The founders of Death Metal have returned to remind the world where it all began, this isn’t an Old School album, this is a return of the original Death Metal band and is about to educate a few who have not been Possessed before.
Formed in 1982 and then releasing the classic album Seven Churches in 1985, swiftly followed by Beyond The Gates in 1986 and 5 track EP The Eyes Of Horror, the band disbanded and in 1989 Jeff Becerra was paralyzed from the chest down following being shot in a robbery. In 2012 Becerra performed under the name Possessed at Wacken Open Air Festival backed by members from Sadistic Intent and by late 2012 the band had begun to write new material for the first studio release since Beyond The Gates, which is nowhere in all its glory.
Opening the album with the tolling of the bell and some very atmospheric sounds to create the sound of impending doom, almost that of a film score to a horror film building the tension before the chainsaw guitars slice into action and the classic Death Metal played at Thrash speeds kicks into life and the instantly recognizable vocal of Becerra sadistically licks at the ear canal.
Immediately the more produced sound allows for the vocal and higher end of the guitar scale to be heard cleaner than on other releases, allowing for the full extent of years of frustrations and pain to be expressed in the best possible way, by creating gloriously dark and blasphemous music, the sort that the mainstream bleat about influencing people to do terrible things. The raw and passionate beat never slows as the 55-minute album continues to remind us why Possessed are such an important band and provided the influence and inspiration for so many bands that have followed, this truly is a showing of the masters reclaiming their throne.
The 12 tracks are all very high quality as the gritty sound rasps across the speakers in a way that many other bands could only wish for. This return could not be much better or much better timed, as a number of bands aim for that Old School Death Metal sound, here are the original and authentic purveyors of Death Metal to take the class.
Revelations of Oblivion is released May 10thvia Nuclear Blast Records.
- Chant Of Oblivion
- No More Room In Hell
- The Word
- Temple of Samael