Paths Of Possession - Promises In Blood

12 songs
48:05 minutes
***** ****
Metal Blade


What can you expect of a band formed by former Morbid Angel guitarist Richard Brunelle (who left the band after a first self-released album) and that today can boast to have Cannibal Corpse George 'Corpsegrinder' Fisher on vocals? Certainly not what comes to your mind. Even though they come from the US East Coast, Paths Of Possession play a surprisingly melodic brand of death metal, with Corpsegrinder showing that his powerful death growls work also well with a more European styled death metal band. Instead of heading into the technical death genre of their region, Paths Of Possession find a lot of space for melodic guitar leads and typical dual guitar attacks. As much as there are elements of classic heavy metal and old school thrash, the band always stays firmly put in the death metal region.

Even though Promises In Blood, their first album on a label, doesn't break new ground, the excellent production and the flawless skills, combined with some of the most upbeat straightforward death songs make this album a highlight that should be found in every well sorted collection of extreme music. Highlights include the opener Darklands and the blasphemous sounding The Second Coming and Bring Me The Head Of Christ, although every song itself has redeeming qualities. Highly recommended!

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