Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Slaney Records
Virginia based thrash metallers Possessor have been exploding heads with their ruthless brand evil metal since around 2009, but if you didn’t know any better (and the production was a little grainier), you’d swear you’ve stumbled upon a lost gem from the early 80′s! I remember when the “old school revival” thing became a trend and fizzled out (mostly) about two years ago. I could of sworn that that was going to be the end of it for a while. Luckily, Slaney Records and Possessor sought to teach me otherwise!
Possessor starts the festivities off in A City Built With Skulls with a distorted introduction that is, honestly, of little importance and is actually pretty boring. Suspense isn’t built at all, just annoyance. HOWEVER, once that intro ends, the fucking SLAUGHTER begins!!! A torrential flood of blood and beer bursts from the floodgates as this Virginian fivesome annihilates EVERYTHING in sight with Taste The Blade! From there, everything only gets better!
The guitars are PERFECT for the feel these guys were going for. Every riff is speedy, blackened and sleazy, right on down to the core! The same can be said for the, some could say, OVER aggressive drumming as well. Naw… we won’t say that! The drumming is spot-fucking-on and dirty as balls! The vocals on the other hand can get to be a little grating at times, but are an overall necessary component to Possessor and their filthiness!
I notice that I’ve been saying “dirty” and other variations of that a bit so far in this review. Well, dirty is what comes to mind when I’m listening to this album. Dirty, nasty, filthy, sleazy fucking metal! You all know what that means and most of you love it! I know I do!
Overall: I don’t have a clever pun or any cheesy word play for you this time. Just a straight forward command: Check out City Built With Skulls! Shit fucking kills!!!
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