Spawn of Possession - _Cabinet_
(Unique Leader, 2003)
by: Brian Meloon (
This is Spawn of Possession's debut album, and it's a very impressive
piece of work. After a 48 second non-musical intro, these guys rip
into 37 minutes of technical, brutal death metal. Their riffs have the
tight, syncopative style of Deeds of Flesh with the sharp guitar tone
and melodic flash of Necrophagist. Thus, they achieve a near-optimal
mix of technicality, musicality, and brutality. They also use a variety
of riff tempos and styles, without overusing any particular technique.
The end result is that the music remains brutal yet doesn't get boring.
The playing is excellent: they're exceptionally tight and handle even
the most technical sections with ease. Still, the focus is on the
songs, and none of the instruments steal the spotlight. There are a few
guitar solos, but they're tasteful, appropriate and short. Similarly,
the vocals are growled in a very unremarkable style, and suit the music
well enough. The lyrics are of course incomprehensible, not only because
they're growled, but also because in many places, they're sung so fast
that trying to keep up -- even while following along with the lyrics --
is a challenge. The production is excellent: crystal clear and powerful.
Although I've had this album for over seven months, it's still in regular
rotation in my car CD player. It will surely be one of my favorite
discs for 2003, and I'd urge all technical metal and death metal fans
to search it out.
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