When France does quality metal, it pretty much does it amazingly. Gojira, Scarve, Dagoba and the woefully underrated and incredibly fucking amazing YYRKOON (R.I.P. If you have never experienced yyrkoon you NEED TO NOW!)
I found Benighted thanks to my best mate in 2011 with their then sixth release “Asylum Cave”. The track Let The Blood Spill between my broken teeth’ from that opus pretty much encapsulates Benighted’s take on death/grind as a genre and how confronting they are as an entity.
It has come to pass in my household that there about five bands that get heavy and full rotation until their next release. DTP, Cattle Decap. Aborted, Katatonia & Dillinger, give or take one or two more. Benighted for me are definitely in that class of awesome that never fails to let me down sonically. I will hereby go on the record to state that I have listened to “Necrobreed” at least twenty times so far.
After “Asylum Cave” they floored us yet again with “‘Carnivore Sublime”. From that album, two highlights were Experience your Flesh.
And the fucking sensational cover of Machine Head’s Old.
Naming the highlights though gravely understates Benighted albums as a whole. Start to end they slayed it with unfettered violence and without compromise.
Without even being here yet, I can tell you already without fear of ridicule or being questioned that “Necrobreed”, Benighted’s ninth album will easily be in my top ten. Due for release on Feb. 17th if you’re a death/grind fan worth your weight you should be fucking excited for “Necrobreed”.
It is a masterpiece in its field. Immaculately produced and slick as fuck, it is a true testament to Benighted who are clearly at the top of their game and without question now becoming leaders in their field. Hence why I feel they may have clawed back their previously slickly produced album sounds to a raw as fuck “Necrobreed” which harkens back from early to mid-nineties death production.”Necrobreed” is beautifully stripped back production sound has not sacrificed anything yet it unleashes a violent apocalypse of sheer insanity.
“Necrobreed” has a concept behind it and I will leave you dear readers with this, the end two paragraphs from the press release giving a pretty accurate glimpse into what to expect on Feb. 17th 2017
Julien Truchan penned lyrics dealing with a man, who is stitching dead animals to his abdomen. On feeling the warmth of his infected flesh, the schizophrenic gives birth to carcas and places it in his house as the result of a severe childhood trauma involving a dead cat.
“Necrobreed” gives an extreme musical voice to the madness lurking within. Let your mind be shaken by Benighted. In case of side effects, please see a doctor.
(Head over to the Seasons of Mist site and buy ALL the pre-orders!)