Possession - 1585-1646 (Iron Bonehead/Invictus)

Black. Death. Thrash.
Release Date: 
4 Jun 2015 - 11:30pm

Even with a carving knife, you wouldn't be able to remove the shit-eating grin from my face. Despite Belgium's Possession only having been around for a few years, they have poured fresh blood on the altar of black metal by going back to the source. There's no fucking about on here with fancy production (although it is second to none) or silly gimmicks; they've just pumped out a mini album (EP?) that kills. Opener Obscurity - Visitation starts with the wind, rain and thunder. Yep, pure metal, right there. Throw in some monks chanting and church bells (church fucking bells!) and it's already, to purloin a name that is dear to my heart, metal as fuck. This goes on for at least three minutes before some insistent tremelo picking that ascends as the tune gets fatter and madder and heavier. But it doesn't break or change pace - it just keeps going, buidling the repetition. It slows for a heartbeat then just goes off. The vocalist shrieks and howls and wails until just at the end a hammering solo (both literal and metaphorical) comes into the crypt for a wee drink of blood. Marvellous.

Ceremony opens with a barrage of drums (My Word! How I love the drums on here) and stomping chord work. It's got a rhythm to make you mosh and after the slow(er) intro section it just goes ape-shit mad with blasting, guitars howling and general grunt. These Possession fellows do it right. Just when I think I can't take any more Guilty demonstrates the band's perfect execution of old-skool black metal; freakish drums and a riff to make you do bad things in the night-time. Final track Ablaze just punches and punches with a hook that is surely 100% proof Satan piss (in a good way) AND there's a bass break. If you don't violate Mary Mother of God after listening to this then you just haven't been paying attention. Stunning.