French Death grinders BENIGHTED have released another mesmerising album that can safely be passed on as their most ‘Brutal’ till release date. The band was formed in 1998 with the members of DISHUMANIZED, DARKNESS FIRE and OSGILIATH coming together to form an inhuman act that was shaped into Benighted. With seven releases already under their belt, these French grinders have put out their recent most release in the form of ‘Necrobreed‘ that also happens to be the band’s third release under Season of Mist. Necrobreed album released worldwide on February 17th, 2017.
Before I review the album, let me tell you that this is not an album meant for everyone. It is brutal, technical and has savagery written all over. Once you listen to the album, if there’s one thing that you can sense; that would be your ears still ringing to those blast beats, pounding riffs, atrocious growls and screeches with occasional pig squeals. After all this, if you still wonder why the album starts with a slow intro named ‘Hush little Baby‘ you got to know that there’s something waiting on the other end. Those bass lines are unforgettable and groovy, but it is merely a causeway into hell. The very next track ‘Reptilian‘, starts off with blast beats and screams that will give you an insight of what the album is like. So do not fall for the intro.
The album, however has it’s moments. I found a lot of important things that has been brought about so good in this album. First off, the bass is heard well. It’s lacerating and adds a lot of depth in this album; right from the intro to the last track. The track ‘Cum with Disgust‘ is one track that will prove you what I meant. The track also reminded me of Whitechapel for the kind of vocals that was experimented and also to mention the pig squeals. The music picks up, it’s fast, barbaric and rams through. I also liked the tone of the drums. There’s mostly blast beats but the ‘diversity’ in each track is what makes it a pleasurable listenable experience. I think the drums have been carefully edged into this album because I can sense a lot of fluidity in each track, maybe that’s what makes it special. The guitar sections slice through our ears, creating a petrifying vibe that makes you thirsty for blood. The guitars are fast but the sophisticated melodies are an extra ingredient. The grooves and bolting solos in between are the icing on the cake. The whole atmosphere that is created through this has not just added to the mephitic despondency but also the gristly sensation.
It is also the death defying vocals and the experimentation that has left listeners in need for more. This is definitely one of the best vocal performances by frontman Julien. What impressed me the most was the amount of variety in this record. It isn’t just monotonous death growls; he has managed to change his style by switching between high pitched screeches, pig squeals and so. It has also added to the overall perception of this album. To me personally, the album’s vocals is what managed to stand out; apart from all the instruments running at the back. Everything coming together is just bliss!
Listen to the track Benighted – Reptilian (Official Video)-
“The concept of the album was developed by front man Julien Truchan, as he began to pen down the lyrics that deals with a demented man who stitches dead animals to his abdomen. Upon the extrusion, this schizophrenic maniac gives birth to cadavers and mummifies them in his house as a result of a severe childhood affliction.”
01. Hush Little Baby
04. Forgive Me Father
06. Der Doppelgaenger
08. Monsters Make Monsters
09. Cum With Disgust
11. Reeks Of Darkened Zoopsia
12. Mass Grave
Recommended tracks include- Reptilian, Necrobreed, Cum with Disgust
The album devours highly on the old school style with a strong splurge of brutality, the way it was meant to be. It is ruthless, devastating, gory and definitely not meant for the faint hearted.
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Harsha Vardhan (Metaljesus Magazine- Chief Editor)