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Possessed - Revelations of Oblivion Award winner

Possessed
Revelations of Oblivion
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 07 June 2019, 6:29 AM

One of the greatest questions that Metal has is: who created Death Metal back in the 80’s? The answer isn’t so easy to be found: MOTORHEAD is the earliest influence for extreme Metal bands, VENOM came and paved the way for a new generation, with HELLHAMMER giving its contributions as well. But in the USA, DEATH, MASTER and POSSESSED are the known heads of Cerberus that gave birth to the genre as we all know. But the last one released Death Metal compendium on 1985, “Seven Churches”, besides on interviews on those years the band members repeated that they were a Thrash Metal band influenced by EXODUS, METALLICA and Hardcore bands, a good depiction of what can be heard on “Beyond the Gates” and “The Eyes of Horror”. Today, they came back from their grave (as a quintet) and are releasing a new album, “Revelations of Oblivion”. But what the band is up to and the album stands for?

To this question, the answer is pretty easy: the album is a fine compilation of the elements set on their three previous releases. Obviously, the album’s essence is 80% of “Seven Churches”, but the rest are influences from the instrumental technique of “Beyond the Gates” and “The Eyes of Horror”. It’s an Old School Death Metal album, but with some pretty good Thrash Metal influences here and there, but with a modern and fresh outfit. The ones who waited for the new album won’t get disappointed, be sure of that. Jeff Becerra (the band’s vocalist and only founding member who is on the band) and Daniel Gonzalez (one of the guitarists) are the producers, having Peter Tägtgren mixing and mastering “Revelations of Doom”. All to give the band brutal and aggressive sound in an Old School musical approach on the sound quality, but bearing the modern sound definition for each musical instrument. Yes, it’s excellent, and it’s what they needed for such neck-breaking music!

It’s a musical massacre, maybe even more brutal and aggressive than “Seven Churches” (even bearing some clichés of this classic), but it can be said as a “part II” album or even a sequence of it. The best way to deal with “Revelations of Oblivion” is to hear it and enjoy a very good time, especially on songs as “No More Room in Hell” (a fast and brutal song, with fast and technical drums and great vocals), “Dominion” (another fast and brutal massacre, just with a modern update, and what great solos and riffs), “Shadowcult” (a very good technical approach can be heard on the guitars, with excellent tempos’ changes), “Omen” (the rhythm is slower, and some influences of MOTORHEAD can be detected on the guitars), “The Word” (where some post 90’s Death Metal elements can be heard, with a mass killing work on bass guitar and drums), and “Graven” (a song with a simple technical approach, but dripping violence and aggression, with great drumming and vocals snarling as a furious bulldog) are being unleashed on the speakers.

Obviously, some Old School fans can complain due the fact that the band had chosen a better sound quality and not something moldy and raw for “Revelations of Oblivion”, but this album wasn’t meant to be a new “Seven Churches” since the beginning. It’s, in reality, a band of the past showing that they still have a place on Metal scene, and deserve a lot of respect from everyone.

Originality: 10
Songwriting: 10
Memorability: 9
Production: 10

5 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Chant of Oblivion
2. No More Room in Hell
3. Dominion
4. Damned
5. Demon
6. Abandoned
7. Shadowcult
8. Omen
9. Ritual
10. The Word
11. Graven
12. Temple of Samael
Lineup:
Jeff Becerra - Vocals
Daniel Gonzalez - Guitars
Claudeous Creamer - Guitars
Robert Cardenas - Bass
Emilio Marquez - Drums
Record Label: Nuclear Blast
     


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