Spawn of Possession
Noctambulant


2.5
average

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
March 12th, 2007 | 116 replies | 18,066 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


3 of 8 thought this review was well written

I have realized something, technical death metal can definitely kick serious a**. But I realized something else, Sweden has indeed lots of death metal bands and other extreme bands but Sweden does not have many technical death bands. I found a few bands and I looked up first a band called Theory In Practice, an amazing tech death band. Although they were playing technical death metal so I looked for a technical and brutal death metal band. And then I found Spawn Of Possession, a band that was labelled as a technical and brutal death band. The band was created in Sweden around 1997 and they are an active band with two full-length albums in their baggage. So how does this band sound like? They play in the same spirit as bands like Visceral Bleeding and Necrophagist, their music is of course technical, heavy and with the guttural vocals they are most of all brutal.

Cabinet was their first album which was released in 2003, three years later they churned out Noctambulant. To spice up the information I will add that there are three vocal guest appearances in this album. In the track called By A Thousand Deaths Fulfilled we can hear Robbe K from Disavowed and Arsebreed. In Death & Grotesque we have Dusty from Severed Savior and then we have Pat O’Brien from Cannibal Corpse in [u]Render My Prey[/i]. Noctambulant is pretty much a dark, unpleasant and brutal album filled with twisted and complex guitars, blast-beats and mid-paced drumming and deep guttural animal growling. Even if this is mostly a brutal and heavy hitting death album you will notice that a few melodic moments are performed. These melodic tunes does not interfere with the song structures, the only purpose the melodies have is to create a haunting atmosphere. Inception, Sour Flow, Sorched and In My Own Creed are the only songs that I can locate melodic tunes. The rest of the record is basically mutilating madness.

Spawn Of Possession has a crew of five people which means one vocalist, two guitars, one bass and one drummer which also is a vocalist. We begin with the vocals shall we, as a brutal band a brutal voice is highly necessary if you ask me. Deep and guttural beast growls create a perfect atmosphere of unpleasant and evil. Unfortunately there is a lack of vocal variety here, even if there are guest vocalists in this record does not help the album material. If we had a few screams, harsher vocals or perhaps some sudden blackish shrieks a little now and then would’ve been better. I know when I hear something technical and I have to say that I’m not impressed by these two guitarists. Technique is used well here but I think that this type of guitar performance is more complex and strange rather then technical. Most riffs have a short structure, the flow in general is bad I my opinion, riffs are played and later being stopped and new other riffs is played, this makes the whole thing so confusing. I would rather say that the guitar solos are way better than the rhythms and leads. Fast, high-pitched and chaotic solos put a good texture to the songs. Inaudible bass, what more can I say. Overwhelmed by the guitars the bass has few moments alone, it still provides with a great backup sound but you can only hear the bass when higher notes are played or when the guitars plays a different riff line when the bass plays another. Ever heard of blast-beats and mid-paced drumming? Then if you happen to like fast and intense drumming than this album might be something for you. Here you have your typical raging death drumming performance, blast-beats, mid-paced, double bass kicking plus other different patterns that create a decent drum variety.

I don’t know what to say about this album, I’m definitely not impressed and therefore disappointed instead. I prepared for the worst but when I eventually listened to this it was not so bad after all. I really liked the deep beast growls and the backup singers but that was everything I enjoyed. I know when I hear a good technical metal band and Spawn Of Possession was not good enough for me. Compare this band with Theory In Practice in terms of technicality this band is been ***kicked by Theory In Practice hands down. It feels like this band has been focusing more on atmosphere instead of working hard on music creativity. I think that this felt like Immolation but a few steps faster and meaner, it felt just like another death metal band except with a bit more complex guitar performance. The things that Spawn Of Possession did great was to sound brutal but I don’t know about technical though. I could still recommend this album to people who like fast and brutal death like Bloodbath, Visceral Bleeding, Immolation and perhaps early Hypocrisy. If you expect this to be highly technical death music then you’re wrong, this sounds like your ordinary brutal death manglers out there. Serious death metal and old-school people would enjoy this album better than those who are more into melodic and newer sorts of death metal.

Positives
+ They sure are brutal
+ Complex guitar performance
+ Awesome album cover
+ The backup growls from the guest vocalists creates a bit more vocal variety

Negatives
- The songs has a bad musical flow
- Will get repetitive with time
- More vocal variety from Jonas Renvaktar (vocalist) would've been great
- Every song follows nearly the same song patterns

Recommended Tracks
-- Dead & Grotesque
-- By A Thousand Deaths Fulfilled

The album fulfilled the task of being brutal but technical? Not as technical as I hoped for, this will be given a 2.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Dethtrasher
March 12th 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Look what I found in my slowa** computer, sorry but I couldn't come up with a good summary. I will add one as soon as I can.

Tyler
Emeritus
March 12th 2007



7924 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Your pros/cons don't make sense. It's too complex, but not technical? Personally, I think these guys do more on guitar than most of the technical giants out there right now, it just so happens that the album isn't that great.

Oh, and:

http://static.rateyourmusic.com/album_images/o539528.jpgThis Message Edited On 03.12.07

TojesDolan
March 13th 2007



272 Comments


Good band apaprently but add picture plz

http://www.spawnofpossession.com/images/2006_Noctambulant_web_small.jpg

oopps done lol

Dethtrasher
March 13th 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

There, I have fixed the album cover and I have made some changes in my pros/cons.
I prefer Theory In Practice's technical more than this type of stuff. This was too slow, complex and twisted, just my opinion.

TheHamburgerman
April 7th 2007



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Mighty fine review I find. One of your best Dethtrasher.

Your pros/cons don't make sense. It's too complex, but not technical?
Complex music doesn't have to be technical. Just look at Deftones. Their music is layered to infinity, their chord progression is very unnatural yet very pleasent to hear.

redead
September 9th 2007



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Are you kiddin me Dethtrasher?!! No melody? The songs follow the same patterns?

Not to be an ass or anything, but you've got to be trippin if you think this is disjointed and all over the place. Alot of the time, the music on this album resembles ultra-heavy classical music with the tempo ramped up by 500%.

These guys cite classical composers like Bach and Shostakovich as a big influence and it shows, from the ultra-technical riffs to the immaculately swept arpeggio-solos and fills.

Just because you don't understand the complexities of this music doesn't mean that it's shit, and if you don't like this style of music, then why write a review? Let someone who appreciates it write a review, because I know many people will read this review and not even bother listening to the album, and it'd definitely worth a listen, maybe 10.

Highlights also include Lash by Lash and Render my Prey.

Rating: 4.5This Message Edited On 09.09.07

Dethtrasher
September 10th 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You are more than welcome to write a review about this album Redead, or anyone who has this album. This was not the type of technicality I was looked for and I was pretty damn disappointed. I might give this a second chance.This Message Edited On 09.10.07

FR33L0RD
November 27th 2007



1458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Im very impressed by the structure of the music on this album.


lospokey
December 9th 2007



87 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

decent review, but i believe this a very good album

asdemonsburn
March 17th 2008



793 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

agree with the review, I really don't like how the snare sounds, it kinda bugs me. Great tech death regardless.This Message Edited On 03.17.08

Anthracks
August 30th 2008



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Listening to this nonstop lately. Scorched is so good.

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cjgone
January 28th 2009



761 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very under rated tech death album.

Lash by Lash is epic.

iamthenightmare
February 7th 2009



754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

THE most under-rated tech death band ever to exist.

would sell all of my worldly possessions and their spawns for them to comeback. will be writing a more fitting review for this eventually.

p.s. i know the pun=fail but i had to do it

Phantom
February 7th 2009



8930 Comments


sell all of my worldly possessions and their spawns

Ha ha ha.

Anthracks
February 20th 2009



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Under-rated around here anyway, for sure.

They are in the process of writing the new album. I think Bryzz said he had one song fully written and most of the pieces for the others done. It should be out this year I'd imagine.

They never really split up, although three of the members did leave the band (lead/drummer-vocalist/bass). As a result of that I have doubts about the album, they obviously won't be the same without Rondum/Karlsson.

Oh yeah I don't think I mentioned that I disagree with this review intensely. How is it not as technical as you had hoped for? It's one of the most technical albums out there. >.This Message Edited On 02.20.09

CoRpSeSlAyEr
February 20th 2009



855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is one of my fav tech death bands, and this is by far their best album.

Wizard
April 7th 2009



18784 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Awful band and album. I seriously have a a hard time understanding the difference between these guys and every other tech/death metal album out there.

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DBlitz
April 7th 2009



1685 Comments


Huh? This is definitely one of the better tech-death bands out there.

Dethtrasher
April 8th 2009



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I need to find this album again. I deleted it because it was so boring but I can't remember how this sounds like anymore.

Anthracks
April 8th 2009



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Awful band and album. I seriously have a a hard time understanding the difference between these guys and every other tech/death metal album out there.


Well for starters, on this album (aside from Dead and Grotesque) all of the songs are modeled like classical compositions. I don't know of many other Technical Death metal bands who do that and I'd like to think I've listened to the greater lot of them. Hell the album is barely death metal if you ask me.

Edit: Also, I'd love to know which albums sound exactly like this (as you allude), for out of all the death metal I've listened to I haven't heard anything that comes close.This Message Edited On 04.08.09



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