|Review: Possession - Anneliese|
Label: Iron Bonehead Productions
Year released: 2014
Review online: July 26, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)
As is the wont of many extreme bands, Belgium's Possession is following up their 2013 4-song cassette debut with another short release, a 7" single titled Anneliese. Black/Death Metal is again the name of the game and the style remains raw and chaotic, though Anneliese takes Possession's sound in a more atmospheric direction. The vocals are still an otherworldly (and undecipherable) howl but they are mixed a little further back and have even more echo than on His Best Deceit. The music is still Thrash-based but Possession explores different tempos and effects to give the two songs on Anneliese an even more tortured vibe. Where His Best Deceit was more straightforward and traditional, Anneliese leans more in the experimental soundscape direction while remaining crushingly heavy. Bass-heavy being the band's preferred mix, be prepared to feel this new Possession release as much as hear it.
I'm not sure I'm on board with Possession's new direction but fans into dark rooms on cold, stormy winter nights will probably enjoy Anneliese.
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