GosT
Possessor


3.0
good

Review

by Chamberbelain CONTRIBUTOR (209 Reviews)
March 29th, 2018 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Imagine black metal inspired by the soundtracks of Stranger Things and Blade Runner

GosT is an artist that resides in extremis. Anonymous, garbed in hooded cowls and skull masquerades and self-proclaimed as the “Satanic Lord of Slasherwave”, this figure in black traces his steps back to the centre of the pentagram, fully embracing the enveloping darkness and creating brutally destructive synthwave. If there’s one thing that his third album, “Possessor” does best, it’s underline the fact that a band does not have to be metal to be heavy. If there’s a second thing this album achieves, it’s making you question whether you have ever wondered what it sounds and feels like to be screwed by a synthesiser at full volume"

Whereas artists such as Carpenter Brut and Dan Terminus direct their style of synthwave into sleeker and vibrantly futuristic realms, transcending an atmosphere of suffocating darkness comes easily to GosT. Newsreels from the era of ‘Satanic Panic’ and recordings of performed exorcisms introduce the album before a wall of distortion suddenly obliterates earphones and eardrums alike. As much a shock to the senses as it is a statement to how heavy “Possessor” manifests, “Garruth” is a lesson in brutality, paralysing you with furious blast beats and brawny bass. “Legion” borrows the absurdly heavy churning bass and from drone and doom metal that leads into a theatrical and eerie soundscape while “Beliar” presents GosT’s black metal façade with explosions of blast beats and dramatic, panicked choir samples to make it sound as if the claustrophobic wall of sound is closing in.

Clearly, GosT is projecting the satanic and nightmarish sensibilities as much as possible. The bass is intensely glitched to make the music sound genuinely unnatural and his screams are mixed behind this noise to appear hallowed and nearly every track includes some spoken word sample, be it a news report, encounters with the Devil or stories about a Catholic family allowing their daughter to die of neglect and malnourishment due to their unyielding devotion to God (“16 A.M”). Unfortunately, the constant repetition of these samples diminishes the fear that GosT tries to illustrate- as if he is actively trying to remind the audience that he is dark and brooding and satanic despite the fact that he is capable of creating these feelings without all these spoken-word samples. There’s a fine line between ‘attitude’ and ‘attitood’, and “Possessor” does sound as if GosT’s forked tongue is clearly lodged in his cheek, intentionally or not.

Therefore, it’s welcome respite when “Possessor” tones down the suffocating extremity and focus on the bubbly, energetic and jazzy synthwave that GosT is celebrated for. Instead of mashing your brain to pulp and blasting you with waves of enough edited distortion to make you cross-eyed, like in “Commandment”, GosT lulls his audience into this spacey setting with spectral Depeche Mode-esque vocals during tracks such as “Malum” and “Sigil”, and latches anyone onto an irresistible grooving beat that rides through the entire song uninterrupted by exasperating walls of sound or ritualistic interludes.

“Possessor” is an album not equal to the sum of its parts. It has excellent moments where GosT evokes exactly what he intends: horrific, terrifying and brutalising slasherwave inspired by heavy metal mixed together by colourful and lightheaded grooves to solidify he has not deterred completely from his electronic signature. Yet, minus the overuse of spoken word samples, turn the distortion down to 10 instead of 11 and this album would have been way more coherent.



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DungeonBoy
March 29th 2018


5610 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"a wall of distortion suddenly obliterates earphones and eardrums alike"



no thanks. Good review bud.

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parksungjoon
March 29th 2018


9207 Comments


I"magine black metal inspired by the soundtracks of Stranger Things and Blade Runner"

Is it actually black metal in any capacity or just synthwave that kinda has a similar vibe in some ways?

Never really liked this guy as much as most sw tbh but that would be interesting

DungeonBoy
March 29th 2018


5610 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Is it actually black metal in any capacity" not really. there is a track called Beliar that is very black metal influenced in the beginning, with electronic blasts and very traditional sounding black metal keys, but that's about it.



I know it is intentional but this album clips into oblivion. The "distortion" relies heavily on the fact that it is smashed to bits. Some people must enjoy the sound of this.



check it out:



https://blood-music.bandcamp.com/album/possessor

parksungjoon
March 29th 2018


9207 Comments


Ahh I see what you were getting at I think. I wouldn't necessarily consider that a key characteristic of black metal but it's fair enough I guess.

Idk I might have a listen at some point then but maybe not

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
March 29th 2018


8882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Never been a big fan of this guy, I don't know if this would win me over. Solid review man

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Comatorium.
March 29th 2018


4851 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

You fools don’t Satan hard enough

parksungjoon
March 29th 2018


9207 Comments


ill have you know that i masturbate in praise of black satan mister

Papa Universe
March 29th 2018


20107 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah, kind of left me wanting more too

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JS19
March 30th 2018


7052 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Some of this is great and some of it is cringe in equal measure

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goblinilbog
March 30th 2018


673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I really enjoyed this, samples might be used a little too much but I love the atmosphere of the album.

coldheaven
March 30th 2018


4636 Comments


this killed my eardrums

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MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
March 30th 2018


8882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If nothing else, I'm drawn by that album cover. Simple but effective

Pho3nix
March 30th 2018


595 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Imagine black metal inspired by the soundtracks of Stranger Things and Blade Runner" - well, this piqued my interest



Great cover too I must say

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
March 30th 2018


8882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this production can be very hit-or-miss



Sampling has no place here in the capacity it's presented

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
March 30th 2018


8882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well color me surprised, he won me over on this one. Maybe it's just because it exceeded admittedly lower-than-normal expectations, but I found this solid. Barring some production choices I disagree with, lotta highlights.



Maybe it's time for a change of scenery anyways, gonna give this flair a whirl.

Divaman
March 30th 2018


3378 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Kudos especially for the summary. You got my interest.

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anatelier
March 30th 2018


2580 Comments


garage band metal

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MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
March 30th 2018


8882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I do like me some gnarly garage beats

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2018


15209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

holy crap this has some heavy moments. nice rev chamberbelain

Pho3nix
April 2nd 2018


595 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This literally melted my ears and face



Horrorwave at its best



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