Dawn of Possession (1991) by Immolation. Dawn of Possession is a stand alone album in Immolation's discography. Robert Vigna's ear-piercing solos tear through the wall of sound the rest of the instruments create to deliver one crude fact-you do not want to enrage Immolation. Dawn of Possession's iconic opener, Into Everlasting Fire, starts the album off with a bang; no intro, no slow buildup, no beating around the bush. Hell even the artwork rules on this album. This is my third reissue purchase from the French company Listenable Records and they are doing a great job with their represses. No one has been able to imitate his style of soloing; it is very individualized and unique to the texture of the music that he plays. Immolation never really sounded like another death metal band, and always had something very unique to them, between Ross Dolan’s distinct low end growl, their use of rhythmic experimentation, and how the drums would play with the riffs. There’s not much to read into when it comes to the lyrics on Dawn of Possession, but that doesn’t detract from their quality. Drummer Craig Smilowski gives off a wonderful drum performance that certainly isn't a let down. Organic, expressive, phenomenal, and punishing enough to support the vaulted ceilings of the philosophical underworld in which Immolation dwells. One of these bands were Immolation. The mid-tempo intro of Despondent Souls is an appropriate followup to the climactic end of Into Everlasting Fire. The New York quartet has already appeared here as a phenomenal band with its original idea for death metal. “Swarm of Terror” (Harnessing Ruin, 2005) Intense track that’s a live staple thanks to the relentless … Immolation. Songs: Into Everlasting Fire, Despondant Souls, Dawn of Possession, Those Left Behind, Internal Decadence, No Forgivenesss (Without Bloodshed).. Members: Ross Dolan, Robert Vigna, Tom Wilkinson, Craig Smilowski. When I first heard Immolation the first song I ever heard from them was “Father, You’re Not a Father.” Personally, I thought it was okay nothing special, the riffs just didn't grab my attention even though they were extremely atonal, and dissonant sounding, and the technical drumming that constantly changed time signatures just wasn't my style. After recording the "Warriors of Doom" demo, the band changed their name to IMMOLATION in April 1988. Through use of chromatics and tritones, guitarists Bob Vigna and Tom Wilkinson play off each other to create tension in the riffs, and then converge back together to release. The closing track, "Immolation" is an iconic number that contains the best one-liner lyrics on Dawn of Possession: "Immolation now begins...". His reflexes show just how talented he is when he is bashing his snare at full force and is double bassing at lighting fast speed and he'll suddenly stop and catch his cymbals and do something completely different and switch between the two. “Dawn of Possession” ranks among these records as a classic death metal assault. Dawn of possession is their weakest out of the first 5 to me personally. Atmosphere aside, “Dawn of Possession” is perhaps Immolation at its most mundane and traditional, making it a perfect starting point for new listeners. New Releases. Sure Immolation may have become more technical on their later albums and more punishing, but this album has their darkest and most sinister riffs to date. Immolation is one of the most consistent death metal bands, along with Incantation, Bolt Thrower, and Drawn & Quartered. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 28, 2014. Year: 1991. Not only does Ross Dolan do a terrific job on vocals, but he also established THE signature sound of death metal vocals. Hatred and war, sadistic spell A special reference though should be made to the drums as well because they sound exhaustingly difficult. Andrew Sacowicz and Dave Wilkinson formed Rigor Mortis, then recruited Robert Vigna as their guitarist. Many death metal bands at the time (early 90s) had very good riffs but the soloing was out of key, and just a mess of fast notes played at random with not much structure (ex. ), but once you listen to it again and again – and you’ll give it repetitive listens, as this music is just possessing – I bet this will all make sense to you and you’ll start catching every part, every riff, and phrase without any problems. Immolation managed from the very beginning to do something unique. On the albums following Dawn of Possession, Ross Dolan's growls got lower pitched and started sounding more enraged. Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in 1280 x 960 resolution or higher. Listen on Apple Music. Immolation’s ability to write strong, cohesive songs also translates into their ability to write cohesive albums. For example in some passages of the songs he will follow the guitars then he'll throw in some great tom rolls, or cymbal hit, then return to following the guitars in such fluid motions. There’s a sense of calculated, just barely restrained rage in the downtuned, immensely heavy riffing and Dolan’s frantic and yet controlled vocal delivery. I'm not one of those blokes who pays such close attention to the drumming that every other instrument becomes moot, but these come across as a treat. My personal favourite track is "Those Left Behind" which is accompanied by a tolling iron bell that peels in time to the music and lends a dark atmosphere to the song. Dolan's voice destroyed the old norms of death growls and replaced them with something much more devastating then before. If you love Death Metal you absolutely need this Undeniable Masterpiece. We are here to help! There's a problem loading this menu right now. Dawn of Possession 03:04 Show lyrics (loading lyrics...) 4. The leads and solos are substantially less pervasive than on following albums, and while Vigna’s later works would feature honed technical brilliance and increased complexity, his ability to convey atmosphere through hellishly dark, otherworldly guitar leads is at its greatest here. It was said that this is a "must have" album, and I would sum it up like that. Hell I could listen to Bloodthirst all day, but it does keep those albums back from reaching that certain level if you know what I mean. Does it belong among the annals of cult classics? Difficulty: intermediate. He’s maybe the best musician of the album. For example in songs like "Into Ever Lasting Fire," "Dawn of Possession,” and "Internal Decadence" feature more down tuned thrash riffs while songs like "Despondent Souls, “After My Prayers" and “Those left Behind” feature slower more menacing riffs which are just incredibly dark. If you haven't listened to Dawn of Possession once in your lifetime, make sure you hear the dissonant riffs. Each song presents some parts that are slower/faster, primitive/technical, and flawlessly structure them to create nice contrasts here and there. “Dawn of Possession” is something entirely unique. Their debut album was released in 1991 under the Roadrunner Records label and the frenzy of power chord riffs and the constant fills mixed into the drum patterns were absolutely revolutionary. While still not an easy album to get into, Dawn of Possession is far easier than the others because of the more straightforward drumming and heavy grooves present in the songs. I am writing this review, but I believe that everybody who claims to be a death metal maniac has this LP in his collection, as in my honest opinion this album belongs to the most mandatory death metal releases of all time. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Here in After conveys themes of the immense burden of Christianity and feelings of indifference towards a cruel, unloving God. The opener Into Everlasting Fire, one of my personal favorite death metal songs, is basically a progressive song. While Suffocation abused the chugging riffs, Immolation's knack for emphasizing more on guitars make them the winner between the two. During 1991, Immolation released "Dawn Of Possession" which quickly became an undergroud hit and is one of the most ruthless and brutal death metal debuts of our time. The title track is a favorite of mine whenever I feel the need to get a concussion, just try to not bang your head when the concluding riff kicks in, and kick is a good term, as it feels as if Bob Vignas chords are pounding you right in the gut! It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Well, his bass playing may be totally overshadowed by Vigna’s (and Wilkinson’s) powerful guitar riffing, but if he isn’t one of the most characteristic and vicious death growlers ever, then I will eat my shoes. This music is not as straight forward and “catchy” as “Altars of Madness”; those riffs and song structures will sound bizarre in the first impression because of their complexity and frequent rhythm changes (oh, that Smilowski! May the love of god shed its grace Immolation never had such catchy tunes again, sure they became more accomplished musicians and developed more twisted riffs with more time changes within the music, but they would not capture this feel of darkness or energy again I feel. Dawn of Possession Immolation Rock 1991; Listen on Apple Music. One thing that separates Immolation's debut from other death metal debuts is the technical riffing and drumming. $43.90. It should be stated that the approach and style sought here is quite dominant and the sounds fairly unvaried, possibly making this quite unpleasant to those not particularly enthusiastic about the atmosphere and aesthetic Immolation achieved on their debut album. poisoned with impurity 1991 was a prime year for death metal, seeing other releases like “Effigy of the Forgotten” and “Blessed Are The Sick”. His lyrics are very well written dealing with themes of questioning is there an afterlife? The closest comparison to be drawn is probably Morbid Angel's debut, Altars of Madness. WLS Chicago Radio Survey Music Chart September 28 1970 Dawn N Diamond Rare Earth. For example, I think that “Here In After” requires much more attention than the debut and that’s because it is not only based on the complex structures, but Immolation also have more easier and straightforward and more memorable moments, like that opening theme of “Those Left Behind”, which is just incredibly great! The album starts with “Into Everlasting Fire”, one of the band's classics, it contains the largest amount of tempo changes of the album I think, a lot of riffs are shown in this song, and a lot of solos too. "Dawn Of Possession" is defiantly a classic death metal album and should be added to any metalhead's collection. Metal Mind Productions has reissued this record in recent years, so there’s no excuse not to own this classic slab of death metal. The precise drumming, incredible grooves and ghoul sounding vocals got me hooked, plus that incredibly beautiful cover art whoa there. And yes, this album is brutal. Immolation is an American Death Metal band. The title track is the second shortest song on the album, at only a few seconds over three minutes. Despite the name of the final song on Dawn of Possession, all of the musicians on this album are still alive as of this writing. This is an especially impressive feat when you consider how hard it must be to compose songs in Immolation’s unique and intricate style. Every riff is awesome and the vocals kill. This ten track monolith of Death Metal heaven is an incredible testament to Immolation's ability to write music that is so good it should be illegal, but thank the Dark Gods it isn't!!! The cover displays the same evil idea, demons raping the angels in the sky. Well, I guess a lot of credit must go to Robert Vigna, who turned out to be one of the most talented and skilled death metal guitarists of all time. IMMOLATION was dropped when Roadrunner Records dropped nearly all of the death metal bands on its roster. Naturally, the music here is largely centered on guitars. Even keeping in mind Consuming Impulse, you wouldn't hear this at first and make that connection. As far as the band’s following works compare to the debut, “Here In After” is already a much more refined and planned effort, lacking the spontaneity and blasphemous fury of “Dawn of Possession”, and the following albums continued in the same direction. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. I say that because, rather than go with the flow and pursue the same, predictable Morrisound muffled and processed guitar tone that many of Immolation's Roadrunner labelmates had sought, they recorded this at Musiclab in Berlin, with none other than Harris fucking Johns on the boards. “After My Prayers” and “Fall In Disease” also deliver incredibly, breathtakingly gorgeous moments, which is quite noteworthy considering the sheer blackness and destructive fury of this album. The youthful energy that characterizes this album is best embodied by vocalist/bassist Ross Dolan who consistently holds up his end of the music throughout the entire release. I'd argue that the lack of a palpable atmosphere actually works in Dawn of Possession's favor. So many different riffs assault you, with varying tempos and sections. A group that unfortunately has been underappreciated through the years, regarding the recognition they have (not) been awarded. Dawn of Possession 7. The riff changes are unpredictable and thrilling as Wilkinson and Vigna sway between multiple riffs, which range from standard death riffs to mid paced thrash influenced riffs, but they still contain the usual zest of any death metal band. Much of the "Dawn Of Possession" album is a mixture of lightning fast tremolo picked rhythm lines and incredibly fast and technical lead sections with various pinched harmonic-infested riffs scattered in between to keep the feeling of variety. There are tempo changes everywhere, raw melodies, fast and brutal drums, totally evil growls, and frightening solos,(I said frightening because I almost feel scared when I heard them, they’re slow and malicious). I bought the vinyl of this album in 1991 and have loved it since then. Imperfect god, you are nothing to me. Unquestionably, but Immolation is not some flash in the pan or short-term fascination. Burial Ground 9. Featured peformers: Ross Dolan (vocals, bass), Robert Vigna (guitar), Thomas Wilkinson (guitar), Craig Smilowski (drums), Harris Johns (producer, engineering, aka_text mixing role_id 1327.aka_text), Andreas Marschall (aka_text artwork role_id 1314.aka_text). shipping: + $13.90 shipping . Vampire Magazine / Fanzine Nr 1- 4 1991; Not for sale or trade. Immolation Lyrics: Feasts on the flesh of innocents killed / A sacrifice to our Lord / A sign from below to slaughter and kill / All in the name of hell / A circle of fury that starts in hell / And Robert Vigna and Tom Wilkinson display strong guitar chemistry as the riffs and dissonance in songs like "Those Left Behind" and "No Forgiveness" make Machine Head's guitar synergy look pale in comparison. For this you say I'll burn for all eternity...” The last song that I find myself gravitating too a lot is After My Prayers. The songwriting is busy without becoming unnecessarily impossible or complex. Finally!!!!!! This is Immolation's world and in it they are free to drag their listener into a realm of death, darkness and destruction. Highlights: Even today it seems unbelievable to me that some guys in their early 20s wrote such a brilliant masterpiece. Whilst much of his bass work follows the rhythm guitar; which is a feat in itself; he occasionally has the chance to shine by playing his own individual sections which meander away from what the rest of the band are doing at the time. It was my first Immolation album, the one that got me into them. Drums parts are often written to follow the guitar riffs in a way that is unusual for most death metal. The combination of these elements is the perfect recipe to create an enormous and destructive bomb that lasts 42 minutes and 42 seconds exploding. Infectious Blood 11. The intro to "No Forgiveness (Without Bloodshed)" is a great example. symbolic throne begins to tarnish This debut album is frequently cited as being an important and highly influential album, having laid down the blueprint that bands such as CRYPTOPSY and SUFFOCATION would follow with their respective debuts. A near mandatory purchase for any self-respecting man, woman or child who dares wear the mantle of 'death metal fan'? The band formed in May 1986 by Andrew Sakowicz (bass guitar, vocals) and Dave Wilkinson (drums) under the name RIGOR MORTIS (NY). Only a handful of folks were seriously picking around in the underground, and I also encountered a bit of confusion with that other Eastern US abomination, Incantation. upon the evil side of man The dark tonality makes the music captivating and enjoyable to follow despite its dismalness. They seem to have this evil aesthetic, but their meaning is not tangible. As does the bass. And “Dawn of Possession” for sure has some of the best material that he has composed in his career. Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2016. Come forth with wrath, evil obsessed Not exactly a stranger to death meal, but with Immolation he was adapting to a thicker, robust brand of punishment. Standout tracks: “Those Left Behind”, “Into Everlasting Fire”, “No Forgiveness”, “Dawn of Possession”, “After My Prayers” It would be another 4 years until Immolation struck again, with “Here In After”, which is similar to this album, but more musically complex. America's death metal scene back in the early nineties was a strong yet progressing time. Dolan uses extremely deep growls that penetrate the music and fits perfectly in every single way. Find Immolation discography, albums and singles on AllMusic. Another factor that contributes to the success of Immolation's spectacular debut is the savage drum performance that carries the album galloping forward at a blistering pace. 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