Paths Of Possession - The End Of The Hour (Metal Blade Records) - Back
The origins of Tampa, Florida band Paths of Possession started in 1999 when Randy Butman, Jay Fossen and Richard Brunelle (ex-Morbid Angel) got together. They set out to play traditional heavy metal with Swedish death metal influences. Years later, in 2003, George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher (Cannibal Corpse) joined the band after his friend Randy asked him to fill in when their old vocalist vacated the group.

“The End Of The Hour,” the bands second studio album on Metal Blade is brutally aggressive yet melodic. As previously said that the band is traditional metal mixed with Swedish death in which elements are apparent. But at times its almost straightforward brutal death metal.

There are thrashy riffs, tradition metal riffs, brutal riffs, and dueling melodic rhythms that change throughout the album making this albums more dynamic that one would expect. Some riffs are almost as brutal as Cannibal Corpse. The pummeling drums increase the heaviness. Ferocious lead vocals by Corpsegrinder are exactly what you would expect from deep growling master.

These ten tracks and forty-five minutes were put in charge of Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, ex-Morbid Angel) who produced this album. He has produced everything from his own band Hate Eternal to Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore, Nile, Through The Eyes of the Dead, etc. Also taking part in this metal mayhem is Alan Douches who mastered this disc and is a veteran with Nile, Sepultura, Mastodon, Clutch, Unearth, The Misfits, Shadows Fall, etc. on his resume.

Every track is at least decent on “The End Of The Hour.” With songs like “Memory Burn,” “I Am Forever” and “In Offering Of Spite” they will receive frequent plays in my MP3 player along with a few others. If you’re a fan of just about any form of death, from the melodic to brutal, there is something for you on Paths Of Possession latest offering.

Rating:
85

Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins