Apparently Crurifragium entails being crucified and dying slowly as a result from forced tension of the limbs that produces rigidity of the whole body and increasing difficulties in breathing. If this sounds like an unpleasant experience, then consider that Crurifragium from Seattle ensures that their music lives up to their name, as “Beasts of Temple of Satan” is some of the vilest black filth I’ve heard in a while. Continue reading Review: Crurifragium — Beasts of the Temple of Satan
“Possession” can be regarded as a paragon among the bands who are reviving the incurable malady of prototype black/death metal. The band has already been adulated by the listeners for their previous releases, “His Best Deceit” – demo and “Anneliese” – EP (Click here for reading the review) and this time Possession is returning with a new EP, entitled as “1585-1646”.
Belgian black/death metal band Possession has revealed a new song from their upcoming mini album ‘1585 – 1646’. The new EP is scheduled to be released on 5th June, 2015. The band has also revealed the artwork and track list of the EP. Just like the previous releases, the recordings were done at ‘Blackout Multimedia’ in Brussels by Phorgath (Enthroned, Emptiness).
The EP contains the following four tracks:
The release will be available on CD (also includes the tracks from Anneliese EP) from Invictus Productions, regular and limited 12” vinyl from Iron Bonehead Productions.
The new song ‘Guilty’ is available for streaming on the following link:
Belgian black/death quartet, “Possession” envenomed the listeners’ shell-like with their demented demo, “His Best Deceit”. Their latest raid, “Anneliese” which is a two tracks EP, is the continuation of the violence that they spared on the preceding release. Moniker of the EP may confuse you. Wait, the cryptic title is not about the name of any random female, but it is about German woman Anneliese Michel who was the dupe of the unscrupulous Catholic priest. Anneliese Michel was considered as a possessed and she died because of malnutrition and dehydration that occurs as a result from the exorcism. [click here to get more info about this incident]
Title track initiate with a slow but chaotic riffing. This track is one of the most extreme things I have heard recently. By the word “Most Extreme” I did not mean anything about sounding technically striking or sounding raw, instead of that I indicated the eerie dark aesthetic atmosphere they developed in the track. Putting the voice from the real recording of Anneliese Michel’s exorcism leads the atmosphere into a more haunting one. Second and final conjuration “Apparition” delivers another realm of blood lusting violence that surely is to enrapture the listeners of black/death metal with a dreadful sense of darkness.
Influences of primitive extreme metal acts like Archgoat, Blasphemy, Ungod, and Sarcofago are apparent here. But they are not replicating materials from the ancestors and they are totally on their own trip in terms of delivering the sound. Rather than showing off their technical instrumental ability, they just went on putting the simplest elements that when arranged bring a ravenous death outfit. Ultra grim death yelling vocal deliveries create the ambience as similar as evoking the evil from its root. Combination of demonic shrieks, searing riffs, laudable bass and acute drums turns the whole EP to an outlandish one. Music randomly transposes from aggressively fast to slower path while maintenance of the swampy bestial tone is always present.
Mind-boggling cover artwork of Christophe Moyen (Thorncross) added a supplementary spirit that echoes the exorcism incident of Anneliese Michel.
One thing is undisputed that almost all of the legendary metal acts have been able to spectacle their knack of extremity from their earlier releases. Taking into account of the releases of “Possession”, I have to acknowledge that these hellhounds have been generating some top notch materials from the starting point of their journey. Undeniably, I am possessed by Possession.
Listen to Possession:
V. Viriakh (Bass)
I. Dveikus (Guitars)
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hisbestdeceit
Review by: Zoheb
Those who have listened their materials, can sense the perturbation of the group of theroids known as Possession. After the outbreak of their fiendish demo, “His Best Deceit” these Belgian black/death demons are set to deliver their upcoming disruption through the EP, “Anneliese”. Mestema (Vocals) and V. Viriakh (Bass) are here to speak more about their ferocious onslaughts.
Salute to the Cacodemons of the true Possession for the formidable demo release, “His Best Deceit”.
We salute you.
Stream: Possession- His Best Deceit (Full Demo)
Zoheb: Would you mind informing the short summary of the formation of the band? Kindly do introduce us the members of the Possession as well.
Possession: Possession is Mestema (vocals), V.Viriakh (bass), I.Dveikus (guitars) and PzKpfw (drums). We started the band in late December 2012 and recorded our first demo in August 2013. The first rehearsal we had will forever be a moment we will all remember in years as it was obvious that some kind of black magic was in the air …
Zoheb: After the release of the chaotic demo, you are set to release the EP, “Anneliese” on coming April, 2014. Illuminate our readers by disclosing more about the upcoming offering?
Possession: This is correct, Iron Bonehead Productions and Invictus Productions will release Possession’s first 7” Ep the 12th of April this year. This 7” will be limited to 1000 copies and will feature 2 new songs: “Anneliese” and “Apparition”. The cover artwork was drawn by Chris Moyen. It will be available in 3 different wax colors: black, yellow and red.
Stream: Possession- Anneliese
Zoheb: Based on the moniker and the cover artwork of the EP, I am presuming that it is related to “Anneliese Michel”. Please explain further about the concept of the moniker and the artwork.
Possession: That’s right, the story of Anneliese Michel inspired us while we were writing the songs featured on this 7” so that we decided to dedicate her this 7”. The artwork is inspired by a picture taken during one of the several exorcisms she was subjected to.
Zoheb: Recording of “His Best Deceit” was done by Phorgath (Enthroned, Emptiness). Did he also lend a hand in recording “Anneliese”?
Possession: Yes, we recorded this 7” with Phorgath as well. When we recorded the demo in August last year, Phorgath played an important role by understanding our way of thinking within 15 minutes and by being able to suggest us some good improvements so that when we heard the demo for the first time we decided that we will record all our releases with him.
Zoheb: Band’s logo as well as the artwork of the new EP has been done by the renowned “Thorncross” (Christophe Moyen). Like the demo release, upcoming EP is also to be released through both Invictus Productions and Iron Bonehead Productions. Are you willing to work with Thorncross and the mentioned labels in future?
Possession: We like the idea of working with the same persons over and over and to create close relationships with those persons so that we will carry on working with Chris Moyen, Iron Bonehead Productions and Invictus Productions. Along with Phorgath of Enthroned, they are the silent members of Possession so to speak. We would like to salute them and thank them for the role they’ve played since the beginning.
Zoheb: Possession has been confirmed to partake at Metal Magic Festival, 2014 in Denmark as well as set to spread the malignant spirits in France and German. What is awaiting for the audiences of mentioned places? How excited are you to share stages with acts like Nunslaughter, Aura Noir, Mgla, Gospel of the Horns and Bolzer?
Possession: Yes, we have some great rituals lined-up. Sharing the altar with bands we respect is of course an appealing experience so that we will do our best to honor them and the crowd which will attend those rituals. On stage we try to create an atmosphere to bring the crowd into our universe. We try not to be just 4 guys playing music as we are willing to offer way more than that to those who are watching us.
Zoheb: Besides that the demonic horde will perform in the 10th album release ritual of “Enthroned” at Brussels, Belgium. Majestic acts like Archgoat, Mortuary Drape, Lvcifyre and Bestial Raids will also spare diabolic madness on the same event. Why did you choose this event as the occasion for releasing “Anneliese”?
Possession: We were offered to play this ritual before choosing the release date of that 7” but we thought that it was a perfect occasion to release that 7” as we will play in front of our local supporters who have been there since the beginning. Of course playing with acts such as Enthroned, Mortuary Drape and Archgoat is a huge honor as we have been worshipping those bands for years.
Zoheb: Apart from releasing the EP and participating in live onslaughts, any other news you want to share with the readers?
Possession: We are currently writing new tracks for a 12” MLp which will most likely be released in early 2015 by Iron Bonehead Productions and Invictus Productions. This will be a conceptual release telling the story of a witch who lived in France in the 17th Century. Writing a conceptual release demands more efforts and in depth work than just writing tracks but we are confident that this release will create an atmosphere and bring the listeners into our world.
Zoheb: Which member/members of Possession is/are responsible for writing lyrics and composing music?
Possession: Mestema is writing most of the lyrics but is often helped by V.Viriakh. As far as the music is concerned, we write the songs all together in the rehearsal room but V.Viriakh and I.Dveikus are responsible for bringing new riffs to our rehearsals. We build our songs on those riffs they bring and on idea popping up during the rehearsals.
Zoheb: What influences you most to create such kind of vilest form of music?
Possession: Denying the influence of some early 90s classic acts on our music would be stupid but we are also influenced by way more things such as our beliefs. This is why we do not see our music just as music and our band is not just a fucking hobby.
Zoheb: Even though your music resembles the extreme metal of 80’s, but I have noticed that the music of Possession is not the repetition of the ancient rulers of the 80’s metal. Possession has developed own sound and at the same time they are maintaining the primeval atmosphere in their music. How will you illustrate this issue?
Possession: We are not pretentious enough to claim that our music is ultra original but we for sure try to bring our own “touch” as we do not want to be stupid copycats. Still we spit on those bands who are trying to be original just for the sake of it without creating quality music.
Zoheb: How will you describe the religious beliefs of the members of the Possession? Are the members of the Possession Satanists, Occultists or Worshipers of any dark deity?
Possession: We do not like to express our convictions through interviews. Still we can tell you that we all chose to follow the left hand path and that we see the band as a way to write and release tracks ad majorem Sathanas gloriam.
Zoheb: Can you recommend some solid extreme metal bands from your area?
Possession: We would advise you to check the following Belgian bands: Slaughter Messiah (black thrash), Goat Torment (black death), Horacle (heavy speed), Maleficence (black thrash) and Gae Bolga (thrash).
Zoheb: Thanks for the interview slaughterers. If you want to add anything else, you can add it in the way you want.
Possession: You are welcome. We would like to thank you for your interest and for spreading our venom in your area. We would like to salute your readers as well.
V. Viriakh (Bass)
I. Dveikus (Guitar)
Interview taken by: Zoheb Mahmud