But the sheer mass, simplicity and the pumping rhythm section make it seem unstoppable. Don't expect any revelations, ground-breaking novelties or revolutions. It's not what they set out to do. This is an old-school, heavy as fuck, groovy late 90' death metal. Benediction takes this stuff seriously, they're not coaxing the modern audience into their music. I love the thick sound. It fits in perfectly with the music and the overall style. Fans of "Grind Bastard" will feel at home.
Dave Ingram makes a glorious return. His foreboding grunt is pleasant in a death metal way. He feels the music and shovels more coal into that steam engine. Brooks and Rew do their own thing as competent as ever, rarely do you hear such a consistent guitarwork throughout the whole album. The new additions Bate and Durst have worked together already and you can hear that.
The underlying groove fits in well with Benediction's previous releases. Now, some 15 years later, they ascended and, in my books, surpassed the achievements of their peers With Bolt Thrower, Gorefest and Entombed gone or in a creative limbo Benediction took the empty throne. Hopefully they will deliver a follow-up or two. The runtime of about 46 minutes, which I would normally consider about minutes too long for a death metal, doesn't drag on and there's no filler.
Don't let us wait another 12 years, old fucks! Benediction had found their man and an iron-lunged performance from one of the busiest men in modern death metal elevated the likes of The Grand Leveller and Transcend the Rubicon onto the same playing field as the likes of Obituary and Scream Bloody Gore era Death.
As enamoured with the most brutal thrash as it is death metal, Scriptures simply lets fly with a shit-storm of catchy carnage in aural form. How have Benediction achieved this? Originally published on worshipmetal.
Perhaps best known for its pioneering work in the grindcore field, the British extreme metal scene nevertheless fielded a small yet highly potent death metal scene. Often lost in the mix yet equally as consequential was the Birmingham quintet Benediction, whom often paralleled the colossal character of Bolt Thrower, but leaned a bit more towards the classic sound of Florida and Sweden, with the grooving gloom of Obituary and the brutality of Grave being the more obvious points of comparison.
In contrast to their pioneering counterparts, this outfit never totally folded their flesh-skin tent for any period of time, though the past decade or so has seen a noticeable lack of studio output. With their longtime vocalist and Anaal Nathrakh front man Dave Hunt now occupied with his studies and his other aforementioned project, to speak nothing for the recent craze in death metal circles for a return to the old ways, the time was ripe for a bold step into the past, which commenced with the return of their classic era vocalist Dave Ingram.
It is to that same rugged, early 90s approach of reigning auditory horror upon the masses that their comeback LP Scriptures takes its decrepit cues. As with a number of return-to-form efforts by iconic bands from both sides of the Atlantic, Benediction explores the past while also making some key revisions to keep things interesting.
Where this harrowing ride into the fiery abyss tends to shine is on the more thrashing offerings, though it proves a very consistent display of raw energy even when lunging at a grave tempo.
Those whom like their death metal right out of the flaming pit, with all of the peripheral gimmicks and sampled horror movie bits mercifully absent, this is made to order. Originally written for Sonic Perspectives www. Until today they love what they do and always do their job without compromise - on record and on stage. After more than 30 years in the business and 12 years after their last album Killing Music, Benediction are now back with one of their best releases and play once again in the Death Metal Champions League.
Dave Ingram's "signature-growls" and powerful lyrics enhance the tonal framework so that you can hear after a few notes that you are listening to Benediction. As usual the tracks vary from slow and heavy to fast and intense, from shorter "in your face" numbers to epic masterpieces.
The artwork fits perfectly to Benediction and awakens an immediate desire in the devoted old school death metal fan to enjoy the new album. It was created by Birmingham artist Simon Harris and is reminiscent of the iconic artwork of the first albums. It will be released digitally, on CD and in different versions on vinyl.
As usual the tracks vary from slow and heavy to fast and intense, from shorter "in your face" numbers to epic masterpieces. It was created by Birmingham artist Wolven Claws Artist and is reminiscent of the iconic artwork of the first albums. Without a doubt it will fit very well in every vinyl collection next to "Subconscious Terror", "The Grand Leveler" or "Transcend The Rubicon" and will be appearing on shirts and posters in the future. All in all, "Scriptures" is an album from scratch, where everything is just as it should be.
A jewel in the catalogue of a band that has been present from the very beginning and - freely based on one of their most popular songs "We bow to None" - has always remained true to themselves and their fans.
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