MetalBite Review by JD on 4/28/2012
Technical Death Metal walks a very fine line between being just chaotic noise that has no melody or structure to it and having some very brutal melodics with some earth shaking heaviness. It is a walk that some are very successful in doing, while other are just plainly noise and soon fade away. Sweden’s Spawn Of Possession
are one of those bands who actually do it right.
If you take the technical aspect of Bloodbath
, the nastiness of Obituary
and combine it with the brilliance of say Death
or even my favorite GraVil
you'll get Spawn Of Possession
. They combine all of this and then add in their own originality. This is a amazing convergence of different parts that end up creating something that could be the next step in the extreme metal field.
Each of the nine tracks are extreme to the maximum, with razor sharp riffs and complicated time shifts but still hold a brilliant example of melody as well. Songs like 'Bodiless Sleepe'r and 'No Light Spared' are just a few of the prime examples of that perfect melding of dizzying speed, monstrous power, musical complexity that can be wrapped up in a firm hold of melody. Spawn Of Possession
has all of this, all while doing it with originality, a feat that is very rarely pulled off.
I never thought that a band could ever top Bloodbath
but there it is. Some might never completely grasp what the band is trying to do and that is a sad thing that they will not get it. Spawn Of Possession
is a one of only a handful of bands that could have out done the Extreme Metal Gods that are Bloodbath
, and I have found them.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 9.4 out of 10