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Review: Paths of Possession - The End of the Hour
Paths of Possession
The End of the Hour

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2007
Duration: 45:12
Tracks: 10
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: October 3, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The End of the Hour

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)

Paths of Possession counts amongst its ranks George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, of Cannibal Corpse fame. This here however is very far away from gore death metal. "The End of the Hour" is basically melodic death metal with a lot of traditional heavy metal elements, as well as some thrasy vibes and with the guitars sometimes flirting with straight up death metal. This is heavier than the average melodic death metal outfits, but not overly so. Corpsegrinder's vocals are slightly guttural, but nothing like what you hear in his main band. Here the lyrics are mostly decipherable, and he even manages to include a good dose of melody in the vocals. An interesting mix that took some getting used to. Overall the album is pretty catchy, not just when incorporating some Maiden-esque guitars, but also when bordering more on death metal. Riffs that stick, gotta love it! Call it groovy if you will, but in the good sense of the term. Lots of variety while remaining focused through and through, this is an album that you rediscover with every listen, always finding something new to get hooked to. Nothing groundbreaking, but very well done.

Track Listing:
  1. Memory Burn
  2. The Ancient Law
  3. I Am Forever
  4. In Offering of Spite
  5. Pushing Through the Pass
  6. Poisoned Promise Land
  7. Ash Is Falling Rain
  8. The End of the Hour
  9. As Sanities Split
  10. Engulfing the Pure
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