Review by Adam M on February 21, 2018.
Spawn of Possession performs a very chaotic form of death metal. The music here is infused with blast beats galore and played at maximum possible speed. One thing I noticed is that this band is tighter than a lot of Origin’s material and a little bit more cohesive. Still, the band wanders around many territories in these songs and could be more balanced sounding. The music is brutal enough, but the real focus is on the speed of the songs.
As stated, they have more cohesion than Origin, but a lot less cohesion when compared to the best death metal like the band Death. Their progressive masterpieces simply put this to shame and feature much better song-writing skills. I do enjoy brutal death metal and this band brings enough brutality to the mix to make an impact, but not enough to be wholly memorable. The songs here tend to drift by without anything to cling to on repeated listens unlike the best material from Death or Atheist. This is more brutal than those bands and this could be seen as a positive trait, but the band doesn't push the brutality over the speed enough and ends up sounding somewhat all over the place. The songs here are longer than past album and that would lend them to seeming to be more developed. They are certainly winding and twisting, but not always in the most positive of directions as the music here ends up sounding a little messy. One positive aspect of the music, however, is that it is fairly thrilling and exciting.
With decent song-writing this makes for a decent album and nothing more. The speed and brutality of the band take over things and overtake the cohesiveness that could have been achieved here. Check Incurso out only if you're the most hardcore death metal fan.
Rating: 6.4 out of 10148
Review by JD on April 28, 2012.
Technical Death Metal walks a very fine line between being just chaotic noise that has no melody or structure to it and having some very brutal melodics with some earth shaking heaviness. It is a walk that some are very successful in doing, while other are just plainly noise and soon fade away. Sweden’s Spawn Of Possession are one of those bands who actually do it right.
If you take the technical aspect of Bloodbath, the nastiness of Obituary and combine it with the brilliance of say Death or even my favorite GraVil you'll get Spawn Of Possession. They combine all of this and then add in their own originality. This is a amazing convergence of different parts that end up creating something that could be the next step in the extreme metal field.
Each of the nine tracks are extreme to the maximum, with razor sharp riffs and complicated time shifts but still hold a brilliant example of melody as well. Songs like 'Bodiless Sleepe'r and 'No Light Spared' are just a few of the prime examples of that perfect melding of dizzying speed, monstrous power, musical complexity that can be wrapped up in a firm hold of melody. Spawn Of Possession has all of this, all while doing it with originality, a feat that is very rarely pulled off.
I never thought that a band could ever top Bloodbath but there it is. Some might never completely grasp what the band is trying to do and that is a sad thing that they will not get it. Spawn Of Possession is a one of only a handful of bands that could have out done the Extreme Metal Gods that are Bloodbath, and I have found them.
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Rating: 9.4 out of 10