Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, February 10, 2017

Benighted - Necrobreed

Benighted have made a name for themselves in the past decade or so as France's premier deathgrind band. They are a group who don't shy away from Carcass worship but also mix in a ton of traditional grindcore as well as more than a little of their own creation. With deceptively large choruses, almost groove metal esque riffs and an impressive songwriting sensibility it rapidly becomes clear that not only are Benighted not cut of the same cloth as many of their peers but also that their latest offering, Necrobreed is easily their strongest to date.

There is a distinctive stomp to Necrobreed that makes it almost dangerously addictive. The way that the band crunches forward with a vindictive swagger and ball smashing drive means that Necrobreed is going to keep you thirsting for blood time and time again. Its an album that is going to invoke dark emotions within you and also punish your eardrums to the point of no return. This is the sort of release that makes you suffer dearly as you pick apart angular riffs, terrifying chord changes and a band whose sound can swivel on a dime. There is something endlessly impressive to how goddamn tight Benighted feel on Necrobreed, it's a testament to all the hard work that has gone into group over the past few years.

As alienating a genre as deathgrind can be Benighted do a damn good job of making it something that you can really think your teeth into. As much as you might think that deathgrind is a genre for freaks and geeks, dudes who had no friends in high school and only hung out in mongoloid mosh pits Benighted remind us of the grace of the form and give a sense of true legitimacy to this kind of music. It makes the band all the more addictive and reminds us time and time again of the skull cracking beauty of the genre.  

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