The album opens with ‘Over and Over’, a track that is dripping with those Sabbath-esque riffs I was speaking of. You could sit back, close your eyes, and imagine Ozzy singing — amazing.
‘Pentagram and Crucifix’, the track that has made it’s way all over satellite radio, really is the true essence of the album. It shows us they are going to stay with the early metal roots, but also mix in a heavy dose of dark lyrics. But I have to say, that ‘Conviction’ is my favorite track on this one. The music reminds me so much of why I used to love heavy classic metal, and then adding the vocals from Christina David throughout, this voice that is sweet, melodic, yet heavy when she needs to be simply leaves be saying….wow.
Next is ‘The Way Beyond’, and I say to you Christian mistress, thank you for putting this track right smack dab in the middle. It begins with an acoustic serenade that makes you think it’s going to be a sweet, slow song, until a sudden sludgy, doom feel takes a hold, taking us through a journey through the hills of madness!
‘Possession,’ the namesake of this album has no shortage of darkness and wicked vibes. Is that Tony Iommi coming through the amp? No, but it almost could be. I feel like I’ve been transported to another dimension, one where 1969 is alive and well, and again Christine’s voice and lyrics did such a fantastic job of pulling me in.
Onto ‘Black to Gold,’ and back to some sludge, fast, melodic riff-filled rock ‘n roll, a track that simply makes me want to throw it in my 8 track player and drive as quick as possible in a 1970 Dodge Challenger! Then to ‘There is Nowhere,’ the only track that is close to being called a ballad, but still very interesting and driving, never losing me through the slower sections.
‘Haunted Hunted’ is being hailed by many as the best track on this album, but I believe this track simply fits in perfectly in this insanely driving, unique album. When I listen to this track, I’m lifted away to a secret dark place in my head.
The final track ‘All Abandon’ is the perfect end to a truly epic album. A dark, mesmerizing, slow, then heavy as hell track that has you from start to finish, and then hit play just one more time!
Call if whatever sub-genre you’d like that fits nowadays, but to me, this album as a way of pulling my roots of heavy classic rock and classic metal clear out of me and remind me what I loved so much about true heavy Rock ‘N Roll!
So go grab your cut off jean jacket, tall can of PBR, ten other friends, and pack into a 70’s Dodge van and blare your stereo to this one. I hope to see them soon in the states so I can have a chance to give you an interview I’m looking forward to!
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