Paths Of Possession - The End Of The Hour

10 songs
47:56 minutes
***** **
Metal Blade


Two years ago, the amazing debut Promises In Blood made me eager to listen to the second album from Paths Of Possession, the band formed by ex-Morbid Angel guitarist Richard Brunelle, especially since Cannibal Corpse’s Corpsegrinder George Fisher has taken over vocal duties. Even if Paths Of Possession call Florida their home state, this doesn’t mean that they are another classic US death metal band.

The music is still rooted in the death metal genre, but there are huge differences between Paths Of Possession and Cannibal Corpse. Paths Of Possession are less extreme, and Corpsegrinder’s vocals aren’t as harsh as in his main band, although they are still light-years away from becoming melodic. The opener Memory, strongest cut on the album, displays a groovy kind of death metal with extremely melodic guitar parts. The guitar harmonies, that the two guitarists are duelling each other with, form the highlight on the album. Parallels to Iron Maiden are present on several songs and work best on I Am Forever. Unfortunately this is the only component that is able to save the album from an insufficient rating. The songs, mostly delivered in mid-tempo rhythms, don’t contain enough variation and after having listened to half of the album, you’re not exactly feeling annoyed, but there’s nothing exciting happening either. The only other track really worth mentioning is Pushing Through The Pass which differs quite a lot from the rest of the album thanks to truly tricky and complex structures.

The End Of The Hour isn’t a bad album, but it’s far away from entering the Top 100 of death metal history. Even a repeated listening experience didn’t help to discover new amazing parts you didn’t notice before.

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