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There are at least ten real or fictional artists that have used the name Phantasm, including a viol consort, a progressive rock band, a rap MC, and several defunct rock and metal bands.

1. Phantasm (1994-) is an award-winning quartet of viols, founded in 1994 by Laurence Dreyfus. Their repertoire is centered on 16th- and 17th-century English consort music. The quartet’s numerous albums include works by composers William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, John Jenkins, William Lawes, John Ward, and others. Phantasm has won Gramophone awards for Best Baroque Instrumental Recording (1997), CD of the Year finalist (2004), and Best Early Music Recording finalist (2011), among many other awards and nominations. In 2005 Phantasm was appointed Consort-in-Residence at the University of Oxford, and in 2010 they filled the same role at Oxford’s Magdalen College, collaborating with the Magdalen College Choir and director Daniel Hyde.

Based in London, Phantasm tours extensively in Europe, North America, and East Asia. Laurence Dreyfus (treble viol and director) was born in Boston, Mass. Phantasm began as a quartet with Dreyfus and Wendy Gillespie (treble viols), Jonathan Manson (tenor viol) and Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (bass viol). Emilia Benjamin and Mikko Perkola later joined the ensemble. Website:

2. Phantasm is a three-man American indie/progressive rock band from the New York/Pennsylvania border area. They released one EP, Enter the Phantasm EP (2004), and two full-length albums, Clever. Cunning. Actor. (2006) and Impossible Machines (2012). Website:


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  • sacrilegioustom

    @ Nopuppet, we don't talk about Phantasm from Los Angeles, but the one based in Milwaukee.

    24 Apr 2:06pm Reply
  • nopuppet

    but it isn' t a death metal band. phantasm is a thrash metal project feat. katon from hirax ;-)

    30 Mar 2014 Reply
  • sacrilegioustom

    metaldiscussor said everything. Those dudes were unconventional and talented.

    13 Jan 2014 Reply
  • metaldiscussor

    This is my favorite death metal band of all time. I feel unbelievably fortunate for the knowledge of this band's existence. Their style is so unlike anything I have heard in death metal before. Literally, if I looked up bands for a similar sound to these guys, I would fail to find it, and I've listened to a lot o death metal. The way these guys put together so unconventional, yet they way they pull it off makes it some of the most bizarre sounding and genuinely awesome sounding bands I have ever heard in my life. Their style is so much more then going through the motions like a normal death metal band would. The way I would describe their music is low fi horror death metal. Not like campy horror. I mean like the low guitars, the sudden changes in tempo. I make the analogy that this is like watching a good horror film, like one you've never seen. Just like a film, there's suspense, slow parts, fast parts, shifts in plot, just as there is shifts in the tempo and loudness these guys play.

    4 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Grosseteste

    (It doesn't affect me, by the way; I scrobble art/serious music the sensible, music-lover's way, by composer. If I listen to a Phantasm at all, it'll be one of the other bands.)

    22 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Grosseteste

    There's no rule about pictures, though there is one about the ordering of bios (most-listened first). BTsGraveland is right: it's's bad design that's led to the problem (on countless pages) -- though having said that, it can be disconcerting to see an unrelated picture pop up next to something you're listening to, and it seems far that the fewest people ought to have that experience... There's no chance of that happening unless get a grip, though; different kinds of music attract different kinds of people (broadly; I'd probably enjoy at least half the groups here), and jonowev shows us the kind of person most attracted to one kind of music. They're the ones who'll win, because they're juvenile and obsessive; they also won't allow a solution like Robo_Dobo's (I've encountered the same thing on the Peter King page); best to give up, and spend the time instead lobbying for a solution.

    22 Jan 2013 Reply
  • jonowev

    @ verulamio: Cunt!

    2 Jul 2012 Reply
  • FSylvestris

    The new band pic is a lot better than the green one. RoboDobo's idea also makes sense — but two to four equal-sized pics seems simpler. Make them too small and the thumbnails will look weird.

    15 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Robo_Dobo

    How about there's a pic with each corner having a shrunk down photo of each band, in proportion to the number of listeners.

    15 Dec 2011 Reply
  • FSylvestris

    I think the main pic on an artist page ought to be of the group that is listened to the most. I also prefer that it not be hideous. If that's a crusade, then gimme a knighthood.

    13 Dec 2011 Reply
  • BTsGraveland

    This little crusade of FSylvestris' is really quite funny. Like it really matters who's picture is on top. Ultimately, it is the music that counts and we all have different tastes, nothing wrong there. It really is the sites fault for not allowing artists who share a name to have separate pages.

    20 Nov 2011 Reply
  • FSylvestris

    What's with the cheesy green pic? Is that really the favorite?

    30 Oct 2011 Reply
  • BTsGraveland

    Lol @ the picture. Anyways, Phantasm (the death metal band) were very... unique, to say the least. I've never heard any other death metal quite like them, quite strange. Too bad they broke up before they could release a full-length.

    10 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Robo_Dobo

    best one! best one! we endlessly talk about whats the best one! (Death metal one)

    9 Oct 2011 Reply
  • burning_caskets

    Phantasm from Milwaukee is by far the best! -Burning Caskets

    10 Sep 2011 Reply
  • xGoatboyx

    Only Katon is real

    2 Jul 2011 Reply
  • MetalVagina

    Great band

    26 Jun 2011 Reply
  • stalkandthrash

    Yep the Russian Phantasm kills. I love the US band too, "Lycanthropy" is one of my favorite demo's.

    20 Jun 2011 Reply
  • FSylvestris

    I rearranged the bands in chronological order. Seems like the only impartial way to do it. We could also do reverse chron order, but that would put the viol consort back on top.

    11 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Deathrash111

    Death metal Phantasm <33 Fuck all of the others, even the one with Katon from Hirax. Fuck Hirax too btw. [3] Even if I like fucking Hirax! xD

    16 May 2011 Reply
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