One of the hottest bands in the modern black/death metal underground, Possession’s ascent has been rapid but never exacting, and more than rightly earned. Forming in 2012, their debut demo, His Best Deceit – released jointly by Invictus and Iron Bonehead, in 2013 – exploded with excitement, showing an incendiary charisma rarely heard, not to mention a veteran’s grasp of engaging songwriting. But for however filthy ‘n’ furious His Best Deceit was, less than a year later, the band released the Anneliese EP: a catacombed dirge that proved there were yet more haunting depths to this still-young band.
Between the two records, Possession’s name was already on the tongues of legions worldwide – which is all the more remarkable considering their canon, to that point, consisted of six songs. Alas, in 2015 arrived the 1585-1646 mini-album. The band’s longest work to date at 25 minutes, 1585-1646 studiously explored more concerted lyrical themes, marrying the conceptualism of the Anneliese EP to a still-unfolding, still-unholy synthesis of ancient Metal of Death and the pitchest-black metal. It was the band’s boldest move to date, teasing their now-rabid fanbase with greater glories to come…and now they have arrived with Exorkizein.
Effectively a summation of Possession’s powers and