Album: Revelations of Oblivion
Label: Nuclear Blast
Genre: Death Metal
Release Date: May 10th, 2019
With all that is old returning triumphantly back into the zeitgeist of modern pop culture, Halloween, synth-pop, chokers, and moral majority politics, Possessed is thrusting themselves onto the nostalgia train with their first album in 30 years. And if you are reading this review, chances are you were already going to listen to this album, and there is probably little that I could say from here on out that could dissuade you from doing so. And that’s a good thing. Because this album rules, and you should probably just go listen to it already.
For the uninitiated, Possessed is an American death metal band from the Bay Area who stopped making music in the late 80’s. Having only ever put out 2 full albums and a couple of EP’s prior to their latest release, Possessed is a band that is generally more popular for their influence in the metal world than their actual musical output. Influencing the likes of Death, Cannibal Corpse, and Napalm Death, Possessed‘s fast drumming and growling vocals have earned them the unofficial title of being the first ever death metal band. Possessed followed up their first full length, the magnificent Seven Churches, with the lackluster Beyond the Gates, disbanding soon after.
But here we are in 2019, with Jeff Becerra being the sole original member and doing so with the growling vocals you have come to expect, we have Revelations of Oblivion, the album that everyone hoped Beyond the Gates was going to be.
Revelations of Oblivion opens with the 2 minute Chant of Oblivion, a combination of church bells and growling chants that is meant to lead one to believe we are hearing the gates of hell themselves open up. And boy do they, as the crushing No More Room in Hell leads us on a pummelling 50 minute journey into death metal bliss. Talking about each song individually from here on out wouldn’t be fruitful, as each song encompasses everything that you would expect from an old school death metal crusher: blistering drums, growling vocals, chugging guitars, soaring solos, and lyrics that would make any aspiring Anton LaVey worshiper jealous.
Look, like I said, chances are you were already going to listen to this album. And I am here to say merely that you should indeed listen to this album. It’s fun, it’s heavy, it is, essentially, everything you were hoping it was going to be.
So, my friends, dust off your patch-laden battle vests and crack open a can of cheap beer, because Possessed is back. And if that doesn’t make you even the least bit excited, then can even truly call yourself a metal fan?
- Chant of Oblivion
- No More Room in Hell
- The Word
- Temple of Samael
Total Playing Time: 51:16