Japan's Evil have returned with a new recording which shows the music going for more of an old school mixture of black and thrash metal and this is a review of their album "Possessed By Evil" which will be released in 2021 by Nuclear War Now! Productions.
Blast stats start off the album along with some heavy yet melodic riffing a few seconds later while the solos and leads are also done in an old school style and also add in a great amount of melody. The songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts as well as adding in great amount of 80's influences.
Tremolo picking can also be heard in a lot of the faster riffing while the vocals also add in a great amount of black metal screams as well as being very heavily influenced by the first wave style. The music also adds in a great amount of thrash and speed metal elements along with the riffs also adding in a decent amount of melody, all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and at times the music also shows an influence of hardcore punk and all of the music also sticks to a heavier direction.
On this recording Evil remains true to the mixture of black, thrash and speed metal that was established on previous releases. the production sounds very old school while the lyrics cover Buddhism, Evilness and Hell themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Evil and if you are a fan of black, thrash and speed metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Cycle of Pain" "Paramount Evil" "Bottom Of Hell" and "Evil Way of Live". 8 out of 10.