Spawn of Possession
Cabinet


4.5
superb

Review

by Fractal_Mortality USER (1 Reviews)
April 15th, 2006 | 21 replies | 10,216 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

After the turn of the 21st century, technical death metal was losing something. Actually, that's not true at all. More recent bands were pushing the envelope on technicality than ever had ever been done, going faster, playing more intricately, and generally adding complexity to the genre of Death Metal as a whole. But something was not changing: Many bands failed to find a voice and differentiate themselves from the rest of the pack, even when their playing was superior. In the early 90s, Bands like Atheist, Death, and Cynic used proficient musicianship, but also created a distinct sound for themselves. One could always hear a song from death... But today, one might be hard pressed to distinguish between some of the more technical and brutal bands that permeate the modern death metal realm.

Now, let us enter Spawn of Possession. Many are inclined to label this band a 'Brutal Death Metal' outfit. And though the music of SoP is indeed brutal music in comparison to other virtuosic death metal groups, they fail to enter the realm (and often creative rut) of bands like disgorge, deeds of flesh, or gorgasm that are considered brutal death metal (not knocking those bands, they're probably the better examples of a subgenre filled with lackluster quality). However, Spawn of Possesion immediately hit you with something that many modern acts in their field can't even comprehend. They set a clear vision and mood with their music. Spawn of Possession sounds.... positively... menacing, and evil. There are only a few contemporary bands that have been able to capture the malevolence and pernicious overtones that SoP evoke.. Cryptopsy would probably be one of them, and perhaps even Pig Destroyer.

Spawn of Possession combine a few elements in their guitar section that enable such powerful imagery to resonate. Firstly, the rhythm changes they employ are off the wall... Not in a fruit-loopy, chaotic sense, but in a discordant... uneasy, swiftly shifting and unsettling sense. The guitar riffs flow through the album much like the thorny vines that appear on the excellent cover artwork, not only in rhythm, but in melody. The notes jump and scatter up and down the scales, and when a solo erupts from the heart of the band, the style of the solo follows suit. Each melody is firmly set in the minor scale, not uncommon to extreme metal of course, yet manages to be written to sound repulsively fresh, and original. The deranged harmonies on the album only add to the voice of the band. Bass playing on the album, while not a particular highlight, is superb.

The vocals are also excellent, though not the best I've ever heard. They are relatively monotone, but change pace so often with the rest of the music, that they also provide an interesting aspect to the music.

My only complaint, really, are some of the spoken work intros that, in my opinion, don't add to the atmosphere or pacing of the album... And simply fail to misalign the band from other Death Metal acts that love to use foreboding, but unintentionally silly soundclips.

But of course, I love this album, and probably consider it my favorite technical death metal album of the 2000s thus far. The memorable songwriting, originality, technicality, all compel me time and time again to replay this album. It is dark and irresistible... Somehow a unhinged example of musical symmetry andl beauty.


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Dancin' Man
April 15th 2006



719 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good band, good album. Gorguts is still the best tech death band of all time.

Shadows
Moderator
April 15th 2006



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This is pretty good. Their riffs could use some work though.

UnknowN Doodl3.2
April 15th 2006



1 Comments


Dancin' man... i believe that is necrophagist's title ;)

but yes, great band great album... can't wait for the new one!!!

Fractal_Mortality
April 15th 2006



9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Their riffs could use some work though.


How so?

Stoic
April 17th 2006



161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Amazing album -a bit unmemorable at times though- I still remember the shock when I first heard Hidden in Flesh. I dont understand why Spawn of Possession fail to enter the realm of the bands you mentioned. I've always considered them quite similar to these...This Message Edited On 04.17.06

Fractal_Mortality
April 17th 2006



9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

SoP have a lot more melody and complexity in their structure than disgorge or Deeds. Those bands are more straight forward brutal death metal, while SoP is just wacked out technical death.This Message Edited On 04.17.06

Stoic
April 17th 2006



161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I see where you're coming from

masscows
January 15th 2008



2236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The intro to Church of Deviance is hilarious :lol: awesome album.

alexmetres
July 21st 2008



26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This band is technically amazing, you can listen to a different part every time you listen to it.

Great review & album

Anthracks
September 13th 2008



3670 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Self-titled song is my favorite on here, especially at the half-way mark.

Er...self-titled as in Spawn of Possession not Cabinet.This Message Edited On 09.13.08

myhigherpie
April 12th 2009



3027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Church of Deviance is so awesome.

Love these guys vocals. gravelly, powerful, and dynamic.

MTTS
June 13th 2009



69 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

One of my all time favorite tech-death bands. Always fun to listen to this CD. Agree with the above post. Church of Deviance is awesome.

InHumanForm
August 5th 2009



316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good stuff.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2009



6075 Comments


Really great review - you've convinced me to check this out.

A few things I noticed though...

Firstly, "firstly" is not a word. Also, when referencing bands, you occasionally failed to capitalize the first letter of the band names. It's not a big deal, but those small picky things help to clean up your writing and make it look that much more professional. Regardless, you did a really good job.

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blairskie
February 10th 2010



20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome stuff, i find this one a little more brutal noctambulant

blairskie
February 10th 2010



20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome stuff, i find this one a little more brutal noctambulant

Madbutcher3
October 30th 2011



1083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty cool album. Way better than their second in my opinion.

MotokoKusanagi
March 12th 2014



502 Comments


rules

KILL
March 12th 2014



70718 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

fules

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Hovse
March 12th 2014



587 Comments


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