Yep, you guessed it, Poseydon is one of those bands. Formed in the town of Beveren in 1992, the band formed by Alain De Block (guitars) stood for swirling live shows and an aggressive blend of thrash and death metal. Yet, the path to success is not a smooth one in this little country. After a few years, Alain went on to form Everglow, followed by some of the other band members. Thing became quiet around Poseydon, but many knew that it was just a matter of time before the god of sea and metal returned to the stages.
And that's where this album comes in, a brand new collection of fierce thrash metal songs, loaded with eerie, almost industrial sounding death metal clamour and a thick, crushing atmosphere. The technical level is astounding but never gets in the way of the song writing, nor of the raging drive this album seems to have. From opener 'Classified' to the dark, haunting closer 'Innocent Blood', this thing breathes the air of the old school perfectly. And, as an old school death metal fan, I can only applaud that direction.
The ten songs on this album are rather short but effective assaults on your eardrums, highlighting in title track 'Masterpiece', the somewhat melodic 'Blind Faith' and the almost classic death metal anthem 'Pre-Emptive Strike'. I also really dig the instrumental 'Tortured Shadows', which is a gloomy piece of music which reminds me of something between Slayer, Sacred Reich and old Sepultura, or, in short, high quality headbanging stuff that you need to check out if you're into this madness...