This is a review of a split ep between Belgium's Possession and France's Venefixion called "Passio Christi Part II/Necrophagous Abandon" which will be released in November by Iron Bonehead Productions and we will start off the review with Possession a band that plays a raw mixture of black and death metal.
Their side of the split starts out with an intro that is mostly bell's while also adding in a brief use of horror movie style keyboards before going into a heavier direction. During the faster sections of the songs a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which gives the music more of a raw feeling.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very chaotic yet old school death metal direction. Vocals are mostly blackened metal screams along with some angry tortured shouts also being used at times while the faster sections of the songs also add in elements of war metal as well as the music also being heavily rooted in the 90's. and the second track adds in a small amount of mid tempo riffing, Gregorian chants can also be heard briefly towards the end. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover possessions, demonolatry and witchcraft themes.
In my opinion Possession are a very great sounding old school mixture of black and death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Stabat Matter".
Next up is Venefixion a band that plays an old school form of death metal.
Their side of the split starts out with some horror movie style keyboards before going to a heavier direction on the second track. When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard while the vocals are death metal style vocals in the early Morbid Angel style reminding me as a cross between earlier David Vincent and Mike Browning.
A lot of the music is very heavily rooted in both the mid 80's to early 90's along with the riffs also adding in a small amount of dark sounding melodies. Throughout their side of the split you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as the solos and leads also remaining true to a melodic and old school style. The production sounds very old school while the lyrics cover black magick, voodoo, Breton legends, curses and death themes.
In my opinion Venefixion are a very great sounding old school death metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Ripped From The Cross".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and would recommend it to all fans of old school black and death metal. 8 out of 10.