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Possession: Anneliese
Black Metal, Death Metal
Iron Bonehead Productions
April 12th, 2014
Release length: 11:09
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Belgium’s Possession has kept a consistent band line-up since forming in 2012, which includes former Dawn of Crucifixion guitarist I. Dveikus and bassist/vocalist V. Viriakh. In 2013, the band issued their first demo, His Best Deceit, and now for 2014 present a two song seven-inch EP through Iron Bonehead Productions titles Anneliese. Is this a hidden gem among the underground, or is it just not worth it?

Of course, Anneliese has a raw quality to it that focuses at thick, pulsing bass riffs over slightly distant drums, guitars, and raspy vocals. The title track has a slow burn with a burdening sensation, but it shifts over to an truly infectious. It carries a hint of Thrash Metal in the riffs, and the background shouting makes the performance sound stylish, as if torn from an early Lyzanxia album until some groovier riffs and vocal silliness wrap things up in an oddly jovial manner. Meanwhile “Apparition” explodes with blistering Black Metal riffs that are often drowned out by the bass and blast beats laced with subtle changes in patterns to the kicks, which ends up the only real notable element.

There’s no denying Anneliese is a catchy seven-inch, but that’s about it. The title track gets as much right as it does wrong by the end, and “Apparition” suffers greatly thanks to the audio quality making anything that could really stand out get lost in the mix. If you have any interest to see what this Belgian four-piece can do, it’s worth sampling if you can. Other than that, only time will tell if this group has what it takes to leave a mark.

01. Anneliese – 6:19
02. Apparition – 4:51
Initial Pressing Score: 5.5/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Iron Bonehead Productions*.