Spawn of Possession - Incurso
Record Label: Relapse Records
Release Date: March 13, 2012
It's been six years since Swedish death metal quintet Spawn of Possession released a studio album and in that time the band has refined their already blistering brand of headbanging madness even further. In the course of nine songs and fifty three minutes, Spawn of Possession take listeners on a dizzying journey through a disorienting metal soundscape; a palpable storm of unrelenting aggression and technical skill. Opening with the brief intro cut "Abodement", an eerie and slow-buidling instrumental piece, Incurso quickly shifts gears and charges out of the gate full-force with "Where Angels Go Demons Follow". Brute force drives a chaotic whirlwind of advanced musicianship, not once letting up or stopping to catch its breath.
The rest of the album continues much in the same fashion. The near ten minute marathon that is "The Evangelist" is sure to leave even the most seasoned of metal enthusiasts having to hit the pause button long enough to take a few deep breaths before continuing on lest they collapse from sheer exhaustion. In this regard, however, it is easy to find fault in the record. It can indeed be an exhausting listen, even by technical death metal standards. One can assume though that this is entirely the point, to confuse, exhaust and possibly even overwhelm the audience. But it does make repeat listens a daunting task as one may leave the record wanting something a little more grounded; something a bit more subtle in the musicianship department. It's in this respect that the album's strengths are something of a doubled edged sword. It's no doubt and impressive showcase of musical capability and inventiveness, but by the same token it can be a fatiguing excursion.
However when all is said and done, Incurso is anything but a poor record. It's been a long wait for Spawn of Possession fans and the record is anything but a disappointment. In fact, it'd be a safe bet to say that it just may be the band's finest effort to date.