Post Mortal Possession are a five piece death metal band hailing from Pittsburgh, PA. The band was formed in 2013 and includes ex-members of Tyrant and Dead By Dawn.
Post Mortal Possession’s debut EP, Possessing Entity, shows that the influences of old school death metal bands such as Cannibal Corpse and Death are still as strong today as they have ever been. These influences ring very clear in Post Mortal Possession’s music.
Lyrically this EP is written with unflinching gore that the sub genre is famous for, yet the lyrics maintain an intelligence that makes sure the point of the story is told very well, not violent for the sake of being violent. A great example of this is in “Death March” which manages to convey the haunting horrors of the holocaust, delivered through a mixture of guttural and screaming vocals.
They attack each song with a brutality that I personally haven’t heard from a band in a long time. The guitar work is very good; there are some real face melting solos throughout the EP, particularly on “The Harvest”. The technicality of some of the riffs shows some real skill. The drums are really powerful and pounding with some very clever fills. If you are drum fan, I highly suggest you listen for these.
The only thing that I think needs a little work here is that at times I feel the songs struggle to breathe; while every member of the band is clearly very talented, it feels as though the different elements of each song are at war for the spotlight, rendering the listener unable to focus on one thing or another, and having to listen quite carefully to pick up on a real good riff or drum fill.
With all of that said, I really do like this recording overall, and I highly recommend it to any fan of old school death metal.
Written by Paul Foxon