vitus - Brooklyn, NY

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Phobia To Release New Album

Legendary grind merchants Phobia are set to scathe the masses with their fifth studio offering, "Remnants of Filth," this June. Produced and mixed by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) at Visceral Sound Studios in Bethesda, Maryland and engineered by Mike Harrison at Winter Skies Productions in San Antonio, Texas, "Remnants Of Filth" offers up 18 pile-driving, socio-political grind hymns in 19 minutes.

Slated to drop on June 5th through Willowtip Records, the band –- vocalist Shane “The Pain” Mclachlan, bassist Calum MacKenzie, drummer Bryan Fajardo and guitarists Dorian Rainwater and CC Loessin – have crafted one of the most punishing efforts of their winding discography of wrath.

Comments Mclachlan of the offering: “Remnants Of Filth is a brutal, in-depth grind record that I feel represents what this band is all about, from past to present. This is total brutal grindcore at its best with nothing less than the 100% punk-as-fuck attitude to compliment what this band is all about!”

Sample the sonic devastation that is second track “Contradiction” in the player below. More...

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The Goregrowler's Ball 5, Day 3

Death is just the beginning, so says the title of Nuclear Blast’s compilation series. In the case of The Goregrowler’s Ball 5, death was just the beginning on Friday. Once Sunday, the third and final day of the fest arrived, many were feeling death was never ending. After three days of having one’s body blasted by the hardest, fastest and loudest music known to man, a headache or two afflicted more than one of the band members and ticket purchasers. Due to little seating, the vendors claimed most of the seating inside, many found a curb or fence to rest their ailing backs and feet.

Those taking in all three days were not about to give in to their fatigue, though. While just about everyone took occasional retreats to the parking lot to recharge at their cars (and party), most third-day attendees hung in to the very end. These metal warriors conjured the strength to bang bodies (even after massive bruising) one more time during Suffocation’s closing set.

Unfortunately, the number of purchases at the door was significantly less than the first two days. Hirax and Brutal Truth made climatic performances. Even before taking in our first act of the day, The Goregrowler’s Ball lone stoner/doom band, Pill Crusher, we felt something was amiss. According to a post on promoter Aaron Mendiola’s Facebook page, Sunday continued the trend of the previous days with a headcount fewer than 100 paying customers. The number of band members, vendors and sponsors gave the false impression of more money being exchanged. Because of the poor turn out, bands weren’t paid, a custom guitar was taken away from its raffle and raffle ticket holders weren’t refunded their money, and bands cancelled. More...

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Ibex Moon CD Giveaway at Goregrowler's Ball

Ibex Moon records, one of America's premiere outlets for black and death metal, will be giving away CDs to the first 100 gore fiends to enter the Goregrowler Ball's blood-stained premises. This brutal grab bag will be offered on all three days, so make sure to show up early.

The Metal Underground-sponsored event takes place November 18th-20th at the Korova Club in San Antonio, Texas. Make sure to come out and have your eardrums bashed in by such vaunted artists as Suffocation, Exhumed, Solstice, Nokturnel, Havok, Phobia, Brutal Truth and Goatwhore.

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Phobia Announces Upcoming Split Album

Phobia has issued the following announcement about recording new material for an upcoming split 7" album:

"Phobia recording for a new split 7" and for a 4 way 7" in a few days! We will be recording for a split 7" with Jesus cross and a killer for way with PLF, suffering minds and audio kollapse. These are long over do but with our awesome studio capability in Texas we will be knocking them out while on the last few days of this tour with eye hate god!"

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EyeHateGod Kicks Off U.S. Tour

NOLA slude act EyeHateGod kicks off its new tour tonight in Birmingham, Alabama at the Bottletree. From there the band will make its way through 13 more cities before heading back home in time for holiday hedonism. Supporting the band in the pandemonium will be Phobia, as well as Crowbar, Goatwhore, and Zoroaster on select dates.

Commented vocalist Mike Williams: "EyeHateGod are excited to head out on this next USA trek and ready to do damage. EHG tours are one of a kind; each unique with its own abusive, miserable, broken features. Miss them now and maybe miss them forever..."

Added drummer Joey LaCaze: "The band is probably the tightest its ever been and different, more obscure songs have been added to the traditional set of all-time favorites. Get in the right frame of mind and vent all of your holiday frustrations."

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