"Exorkizein”, the long awaited debut full-length of Belgium´s POSSESION, one of the strongest “young” black-death metal bands
from the current scene (at least in my opinion), has been set for international
release date on April 7th, via Invictus
Productions and Iron Bonehead
Once again Invictus will handle the CD version, while Iron Bonehead will
handle the LP version, as both labels did with the band´s previous release, the
EP “1585-1646” and the reissue of the debut demo “His Best Deceit”.
The album marks a change
in lineup: vocalist Mestema is out of the band and has been replaced by
Viriakh, while S.Iblis enters as new bassist.
Many interesting details has been unveiled through the official press
release, Chris Moyen designed the album cover once again, and regarding the
lyrical content, detailed and precise info was revealed, so I will reproduce
here the interesting words about the lyrical conceptualism…
"Exorkizein tells a story flowing through its six
central songs the life, the work as an exorcist, and the death of
Gabriele Amorth, last-known chief exorcist of the Vatican, who died on the 16th
of September of 2016. "We start writing about him before his death,"
the band state, "but it seems that Evil was once again on our side, as the
exorcist died while we were still writing lyrics. We changed the lyrics in
regards of that event."
From there, each song on Exorkizein could be
summarized like this:
"His heart filled with faith, a young &
devoted priest is about to accept the exorcist sacerdotium..."
This song is about the young priest Amorth swearing the oath of the Exorcist.
INFESTATION - MANIFESTATION – POSSESSION
"As written in the holy book of exorcism,
demoniac possession comes by progressive steps ...when the last one is
complete, it is already too late..." This song explains the three steps of the demoniac possession.
"Hear the words of the Evil invading your soul,
feel his fire burning inside you, let him speak through your throat and
tongue..." The demon speaks through the voice of the possessed one.
"Hard is the work to fulfill the exorcism ritual,
only a few can achieve it, many are done in vain..."
The exorcist performs the ritual on the possessed one, but preaches are sung in
vain as the demon is the strongest.
TAKE THE OATH
"Used as living weapons, exorcist priest must
kneel before the altar and swear an oath for lifetime..." The now-old
priest Amorth indoctrinates young priests to force them to take the exorcist oath.
"At the twillight of his life, devoured by
sickness, the priest is waiting to join his creator, but demons are tormenting
him as they wait for his soul to ascend..."
On his deathbed, the priest wishing to return to his creator is now tormented
by demons telling him that Evil can't be defeated.
Here´s the third album track “Infestation – Manifestation - Possession”.
POSSESSION lineup 2017
V.Viriakh - vocals
I.Dveikus - guitars
S.Iblis - bass (live), guitars and bass (studio)
Pz.Kpfw - drums