Passio Christi Part I / (Beyond The) Witch's Spell
Review by Alex on November 15, 2019.
I don't know Possession, Spite or Venefixion well though I have heard their names spoken of in the best of fashion many times, it's only now through Invictus Productions and Iron Bonehead that I'm able to find and enjoy 3 different recipes I could lavish. In a double split Possession would share their efforts with two bands worthy of the position alongside the Belgians. Spite would appear on Passio Christi Part I / (Beyond the) Witch's Spell and the French devils in Venefixion tag along for "Passio Christi Part II / Necrophagous Abandon". This first split between these darkened darlings exhume a desecrated rot of primitivism I can't get enough of. Belgian black/death squad team up with American black metal project Spite to further soil the extreme metal arena. Both having one full length to their names respectively, aim to barter their expertise in creating a session of unholiness to see out the year of 2019.
With the holidays already underway, Possession see it fit to commence the party with a neat little Christmas hymn before getting to all the spiciness. Immediately after, the festivities kick off with 'INRI' followed by 'Temptatio'. Both drenched in lawlessness and the celebratory laughter of wickedness, these tracks sum up what Possession is all about. Its black/death metal with a touch of Archgoat in the drumming, 80s flashiness in the guitaring, some downright disgusting vocals and of course with it comes the blasphemous and bleak nature; can't go wrong with such a combination.
Spite on the other side of the field, bring uncooked meat as an offering with their brand of raw black metal to compliment the recklessness of Possession. Their manners at the festival isn't any better than Possession's; from obnoxious drinking habits to foul utterances, (Beyond the) Witch's Spell and their cover of Cruel Creator only embolden the lewdness. Raw black metal taking its first creeps from the nailed womb of a Bathory, Celtic Frost and Venom dominated era. To be released through Invictus Productions on CD and vinyl formats, the first half of the splits make stronger the relationship with Iron Bonehead and Invictus Productions. Both Possession and Spite bring their A game to the field hence the takeaway is ideal for supporters of. I know Spite had released a very successful debut full length under the name Antimoshiach, this still fresh off the momentum exerted their better hand would more likely be at work here.
Rating: 8 out of 10