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Review: Various Artists - Seven Burning Churches - A Tribute to Possessed
Various Artists
Seven Burning Churches - A Tribute to Possessed

Label: More Hate Productions
Year released: 2016
Duration: 44:16
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: October 25, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Seven Burning Churches - A Tribute to Possessed

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (6 Votes)

Normally I don't care much for tribute albums unless they interest me personally or offer something unusual. What we have here is a tribute to Possessed's debut album, Seven Churches, with the addition of "Swing of the Axe", a song that Possessed originally recorded in 1985 for their three-song demo. The 11 bands, from Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Romania and Italy, put their own twist on Possessed's well-known songs.

None of the performances fails completely as each song can well be recognized. Some, like Italy's Violentor covering "Burning in Hell" and Poland's Bestiality covering "Evil Warriors", could certainly have been played more carefully and not so half-assed. On the other hand, Russian Death Metal quartet Pyre succeeded in throwing their darkened ace of spades on the table with "The Exorcist" and the same applies to Poland's Hell Patrol, whose version of "Seven Churches" is excellent. Septory from Russia manages to push a handful of Neoclassical elements through "Satan's Curse", which is a breath of something a bit more creative. And if Sichgart's (Ukraine) thrashy version of "Twisted Minds" sounds fresh, wait until you hear Grond's (Russia) version of "Fallen Angel", which crushes with its sheer Death Metal heaviness. It is definitely the best performance on the whole album.

Every band gives their best swing of the axe in the name of Possessed's classic Seven Churches album. Some are more successful than others but this is a well-executed tribute.

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