|Paths Of Possession - The End Of The Hour
16 October 2007
01. Memory Burn
02. The Ancient Law
03. I Am Forever
04. In Offering Of Spite
05. Pushing through The Pass
06. Poisoned Promise Land
07. Ash Is Falling Rain
08. The End Of The Hour
09. As Sanities Split
10. Engulfing The Pure
For those who don't know this band, George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher is the vocalist! I guess that line itself will draw a big smile to the faces of... well... almost everyone who partially or fully supports Death Metal. Let's be honest, every single person who at least identifies the genre also knows and maybe likes the aforementioned band right? The reason I'm opening with this paragraph is because I'm sure the majority of metalheads are interested in this piece just because there's a spice of CC dwelling inside the band. Well, I have to burst that bubble immediately... this is no Cannibal Corpse people, not at all, it doesn't even resemble them in any way, not in sound, music, scheme or even (believe it or not) vocals.
Paths Of Possession is a basic Death Metal act with semi-melodic tunes and a lot of catchy riffs; the music itself is often mid-paced with really mild drumming and few "moshing" parts, we do receive some blast-beats here and there though. This band actually looks more like a younger Unleashed than anything else; most tracks work better in the slower side actually, so, in terms of music, "The End Of The Hour" will be first praised for its melodious achievements and long bridges way before someone even talks about brutality or intensity.
This record shows a band trying really hard to succeed at what they're doing; in "The End Of The Hour", Paths Of Possession started working with more "sophisticated" features such as multi-faceted songwriting (with the pace of the music going from really slow to fast) and even a very interesting but unfortunately unsettled lyrical concept, so they still need to polish things around their notebooks. They do however have the potential to make a better album, so the only wise thing we can do is to keep an eye on this band for future efforts, that's all.
In the end this album isn't as coherent as most of us wanted it to be, the music surely has some good assets throughout the whole album, but it feels like something's missing in the closure. It is fun and very entertaining to hear what "Corpsegrinder" does outside Cannibal Corpse that's for sure... and this is way better than their previous pieces but it is also true that there's a lot of room for improvement, so if it's a matter of mathematics you can be the judge.
Best Tracks: "Memory Burn", "The End Of The Hour"