Vodun: Possession

Vodun - Possession album cover Date Released: 03/25/2016
Label: Riff Rock Records
Album Type: Full Length
Band/Album info: Website

Vodun (or Voodoo) is a West African religion that centers around the vodun spirits and other elements of divine essence that govern the Earth, a hierarchy that range in power from major deities governing the forces of nature and human society to the spirits of individual streams, trees, and rocks, as well as dozens of ethnic vodun, defenders of a certain clan, tribe, or nation.

Vodun (the Band) are a weird, spiritual trio hailing from London, England. The band consists of Ogoun on drums, Marassa playing guitar and Oya, the high priestess of unearthly chants and more handling vocals. Possession is the bands second release, the first being the 2013 EP Eat Up The Sun. The track “Mawu” is the only song to appear on both releases.

The first thing that you will notice when listening to Vodun are the vocal stylings of Oya (Chantal Brown). Her voice has a lot of, how do I put this, vibrato. You have to hear it to understand what I mean exactly. However you want to describe it, in the end it works and it makes Vodun’s sound all that much more original.

The lead track, “Loas Kingdom,” kicks things off in high gear with its tribal drums and groove laden guitar riffs. “Bloodstones” has an overall bluesy feel to it, which gives way to a huge mounting wall of guitar during the chorus. The title track is a straight up thrash tinged anthem, while “Minos Army,” the album’s first single, is a foot stomping riff fueled romp. I don’t want to give too much away, as there are many more magical moments to be enjoyed while listening to Possession.

Vodun are a hard band to categorize, but that’s OK. They do not want to fit in, or be normal. One thing that is for sure, though… Vodun are voodoo!

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