Benighted – Insane Cephalic Prod

up_070504_benightedFor not expecting much from this album when I pushed play I sure got my fucking face kicked in by it. New school death metal doesn’t usually impress me much, but these French psychos have crafted one hell of a diverse and impressive slab modern extreme metal. There are ten tracks showcased here, each being superbly crafted and flawlessly executed. Songs that stand apart from one another and are played as tight as you can get with outstanding production to boot… I must be dreaming. I don’t want to sound like this is the best thing ever or anything, but it has been a while since something new stood out to me this much. After spinning this several times it has yet to become boring, probably due to the well placed tempo changes and the presence of five to ten different and distinctive vocal deliveries. That might sound like it makes for a chaotic mess, but these guys not only pull it off, but make it sound natural, even easy. Comparisons would be somewhat pointless, because this material is all over the place, yet without ever lingering in one place for too long. Unless you are a staunch old school fanatic or just plain don’t like death metal at all I highly recommend you check this out. – Lance Rogers


~ by martyworm on January 3, 2009.

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