Of The Sign…, the schizophrenic and tormented second album from Portland, Oregon black metal duo SPIRIT POSSESSION, is now streaming in its entirety, on the eve of its worldwide release through Profound Lore Records.
SPIRIT POSSESSION unites S. Peacock (Ulthar, Pandiscordian Necrogenesis, Mastery) on strings and vocals, and A. Spungin (Vouna, Ormus, Taurus) on drums and handmade synthesizers. Having spent three years sharpening orthodox weapons, the band now presents Of The Sign…, offering six schizophrenic, spiraling, deranged hymns of black heavy metal from a lost time. While the eponymous debut full-length was a raw and blistering torrent draped in first-wave blood, Of The Sign… seems to be thoroughly drenched in its epic, strange and primitive ways. A violent cacophony of insanity laden cavern vocals, labyrinthian guitar trilling, scalding drum brutality, and analog harsh-noise eruptions; these are sinister yet adventurous black/heavy/death abominations from a forgotten age. Erratic musical madness with improbable entrances, and impossible exits.
Recorded in the depths of the S•P Dungeon and mixed by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves (Artificial Brain, Krallice, Imperial Triumphant), Of The Sign… is completed with cover art by Luciana Lupe Vasconcelos.
Be consumed by SPIRIT POSSESSION’s relentless Of The Sign… now at YouTube RIGHT HERE.
Profound Lore will release Of The Sign… on CD, CS, LP, and digital platforms this Friday, March 31st. Find preorders for all formats at THIS LOCATION.
“…there’s a free-jazz sensibility and raw, squirrely energy about this type of black metal, like it’s just gone day six of a seven-day ritual and the base amphetamine is enough to keep you wired, but not awake… When you have plateaued out on the diminishing marginal returns of third-generation second-wave black metal, when all else feels too save, this tornado of the attention span and unresolvable musical ideas will restore the faith.” – Decibel Magazine
“Showing no mercy, Of The Sign… shoves you into a vortex of riffs and trills that are so quickly stacked on one another you’ll lose track of them within the first minute…a scathing follow-up record that feeds SPIRIT POSSESSION’s insatiable need to push their limits. SPIRIT POSSESSION has shot up the list of USBM bands to watch at frightful speed, and I’ll be eagerly waiting to hear how they plan on harnessing their explosive energy next.” – No Clean Singing
“…they do what all good bands with a very specific sound do after shocking and awing, keep building on top of what worked. From the get-go SPIRIT POSSESSION reintroduce themselves with their strengths, disturbing synthesizer soundscapes, frenzied riffage, demented vocals and precise drumming, all well and good, but the main difference with this record is the improvement in production, the sound is crisp and engrossing… 9/10” – Metal Bite