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Phantom of the Black Hills Deals on eBay

Ratchet Blade Records has put up some great deals on Phantom of the Black Hills bundles, they include the new album Scalped and the new band T Shirt design, as well as previous releases and the classic Phantom “Sword” T shirt design (both in Men’s and Girly T). Click HERE to check them out.

POTBH “Scalped” Album Reviewed in “Ox Zine” (Germany)

POTBH Scalped album cover 300Ox Zine, the #1 rock music magazine in Germany, has reviewed the Phantom of the Black Hill’s new album Scalped in their latest issue. Here is a translation from German:

Ashes on my head: In Ox # 118 I called the last album of the PHANTOM OF THE BLACK HILLS their fifth. Now I learn that the current work “Scalped” is number five in the discography, also in the band there are five masked Hellbilly bastards from South Dakota. In the producer’s chair sat once again is the former THE CRAMPS bassist Chopper Franklin, and the absolutely insane mix of country, rock, industrial music and spoken-word passages is still kinda trashy (to the insane bad Billo cover, which refreshingly tops the unsightly layouts of almost all HAYSEED DIXIE albums). It’s innovative alright and not homogeneous: a classic Bluegrass song like the opener “Wild Witch of the West” and then one with extremely distorted vocals on “One for the Gut”, (which strangely enough reminds me of TURBONEGRO’S “Ass Cobra”), are worlds apart. Definitely a plate that you can sort on the shelf under “Special Interest”.   – Christian Krüger 

“Scalped” Review in Uber Rock (UK)

Phantom Of The Black Hills – ‘Scalped’ (Ratchet Blade Records/Cockroach Media) 
By Mark Ashby
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As a sub-genre, “hellbilly” seems to lie somewhere between bluegrass, country, NOLA-style doom and traditional rock ‘n’ roll. Most popularly brought to global attention by artists such as Hank Williams III, it is a musical style which can, at first, be difficult to understand and then digest. Take, for example, the reaction of her good self when she walked into the UR studio and first heard this particular opus blasting from our tower block sized speaker system: “what the fuck is that shit?” she demanded to know as I turned the mixer up another notch…

“That shit”, as herself so eloquently put it, is the fifth album from POTBH, a band who don’t believe in giving much away, from the bandanas across their faces in all their publicity photos to the paucity of information on both the press release which accompanied the CD and on their Facebook page: it doesn’t even say where they’re from – although the reference to “Black Hills” in their name should be a huge pointer… but, you never know and should never take anything for granted. For all we know, they are either a bunch of hicks from Nowhereville in North Dakota, or a bunch of rich college grads from Hollywood playing at being the former – although, I must admit, I sincerely doubt it!

Whatever the case, POTBH have produced an album that veers from out and country to the lunatic fringe industrialism of Ministry: this is probably understandable, as the only piece of information the band proffer about themselves is that their music would be the result of “Glenn Danzig and Al Jourgensen stayed up all night listening to old Porter Wagoner and Hank Sr. records and drinking homemade corn liquor”. Maybe a bit OTT – but, hey, what band doesn’t overhype themselves – but you get the picture…

My problem with ‘Scalped’ is that there are two songs which absolutely kick ass heavier than a size 11 New Rock to your tailbone. The first is opener ‘Wild Witch Of The West’, which pumps and thumps like a moonshine-fuelled culchie; driven by a snarly snare and characterized by a punked-up banjo, and featuring a lascivious guest vocal from Mather Louth, it sets a mood that almost immediately dissipates. Yes, ‘Raised On Fire’ is a suitable slice of fiddle-fuelled arson, ‘Dr Dealer’ is a leather-clad metallic monster, and ‘Torchy’ is cute in its amalgamation of metal and country grooves – but the album then, from the loud but unfulfilling abrasiveness of ‘Blow It Up’ onwards, slowly peters out until the bonus track of ‘The Reckoning’ drags it kicking and screaming back to life, with its Nick Cave-like Gothicism, hard-ass thrashy guitar riff, snarly snare-led percussive drive and spoken vocal.

Read the full review HERE.

“Wild Witch of the West” Video is Live

The new Phantom of the Black Hills video for Wild Witch of the West is live, it is the first music video from the new Phantom of the Black Hills album Scalped, out 8/25/17 on Ratchet Blade Records. It was directed by Chopper Franklin and features Mather Louth from the Heathen Apostles. Wild Witch of the West is an unofficial sequel to the Heathen Apostles video for Fist City, and contains footage from that video shot by Harmony Gerber.

Check out the Pre Sale for Scalped by clicking HERE.

New POTBH T Shirt Design

The Phantom of the Black Hills has released a new T Shirt design, it features an image of the band playing from their upcoming Wild Witch of the West music video. Order new from the POTBH merch store and receive a free sticker and music download. Click HERE to check it out.

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New “Scalped” Promo Trailer & Pre-Sale

Both the Scalped pre-sale and promo trailer have launched today, the trailer has snippets of some of the new songs and the pre-sale has two great deals, including a free album and early delivery of Scalped. You can check them out HERE.

Cover Art For Upcoming Album “Scalped” Is Released

The cover art for the upcoming Phantom of the Black Hills album Scalped has been released, it is the fifth album for the band and is produced by Chopper Franklin for Ratchet Blade Records. Scalped will be released on August 25th and will be proceeded by the release of the Wild Witch of the West single and music video on August 11th. Check back for more info on this incendiary album.

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Shooting Wrapped on “Wild Witch of the West” Video

Shooting has wrapped on the shooting of the new Phantom of the Black Hills video Wild Witch of the West, the first single off of the new album Scalped, out August 25th, 2017 on Ratchet Blade Records. The video was directed by Chopper Franklin and features Mather Louth of the Heathen Apostles (who also contributed vocals to the song), check back for the release date.

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Mather Louth and Phantom of the Black Hills Collaboration

The Heathen Apostles’ Mather Louth is singing on the new Phantom of the Black Hills album Scalped, released online on Friday August 25th, 2017 on Ratchet Blade Records. She sings on Wild Witch of the West, the first single from the record and will also appear in the music video. The brick and mortar release date is Friday the 13th of October. Chopper Franklin is producing, check back for more details.

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New POTBH Album Out In Summer 2017

A new Phantom of the Black Hills album will be released this summer on Ratchet Blade Records. The album, which is as-yet untitled, will be the band’s fifth and first since 2014’s Moonshine Bright. Check back for more info.

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