Through the frantic radio static and horrendous sampling that leads to the descent into madness; Gost is more than a satanic apparition. Gost is the musical embodiment of mental anguish and spiritual murder. Shown well in the 2018 release Possessor, Gost is a feverish dream of sampling, death growls, synthesizers, and originality that is unmistakably recognized for the frightening nature and otherworldly sound.
Horror is the key motive behind Gost as the stage presence and the occurrence behind the screaming invokes some sense of malicious intent. Ultimately, Possessor is at the surface level a disturbed graveyard creep, but at further inspection and through a much brighter lens, Gost is truly an artistic visionary. Painting only what can be called as macabre, Gost demands the listener’s attention with the self-titled track “Possessor”. Focusing on the revolution of Satan’s grasp on the world, Gost is a dark magician that begins to slowly form cold dead hands wrapped around the listener throughout Possessor. The way that they are dragged down through the chilling words of “I will be avenged” as the following track, “Garruth” jumps into frame with headstrong guitar chords that line up in front of a drum machine to deliver the backbone.
Rigid, twisting, and ultimately destructive, “Garruth” is as terrifying as it is intriguing and the way that Gost mixes in the sampling is a perfect segue throughout Possessor. As well as the entire production line holding this sense of authenticity behind the instruments being used. It is also important to note that Gost holds a multi-genre album in its hand. At one aspect of the spectrum, Possessoris an electronic synth-based record that relies on the consistent snare and bass combination that floods a large portion of each track. Then at other times, Gost’s Possessor is a story based concept album of death metal that simultaneously destroys and rebuilds from the ashes.
There are moments when the death howls and harsh vocals are pushed to the outer edge and cleaner vocals are introduced. This again, moves the furniture of Possessor around and complements well within itself. At times, Gost is a punishing mess of noise that hurts and takes as it pleases, then other times, Gost is a docile creature of musical limberness that bends without breaking. The album almost tests the limits of just how far a record can go before it becomes an experimental and directionless movement, Possessor is close to that dotted line.
This warped realization of the multi-layered and deeply rooted record is quick to reaffirm the interest throughout. Gost adapts to the darkness and makes a home where there is despair. Without the movement of midnight cemetery synthesizers and the ritualistic howls, Possessor would be without the magic that makes it just so bleak.