Like many other thrash/death metal fans, I have been waiting nearly three decades for a new album from San Francisco’s Possessed. When Seven Churches and Beyond the Gates were released, they were mind blowing! They took evil metal to a new level of heavy.
Alas, the band broke up after releasing The Eyes of Horror in 1987, but I am more than happy to say that Possessed are back in full force with their best album, Revelations of Oblivion! Although the members have changed, aside from vocalist Jeff Becerra, the sound of the band remains true to form. With today’s modern production, it is nothing short of amazing.
“Chant of Oblivion,” a horror-themed introduction, sets the mood before “No More Room in Hell” blazes with a jugular, slashing riff. The first single from the album, it is fast and pummeling, and the fucking guitar solos are amazing. “Dominion” keeps the pace frantic, and the chorus is one that stays stuck in your head for days. “Damned” is my favorite song on this release, and it’s chock full of razor sharp riffs and the chorus is at hyper speed. Emilio Marquez’s drumming on this and every song is absolutely perfect. The guitar work is nothing short of spectacular here, too. “Demon” is in your face from the start, and then slows to a chugging monster in the break. Becerra lays it all out with his hell-spawned gurgles on “Abandoned.” Every note and drum fill fits like that last, perfectly placed puzzle piece in this brutal, whiplash-generator of a song. “Shadowcult” follows a similar formula, yet it has an entirely different feel. The chorus blazes past you in a fury. “Omen” is a bit slower, yet it is somehow darker and more evil.
Possessed not only have their best album ever with Revelations of Oblivion, they may have the metal album of the year. It is absolutely stellar.
Revelations of Oblivion is out now on Nuclear Blast Records. Buy it here!