Possessed
Revelations of Oblivion


1.5
very poor

Review

by Sean H. CONTRIBUTOR (112 Reviews)
May 11th, 2019 | 103 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dragged to Heck.

The story of Jeff Becerra is one that is truly inspiring. Reading Decibel’s cover story about how many physical hardships this man has overcome is absolutely astonishing. The fact that he hasn't thrown in the towel and retired from metal is amazing in it’s own right. Now, decades after Beyond the Gates was released, Possessed is back and, as that article would have you believe, ready to kick ass and take names. Unfortunately for both the credibility of Decibel’s taste and my eardrums, this was far from the case. Revelations of Oblivion, to put it bluntly, is far from passable and proof that inspiring stories don’t always have happy endings. Not to say that this record is awful in a particularly interesting or shocking way, just awful in a pretty boring way.

Revelations of Oblivion is just one of those comeback records that spits in the face of legacy while folding under the weight of its own flaws. The production, for example, is as Nuclear Blast Records as an album can get. For those not in the know, this entails extremely gritless, lifeless, and powerless production and mixing. Here, the drums sound paper thin, the guitars sound plastic and sugary, and the vocals are way too present in the mix, overpowering everything else. The vocal performance, too, is a pretty big problem with this one, as Becerra's shouts and yelps are goofy at best and painfully obnoxious at worse. Also, because of the much clearer enunciation, cringeworthy lyrics that might have slipped under the radar are now front in center, free to be mocked and berated.

Performances across the board are surprisingly weak, with a former Sadistic Intent drummer and members of bands like Gruesome (ugh), Coffin Texts, and From Hell. Songs like “Demon” and “Shadowcult” proudly display wasted talent with blandly composed thrash leads and mindless drum fills. Revelations ends up feeling like a record trying desperately to call back to the old days of early death metal and romping thrash, but it lacks any interesting song progressions or ideas. It’s the nostalgia obsessed thrash that plagues the metal scene and, unlike its old school death metal cousin, often misses the mark by a mile and a half.

Revelations of Oblivion is just a sad record to listen to. A band like Possessed, once at the helm of a brave new world of destruction and satanism, now seems much more content to lay on cheesy compositions and uninspired (unless you count yesteryear as inspiration) meanderings. The record reeks of over-produced studio recordings and generally intolerable calls back to the “good ol’ days.” There’s a real dissonance in how I feel about modern-day Possessed, due to how much respect I have for Becerra's attitude and determination, but how little tolerance I have for the fruits of that labor. As much as I want be happy for him finally being able to make the follow-up to Beyond The Gates that he wanted to, this sucks shit through a straw (pardon my french).

At least he had fun, probably.



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Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
May 11th 2019


2704 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

https://possessedofficial.com

thanks to sitarhero

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joshb9864
May 11th 2019


233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yikes...

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
May 11th 2019


25247 Comments


Ace review Bloon. Between this and other review I think I am going to check this out, though I have a feeling I will probably (dis)like this about as much as you.

Couldn't agree more on the Nuclear Blast production comment though, they haven't produced a good sounding record in quite awhile.

Mindpos.

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bbgames
May 11th 2019


546 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

“Yikes...“



Yikes

RippingCorpse1986
May 11th 2019


3115 Comments


Excellent review Bloon. Can't say I was looking forward to this, but the second and third paragraphs pretty much confirm my fears of how a late-period album by these guys would end up haha. I don't think I'll bother with this.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
May 11th 2019


25247 Comments


About four songs in and I don't think I would rate this as low as you, but this very, VERY generic and the vocals are fucking awful.

He sounds like shitty Lemmy.


zaruyache
May 11th 2019


20840 Comments


Thrash Lemmy Liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiives!


(sounds like lemmy + tom g warrior.)

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Azog
May 11th 2019


156 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

meh

budgie
May 11th 2019


9734 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

it sounds like jeff becerra. brutal ratings.

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TheNotrap
May 11th 2019


10636 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

It’s a shame this album will have this review by default, it’s a solid release

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StrikeOfTheBeast
May 11th 2019


6849 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Menvelations of Oblivion \m/

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SwagLordPicklePee666
May 11th 2019


155 Comments


wtf 1.5?

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StrikeOfTheBeast
May 11th 2019


6849 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

[2]

budgie
May 11th 2019


9734 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

wtf [2]?

bbgames
May 11th 2019


546 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

[2]

StrikeOfTheBeast
May 11th 2019


6849 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

@Sean you seriously have this rated lower than Breaking Benjamin? Also Wolverine Blues a 2!? wtf man?

StrikeOfTheBeast
May 11th 2019


6849 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yeah actually quite a few of those are 5 worthy.

budgie
May 11th 2019


9734 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

5.0 classic

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StrikeOfTheBeast
May 11th 2019


6849 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Damn right budgie! \m/

BerryGarlicia
May 11th 2019


1643 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

“cringeworthy lyrics that might have slipped under the radar are now front in center, free to be mocked and berated.”

Imagine expecting a possessed album to have serious lyrics





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