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The first proper Possession full-length ‘Exorkizein’, with another striking black and white cover by cult French artist Chris Moyen, confirms what this Belgian squad’s previous releases (their debut EP ‘Anneliese’ in 2014 and the ‘1585-1646’ mini LP last year) already hinted at: besides a solid mix of early black (Hellhammer, Bathory) and proto-death metal (Possessed, Necrophagia), they excel at concept albums and stories about “the power of evil that cannot be defeated” as they collectively summarize, highlighting their home country as their “primary source of inspiration, a land of occult and magic stories. There’s practically not a single village in our area that doesn’t have a burned witch, a haunted house and that kind of legend to tell.”

Right after the release of their last MLP, they had decided upon working on the life, death, work and fights of Gabriele Amorth, last known chief exorcist of the Vatican, and initially thought they would once again use that format. But then original singer Mestema decided to leave the band, leaving them in jeopardy for a few months, until their former bass player V. Viriakh decided to move to the mic, leaving the newly recruited S. Iblis to replace him on the four-string. After only two rehearsals, the new version of the band wrote and recorded the song ‘Infestation- Manifestation-Possession’ on the spot to test the waters and “after we had sent a demo of it to both of our labels, they said that if we were able to come up with such killer material after only two rehearsals, we should simply do a full-length right away. Somehow, their faith in us sent us on the way.”

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I can still recall the phone call I had from Earache’s label manager Dan about this incredibly awesome Polish band the label had just signed called Decapitated. The enthusiasm that he conveyed down the phone line was infectious and although I was working for a more mainstream metal/rock mag at the time, and bands like Decapitated were on the periphery of the magazine’s demographic, I was excited to check them out. Sure enough the sheer power, professionalism and technical brilliance that pummelled out of the office speakers was enough to have me (and the office) hooked in a nanosecond. That was, of course, back in 2000 when Decapitated had just released their incredible (and still awesome) ‘Winds Of Creation’. Fast-forward seventeen years and even though Lady Luck has not, in many ways, been on the band’s side, Decapitated have continued to push their own creative boundaries and their new album ‘Anticult’ is testament to this. It’s a pleasure to have them grace Terrorizer’s new cover and we hope you enjoy reading about the album’s creation and everything that’s been going on in their world. Elsewhere, we’ve put all our collective blood, sweat, tears and breakdowns into ensuring we have all bases covered in the extreme world. It’s a volatile time right now, but music continues to bring plenty of pleasure, so indulge in it as much as you can! See you next month! Darren Sadler