Revelations of Oblivion

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Band Name Possessed
Album Name Revelations of Oblivion
Type Album
Data wpisu 10 Maj 2019
Wydawcy Nuclear Blast
Styl muzycznyThrash Death
Zarejestrowanych posiada ten album109


 Chant of Oblivion
 No More Room in Hell
 The Word
 Temple of Samael

Total playing time: 53:54

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20 Lipiec 2019

...a relentless onslaught of high speed activity.

Back in their garage days, Barry Fisk, the original vocalist tragically committed suicide. So Jeff Becerra joined Possessed as their front man in nineteen eighty three and became a major part of the band’s identity. Their nineteen eighty five debut, Seven Churches, was incredibly explosive and decorated with innovative guitar solos. It is an awesome classic that rivals most of the best thrash albums to this day. Then a year later in nineteen eighty six they released their sophomore album, Beyond the Gates. It was a fast paced album with lots of dynamic thrashing and shredding. There weren’t any neat sound effects like what embellished the previous album and some of the tracks had similar textures. So they probably rushed the creative process on that release. The band members parted ways in nineteen eighty nine and the band had split up. Jeff Becerra started the band up again with different musicians in the two thousands and signed with Nuclear Blast in twenty seventeen. This recent CD comes in a jewel case and the elaborate album art depicts Satan’s palace in hell.

After the short intro, No Room in Hell, commences with some coarse guitar chops while the rhythm guitarist ominously grinds. The bassist soon cuts in with some short power chords, as the drummer dramatically rolls from the higher tones down to the lower beats. The vocalist miserably cries out his lyrics. “When there’s no room in hell, the dead shall walk this earth.” “When there’s no one left to tell, God dies for Satan’s birth.” The lead guitarist thrashes with a rough melody and the rhythm guitarist grinds along in a dark harmony. About halfway in the bassist chugs out a catchy rhythm and then the lead guitarist takes off with a speedy guitar solo. Vocalist Jeff Becerra was shot during a robbery in nineteen eighty nine and was tragically paralyzed from the waist down. That is why we see him performing from a wheel chair, he is now fifty one years of age.

Lead guitarist Daniel Gonzalez joined the band in twenty eleven, he is thirty seven years old. He has also performed with Create A Kill, Gruesome and Nailshitter. He often slashes and dashes along with strong riffs that alternate between clear and distorted sounds. The rhythm guitarist, Cladeous Creamer is recognizable with the long blonde hair and goatee. He has previously worked with Mucus Membrane. Creamer usually drives hard at the mid range notes, with a dirty sound quality. The fifth song, Demon, starts with a catchy guitar lead and atmospheric grinding from the rhythm guitarist. Then the melody picks up speed, with the bassist following suit and the drummer pounding away maniacally. Jeff desperately chants out his lines with a raspy quality to his voice. “Dark messiah, black madonna.” “Bestow your blessing within this circle of protection.” Then after two minutes the lead guitarist thrashes dynamically, as the rhythm guitarist grinds out a complementary lilt in the following sequences.

The eighth track, Omen, begins with a fast ascending guitar riff and alternates with church bells in descending tones. Then the lead guitarist rips forward, while the rhythm guitarist thrashes with a rugged texture. Becerra hollers out his lyrics with a rough edge and an air of emotional distress. “Rising up from the depths of the sea, bringing armies to war.” “Cast down from the heavens above, laying waste from the shore.” Soon the tempo increases using a higher measure of distortion and an increased display of tenacity from the drummer. The bassist lays down some heavy lines, during some flashy guitar solos and a couple of squealing notes. Robert Cardenas has played bass with Possessed since the late two thousands. He is fifty one years of age and has performed on albums with Coffin Texts, Engrave and Masters Of Metal. Cardenas usually rolls with fast bass lines to reinforce the overdriving guitar music. Occasionally there are speedy chugging and power chords involved. Sometimes he drives the songs with ominous rhythms.

Drummer Emilio Marquez is forty five years old and has been with Possessed since the late two thousands. He has performed on albums with Asesino, Coffin Texts and Engrave. His presence is characterized with hyperactive movement, displaying his skill with the various tones from his large drum set. There are a lot of flashy patterns and extended drum rolls that start from the higher tones and run down to the lower tones. The eleventh number, Graven, starts with some interesting sound effects and shortly afterward breaks out with fierce grinding melodies at an explosive tempo. The bassist plays an ominous rhythm that bounces between the midrange and higher notes. The vocalist desperately yells out his lines. “Six six six on the head and on the wrist!” “Two coins to cross the river Styx, on bended knees and Satan’s fist!” The guitarists shred and thrash with incredible ferocity, as the drummer attacks with varied beat tone arrangements.

Jeff Becerra was just a teenager when the first two albums were released in the mid eighties. So naturally his voice sounds deeper in his fifties and he can’t scream with the same intensity as he did in his youth. But he still provides the same personality and presence as we would expect on a Possessed album. The classic lineup had fine musicians and brilliant songwriters with a phenomenal chemistry. The new guitarists and bassist are very good, but they don’t match the performances of the old school lineup. However, the new drummer is an upgrade for the band. The lyrics were written by Becerra and the music was mostly written by Gonzalez. They have borrowed a couple of riffs from the older material, but they don’t dwell on it for long. There is a lot more grinding and less innovative riffs than in the past. It is still a relentless onslaught of high speed activity and they did the best with the resources that they had. Their modern sound is comparable to a cross between Terrorizer and Pig Destroyer.

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hack - 26 Lipiec 2019:

Well it has to be a strong contender for the comeback album of the year.  It should appear as one of the best releases for 2019.  This album sold out fast at my record store and I had to wait a while, before they had a copy for me to buy.  But it doesn't look like they hit the Billboard Top 200 charts, like I had expected.

Wolflust - 31 Sierpień 2019:

Thanks for the enjoyable read!! .. It is a top album among a great year of metal releases with even more to come!!

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07 Luty 2021

It took 33 years for an album to even come close to dethroning Seven Churches as my all time favorit

I was both stoked and dreadful when I sat down(attempted to sit but that wasn't gonna happen) for Possessed first album in 3 decades. Ten seconds in, and I found my fears were unfounded. This is what I had been waiting all these years for. I will never forget the first time I heard Possessed on 7 Churches all those years ago. It was by far the heaviest, hardest, fastest album ever made. By a long shot. Nobody to date had even come close to Jess Bacerras gutteral scratchy demonic vocals. Or Larry Lalondes horror filled leads..Or Mike Toraos Possessed rythem chord structures. Or Mike Sus chaotic drumming. I was in Nirvana upon first hearing Possessed.
So much so that I flew from San Diego to San Francisco as Paul Baloff from Exodus offered to show me the Bay area scene and introduce me to the bands I wanted to bring to San Diego for the first show I had decided to put together. Possessed agreed to play Thrashfest 86 with Dark Angel, DRI, Death Angel, Sanctum, Legion and Santa Claus. See video below. Now 33 years later with only Jeff Bacerra left as an original member, they have delivered the album that should have been the follow-up to Seven Churches had they followed that records extreme direction instead of.the more commercial approach that they took.
This album kills. It's fast, dirty, heavy, raw and clean at the same time.
Every track is a keeper. No filler here. Demon is my favorite track, as it hearkens back to 7 ,Churches and sounds like it could have been on that album. The band Jeff has put together is strong. I believe it is basically Sadistic Intent plus Jeff? You can tell they are absolutely committed Possessed fans and it shows in the intense musicianship and passion they have for being part of a legendary ground breaking band. Possessed were basically protype Death and black metal within their brand of thrash metal. Hell they even penned a song called Death Metal as that's what they considered their music to be!
Possessed. Record of the year in 1985 and 2019!!

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