Spawn of Possession - _Cabinet_
(Unique Leader, 2003)
by: Brian Meloon (10 out of 10)
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.


(article published 30/10/2003)

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