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Album Review

"Never judge a book by its cover," or so the famous saying goes. But all you have to do is take a gander at the apocalyptic doodle on the cover of the 2007 release by Paths of Possession, The End of the Hour, and you know what kind of music the band specializes in — chugging thrash metal of the '80s vintage, blastbeat drumming, and dragon-like growling in place of singing. And you can also add to this checklist something that's becoming a seeming pre-requisite for most metal bands issuing albums in the early 21st century: guitar harmonies straight out of the Dave Murray/Adrian Smith edition of the Iron Maiden musical handbook. Tracks such as "In Offering of Spite" have been penned countless times over by others since the dawn of extreme metal, but the album opener, "Memory Burn," is a good example of all the aforementioned musical ingredients falling into place for Paths of Possession.

Customer Reviews


a breakthrough for death metal. vocalist for Cannibal corpse George Fisher lends his assests to this album so well. and it is an interesting change for him, considering his past with gory Cannibal Corpse. no disrespect to them, but he just nailed it on this. instrumentally also well put together. A must have for sure. you will not be disappointed.

Blood thinning guitar shredding action

the lead guitar is the best but the vocals are kinda sketchy....overall face melting goodness


People who rate albums low because they compare it to other more established bands' albums make me cry.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Formed in 1999 around the talents of Randy Butman, Jay Fossen, and ex-Morbid Angel guitarist Richard Brunelle, Florida-based heavy metal outfit Paths of Possession produce a punishing mix of classic Bay Area thrash and melodic Scandinavian death metal. The band's first disc, Legacy in Ashes, was released independently in 2000, followed by a split EP called Crypts of Madness with fellow southeasterners Dark Faith in 2003. The band signed with Metal Blade in 2004 and was joined by Jack Goodwin, Nick...
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