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Spawn of Possession rose from the ashes of various constellations in Feb. ..97, consisting of Jonas Bryssling (guitar), Jonas Karlsson (guitar) and Dennis Röndum (drums). The whole idea of the band was to create brutal and intense music that went beyond many of the common styles of death metal that had been done before.
After three years of dedicated song writing the band went to record their first demo, "The Forbidden", which got nothing but great responses and earned the band a respectful name in the death metal community world wide. Right after the release of "The Forbidden", the band found bass player Nick Dewerud to fill the empty bass spot the band had suffered from since the start! A year later the band once again laid siege to the studio to record their second demo, "Church of Deviance" which got praised in basically every review given, and in Dec.2001 Spawn of Possession signed a deal with U.S based Unique Leader Records.
Spawn of Possession worked extremely hard on new material for the next six months and in June 2002 the recording of the debut album, "Cabinet" commenced. The band ended up in Pama Studios together with the highly acclaimed producer/engineer Magnus Sedenberg with whom they had worked on previous recordings. The recording, mixing and mastering of Cabinet went quite smoothly and the final result left the band most satisfied. In the end of 2002 the skilled vocalist Jonas Renvaktar joined the band and the line-up was now complete.
With nothing but great press and a rapidly growing name, it was now time to start supporting their release live. First off was a 4 week European tour together with Disavowed, Vile, Inhume and Mangled. The tour was a major success and opened up a lot of new doors for the band. Shortly after returning home the next tour offer was knocking on the door. A six week North American tour together with Unique Leader label mates, Severed Savior, Pyaemia and Gorgasm. This had the band travelling coast to coast, including five gigs ride in Canada. Spawn of Possession executed no less than 27 shows on this tour. Needless to say, this was of course a huge step up for the band.
After coming back from the US tour, Spawn of Possession was fortunate enough to be able to do another tour, this time as a part of the annual No Mercy package in Europe, with bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Hypocrisy, Kataklysm, Exhumed, Vomitory and Carpathian Forest. The tour consisted of 14 shows, playing in front of 600 to 1500 people a night at some of the biggest club venues in Europe. After this spring tour summer festival offers kept pouring in having the band perform at 8 festivals including Fuck The Commerce (Germany), Stonehenge (The Netherlands), Grind You Mother (Italy) and Mountains of Death (Switzerland).
During this period and the beginning of fall 2004 Spawn of Possession also started to work on new material. In mid September the writing however got interrupted as the band joined Cannibal Corpse as direct support on a 24 show tour throughout Scandinavia and the Baltic/eastern European states. This was without a doubt one of the strongest tours up to date, leaving the band with a good tour experience and dozens of new recruits to the Spawn of Possession fan base.
After coming back from that tour, Spawn of Possession focused entirely on the new material, and in January 2006 they entered Pama Studios once again and recorded their second full-length album to be entitled “Noctambulant” The album was released later that same year. In May-June 2006, they did a European tour with Hate Eternal, Shadows Land and Fall of Serenity. After that tour Dennis left Spawn of Possession and the band got back to writing on another new album. Over the coming months and well into 2007, Spawn began to lose more members. Bassist Niklas Dewerud left the band, to be replaced not too much later by well known bassist Erlend Casperson. That addition to the band was most welcome, as Erlend’s bass skills are some of the best in the metal scene. He’s a leading member of death metal band Blood Red Throne and The All Seeing I, as well as doing session bass for some of the world’s best known underground death metal groups – Deeds of Flesh, Decrepit Birth, Vile, Emeth along with many other bands. His bass skills however stretch far beyond metal, and gain him much respect with all kinds of musicians. In 2008 the band then lost guitarist and co-founding member Jonas Karlsson, which was a big blow for the band. This left only one original member, but fortunately the main songwriter Jonas Bryssling in the band. Now down to 2 people, the future seemed uncertain for Spawn of Possession.
In early 2009, Bryssling decided to reignite the SoP flame. He along with Erlend set about gathering a line-up worthy of the Spawn reputation. Their first recruit was excellent drummer Richard Schill, a great player and member of the highly successful Black Metal band Shining, as well as top quality death metal groups Livsnekad, Level Above Human and Vile Scar. During this period, it seemed apparent Jonas Renvaktar was unsure of whether to continue with the band. Bryssling with suggestions from Casperson decided to pursue a different singer, someone who would be not only a replacement that could handle duties as well as the previous vox men, but someone who could bring something new to the table.
In April 2009, contact was made with former Psycroptic front man Matthew “Chalky” Chalk. Based in Australia, Chalk is well known amongst death and extreme metal circles for his erratic and varied vocal range (featured most prominently on Psycroptic’s 2003 release “Scepter of the Ancients”), and seemed a good choice to help expand that realm on a future SoP recording. Chalk is currently involved in lesser known groups Mephistopheles, Iciclan and M.S.I. (Aus), and showed much enthusiasm to be part of the new SoP line-up.
At around the same time, talks were had with ultra impressive guitarist Christian Muenzer. Spawn of Possession is a band who likes to have good, quality leads provided by more than 1 player on their albums. So seeking someone with Christian’s skills was obvious. Christian’s name and abilities are well acknowledged through his current band Obscura, and especially for his part in previous German death metal bands Necrophagist (which whom he recorded their classic 2nd album “Epitaph”) and Defeated Sanity.
And in the autumn of 2010 Chalky was replaced with the original vocalist Dennis Röndum. With Röndum back in the band the work continues in the true spirit of Spawn of Possession.
More to come.....